28 episodes

Artists Talk Movies is a platform for discussing films with contemporary visual and performing artists. Hosts Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot speak with a variety of guests about the influence of cinema on their own artistic practices. Foregoing stuffy “art speak”, this lively podcast delivers insight and introduces you to living artists in unique conversations.

Explore the movies that caused a chain reaction of creativity by influencing artists of the 21st century. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erin-stafford/support

Artists Talk Movies Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot

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Artists Talk Movies is a platform for discussing films with contemporary visual and performing artists. Hosts Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot speak with a variety of guests about the influence of cinema on their own artistic practices. Foregoing stuffy “art speak”, this lively podcast delivers insight and introduces you to living artists in unique conversations.

Explore the movies that caused a chain reaction of creativity by influencing artists of the 21st century. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erin-stafford/support

    Waiting for Guffman (1996) with Cody Ledvina

    Waiting for Guffman (1996) with Cody Ledvina

    Have you ever wanted to visit the "stool capital of the world"??? If so, join Heyd and Erin as they discuss this epic saga of Waiting for Guffman with artist Cody Ledvina, who is drawn to this mockumentary format with a satirical edge that created classics such as the Missouri compromise...of whatever Corky's haircut is! This "big fish in a small pond" story allows director/actor Christopher Guest to fabricate the delicious tale of a small town theater director who is tasked with recounting the town's history via a musical production, including alien abductions with quintessential probing. We have reserved a front row ticket for you as we giggle our way through this quest for fame and noterietay in the Americana hellscape we call home.

    Tangents: city council meetings, Total Recall, Matthew McConaughey, gay face, Rand Paul, work families, artist cemetery

    For more information about Cody's studio practice, check out his website www.codyledvina.com and Instagram @codyledvina

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Bringing out the Dead (1999) with Xxavier Edward Carter

    Bringing out the Dead (1999) with Xxavier Edward Carter

    Happy Easter/Jesus Zombie Day everyone!!! Heyd and Erin have invited transdisiplinary artist XXxavier Edward Carter to talk about this anxiety inducing movie Bringing Out the Dead, directed by Martin Scorsese about a manic NYC paramedic who struggles with insomnia as he attempts to save lives throughout the night shift. Much like this film, Xxavier is inspired by stories of survival with biblical references approached with a rawness and sincere vulnerability that achieves a level of transcendence. We promise that this episode will answer all of your questions about death, free will and how to break a metal baseball bat! 

    Tangents include: Pieta, cell phones, co-dependent relationships, death doula, sexy grandmas, nudity in art, sexy toys, Jerry Saltz, pornography 

    For more information about Xxavier's studio practice, check out his website www.xxavierismyname.com and Instagram @bambliatigre

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Lolita (1962) with Sophia Longoria

    Lolita (1962) with Sophia Longoria

    How did they ever make a movie of Lolita??? We attempt to answer that question with our guest Sophia Longoria, who is a Galveston-based artist that explores her personal experiences with inherited trauma and mental illness through figurative painting. As we discuss this movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, Sophia examines the repetitive use of the term "normal", allowing the viewer to see the inherit fallacy in this concept as it is used to describe predators. By cloaking the villains with the flavor of banality, this dark comedy shows us how humor can make us feel uncomfortable when it is sprinkled on top of a monster. 

    See Link Below For An Explanation Of A Therapy Called Cognitive Behavior Therapy That Has Helped Sophia To Be Well!

    www.mayoclinic.org

    Also If You Feel You Need Some Help Out Of A Dark Place Please Seek It Out!! Here's A Number Below To Reach Out.

    www.suicidepreventionlife.org

    Tangents include: Woody Allen, Jorden Peterson, NIMBY, 2022 Oscars, Alfred Hitchcock, Shelly Duvall, Dan Savage

    For more information about Sophia's studio practice, check out her work on Instagram @seriesofdots and website www.seriesofdots.onfabrik.com

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Rollerball (1975) with Chris Schanck

    Rollerball (1975) with Chris Schanck

    Well listeners, it's time lace up your roller skates for this dystopian movie ripe with biting social commentary called Rollerball, which was introduced to us by Detroit-based artist Chris Schanck. As someone who blends futuristic sculpture and furniture, Chris is often drawn to parallels between the ornate and the dilapidated, which can be seen thematically in this film with the use of violent sport as a metaphor to represent societal degradation. We invite you to explore the poetic side of this science-fiction sports movie that accurately predicted the future, with the exception of sport heroes in roller skates!

    Tangents include: artistic moms, Tom Brady, mega churches, Nietzche, gentrification, Idiocracy, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

    For more information about Chris's studio practice, check out his work on Instagram @chrisschanck

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Aimee and Jaguar (1999) with Edgar Fabián Frías

    Aimee and Jaguar (1999) with Edgar Fabián Frías

    Heyd and Erin dig into this Romeo and Juliet style love story with artist/healer Edgar Fabián Frías, who engages with historical legacies while operating outside of the traditional structures of the art work. Since their youth, Edgar has felt connected to the two protagonists, Lily and Felice, who embody characteristics such as resilience, underground activism and gender fluidity, which play directly into Edgar's artwork. We hope you enjoy this dynamic conversation as we weave in and out of the past and present, questioning the status quo whilst trying not making it a "trembling contest".

    Tangents include: femme-phobia, Ukraine, Easter, The Celluloid Closet, The Power of the Dog, fetus food cravings, inherited trauma 

    For more information about Edgars's studio practice, check out their website www.edgarfabianfrias.org and Instagram @edgarfabianfrias

    Panel Discussion: Art, Data and Life in the Metaverse, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, BAMPFA, Osher Theater, UC Berkeley

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Predator (1987) with Emily Peacock

    Predator (1987) with Emily Peacock

    Knock-knock. Who's there? Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger who? Arnold Schwarzenegger making a knock-knock joke in this episode's feature movie Predator! Artist/photographer/comedian Emily Peacock has hand-selected this classic action-packed movie because of the unique bond that she shares with it and her dad growing up in rural Texas. With elements of humor and absurdity, this heart pumping deep-dive allowed us to explore Emily's artwork on multiple levels, but don't worry, we didn't push TOO many pencils!

    Tangents include: competitive weightlifting, Cheetos in any form or color, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, homoeroticism, Ana Mendieta, crooked teeth, Jurassic Park, Eddie Murphy, censorship

    For more information about Emily's studio practice, check out her website www.emilyannpeacock.com and Instagram @epeacock

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    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

FlyboiiJ ,

Great listen

I really like the chemistry on the rollerball and episode. It’s fun to hear while driving and running errands. Keep up the great work!

lissctx ,

Fav Podcast

I look forward to every episode each time !

Ishy319 ,

Lolita (1962)

Loved the coverage over Lolita (1962). It’s refreshing to hear a discussion of the film based off of one of the greatest novels of all time. Interesting choice in film, allows room for thought provoking conversations. :) keep it up ❤️

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