Singer-songwriter Andrew Coolman expressed his outrage over the unjust immigration laws in Arizona using a unique approach. He wrote and directed a video short called Do the Arizona Hustle. Coolman, who appears in the film as "Officer Good Day" along with his pal "Officer Russell Pearce" (Rick Alderete) combines humor with his creative genius to spoof Arizona SB 1070, the most vicious anti-immigrant law in the history of the U.S.
I met up with Officer Good Day on New Years Eve 2010 and was able to get the following exclusive interview through Facebook chat. The photos are from the original movie shoot, reprinted with permission.
Do The Arizona Hustle
(Warning, the language and scenes are clearly "mature", although in today's world, rated for mature has a different meaning than when I was an innocent youth.)
I really liked the video you sent me. I didn’t see your name on the video. Who are you?
My real name is Andrew Coolman, and I work in pharmaceuticals developing new treatments for diseases - we work on Alzheimer's, depression, heart disease etc.. but creative projects are my passion, and I've been writing creatively since I was young, writing raps, filming, and stories.
What projects have you done before?
I ran an online horror series for two years before this that got around 3 million views.
What was the name of the series?
The horror series was called "The Human Pet". It's on You Tube at thehumanpet1. The original thehumanpet got shut down by You Tube because it looked too authentic. After that we put disclaimers on the videos saying it was a work of fiction.
Thehumanpet1 is very realistic, so I can see why a disclaimer is needed! Where did you find the inspiration for Doing the Immigration Hustle?
I have a lot of Latino friends. I definitely disagree with some of the discrimination going on in this country being written into laws, (SB 1070) and not allowing the children of immigrants who work hard to have opportunities they deserve. (The Dream Act). I'm not Latino, but I am a minority. I'm Jewish, so I'm sensitive to this cause.
Tell me, why does a Jewish-American care about immigration? Most people don't worry about it.
I'm a big student of history, and my own people have been discriminated against throughout history. We did it again in this country with the Japanese during World War II in internment camps.