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).

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

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

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 (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)