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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 (or 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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)
  • 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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)

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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)

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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)

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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)

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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)
  • 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)
  • Additional interstitial music by BELLS≥ (used by permission)

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: