A podcast exploring the definition and boundaries of documentary cinema, as well as current releases within the genre.
The Social Dilemma / Feels Good Man
Both films we discuss this week, THE SOCIAL DILEMMA and FEELS GOOD MAN, look at the more sinister aspects of online culture. Returning guest host Jennifer Proctor joins us a for a review of the first, and then Bart and Chris interview the director, Arthur Jones, and producer, Giorgio Angelini, of the second.
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President / Desert One
Jimmy Carter is on the documentary docket this week as we review Mary Wharton's JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT. Then, Bart and Chris interview the great Barbara Kopple about her DESERT ONE, which analyzes what went wrong with Carter's attempted rescue of the American hostages held in Iran following its 1979 revolution. It's a fascinating combination of films, and we hope you enjoy.
Bird Island / Space Dogs
We start Season 10 with two documentaries about the animal kingdom: BIRD ISLAND and SPACE DOGS. With returning guest host Leslie Combemale, we review the former, and then Bart and Chris interview Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter, the directors of the latter. Stay tuned, as more directly relevant topics to our current time are on the future agenda …
In this special bonus episode, Bart and Chris revisit some favorite moments from past shows, including: all the previous clip-montage intros; excerpts from our interviews with filmmakers Chelsea Hernandez, Stanley Nelson and Morgan Neville; an excerpt from Bart's interview with Patricia Aufderheide about Fair Use; an opening chatter sequence about Sexy Beast; a Doc Talk about James Bond; and a Doc Talk where guest host Sedika Mojadidi discussed her plans for her then new job as a college professor.
In this bonus episode, Bart and Chris interview filmmaker Laurens Grant, first briefly reviewing two of her documentaries, the 2016 STAY WOKE: THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT and the brand-new BLACK IN SPACE: BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER, before launching into an in-depth examination of her career. Both a director and a producer, Grant has a lot to say about the art, craft and business of documentary cinema, as well as about the challenges of being a black woman in this industry.
The Fight / A Thousand Cuts
In this final episode of our 9th season, film critic Hannah Buchdahl joins us to review the upcoming documentary on the many battles fought on our behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union in the age of Donald Trump, THE FIGHT. Then, Bart and Chris interview Ramona Diaz about her (also upcoming) A THOUSAND CUTS, which profiles the challenges faced by journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of the Philippine news site Rappler, under the rule of strongman Rodrigo Duterte.