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Jim Lively: Still Mad as Hell, screened at The Cedars Union during AURORA EXPANDED 2018

Still Mad as Hell

Video Installation

The film Network, which premiered in 1976 and won a slew of Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, possesses one of the most memorable monologues in motion picture history: Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, galvanizes the nation, persuading his viewers to shout out of their windows, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.” What no one knew at the time was how prophetic Network’s blurring of the lines between news and entertainment would be. Forty years later, the Network of 1976 has become the norm for current news broadcasts to the American public and will most likely continue to be so in the future. And yes, people are still mad as hell! This brief art film pays homage, in a very humble manner, to Beals’ ranting monologue.


Jim Lively is an artist and curator at Martsolf Lively Contemporary. After practicing law for many years, Lively decided to pursue his passion full time as a visual artist, filmmaker and author. He received the 2016 Merrimack Media Outstanding Writer Award for his third novel, Punitive Damages. His art works and films have been recognized in numerous juried competitions, publications and film festivals. He has exhibited his artwork in several group and solo exhibitions across North America and Europe.

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