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 1/17/18)

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

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 1/17/18)

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

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.

 
 

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