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podcast #25: English Professors






To learn more about films about English Professors, I interviewed my friend Sean who is a college English Professor. Originally from Florida, now teaching in the middle of California, he skates, surfs, writes poetry and novels, runs the indie Gorsky Press, and is a Thomas Pynchon scholar. 

We talk about the English Professor character in movies, real life awkward interactions, when and why books make good films, and get to hear some great secrets about professors that could make better films. Sean also reminds me about the power of movies on the public and political views, and how films might be harming our view of higher education.




Sean's new book = "a collection of short stories about my favorite authors and their metaphysical ukuleles. Each story is an homage to a specific author. Most are based upon true events in the authors’ lives. All of them include a ukulele."

Sean's author page
Gorsky Press

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

bookends:
clip from "Animal House"
clip from "Inherent Vice" trailer
which happens to use a song that's in Animal House






list of authors we spoke about and the books that Sean recommends:
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Chester Himes, If He Hollers Let Him Go
Toni Cade Bambara, Gorilla My Love
Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Steph Cha, Beware Beware
Philippe Garnier, Goddis: A Life in Black and White
David Goodis, Nightfall





podcast #24: Apiachatpong Weerasethakul







Apichatpong Weerasethakul is incredibly modest. From his first feature MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (2000) to the popular SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (2006) and UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010), his films and installations play around the world in art houses and museums with huge critical praise, he’s won the big film festivals, become a darling of the art world too. His surreal style feels honest and convincing….even with all the praise, if you talk with Apichatpong he’s just a huge movie fan that notices the magic of the world surrounding him.


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

bookends:
"Smiling Beat Of Life" by The Coneheads
"The End of the Film Era" by Lonnie Holley

www.kickthemachine.com
all photos from his website




above: poster by Chris Ware

below: photos from installation "Unknown Forces"























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.


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

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

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


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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.