Bonus Episode: TOP 10 DOCS from 2018 (released 12/12/18)

Well, 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! 

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

Chris’ Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

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

Timestamps:

  • 00:46 - Bart, Chris and Summre introduction conversation

  • 02:30 - Top 10 Lists

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 4 Episode 6 (Episode 406) (released 10/31/18)

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.

Group Review Documentary:

78/52: HITCHCOCK’S SHOWER SCENE (2017) / USA (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Producers: Robert Muratore, Kerry Deignan Roy)

Available to stream on Hulu, Google Play, YouTube & Amazon

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DARK MONEY (2018) / USA (Director: Kimberly Reed, Producers: Kimberly Reed, Katy Chevigny)

Available to stream on Google Play, YouTube & Amazon

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about Horror Documentaries

  • 20:35 - Group review of 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

  • 32:15 - Chris Interviews Kimberly Reed of Dark Money

  • 50:30 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher


Season 4 Episode 5 (Episode 405) (released 10/24/18)

This week we discuss our own personal work and creative ventures and look at two doc portraits of activists doing what they love for careers in the arts: Mr Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End and Mr. Soul!

Group Review Documentary:

MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END (2018) / USA (Director: Pablo Bryant,  Producer: Ted Collins)

Coming in November to online viewing platforms

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

MR. SOUL! (2018) / USA (Directors: Melissa Haizlip & Samuel D. Pollard,  Producer: Melissa Haizlip)

Now Playing at Select Festivals

Other Documentaries & Books Mentioned:

Film Review and Interview Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed (at Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail):

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about Creative Work/Life Balance

  • 15:11 - Group review of MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END

  • 27:35 - Bart Interviews Melissa Haizlip of MR. SOUL

  • 41:34 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher


Season 4 Episode 4 (Episode 404) (released 10/17/18)

What better time to focus on docs about strong dissenting women effecting positive change in the world? Feels like now is good so in this episode we review Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. and Chris interviews the director of ¡Las Sandanistas!

Group Review Documentary:

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (2018) / USA (Director: Stephen Loveridge,  Producers: Paul Mezey, Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman)

Now playing in select theaters.

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

¡LAS SANDANISTAS! (2018) / Nicaragua / USA (Director: Jenny Murray)

Now playing at select festivals. The film opens at the Film Forum in New York on 11/21 and at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on 11/30.

Other Documentaries, Podcasts & Organizations Mentioned:

Film Review and Interview Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed (at Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail):

Timestamps:

  • 00:48 - Intro discussion on empowering documentaries about women and people of color

  • 13:42 - Group review of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

  • 26:29 - Chris Interviews Jenny Murray of ¡Las Sandanistas!

  • 28:22 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher


Season 4 Episode 3 (Episode 403) (released 10/10/18)

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. Be sure to check out our "video extras" page for the video version of our interview with Irene.

Group Review Documentary:

306 HOLLYWOOD (2018) / USA (Directors: Elan Bogarin & Jonathan Bogarin, Producers: Elan Bogarin, Judit Stalter & Jonathan Bogarin)

Now playing in select theaters

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD (2018) / USA (Director: Irene Lusztig, Producer: Irene Lusztig)

Now playing at select film festivals

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about recreations in documentary

  • 14:30 - Group review of 306 HOLLYWOOD

  • 28:26 - Group interviews Irene Lusztig of YOURS IN SISTERHOOD

  • 47:18 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher


Season 4 Episode 2 (Episode 402) (released 10/3/18)

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.

Group Review Documentary:

CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS (2018) / USA (Director / Producer: Jonathan Berman)

Available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DINNER PARTY (2016) / USA (Director: Angel Manuel Soto,  Writers: Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler)

Now playing at select film festivals

Other Documentaries (and One Book) Mentioned:

Film Review Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed (at Hammer to Nail and Film Festival Today):

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about ethics in documentary portrayals of subcultures

  • 11:20 - Group review of CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS

  • 23:10 - Bart, Chris & Summre interview Laura Wexler of DINNER PARTY

  • 41:25 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher


Season 4 Episode 1 (Episode 401) (released 9/26/18)

Following up from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), we discuss the new Michael Moore film, Fahrenheit 11/9, and interview Thom Powers, TIFF’s Documentary Programmer.

Group Review Documentary:

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (2018) / USA (Director: Michael Moore, Producers: Michael Moore, Carl Deal)

Now Playing in Select Theatres

Group Interview with Thom Powers:

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, artistic director of America's largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, and host of the podcast Pure Nonfiction.

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Film Festival Today Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about Film Festival Programming

  • 12:30 - Group review of FAHRENHEIT 11/9

  • 28:49 - Bart, Chris & Summre interview THOM POWERS

  • 46:22 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher


Bonus Episode: Short Documentaries from The Guardian (released 9/12/18)

In this bonus episode we take a look at the documentary content The Guardian produces and chat with Charlie Phillips about being the Head of Documentaries there and overseeing the commission and production of almost 25 short films a year.

The Guardian Films Mentioned:

Unreleased (as of 9/12/18) Guardian Films Mentioned:

Other Films and Websites Mentioned:

Timestamps:

  • 00:46 - Bart, Chris and Summre introduction conversation

  • 14:09 - Group interview with Charlie Phillips

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Bonus Episode: Filmmaker Steve James (Interview from AFI DOCS 2018) (released 8/29/18)

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. Check out our "Video Extras" page for the video version of this episode.

Films Mentioned (Directed by Steve James):

Timestamps:

  • 00:48 - Bart, Chris and Summre introduction

  • 08:18 - Group interview with Steve James

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 6 (Episode 306) (released 7/25/18)

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.

Group Review Documentary:

THE LAST LAUGH - (2016) / USA (Director: Ferne Pearlstein; Producers: Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Ferne Pearlstein and Jan Warner)

Available to stream on Netflix

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

209 RUE SAINT-MAUR, PARIS 10ÈME - THE NEIGHBORS - (2018) / France (Director: Ruth Zylberman; Producers: Céline Nusse, Paul Rozenberg)

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 02:59 - Intro discussion about Holocaust Documentaries

  • 16:15 - Group review of THE LAST LAUGH

  • 26:55 - Bart Interviews Ruth Zylberman of 209 RUE SAINT-MAUR, PARIS 10ÈME - THE NEIGHBORS

  • 48:17 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 5 (Episode 305) (released 7/18/18)

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.

Group Review Documentary:

THE KING - (2018) / USA (Director: Eugene Jarecki; Producers: Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John, Christopher Frierson, David Kuhn)

Available in select theaters

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN - (2017) / USA (Director: Jon Alpert; Producers: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill, Tessa Treadway)

Available to stream on Netflix

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 03:20 - Intro discussion about tying together disparate ideas into a cohesive theme

  • 14:55 - Group review of THE KING

  • 24:42 - Bart Interviews Jon Alpert of CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN

  • 15:08 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 4 (Episode 304) (released 7/11/18)

This episode is all about sports and athleticism documentaries. We review COMING TO MY SENSES, which tells the story of Aaron Baker, who was paralyzed in a motocross accident and is now trekking 20 miles across Death Valley, and Chris interviews the director and subject of CHI-TOWN.

Group Review Documentary:

COMING TO MY SENSES (2017) / USA (Director: Dominic Gill, Producer: Nadia Gill)

Available to stream on Amazon

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

CHI-TOWN (2018) / USA (Director: Nick Budabin, Producers: Nick Budabin, Neal Usatin, Terrence Elenteny)

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 01:19 - Intro discussion about Sports Documentaries

  • 14:54 - Group review of COMING TO MY SENSES

  • 27:47 - Chris Interviews Nick Budabin and Keifer Sykes of CHI-TOWN

  • 45:30 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 3 (Episode 303) (released 7/4/18)

Telling the stories of creators and masters of their craft through documentary is the theme this week. In FILMWORKER, Leon Vitali spends his life working with Stanley Kubrick to develop and preserve a level of quality that Kubrick is known for to this day, and in our interview Chris speaks with Sam Pollard, director of SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME.

Group Review Documentary:

FILMWORKER (2018) / USA (Director: Tony Zierra, Producers: Tony Zierra, Elizabeth Yoffe)

Available in limited theatrical release

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

SAMMY DAVIS, JR..: I’VE GOTTA BE ME (2017) / USA (Director: Samuel D. Pollard, Producer: Sally Rosenthal)

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 03:15 - Intro discussion - Documentaries about creative process

  • 10:00 - Group review of FILMWORKER

  • 23:50 - Chris Interviews Sam Pollard of SAMMY DAVIS, JR..: I’VE GOTTA BE ME

  • 36:00 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 2 (Episode 302) (released 6/27/18)

In this episode, we look at WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? through the lens of radical kindness and the context of social activism documentaries and Chris interviews the directors of RBG.

Group Review Documentary:

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (2018) / USA (Director: Morgan Neville,  Producers: Morgan Neville, Nicholas Ma, Caryn Capotosto)

Now Playing in Select Theatres

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

RBG (2018) / USA (Directors / Producers: Julie Cohen & Betsy West)

Now Playing in Select Theatres

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Intro discussion about Tikkun Olam

  • 12:15 - Group review of WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

  • 31:26 - Chris Interviews Julie Cohen & Betsy West of RBG

  • 49:16 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 3 Episode 1 (Episode 301) (released 6/20/18)

This past week, we met up in person at AFI DOCS in Washington, DC, to conduct interviews with the directors of some of our favorite films from the festival. These films were reviewed in the previous Fog of Truth bonus episode (released on 6/6/18 – see below). Check out our "Video Extras" page for the video footage of these interviews.

Filmmakers Interviewed (in order):

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

Other Documentaries and Television Shows Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:45 - Introduction

  • 03:15 - Interview with Marilyn Ness

  • 16:49 - Interview with Erik Nelson

  • 33:09 - Interview with Michael Sparaga

  • 49:15 - Interview with Richard Miron

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Bonus Episode: AFI DOCS 2018 (released 6/6/18)

As we prepare to meet at AFI DOCS, we discuss the history of the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, this year honoring Steve James. We also review four films we have enjoyed so far from the lineup for which we will be interviewing the directors on location at the festival.

AFI DOCS Films Discussed:

Other Films and AFI DOCS Topics Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:36 - Introduction discussion of the Charles Guggenheim Symposium

  • 07:00 - Group review of UNITED WE FAN

  • 12:50 - Group review of CHARM CITY

  • 15:57 - Group review of FOR THE BIRDS

  • 20:15 - Group review of THE COLD BLUE

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Bonus Episode: "Life Underground" (released 5/23/18)

Bart gives us a brief history of interactive and transmedia documentary and we take a look at Life Underground, an immersive online documentary exploring subways and passengers in urban centers around the world. Also included is an interview between Chris and the creator, Hervé Cohen, from the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

Featured Documentary:

Other Films/Articles/Organization Mentioned:

Film Festival Today link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:36 - Introduction

  • 06:10 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Hervé Cohen of LIFE UNDERGROUND

  • 13:06 - Group discussion of LIFE UNDERGROUND

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also find us on SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 6 (Episode 206) (released 4/25/18)

Compelling doc series available for online streaming seem to be multiplying exponentially, and we take a look at the evolution of this format through the early PBS observational series to today. We also discuss Dirty Money and Bart interviews the creators of Wild Wild Country.

Group Review Documentary:

DIRTY MONEY (2018) / USA (Creator: Alex Gibney)

Available on Netflix

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

WILD WILD COUNTRY (2018) /USA (Creators: Chapman Way & Maclain Way)

Available on Netflix

Other Films/Series Mentioned:

Timestamps:

  • 02:49 - Intro discussion of Documentaries Series

  • 12:53 - Group Review of DIRTY MONEY

  • 29:47 - Bart Weiss interviews Chapman Way & Maclain Way of WILD WILD COUNTRY

  • 46:29 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 5 (Episode 205) (released 4/18/18)

Documentary films about artists and the process of creating and selling art is the topic this week as we each discuss some of our personal favorites and review LEANING INTO THE WIND by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Bart and Chris also interview directors Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting about their new film MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN, which discusses developments in the field of artificial intelligence.

Group Review Documentary:

LEANING INTO THE WIND (2018) / UK, Germany (Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer)

Screening in theatres now

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN (2018) / Netherlands (Directors: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting)  

Other Films/Articles/Books Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 01:45 - Intro discussion of Documentaries about Art

  • 20:48 - Group Review of LEANING INTO THE WIND

  • 33:07 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting of MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN

  • 47:48 -  Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 4 (Episode 204) (released 4/11/18)

The growing number of documentaries shedding light on cases of police brutality and misconduct across the country is the theme this week as we discuss THE FORCE and Chris interviews Craig Atkinson, director of DO NOT RESIST.

Group Review Documentary:

THE FORCE (2017) / USA (Director: Peter Nicks, Producers: Linda Davis, Lawrence Lerew, & Peter Nicks)

Available to stream on Netflix / iTunes / Amazon

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DO NOT RESIST (2016) / USA (Director: Craig Atkinson, Producers: Laura Hartrick & Craig Atkinson)

Available to stream on iTunes / YouTube / Google Play

Other Films/Articles/Podcasts Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 2:20 - Intro discussion of NY Times Op Docs

  • 10:22 - Group Review of THE FORCE

  • 24:02 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Craig Atkinson of DO NOT RESIST

  • 40:15 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 3 (Episode 203) (released 4/4/18)

It’s the week of the cat! We open by talking about internet cat videos, review KEDI (an observational film about cats in Istanbul) and Chris interviews the filmmakers of TROPHY.

Group Review Documentary:

KEDI (2016) / Turkey, USA (Director: Ceyda Torun, Producers: Ceyda Torun & Charlie Wuppermann)

Available to stream on iTunes / Amazon / Google Play

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

TROPHY (2017) / (Directors: Christina Clusiau & Shaul Schwarz)  

Available to stream on iTunes / YouTube / Google Play

Other Films/Articles/Books/Animal-Related Content Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 14:22 - Group Review of KEDI

  • 28:50 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Christina Clusiau & Shaul Schwarz of TROPHY

  • 48:28 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 2 (Episode 202) (released 3/28/18)

This week we discuss all things environmental documentary: What makes an effective call to action film? Do environmental docs need to do that to make an impact? And, we review IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE plus Chris interviews the directors of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL.

Group Review Documentary:

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE (2015) / USA / Belgium / China / Germany / Hong Kong / India / Japan / Taiwan / UK (Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Patrick Shen, Producers: Andrew Brumme & Brandon Vedder)

Available to stream on iTunes / Roku / Chromecast

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL (2017) / USA (Directors: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk, Producers: Richard Berge, Jeff Skoll & Diane Weyermann)

Available to stream on iTunes / Amazon / Google Play

Other Documentaries and Filmmakers Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 03:23 - Intro discussion about environmental documentaries

  • 15:23 - Group review of In Pursuit of Silence

  • 32:00 - Chris Interviews Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk to An Inconvenient Sequel

  • 48:07 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Season 2 Episode 1 (Episode 201) (released 3/21/18)

In a very special on-location episode, Chris and Bart interview 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 in this new episode.

Filmmakers Interviewed:

Other Items & People Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 00:39 - Introduction by Christopher Llewellyn Reed

  • 02:52 - On location introduction by Bart Weiss & Christopher Llewellyn Reed

  • 04:41 - Interview with Jeremy Workman & Matt Green

  • 22:15 - Interview with Alexandria Bombach

  • 38:57 - Interview with Cristina Constantini & Darren Foster

  • 54:50 - Interview with Yuqi Kang

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

  • Video Shot by Ryan Neitzey

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Bonus Episode: SXSW 2018 (released 3/7/18)

In preparation for SXSW, we have a brief discussion of the festival generally, how much we love the programming there, and take a closer look at four of the documentary features from the 2018 lineup.

SXSW Films Reviewed:

Other Films Mentioned:

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


Bonus Episode: Oscars! (released 2/21/18)

Leading up to the Academy Awards, we talk Oscars and each pick our favorite feature and short documentary nominees as well as wildly speculate on which films will take home the trophy this year.

Documentary Shorts Nominated by the Academy:

Documentary Features Nominated by the Academy:

Other Films Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


 

Season 1 Episode 6 (released 2/7/18)

This week, we review One of Us, an observational film about three people in the process of leaving their Hasidic communities. Then, we all hop on the phone with Leah Warshawski director of Big Sonia to talk about her filmmaking process and the telling of such a personal story.

Group Review Documentary:

ONE OF US / 2017 (Directors / Producers: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)

Available to stream on Netflix

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

BIG SONIA / 2016 (Directors: Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski)

Other (Mostly) Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Link by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 10:07 - Group Review of ONE OF US

  • 22:10 - Group Interview w Leah Warshawski, director of BIG SONIA

  • 44:55 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.

 

 

Season 1 Episode 5 (released 1/31/18)

This week we have slightly divergent feelings about the time commitment required to watch a six-part series on the Grateful Dead. Plus, Bart interviews Ellen Goldfarb of Dare to Be Different.

Group Review Documentary:

LONG STRANGE TRIP (2017) / (Director: Amir Bar-Lev / Producers: Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff, Justin Kreutzmann)

Available to stream on Amazon

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (2017) / (Director / Producer: Ellen Goldfarb)

Other (Mostly) Documentaries Mentioned:

Timestamps:

  • 12:41 - Group Review of LONG STRANGE TRIP

  • 26:47 - Bart Weiss Interviews Ellen Goldfarb

  • 40:20 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.

 

 
 

Season 1 Episode 4 (released 1/24/18)

This week we talk about systemic racism, the rodent problem in Chris’s hometown of Baltimore* and Rat Film (this is where you can find the Baltimore rat bumper sticker Chris mentions). And, we have an interview with Erik Ljung, the director of The Blood Is at the Doorstep.

*Chris is wrong in his discussion of when Baltimore was first dubbed "Charm City," as this article makes clear. It was earlier than he thought.

Group Review Documentary:

RAT FILM (2016) / (Director: Theo Anthony / Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Riel Roch Decter)

Available to stream on Amazon / iTunes / Google Play

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP (2017) / (Director & Producer: Erik Ljung)

Other (Mostly) Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 11:52 - Group Review of RAT FILM

  • 29:00 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Erik Ljung

  • 47:05 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

  • Music from the movie Rat Film by Dan Deacon.

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


 
 

Season 1 Episode 3 (released 1/17/18)

In this episode we look at the rise of drone usage in documentaries and have an in-depth discussion of Strad Style, a film about a charming rural eccentric who makes replicas of historical violins. We also have an interview with Luke Korem, director of Dealt.

Group Review Documentary:

STRAD STYLE (2017) / (Director: Stefan Avalos, Producers: Stefan Avalos, Suzan Ortmeier)

Available to stream on Amazon / iTunes / Google Play

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DEALT (2017) / (Director: Luke Korem, Producers: Russell Wayne Groves, Luke Korem)

Available to stream on Amazon / iTunes / Google Play

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Timestamps:

  • 9:08 - Group Review of STRAD STYLE

  • 21:31 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews interviews Luke Korem of DEALT

  • 34:58 - Doc Talk

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are also on Stitcher.


 
 

Season 1 Episode 2 (released 1/10/18)

Bart Weiss, Christopher Llewellyn Reed and Summre Garber talk about documentaries where the filmmaker is very much a part of the film and review Unrest, a personal look at Jennifer Brea, who filmed her own onset and struggle with M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). The episode also features an interview with Alexandra Dean, director of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Group Review:

UNREST (2017) / UK, USA (Director: Jennifer Brea, Producers: Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias)

Available to stream on Amazon / iTunes / Google Play

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (2017) / (Director: Alexandra Dean, Producers: Alexandra Dean, Adam Haggiag, Katherine Drew)

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Credits:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

Timestamps:

  • 8:30 - Group Review of UNREST

  • 20:45 - Bart Weiss interviews Alexandra Dean of BOMBSHELL

  • 32:38 - Doc Talk

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.

And we are now also on Stitcher!


 

Season 1 Episode 1 (released 1/3/18)

Bart Weiss, Christopher Llewellyn Reed and Summre Garber discuss sub-genres within the larger genre of “Documentary” and delve deep into Maineland, a film about two high school students from China attending a boarding school in Maine. The episode also features an interview with Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker, of Barbecue.

Group Review:

MAINELAND (2017) / China, USA (Director: Miao Wang, Producers: Robert M. Chang, Violet Du Feng, Damon Smith, Miao Wang)

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

BARBECUE (2017) / Australia, Armenia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, USA, Uruguay (Director: Matthew Salleh, Producers: Daniel Joyce, Rose Tucker)

Available to stream on Netflix / iTunes / Google Play

Other Documentaries Mentioned:

Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:

Music:

  • "Fog of Truth" musical theme composed by Jeremiah Moore (composed for the podcast and used by permission)

  • Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

Timestamps:

  • 8:19 - Group Review of MAINELAND

  • 29:47 - Christopher Llewellyn Reed interviews Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker of BARBECUE

  • 47:58 - Doc Talk

You can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud.