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For filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who rely on collaboration to do amazing things and who want to make the world better in some way. Past guests have worked on films like 12 Years a Slave, Forrest Gump, and The Amazing Spider-Man, written bestselling books and won Emmys, Oscars, a National Book Award, a Peabody, and a Pulitzer. Recent film related interviews include the director of The Blind Side, the writer of Groundhog Day, and the producer of Mad Max: Fury Road. Musicians on the show have played shows around the world; written songs for Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, & Jimmy Buffett; and recorded music for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

For filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who rely on collaboration to do amazing things and who want to make the world better in some way. Past guests have worked on films like 12 Years a Slave, Forrest Gump, and The Amazing Spider-Man, written bestselling books and won Emmys, Oscars, a National Book Award, a Peabody, and a Pulitzer. Recent film related interviews include the director of The Blind Side, the writer of Groundhog Day, and the producer of Mad Max: Fury Road. Musicians on the show have played shows around the world; written songs for Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, & Jimmy Buffett; and recorded music for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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For filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who rely on collaboration to do amazing things and who want to make the world better in some way. Past guests have worked on films like 12 Years a Slave, Forrest Gump, and The Amazing Spider-Man, written bestselling books and won Emmys, Oscars, a National Book Award, a Peabody, and a Pulitzer. Recent film related interviews include the director of The Blind Side, the writer of Groundhog Day, and the producer of Mad Max: Fury Road. Musicians on the show have played shows around the world; written songs for Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, & Jimmy Buffett; and recorded music for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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From Game of Thrones to Weta Digital: Compositor Travis Nobles

11/23/2018
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Compositor Travis Nobles wanted to work on films ever since he saw The Lord of the Rings. Through an unexpected journey that led him from the United States to Germany and then to New Zealand, he finally got to work for the company that brought CG Gollum to life: Weta Digital. Before Weta, Travis's resume includes several Emmy-winning seasons of Game of Thrones, where he got to composite a number of the show's iconic dragon shots. Travis came on the show to discuss his work and the role of...

Duration:01:52:42

Commentary: New Orleans Music Conference - Cutting Edge

10/23/2018
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This is my commentary track for my interviews at Cutting Edge C.E., an annual music conference in New Orleans that brings together prominent musicians, industry professionals, and filmmakers from across the country. Both episodes and show notes are here, or check feed for the prior episode with interviews. # If you'd like to hear from another band that has played at Cutting Edge, check out thisinterview I did with Mystery Loves Company, a chamber rock band I met at the music...

Duration:00:39:20

Cutting Edge Music Conference 2018 band, filmmaker, & organizer interviews

10/23/2018
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Cutting Edge C.E. is an annual music conference in New Orleans that brings together prominent musicians, industry professionals, and filmmakers from across the country. The 26th Cutting Edge conference concluded a few weeks ago, and for my podcast coverage I had the opportunity to interview the festival's founder Eric Cager, along with some musicians performing at the conference and a filmmaker who screened work there. We seek out good people in the industry. You can go out and meet...

Duration:01:17:05

Commentary: Screenwriter & BlueCat Founder Gordy Hoffman

9/23/2018
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This is my commentary and takeaways from my conversation with Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance-winning writer of Love Liza (starred his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman), and founder of BlueCat Screenwriting Competition. Check the feed for the interview. In this commentary I discuss What I appreciate about Gordy My thoughts on feedback and dealing with the issues that come up when giving and receiving it The importance of having uncomfortable conversations Love Liza # If you'd like to...

Duration:01:00:39

Sundance-Winning Screenwriter & BlueCat Founder Gordy Hoffman

9/23/2018
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Gordy Hoffman's first produced feature screenplay, Love Liza, won the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award when it premiered at Sundance. The film also featured a memorable performance from his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his first starring role in a film. Dog Bowl, a short film that Gordy wrote and directed, also premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Gordy has also taught writing at prominent film institutions around the country including USC...

Duration:01:29:27

Critic Turns Musician: Alex Cook from The Rakers

8/24/2018
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Alex V. Cook is a journalist and music critic who has written for an assortment of publications including The Believer, The Oxford American, DownBeat, and Paste Magazine. His book Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Cultureis a compilation of his music essays, which includes commentary on artists ranging from Lou Reed to Bob Dylan to the Mountain Goats. He has also written a book on Louisiana's Juke joints, honky-tonks, and dance halls...

Duration:02:10:25

New Orleans Music Documentary on Papa Grows Funk

8/15/2018
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Do U Want It? is a music documentary that tells the story of the New Orleans funk band, Papa Grows Funk, their residency at The Maple Leaf Bar, and then their indefinite hiatus that they announced in 2013. The film doesn't just capture a band in transition and the creative differences that came along though. It also offers an insider's glimpse into what makes the New Orleans music community so special, which the film sometimes accents with New Orleans-styled animation. No surprise then...

Duration:01:30:16

Wumbo: Serious About Space-Rock Whimsy

7/17/2018
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Wumbo is a word coined on SpongeBob SquarePants. It is also an indie-rcok band that The Advocaterecently included in their list of 10 bands to check out in Baton Rouge. The band has played at most of Baton Rouge's esteemed music venues including The Varsity, Spanish Moon, Mid City Ballroom, Happy's Irish Pub, 524 Studios, and more. In a few days they'll be starting their tour across the South and Midwest. There’s no blueprint to being a band.” - Jake Heflin The band describes their...

Duration:01:33:28

Filmmaking Conversation on Collaboration, Forgiveness, & Serendipity

6/23/2018
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Filmmaker Joshua Overbay's first film, As It Is in Heaven, was a Critics' Pick in The New York Times and favorably reviewed on rogerebert.com. Luke & Jo is Josh's third film, and it continues the tradition of exploring big questions while telling an intimate, character-driven story that Josh started with his first film. Nathaniel Glass was one of the producers on As It Is in Heaven, and he returned as producer on Luke & Jo. This time around, he was also the director of photography, his...

Duration:01:50:03

Ashanti & Giancarlo Esposito Musical for Getting Unstuck

6/12/2018
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Michael Berry is the writer-director of Stuck, an original character-driven musical set in a New York subway that stars Giancarlo Esposito, whom Breaking Badfans might recognize as the cunning owner of Los Pollos Hermanos. Giancarlo plays a very different character in Stuck: a mysterious, seemingly homeless man prone to break into song, who may or may not be on some kind of cosmic special assignment to impact the lives of the passengers who share his New York subway car. Someone breaking...

Duration:01:11:12

How to Write Songs for Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, & Randy Travis

5/23/2018
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Some songwriters would kill for the chance to work with just one multi-platinum artist. Songwriter Brent Baxterhas worked with a handful of them. One of his songs even made it onto Rolling Stone's list of the 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time. How does a songwriter get to write for multi-platinum artists, and what's it like writing songs for Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Randy Travis? I brought Brent on the podcast to find out. You want to make friends you can rise with not friends...

Duration:01:39:47

Louisiana International Film Festival Recap #LIFF2018

4/25/2018
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This year, I had the chance to interview several filmmakers screening films at the Louisiana International Film Festival. On this episode, I recap some of those interviews and share some of my experiences and takeaways from LIFF2018. Here are my prior interviews from #LIFF2018. On the recap below, I share some of the highlights from each interview, what it was like getting to screen my short at the festival, and some of the new discoveries and filmmaking observations, and life lessons I...

Duration:01:27:06

How $100,000 Kickstarter Campaign Became Crowd-Pleasing Sci-Fi #LIFF2018

4/22/2018
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My coverage of LIFF2018 continues with Tinker producer Tom Bhramayana. It was a sci-fi film that started as Kickstarter campaign which brought in over $100,000. A few year later, it has won 19 best-of awards at festivals around the country, and all three screenings at this year's Louisiana International Film Festival have sold out. The term producer has many connotations, but Tom wasn't just in charge of getting the money. He was also one of the writers, did a voice-over for one of the...

Duration:00:53:39

Louisiana Live-Action Shorts #LIFF2018

4/20/2018
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Show notes coming soon.

Duration:01:31:36

Brimstone & Glory: Doc on Fireworks & Danger! #LIFF2018

4/18/2018
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Brimstone & Glory is a documentary produced by the Department of Motion Pictures that tells the story of Tultepec, a town in Mexico that is dedicated to the making and celebration of fireworks. It's a poetic, visually stunning film that the National Board of Review recognized as one of the top five documentaries of 2017, and it is one of the films screening at this year's Lousiana International Film Festival. Director Viktor Jakovleski initially conceived of the film as something that he...

Duration:00:49:45

How College Football Got Past Segregation with Director Maya Washington #LIFF2018

4/17/2018
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My podcast coverage of Louisiana International Film Festival 2018 continues with director Maya Washington. She's the filmmaker behind Through the Banks of the Red Cedar and the daughter of Gene Washington, the wide receiver who played for Michigan State and then the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos. Gene's storied football career led to an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, two Pro Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl game. He was also one of 23 African Americans who...

Duration:00:42:04

Kevyn Aucoin, Complicated Makeup Artist Celebrity #LIFF2018

4/14/2018
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My #LIFF2018 coverage continues with makeup artist and documentary filmmaker Tiffany Bartok. She's the director behind Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story. Prior to seeing the documentary and doing the interview, I wasn't aware of Kevyn, but then the few makeup artists I'm aware of tend to be special-effects luminaries like Jack Pierce (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein) or Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Hellboy). It turns out that Kevyn was quite the makeup trailblazer...

Duration:00:58:46

Telling a Nuanced School-Shooting Story #LIFF2018

4/14/2018
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This is the first part of my coverage for Louisiana International Film Festival 2018, which happens in Baton Rouge from April 19-22. In this episode, I talk to director Vincent Grashaw about his film And Then I Go. His film tells the story of two young people who contemplate a potential school shooting against their classmates as retaliation for the slights they've endured. Unfortunately, the Parkland shooting and other recent events have made And Then I Go all too topical, but unlike...

Duration:01:04:37

Gothic Tropic: Beck’s Guitarist Has Her Own Band & It Rocks

4/12/2018
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Cecilia Della Peruti has played guitar for and gone on tour with acts like Beck, BØRNS, and Charli XCX. That's helped to prepare her to launch her own band, Gothic Tropic. The band has a guitar-driven 80s pop sound infused with some R&B and funk influences. Elsewhere, Gothic Tropic has been compared to Blondie, Fleetwood Mac and Haim. I had a chance to catch two sets that Gothic Tropic did at South by Southwest this year, one at the M&M house that had been set up on Rainey St. and one at...

Duration:01:02:01

(Strangely Elaborate) SXSW 2018 Recap

4/8/2018
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South by Southwest is the whirlwind of activity that takes over Austin for about two weeks each March. It's a massive film, music, and interactive super festival, plus an education summit, plus a video game expo, plus a job fair, and so much more. It's a full-time job just attending the festival and figuring out what to check out next, so needless to say putting together a SXSW 2018 recap over 2.5 hours long took some time to put together. I got do my first-ever live show of The nsavides...

Duration:02:35:14