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podcast #26: Brakhage and Reggio Talk to Students

Stan Brakhage and Godfrey Reggio Talk to High School Students:

I found an old cassette tape of an interview I made for the print issue Cinemad #2. Avant masters Stan Brakhage and Godfrey Reggio met for the first time at the Telluride Film Festival in 1999 while speaking with high school students attending the fest. I was working there as a projectionist and asked Brakhage for an interview, he suggested I sit in and record this. I turned it into an article but its more interesting as a rediscovered time capsule. Brakhage showed three brand new hand-painted shorts (part of his Persian Series) and Reggio had some of his film clips show with a Phillip Glass tribute. Both were yearly attendees with regular fans, but the kids did not know their work - making for an even better discussion, exploring what their films are and their thoughts on the world at large. The sound quality is ok but raw from the cassette. If you are a static addict, this will sound beautiful. The students asked the questions. Reggio's voice is lower. Stan's is higher pitched and he speaks first.

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Photo by Mike Plante. Telluride, 1999.

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

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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.

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

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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.