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Bonus Episode - Stanley Nelson Interview

This bonus episode features an interview with the great Stanley Nelson, a prolific director telling complex and socially relevant stories in an expert and entertaining way. The episode drops the day before Nelson’s latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, plays at the Maryland Film Festival, in co-host Chris Reed’s hometown of Baltimore. Stanley Nelson Films Discussed: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool / 2019 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution / 2015 The Black Press:...


Bonus Episode - Field of Vision

In what is now a tradition for bonus episodes, we look at an online collective of short documentaries, this time with Field of Vision. Founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnak and Charlotte Cook, the site showcases insightful films from insider perspectives on various areas of the world, with a focus on political and social inequalities. Field of Vision Films Covered: The Above / 2015 (Director: Kirsten Johnson) Adversary / 2018 (Director: Scott...


SXSW 2019

For SXSW we discuss two of the films playing this year, RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS and PAHOKEE, and Bart & Chris interview the filmmakers from Austin Texas. SXSW Films Covered: Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins / 2019 (Director:Janice Engel) Pahokee / 2019 (Directors: Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas) Other Documentaries and Film Festivals Mentioned: AFI DOCS DOC NYC Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs Hot Springs Documentary Film...


Hillbilly / Ingrid

Portrayals of Southern culture in documentary is the topic this week as we look at HILLBILLY and Chris interviews Morrisa Maltz, the director of INGRID. Group Review Documentary: HILLBILLY (2018) / USA (Directors / Producers: Ashley York, Sally Rubin) Now playing on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu & Amazon Film Featured in Interview Portion: INGRID (2018) / USA (Director / Producer: Morrisa Maltz) Now playing on Amazon, YouTube & Google Play Other Films & Podcasts Mentioned: The...


The Price of Everything / Generation Wealth

Audience fascination with films about the ultra-wealthy in a time of great economic disparity is the topic this week as we discuss THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING and Chris interviews the director of GENERATION WEALTH. Group Review Documentary: THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (2018) / USA (Director: Nathaniel Kahn / Producers: Carla Solomon, Debi Wisch, Jennifer Stockman) The HBO documentary film THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING can be viewed on HBO GO/ NOW) Audio excerpts courtesy of HBO Film Featured in...


2019 Academy Nominated Documentary Short Films

This week we talk Oscars with a brief discussion of the documentary feature nominees and a more intensive review of each nominated short as well as kvetching generally about the complicated relationship between documentary films and Oscar. Also, we interview Robert Bahar, co-director of The Silence of Others. Oscar Shorts Reviewed: Black Sheep / 2018 (Director: Ed Perkins) End Game / 2018 (Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman) Lifeboat / 2018 (Director: Skye Fitzgerald) A Night at...


United Skates / Minding the Gap

Youth culture (and specifically docs dealing with subjects “on wheels”) is the topic this week as we look at UNITED SKATES about roller skating in African American communities across the U.S. and MINDING THE GAP about three skateboarding friends growing up in the rust belt. Note: This interview with Bing Liu was recorded before the Oscar nominations were announced, hence we did not mention MINDING THE GAP being nominated in the 2019 Best Documentary category. But, we are very excited about...


Sundance / Slamdance 2019 Director Interviews

Chris and Summre interview four filmmakers from snowy Park City in this special Sundance & Slamdance on location episode. Filmmakers Interviewed: Penny Lane (Director), HAIL SATAN? Heidi Yewman (Director) & Will Little (Subject), BEHIND THE BULLET Jonathan Sutak (Director), DONS OF DISCO Alex Holmes (Director), MAIDEN Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed: Review of BEHIND THE BULLET DONS OF DISCOReview of HAIL SATAN?Review of MAIDEN Timestamps: 01:54 - Interview...


Bonus Episode: Park City Preview

We discuss the four films we will be covering in Park City this year with filmmaker interviews and get hyped for our upcoming travels to the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Sundance Films Reviewed: Hail Satan? / 2019 (Director: Penny Lane) Maiden / 2018 (Director: Alex Holmes) Slamdance Films Reviewed: Behind the Bullet / 2019 (Director: Heidi Yewman) Dons of Disco / 2018 (Director: Jonathan Sutak) Other Films Mentioned: Nuts! / 2016 (Director: Penny Lane) Our Nixon /...


Bonus Episode: 2018 Top Ten Lists

Well, it’s that time of year where everyone loves to assemble top ten lists of all sorts. In this Bonus Episode, we each discuss our top ten documentaries of this year and the general trends we are seeing in 2018 doc films. Bart’s Top 10 List: 209 Rue Saint Maur306 HollywoodBisbee ‘17 Minding the Gap / 2018 (Director: Bing Liu) Our New President/ 2018 (Directors: Maxim Podorovkin)RBG/ 2018 (Directors / Producers: Julie Cohen & Betsy West)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead/2018 (Director:...


78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene / Dark Money

In a special Halloween themed episode, things get spooky as we talk about the myriad of horror documentaries available online, review 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene and Chris interviews Kimberly Reed of Dark Money. Group Review Documentary: 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017) / USA (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe Producers: Robert Muratore, Kerry Deignan Roy) Available to stream on Hulu, Google Play, YouTube & Amazon Film Featured in Interview Portion: Dark Money (2018) / USA...


Mr. Fish / Mr. Soul!

This week we discuss our own personal work and creative ventures and look at two doc portraits of activists doing what they love for careers in the arts: MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END and MR. SOUL! Group Review Documentary: MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END (2018) / USA (Director: Pablo Bryant, Producer: Ted Collins) Available on iTunes Winter 2018 Film Featured in Interview Portion: MR. SOUL! (2018) / USA (Directors: Melissa Haizlip & Samuel D. Pollard, Producer:...


MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. / ¡Las Sandanistas!

What better time to focus on docs about strong dissenting women effecting positive change in the world? Feels like now is good, so in this episode we review MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. and Chris interviews the director of ¡Las Sandanistas! Group Review Documentary: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (2018) / USA (Director: Stephen Loveridge, Producers: Paul Mezey, Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman) Now Playing in Select Theatres Film Featured in Interview Portion: ¡Las Sandanistas! (2018) / Nicaragua / USA...


306 Hollywood / Yours in Sisterhood

Recreations, hybridity and truth are the topics this week as we discuss what classifies a documentary while fictionalization in documentaries become more commonplace. Through this lens we review 306 HOLLYWOOD and interview Irene Lusztig of YOURS IN SISTERHOOD. Group Review Documentary: 306 HOLLYWOOD (2018) / USA (Directors: Elan Bogarin & Jonathan Bogarin, Producers: Elan Bogarin, Judit Stalter & Jonathan Bogarin) Now Playing in Select Theatres Film Featured in Interview...


Calling All Earthlings / Dinner Party

What are the ethical standards of a filmmaker portraying subcultures to which they do not belong? How does it shift if they are a member? How does the relationship between the filmmaker, subject and intended audience play out? This week we discuss all of this and sprinkle in alien stuff too, for fun, with a review of Calling All Earthlings and an interview with Laura Wexler, one of the writers behind the VR movie Dinner Party. Group Review Documentary: CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS (2018) / USA...


Fahrenheit 11/9 & Interview with Thom Powers

Following up from Toronto International Film Festival, we discuss the new Michael Moore film, Fahrenheit 11/9 and interview Thom Powers, the Documentary Programmer from TIFF. Group Review Documentary: FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (2018) / USA (Director: Michael Moore, Producers: Michael Moore, Carl Deal) Now Playing in Select Theatres Group Interview with Thom Powers: Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, artistic director of America's largest...


Bonus Episode: The Guardian Short Documentaries

In this bonus episode we take a look at the content The Guardian has been producing and chat with Charlie Phillips about being the Head of Documentaries there and overseeing the commission and production of almost 25 short films a year. Guardian Films Mentioned: Fish Story / June, 2017 (Director: Charlie Lyne) Little Pyongyang / August, 2018 (Director: Roxy Rezvany) Radical Brownies / January, 2017 (Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton) Gun Nation / September, 2016 (Director: Zed...


Bonus Episode: Steve James Interview

We sat down with director Steve James at AFI DOCS 2018 to discuss his body of work as a whole, his most recent series, AMERICA TO ME, and working in various modes of documentary storytelling. Films Mentioned (Directed by Steve James): Abacus: Small Enough to Jail / 2016 America to Me / 2018 Head Games / 2012 Hoop Dreams / 1994 The Interrupters / 2011 Life Itself / 2014 No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (30 for 30) / 2010 Pep / announced 2018 Prefontaine / 1997 The Ride of...


The Last Laugh / 209 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris 10eme

Looking back at history under a contemporary lens can be a powerful tool to provide context and take action in difficult political times.This week we look at holocaust documentaries as we review THE LAST LAUGH and Bart interviews Ruth Zylberman of 209 RUE SAINT-MAUR, PARIS 10EME. Group Review Documentary: THE LAST LAUGH - (2016) / USA (Director: Ferne Pearlstein; Producers: Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Ferne Pearlstein and Jan Warner) Available to stream on Netflix Film...


The King / Cuba and the Cameraman

This week we cover documentary films that at first appear to be about a bunch of wildly different ideas but then manage to tie it all together under a coherent and satisfying theme. THE KING is reviewed followed by an interview between Bart and the director of CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN. Group Review Documentary: THE KING - (2018) / USA (Director: Eugene Jarecki; Producers: Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John, Christopher Frierson, David Kuhn) Available in select theatres Film Featured...