BONUS EPISODE: Patricia Aufderheide and Fair Use

August 28, 2019

In this bonus episode, Bart interviews Patricia Aufderheide, of American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, about how she first developed the guidelines for “fair use,” those rules whereby documentary filmmakers place footage from other sources in their films without fear of lawsuits. It’s one of the most important developments in the nonfiction filmmaking worldof the last 20 years, and Aufderheide made it happen. This is her story.

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
BONUS EPISODE: THE GREAT HACK

July 24, 2019

This bonus episode features a review of the new Netflix documentary The Great Hack – which opens today on the site – and an interview with its directors, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, from this year’s AFI DOCS film festival. The film discusses both the 2016 Brexit and 2016 U.S. presidential elections and how the public’s personal data was misused by the now-defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. It’s a visually exciting and dramatically gripping look at how social-media activity leads to the hacking of our brains.

Sadly, this is also the first Fog of Truth episode done without our erstwhile colleague Summre Garber, who has left the podcast to pursue other opportunities. We miss her. Stay tuned for more information about the guest hosts that Chris Reed and Bart Weiss will invite onto the show for Season 7, which we plan to launch some time in September, after first recording one more bonus episode between now and then.

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 606: BE NATURAL and MAKING WAVES

June 26, 2019

There is no shortage of documentaries on various aspects of film history and we discuss a few of them plus have a group review of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché and an interview (by Chris) with Midge Costin of Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

This concludes season 6. Stay tuned for more bonus episodes and the eventual next season. Thanks for listening!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 605: AFI DOCS 2019

June 19, 2019

This episode is dedicated to AFI DOCS 2019, featuring an interview with Festival Director Michael Lumpkin, group discussion of three features – Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, Slay the Dragon and We Believe in Dinosaurs – playing at the festival this year and an interview with Chris and Linda Goldstein Knowlton of We Are the Radical Monarchs. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 602: BISBEE '17 and BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

May 29, 2019

This week we look at documentaries about immigration (and specifically about migrant workers) as we review Bisbee ‘17 and have an interview with Chelsea Hernandez of Building the American Dream. Please note that there is accompanying video for the latter, available on our “videos extras” page.

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 601: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD and APOLLO 11

May 22, 2019

We’re back with a new season! Yay! Season 6 it is, and what a season it will be!

Many documentaries use archival footage in different ways, sometimes the entire film is archival and other times it is interwoven with new footage, or altered or animated to create a completely new and different work. This week we chat a bit about all of these variations and review the recent archival masterpiece, They Shall Not Grow Old and Chris interviews Todd Douglas Miller of Apollo 11.

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
BONUS EPISODE: STANLEY NELSON

May 8, 2019

This bonus episode features an interview with the great Stanley Nelson, a prolific director telling complex and socially relevant stories in an expert and entertaining way. The episode drops the day before Nelson’s latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, plays at the Maryland Film Festival, in co-host Chris Reed’s hometown of Baltimore. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
BONUS EPISODE: FIELD OF VISION

April 17, 2019

In what is now a tradition for bonus episodes, we look at an online collective of short documentaries, this time with Field of Vision. Founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnak and Charlotte Cook, the site showcases insightful films from insider perspectives on various areas of the world, with a focus on political and social inequalities. 

Field of Vision Films Covered:

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 506: SXSW 2019 Reviews/Interviews of/with PAHOKEE and RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

March 13, 2019

For SXSW we discuss two of the films playing this year, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins and Pahokee, and Bart and Chris interview the filmmakers of each while in Austin, Texas. To see the videos that accompany our interviews, please go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

This concludes Season 5. Stay tuned for a few bonus episodes over the next two months, with Season 6 slated to begin in mid- to late May.

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 504: THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING and GENERATION WEALTH

February 27, 2019

Audience fascination with films about the ultra-wealthy in a time of great economic disparity is the topic this week as we discuss The Price of Everything and Chris interviews Lauren Greenfield, the director of Generation Wealth.

The HBO documentary film THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING can be viewed on HBO GO/NOW

Audio excerpts courtesy of HBO

As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

Christopher Reed
Episode 503: OSCAR DOCS and THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

February 20, 2019

This week we talk Oscars with a brief discussion of the documentary-feature nominees and a more intensive review of each nominated short, as well as kvetch generally about the complicated relationship between documentary films and Oscar, and also interview Robert Bahar, co-director of The Silence of Others.

Oscar Shorts Reviewed:

To see the video that accompanies our interview with Bing Liu – from the 2018 AFI DOCS festival – go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Episode 502: UNITED SKATES and MINDING THE GAP

February 13, 2019

Youth culture (and specifically docs dealing with subjects “on wheels”) is the topic this week as we look at United Skates, about roller skating in African-American communities across the U.S., and Minding the Gap, about three skateboarding friends growing up in the rust belt.

Note: This interview with Bing Liu – and the accompanying podcast – was recorded before the Oscar nominations were announced, hence we did not mention MINDING THE GAP being nominated in the 2019 Best Documentary category. But, we are very excited about that development since recording!

THE HBO DOCUMENTARY FILM “UNITED SKATES” DEBUTS FEBRUARY 18th ON HBO. Audio excerpts courtesy of HBO

To see the video that accompanies our interview with Bing Liu – from the 2018 AFI DOCS festival – go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Episode 501: Interviews with 4 Doc Filmmakers from 2019 Slamdance and Sundance Festivals

February 6, 2019

Chris and Summre interview four filmmakers from snowy Park City in this special Sundance & Slamdance on-location episode. To see the video that accompanies each of these interviews, please visit our “video extras” page. To hear our reviews of these four films, please check out our previous bonus episode, released on January 23. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Filmmakers Interviewed:

Christopher Reed
Bonus Episode: 2019 SLAMDANCE/SUNDANCE PREVIEW

January 23, 2019

Happy New Year! Our second post-Season 4 bonus episode features reviews of the four Park City films we will cover, with filmmaker interviews (to be conducted by Summre and Chris), in Episode 501 (to drop 2/6/19), along with a discussion of how psyched we are to go to the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Sundance Films Reviewed:

Slamdance Films Reviewed:

Christopher Reed
Bonus Episode: TOP 10 DOCS from 2018

December 12, 2018

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where everyone loves to assemble top-ten lists of all sorts. In this bonus episode, we each discuss our top ten documentaries of this year and the general trends we are seeing in 2018 doc films. Please note that ANY documentary that we profiled on our podcast is worth watching, even if it didn't make the Top 10! As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Our next bonus episode will air sometime in January, with reviews of films playing at the 2019 Sundance and Slamdance film festivals. A few weeks after that, we will launch our fifth season, with interviews conducted in Park City, UT, at those two film festivals, featuring the directors whose films we will have reviewed in the January bonus episode. Stay tuned!

Here are our lists:

Bart’s Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Chris’ Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Summre’s Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Christopher Reed