We talk about the best winter time movies and review the new Michael Moore documentary 'Where To Invade Next'
We talk about the best sunset scenes in cinema history and review the new documentary The Wolfpack!
This week on the show I talk with filmmaker and anthropologist J.P.Sniadecki about his new documentary The Iron Ministry. J.P. spent three years traveling through China by train, and in the film, he weaves countless trips into one impressionistic journey of people, sound, and clanking metal. We talk about trains in China, non-narrative documentary, and what it's like to make a documentary on a train.
Rodney Asher is the director of the new documentary, The Nightmare. The film tells the stories of eight people who chronically suffer from a terrifying disorder called sleep paralysis. During sleep paralysis sufferers wake up to find themselves unable to move or speak, and many experience extremely vivid and frightening visual and auditory hallucinations.
Michael Madsen is an artist and filmmaker. In his new documentary The Visit, he tackles perhaps one of the biggest questions of all: What would happen if intelligent life from another world landed on Earth?
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen, is published by Aperture. In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty-first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world's problems, rather than just document them?
The documentary ‘Never Get Tired’ chronicles the success of DIY punk band Bomb the Music Industry! and other elements of the scene. Samantha Spoto watched the film recently at the SVA Theatre in NYC.
Experimental new teaching methods, DIY schools, and more creativity are all becoming staples in an institution badly in need of reform.
This week’s show is all about Jordan! My guest is sneaker and Air Jordan expert Calvan Fowler, owner of the recently opened Jordan Heads shop in Brooklyn, and creator/director of the upcoming Jordan Heads documentary. Join us for a chat about sneaker culture, what makes Air Jordans and the Jordan brand unique, how the internet has changed the sneaker shopping and collecting experience, the Jordan Heads film, and more!
If you lived in Romania in the 1980s and happened to catch a government sanctioned screening of a foreign film or TV show, your viewing experience would have been much different than someone watching in the West. Anything deemed western was cut: scenes with swimming pools, depictions of too much food, marital infidelity, freedom of religion. Even kisses could only last for three seconds on screen. The 80s were some of the harshest years for communism in Romania and the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was considered one of the most brutal in the soviet bloc. The secret police kept tight control over all aspects of Romanian life and cinema was no exception.
The new documentary about Amy Winehouse offers an intimate look at the vivacious jazz singer's troubled path under the harsh spotlight of fame. The film gives the world a loving and exquisitely done homage to the now-iconic artist.
This week on the show, artist Jessamyn Lovell talks about photography, surveillance and what it was like tracking down the woman who stole her identity. Jessamyn's work is currently on view at CENTER in Santa Fe and SCA Contemporary in Albuquerque. Her new book, in which she chronicles her efforts to find her identity thief, is available now from SF Camerawork.
In the 1960s singer Ros Serey Sothea was one of the biggest stars in Cambodia. In those days the capital Phnom Penh was the hub of a buzzing music scene, full of musicians who, like Ros Serey Sothea were combining traditional Cambodian sounds and themes with western rock and roll. There were surf bands, crooners, garage, punk and psych acts --- all with a distinctly Cambodian character. As the scene grew through the 60s and into the 70s numerous bands clubs and record labels sprung up to meet the demand for new music. In fact, music was such a big part of Cambodian life that even the country's leader Norodom Sihanouk, was an accomplished singer and performer.
We review Alex Gibney's horrifying documentary 'Going Clear' which reveals how scary Scientology really is
The US pulls all its people out of Yemen as the security situation deteriorates, the Jinx is a totally wild documentary, and listener mail about tombstones.
We talk DIY hacks for filmmakers on a budget and review the Academy-Award winning doc 'CitizenFour'