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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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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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Wumbois 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 Berryis 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...

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 Goes Solo

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

Our SXSW Live Show with Fable House!

3/23/2018
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For the first time ever, I did a live episode of The nsavides Podcast a few days ago, and what an honor it was to do that as an official event at SXSW 2018. What's more I got to do the show with my friends and some of the most talented filmmakers I know in Louisiana: cinematographer Matt S. Bell, director-editor Misty Talley, and producer Sam Claitor. All three are from Fable House, a production company in Baton Rouge that has produced over $2 million in content. Whether shooting...

Duration:00:59:21

Rayo Brothers: Americana Music, Old-Time Roots, & Music Videos

3/21/2018
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Brothers Daniel and Jesse Reaux have been playing music since they were kids. After a couple of encouraging open mic sessions, they drew upon some of their musical influences from bluegrass, the blues, and outlaw country and partnered with some of their musician friends to form The Rayo Brothers. In their current lineup, they have Jordan Ardoin on bass, Lance Kelehan on drums and mandolin, and Sarah Jayde Williams on the fiddle. Daniel plays the guitar and Jesse plays the banjo, and both...

Duration:01:12:21

Crime, Violence, and Community Influence: Garrett Kruithof Commentary

3/9/2018
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This is my commentary based on prior conversation with Garrett Kruithof, an actor who has performed in projects like A&E's Bonnie & Clyde, Deepwater Horizon, and Starz's Magic City. I discuss some of my takeaways from my conversation with Garrett and then I comment on some of the films and TV shows that I watched to prepare for the interview. Some of the discussion topics include Magic City In case you missed it, you can play my interview with Garrett below. Show notes for that episode...

Duration:01:11:26

Acting in Deepwater Horizon & Bonnie & Clyde: Garrett Kruithof

2/23/2018
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Garrett Kruithof was managing a hotel in Louisiana when a conversation with a guest convinced him that it was not too late to pursuit an acting career. He took an acting class, got connected with the actors in his community, and went on a number of auditions across the country. After landed a recurring role on the Starz series Magic City, Garrett was able to turn acting into a full-time career. Some of his other notable projects include Bonnie & Clyde, which was the third most-watched...

Duration:01:48:40

Commentary: Hope Hanafin, The Newsroom, & Impossible Dreams

2/11/2018
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Last episode I had the opportunity to interview Hope Hanafin, the costume designer on shows like 500 Days of Summer, The Newsroom, and Thank You for Your Service. Normally I do the commentary at the end of each interview, but the interview with Hope ran longer than usual. Hope shared a lot of great insights, so rather than try to cut down the interview's length, I decided to do my commentary on a separate episode. It would also give me the opportunity to think more about Aaron Sorkin's...

Duration:01:12:19