Last Tuesday, Steve Sabol — the long-time president, filmmaker and creative force behind NFL Films — passed away at 69. According to football historian and former Kansas City Chief Michael Oriard, Sabol “created the way we see and watch football today.” This week on the show I talk with Oriard about how NFL Films invented a new visual language for sports highlight films.
Later in the show, photography curator David Little discusses how sports are intertwined with the history of film and photography. David says that the visual techniques we take for granted in today’s sports broadcasts were pioneered by photographers and filmmakers, like Eadward Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, and Leni Reifenstahl.An early NFL Films classic They Call it Pro Football. Watch more here John Facenda, the “Voice of God”
Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887
Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935
Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936
Bartees Cox is a songwriter and producer who spent years playing in bands in Brooklyn before making the move to Washington, DC, where his solo project, Bartees Strange, took focus and grew - from an album of reinterpretations of The National’s music to his stunning full-length, genre-bending… | watch
Joyful Noise Recordings is an Indianapolis-based eclectic indie label begun in 2003 by Karl Hofstetter. In this episode, we'll hear a ton of great music from the label's releases, along with an interview with Karl where we cover the label's beginnings, the importance of physical art objects, and how… | listen
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