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podcast #23: Jennifer Reeder






Longtime artist and filmmaker Jennifer Reeder is originally from Ohio and puts much of that midwest town essence into her characters and themes in art, installations and films. 


Now living and working in Chicago for decades, two of her most recent shorts take nuanced looks into teen life that are very stylized but have an incredible honest feel anyway. The two are playing film festivals everywhere - A MILLION MILES AWAY won awards at Ann Arbor, Chicago Underground and Oberhausen and just played at Sundance. Her newer short BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN just premiered at Berlin.Reeder also just received a Creative Capital grant for a feature script called AS WITH KNIVES AND SKIN. Another thing Reeder has is amazing film titles.


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thejenniferreeder.com 


A MILLION MILES AWAY - teaser from Jennifer Reeder on Vimeo.



SAMPLE CLIP - A MILLION MILES AWAY 3 min clip of 28 min TRT. from Jennifer Reeder on Vimeo.

podcast #22: Drug Films








My friends C and S used to be intense drug addicts. I asked them what they think about junkie films. For the drug-film genre, heroin movies often try to be the most realistic, whether glorifying or damning. C&S talk about what their day-to-day life was like, what movie characters they connect with, AIDS scares, art, needles and Alf. It's a surprise which film captures the lifestyle the best.

spoiler below - its better to read it after hearing the podcast.
Thanks so much to C&S for laying it all out.

"Drugs are for Thugs" by The Panics
"Looking for a Kiss" by The New York Dolls

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C realized that the film that captures the heroin life the most is Groundhog Day. When I re-listened to the podcast I was surprised that, after C mentions it and we laugh and S agrees, we don't delve any deeper into it. Yet that's the point that I remember the most from the recording. Living the exact same day over and over and over again. The film's plot lays it out perfect too, at first its weird but then it gets fun, and then very dark very fast. If you remember the middle, Murray actually tries really hard to be a good person, do everything right, change all the little things to make himself better. But it just stays the same day for a long time.











podcast #21: Calvin Lee Reeder






Calvin Lee Reeder has been kicking around the avant gutter for a long time now. His 16mm shorts weirded out audiences at film festivals and then two feature films did - THE OREGONIAN and THE RAMBLER. His layers of vivid color and texture in the film's images and constructed soundtrack pumps electricity into the genre characters and plots they inhabit. We work those ideas out, talk about losing confidence, a thing named Jerkbeast, and his day jobs along the way.

photo: Calvin Lee Reeder and Lindsay Pulsipher, photo by Mike Plante

bookends:
"The Oregonian Theme" written and performed by Calvin Lee Reeder
"Outrageous Math Test" by The Popular Shapes (Calvin on bass)

Cinemad podcasts are available on IBlameSociety.com, SoundCloud and on the iTunes.

THE OREGONIAN on DVD and 7" soundtrack, released by Factory 25:
http://www.factorytwentyfive.com/the-oregonian/











podcast #20: Anna Karina












This is a quick podcast, highlights from a panel discussion I led at the Off Camera Film Festival in Krakow in 2009, where Anna Karina was showing a selection of her films she made with Godard and a few films she directed. If you don't know her, she made some of the best films of the 1960s with Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo and other great French cinema icons. The films not only hold up today as fresh and inspirational with old school genre stories (love, crime, life) reinvigorated with an exciting, unexpected style. But you realize how much of modern independent cinema has learned/borrowed/stolen from the group, particularly the power of Anna onscreen.

In this recording the fest made, one part of my intro is left out where it took me a second to get a hold of the fact that we were hanging out with Karina.

"OK - we are going to try to ask questions without stuttering..."
Anna laughs: "Oh come on..."
"But Anna Karina - you are Anna Karina."
Anna: "We are all just people here!"
I stopped dorking out after that.



all podcasts are available here for streaming or download, and on iTunes for free under Cinemad.
photo by Hejer Charf

Bookends:
Cafe scene from Vivre sa Vie (1962)
Dance scene from Bande à Part (1964)

podcast #19: Chris Goodwin, Chad Hartigan and numbers






Name a film. Immediately and from memory, Chris will tell you what date it was released and Chad will tell you what the box office was. How would two guys go from being obsessed with Hollywood so much that they know marketing statistics to being entrenched in the independent film world. One going from big budget movie numbers to making a soft-spoken, character-driven Sundance award-winning feature [Chad wrote and directed THIS IS MARTIN BONNER], the other writing for a smart, esoteric Adult Swim show [Chris writes for the great Brad Neely show China IL].

all podcasts are available here for streaming or download, and on iTunes for free under Cinemad.
Bookends from the amazing Raymond Scott / Manhattan Research Inc.