Ep 203 // ‘Nomadland’

Premiere DateFeb 26, 2021
00:00 Intro
01:04 Movie Review: Jacqueline Soller on ‘Nomadland’
02:28 Movie Chat: Jacqueline Soller + J. McVay [SPOILER ALERT]
42:30 Rafael // On Traveling The Country With His Dog
45:35 Jo // Living On The Road
49:25 "The Wire" (BTR Live Studio, 2021) Jonas Carping
53:05 "Hurts" (BTR Live Studio, 2021) Hoorsees
56:20 Outro/credits
57:04 Finish.

Chloé Zhao’s extraordinary new film, ‘Nomadland,’ is available to stream on Hulu and stars Frances McDormand as a woman who travels across the country, living out of her van as she goes from one temporary job to the next. It’s a gorgeous docudrama that centers on a somewhat self-imposed lifestyle of solitude punctuated by experiences and interactions, made all the more special for their briefness and limits. While set in 2012, the themes resonate strongly with our pandemic-inflected lives today, all the way down to the film’s dedication:

Dedicated to the ones who had to depart.
See you down the road.

We also revisit a couple of installments of our ‘1st Person’ storytelling series in which people describe their lives on the road.

Plus live performances from Jonas Carping and Hoorsees, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: J. McVay
  • Contributors on Movies: Jacqueline Soller
  • Composer/Editor: Hansdale Hsu
Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Jacqueline Soller