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Factual America examines America through the lens of documentary filmmaking. Guests include leading documentary filmmakers as well as experts on the American experience.

Factual America Matthew Sherwood

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Factual America examines America through the lens of documentary filmmaking. Guests include leading documentary filmmakers as well as experts on the American experience.

    Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock and Roll

    Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock and Roll

    Chuck Berry (1926-2017) was the original King of Rock and Roll. That is according to Jon Brewer, and being referred to as 'God of rock docs,' he should know.
    Jon discusses Chuck Berry and the making of his documentary about the American icon. The film tells the story of Chuck’s life through the lens of his relatives and friends, and also uses dramatic reenactments of certain situations Chuck Berry lived through. 
    Jon goes on to share a host of amazing stories drawn from his 50 years in the music business. He worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, he was David Bowie's manager at one point, he produced some of Gerry Rafferty's songs, and he spent significant time with B.B. King. And that's just to name a few.
    As Jon has more documentary projects under way, Factual America will be following his work and bring him back for more exciting stories about iconic musicians.
    “Chuck Berry was the original king of rock and roll. He was a poet, he invented many words, and he created the teenage audience.” - Jon Brewer
    Time Stamps: 02:06 - Who Chuck Berry was.
    04:23 - Where the audience can watch the film.
    05:55 - What made Chuck Berry so special.
    12:53 - What some of his most famous songs are.
    14:16 - His storytelling skills and how his music inspired The Beatles.
    18:25 - How prison changed Chuck and why he opened up a mixed-race club.
    23:36 - The leisure park he developed and ran.
    26:45 - How his wife reacted to his autobiography.
    29:20 - What Chuck’s family thinks about him, and the respect for the fortune in real estate that he made.
    35:01 - Stories Jon heard from B.B. King about the difficulties with getting paid as a black performer.
    37:20 - How the entertainment industry has changed in the last 50 years.
    41:58 - Chuck’s criminal past and the time he spent in prison.
    48:07 - Why Jon decided to create reconstructions of certain events in the documentary.
    57:12 - Other artists Jon has worked with.
    1:04:08 - The film Jon’s now working on.
    1:10:11 - The ways film and music are coming together.
    1:14:55 - Chuck’s involvement in producing the song ‘Baker Street’, and how he knew Gerry Rafferty. 
    Resources: Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock and Roll
    B.B. King - The Life of Riley
    Legends of the Canyon Monochrome
    Alamo Pictures 
    Connect with Jon Brewer:
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Kiss the Ground: How We Can Reverse Climate Change

    Kiss the Ground: How We Can Reverse Climate Change

    On a daily basis, we are inundated with more bad news about the environmental catastrophe caused by climate change, unfolding in front of our very eyes.
    But is it too late? Can anything really be done? It's enough to make us give up. Many of us have. But a simple solution may be literally underneath our feet, according to the Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground from award-winning filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell.
    Kiss the Ground reveals that by regenerating the world's soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilise the Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Is it really that simple?
    An inspiring, solution-based approach, focusing on regenerative agriculture, this film is a must-watch for anyone interested in how we can reverse climate change.
    “There’s so much joy to put your hands in the dirt, feel the dirt, and literally kiss the ground.” - Rebecca Tickell
    Time Stamps: 03:20 - The climate crisis the world is facing and the solution this film puts forward.
    04:13 - How happy Josh is with the movie's reception.
    06:25 - A brief synopsis of Kiss the Ground explaining how they plan to reverse climate change.
    07:30 - The natural way most people respond to climate change.
    10:18 - Using soil as a solution to our climate problems.
    12:38 - How we’ve destroyed our topsoil over the last few hundred years.
    18:37 - The regenerative farming methods we can use to solve this problem.
    25:06 - The need for change in global agriculture because of our increasing population.
    28:14 - What politicians think about these practices and new related policies.
    32:15 - The ways we can turn cows from being a problem to being a solution.
    37:31 - How the idea for the film came to fruition.
    44:04 - Biodiesel and how they got Woody Harrelson involved in Kiss the Ground movie.
    46:33 - The hardest part of making the movie.
    49:42 - The importance of graphics and how they decided which ones to use.
    56:28 - What it’s like working together as a couple.
    58:39 - The next project Josh and Rebecca are working on and what it’s about.
    1:02:33 - The power that Generation Z has. 
    Resources: Kiss the Ground Movie
    Kiss the Ground on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    The Kiss the Ground Movement
    Fuel
    Alamo Pictures
    Connect with Josh Tickell:
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    Twitter
    Facebook
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    Connect with Rebecca Tickell:
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    Facebook
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    Connect with Factual America:
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    Connect with Matthew Sherwood:
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Robin's Wish: Who Robin Williams Really Was

    Robin's Wish: Who Robin Williams Really Was

    In Robin's Wish (2020), filmmaker Tylor Norwood brings the story of Robin Williams' horrific battle with a brain disease called Lewy Body Dementia.

    • 59 min
    Boys State: A Reflection of a Polarised Society

    Boys State: A Reflection of a Polarised Society

    Boys State (2020), the Sundance Jury Prize winner by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, brilliantly captures the division and polarisation of American society.

    • 53 min
    Linda Ronstadt: An Hommage to Mexican Americans

    Linda Ronstadt: An Hommage to Mexican Americans

    'Linda and the Mockingbirds' (2020), directed and produced by James Keach, shows how famous singer Linda Ronstadt gives back to Mexican-American community.

    • 51 min
    A Life on Our Planet: Sir David Attenborough's Witness Statement

    A Life on Our Planet: Sir David Attenborough's Witness Statement

    David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (2020), brings us Sir David's witness statement and provides simple solutions to saving our planet.

    • 55 min

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This is a great podcast if you’re into factual entertainment. The listener learns a lot about America and the backstory behind the film. Fascinating!

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