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, 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
Episode 304: COMING TO MY SENSES and CHI-TOWN

July 11, 2018

Today is the birthday of our podcast leader, Bart Weiss. Please send him good wishes at disinfo@fogoftruth.com, or by reaching out to us on Twitter (@fogoftruth). Beyond that, please also give us a listen!

Today's topics are sports- and athleticism-related, with a review of Coming to My Senses and an interview with the director and subject of Chi-Town. The former showcases Aaron Baker, a young man who broke several vertebrae in a motocross accident and now, years later, has recovered enough to cross Death Valley on foot; the latter profiles the college years of rising basketball star Keifer Sykes. We also discuss other films about sports in our opening chatter. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. 

Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Episode 303: FILMWORKER and SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I'VE GOTTA BE ME

July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Today's topics are not exclusively patriotic – though we do talk about Sammy Davis, Jr., a great American – but then again, these are fraught times, and we are by no means a podcast purely for Americans (plus, you know, there's that whole "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" thing). In the spirit of international comity (and of Samuel Johnson), we talk about a man from the land of our former oppressors, too. So sit back, give us a listen, and lose yourself in the brilliance of the fog. 

This episode features a review of Filmworker, that fascinating portrait of director Stanley Kubrick's long-suffering (and very loyal) helpmate Leon Vitali, and an interview with Sam Pollard, director of the equally interesting Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, a profile of the late, great titular entertainer. We open with a discussion of documentaries about creative process. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. 

Enjoy!

 

Christopher Reed
Episode 302: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? and RBG

June 27, 2018

Today, we post an episode which features a review of an extremely popular new documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, and an interview with the filmmakers of another, RBG (also a hit). We frame our discussions of both films with an opening conversation about films that showcase powerful change agents. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. 

Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Season 3 Kicks off with 4 AFI DOCS 2018 Interviews

June 20, 2018

Today, we kick off Season 3 of our podcast with another special, on-location episode featuring four filmmakers at AFI DOCS (just as we did at this year's SXSW, to kick off Season 2). You can find that episode in the usual spots: our "Episodes" page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. In addition, you can check out our "Video Extras" page for the video footage of these interviews. Be sure to check out our previous bonus episode, as well, to hear capsule reviews of each film featured here.

Filmmakers Interviewed (in order):

*Charm City is playing this week (6/20/18) at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York

Enjoy!

 

Christopher Reed
Bonus Episode on AFI DOCS 2018 Is Now Live!

June 6, 2018

Our second (and final) pre-Season 3 bonus episode is now up, and you can listen to it on iTunes, SoundCloud and/or Stitcher, as well as on our Episodes page. The topic is the upcoming AFI DOCS festival, which runs June 13-17 (i.e., next week) in Washington, DC. We review Charm CityThe Cold BlueFor the Birds and United We Fan, and discuss the festival, in general.

Summre, Chris and Bart will all attend AFI DOCS and record group interviews with filmmakers, which we will include in later episodes, including Episode 1 of Season 3, slated to drop on Wednesday, June 20. We will also record video of those interviews – as Chris and Bart did at SXSW – and post those on our Video Extras page. The fog is, indeed, rolling in …

Christopher Reed
Our Next Bonus Episode – on LIFE UNDERGROUND – is up!

May 23, 2018

Our first post-Season 2 bonus episode is now up, and you can listen to it on iTunes, SoundCloud and/or Stitcher, as well as on our Episodes page. The topic is the fascinating web-based interactive documentary Life Underground. Stay tuned for our next bonus episode, to go out on Wednesday, June 6, where we will discuss films playing at the upcoming AFI DOCS festival.

FUN FACT: Summre, Chris and Bart will all attend AFI DOCS and record group interviews with filmmakers, which we will include in later episodes, including Episode 1 of Season 3, slated to drop on Wednesday, June 20. We will also record video of those interviews – as Chris and Bart did at SXSW – and post those on our Video Extras page. Get ready, as the fog is rolling in!

Christopher Reed
Season 2 Is Complete! What's Next?

May 2, 2018

Season 2 is complete (as of last week, on April 25). Stay tuned for upcoming bonus episodes and then the launch of Season 3 following AFI DOCS (which all three of us will attend), in June. We know that one of our bonus episodes will be on the marvelous interactive web documentary Life Underground

Christopher Reed
Season 2 Kicks off with 4 SXSW2018 Interviews

March 21, 2018

Today, we kicked off Season 2 of our podcast with a special, on-location episode featuring four filmmakers/film teams at SXSW. Check out our new "Video Extras" page for the video footage of these interviews. Be sure to check out our previous bonus episode to hear capsule reviews of each film featured here.

Filmmakers Interviewed:

Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
SXSW 2018 Is Almost Here!

March 7, 2018

We just posted, on our episodes page, our promised bonus episode about SXSW 2018. Bart and Chris will be arrive in Austin, Texas, this weekend, and record interviews with filmmakers at the festival, which we will compile into the first episode of Season 2, which we currently plan to release on March 21. We will also include some video – on our upcoming "live events" page – of those interviews. Stay tuned for more details. Remember that you can find us on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher, as well as on this site. Enjoy!

Christopher Reed
Of Season 1, and Beyond!

March 1, 2018

We – Summre, Chris and Bart – want to thank all of you who have listened to all or part of our first season, which began on January 3, 2018, and ran through February 7, with a special bonus episode (on last year's Oscar-nominated short and feature-length documentaries) on February 21. We have a lot of fun putting these together, and hope that they are equally as enjoyable to the rest of you. We are also grateful to the filmmakers we profile for making such interesting movies.

As Bart and Chris prepare to head to SXSW 2018 (which runs March 9-17), in Austin, TX, we will record one more bonus episode (to post on Wednesday, March 7), which will be a teaser of a few documentaries playing at the festival. Our plan after that is to begin running our second season on Wednesday, March 21, which will begin with an episode recorded, in all or in part, from that festival, itself. We wish we could all three meet up in Austin, but fear not, as we are formulating plans to do so in Washington, DC, in June, at the annual AFI DOCS.

Remember that you can find us on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher, and also listen to the show on our episodes page. Happy podcasting!

Christopher Reed