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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Welcome to Dennis Anyone, a podcast about making things up and making things happen. I love to talk to creative types about what they do and how they do it. Hope you enjoy my conversations as much as I do. - Dennis H.

Dec 14, 2022

In Part 2 of his Holiday Gift Guide series, Dennis is joined via Zoom by four different creative entrepreneurs who have products that are perfect for holiday gift giving. First up is film professor Andy Scahill, the founder of Cinema for Sodomites, an interactive cult movie screening series and a merch line inspired by such gay favorites as Batman Returns, Death Becomes Her and Steel Magnolias. Andy talks about why he decided to launch the series and merch line, the Troop Beverly Hills screening where people got to design their own gay merit badges and confirms that yes, the Cinema for Sodomites logo does kind of look like a butthole. Next up is James Carroll the co-author/designer of The Showgirls Activity Book, which is a book of word searches, mazes and images for coloring inspired by the iconic film Showgirls. James recalls discovering the movie as a teen in South Africa, makes the case for why Nomi Malone is a feminist hero and reveals the plans he has for future books inspired by Clueless, Mean Girls and The Birdcage. Paul Ybarra AKA Paul Straightjacket is next and shares the origin story behind his creative brainchild, The Straightjacket Tarot, a deck of tarot cards featuring self-portraits of Paul wearing his favorite garment in the world; a straight jacket. Paul talks about the origins of his straightjacket fetish and explains why he decided to share it with the world in this unique way and he also recalls the time he got stuck in a straight jacket alone for eight hours and thought he might have to call 9-1-1 with his mouth. The episode's final guest is Andrew Harper, a visual artist and choreographer based in Georgia who, during the pandemic, launched Reissued, an online store that features original clothing designs, one-of-a-kind purses and a set of notecards featuring Andrew’s original works of art. Andrew also talks about how he became “thrift store influencer” and sings the praises of the skimpy retro running shorts he rocks on Instagram. And all four guests talk about how creating their business and getting their stuff out in the world has enriched their lives in unexpected ways. 

Andy Scahill’s Cinema for Sodomites

James Carroll’s The Showgirls Activity Book:

Paul Ybarra’s The Straightjacket Tarot:

Andrew Harper’s Reissued Store: