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
Episode 406: 78/52-HITCHCOCK'S SHOWER SCENE and DARK MONEY

October 31, 2018

In a special Halloween-themed episode, things get spooky as we talk about the myriad of horror documentaries available online, review 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, and Chris interviews Kimberly Reed of Dark Money. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

This episode concludes our fourth season. We’ll be taking a longer break than usual between this and Season 5, which will begin just after the start of the Sundance and Slamdance festivals, at the end of January. Stay tuned for our first of two bonus episodes, however, sometime in December. Until then, you can get even foggier by going back and listening to our previous episodes. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Episode 403: 306 HOLLYWOOD and YOURS IN SISTERHOOD

October 10, 2018

Recreations, hybridity and truth are the topics this week as we discuss what classifies a documentary while fictionalization in documentaries becomes more commonplace. Through this lens we review 306 Hollywood and interview Irene Lusztig of Yours in Sisterhood, whom we met at AFI DOCS 2018. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. In addition, check out our "video extras" page for the video version of our interview with Irene Lusztig.

Christopher Reed
Episode 402: CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS and DINNER PARTY

October 3, 2018

What are the ethical standards of a filmmaker portraying subcultures to which they do not belong? How does it shift if they are a member? How does the relationship between the filmmaker, subject and intended audience play out? This week we discuss all of this and sprinkle in alien stuff too, for fun, with a review of Calling All Earthlings and an interview with Laura Wexler (which we recorded at the 2018 AFI DOCS), one of the writers behind the VR movie Dinner Party. You can find the episode in the usual spots: on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

Christopher Reed
Season 4 Launches, with FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review + Interview with PURE NONFICTION's Thom Powers!

September 26, 2018

Today, we launch Season 4 of our podcast with a review of Michael Moore’s latest inspirational polemic, Fahrenheit 11/9, and follow that up with a group interview with Thom Powers, Documentary Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Moore’s film just recently had its world premiere. You can find the episode in the usual spots: on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

It is a special treat to have Powers on our podcast, as he is a podcaster, himself, with not one, but two to his name: WNYC’s Documentary of the Week and Pure Nonfiction. In addition to his work for TIFF, he is also Artistic Director of America's largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, among other gigs. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Final Pre-Season 4 Bonus: Documentaries from THE GUARDIAN

September 12, 2018

We are back, with our second pre-Season 4 bonus episode. That season will launch on September 26, so get ready, as the fog is rolling back in. Here, we take a look at the documentary content The Guardian produces and chat with Charlie Phillips about being Head of Documentaries there and overseeing the commission and production of almost 25 short films a year. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

Christopher Reed
Another Bonus Episode: This One on (and with) Director Steve James!

August 29, 2018

We are back, with another bonus episode (and a second one due on September 12), beginning our lead-in to Season 4 (premiering on September 26). Here, we sat down with director Steve James at AFI DOCS 2018 to discuss his body of work as a whole, his most recent series, America to Me, and working in various modes of documentary storytelling. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. In addition, check out our "Video Extras" page for the video version of this episode.

Coming up next will be an episode on the British newspaper The Guardian's terrific documentary content. We complement our discussion with an interview with the head of that programming, Charlie Phillips. So, enjoy today's episode, but stay very much tuned for more great content to follow . . .

Christopher Reed
Episode 306: THE LAST LAUGH and 209 RUE SAINT-MAUR, PARIS 10ÈME.

July 25, 2018

Looking back at history under a contemporary lens can be a powerful and worthwhile tool to provide context and take action in difficult political times. This week, we look at Holocaust documentaries as we review The Last Laugh and Bart interviews Ruth Zylberman of 209 rue Saint-Maur, Paris 10ème - The Neighbors. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

This episode concludes our third season. That makes 18 episodes so far: 3 seasons x 6 episodes each + 4 bonus episodes. Stay tuned for a few more bonus episodes, starting towards the end of August/beginning of September, with Season 4 to follow soon thereafter. Until then …

Episode 305: THE KING and CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN

July 18, 2018

This week, we cover documentary films that at first appear to be about a bunch of wildly different ideas but then manage to tie it all together under coherent and satisfying themes. We have a review of The King (in select theaters now), followed by an interview between Bart and the director of Cuba and the Cameraman. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. 

Enjoy!

Christopher Reed