EPISODE 704: #FEMALEPLEASURE and SEARCHING EVA

October 16, 2019

This week, we welcome guest host Jennifer Proctor, filmmaker and Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn, for a robust discussion of the new documentary #FemalePleasure and its examination of female agency in the modern world. Following that group review, we play Chris’s interview with director Pia Hellenthal and writer Giorgia Malatrasi, co-creators of Searching Eva, a highly stylized portrait of feminist intellectual and sex worker Eva Collé. Join us as we follow women forging their own paths, patriarchy be damned. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on Apple Podcasts and other sites. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 703: MEMORY-THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN and BEYOND THE BOLEX

October 9, 2019

Joining us this week is documentarian Anuradha Rana – Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, DePaul University – as we discuss Alexandre O. Philippe’s Memory: The Origins of Alien and interview director Alyssa Bolsey and cinematographer Camilo Lara of Beyond the Bolex. Both films deal, albeit in very different ways, with behind-the-scenes looks at the art of filmmaking. From blood-curdling chest-bursting scenes to the perfect windup, rotating-lens-turret camera, we’ve got you covered. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on Apple Podcasts and other sites. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 702: HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. and AMERICAN FACTORY

October 2, 2019

For this second episode of our current season we try something new with a look back at an important film from the past, Barbara Kopple’s 1976 Harlan County U.S.A., which won the 1977 Best Documentary Oscar. Why this trip down docu-memory lane? Two reasons: 1) our guest host this week is actually a guest historian, Betsy McLane, who not only knows just about everything there is to know about documentary history, but also knows quite a lot about Kopple; and 2) the coal miners of Harlan County, Kentucky, are once again on strike, gaining national and international attention over the summer. Plus ça change … 

And while we’re on the topic of great films about unions, we thought we’d also play a recent interview Chris did with directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert of American Factory, just recently released on Netflix, which tells the story of what happens when a Chinese glass company takes over an abandoned GM plant. It starts out so well, but then, well … you’ll just have to listen to our podcast and then watch the movie. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on Apple Podcasts and other sites. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
EPISODE 701: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD and CRIME + PUNISHMENT

September 25, 2019

We are back for a new season, and this time with a series of guest hosts – a new one each episode – to accompany Bart and Chris on their journey through documentary cinema. Our guest for this episode is filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi, whose Facing the Dragon I mentioned on our April 17 bonus episode. We review Danish director Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld, a wild romp of an investigative movie, just recently released in theaters, and interview director Stephen Maing about last year’s Crime + Punishment. Curious about the connection? Listen on … Finally, at the end, in “Doc Talk,” since Sedika has just taken up a teaching position at Savannah College of Art and Design, we discuss her planned strategies to train the next generation of documentarians. And all that in just over 50 minutes.

As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our "episodes" page, on Apple Podcasts and other sites. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
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