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The no nonsense, in-depth, actors-on-acting podcast from Filmmaker Magazine. Hosted by Peter Rinaldi. One working actor every episode doing a deep dive into their approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter—just the work.

Back To One Filmmaker Magazine

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    • 4.0 • 94 Ratings

The no nonsense, in-depth, actors-on-acting podcast from Filmmaker Magazine. Hosted by Peter Rinaldi. One working actor every episode doing a deep dive into their approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter—just the work.

    Mario Van Peebles

    Mario Van Peebles

    “Heartbreak Ridge” put him on the map as an actor, “New Jack City” as a director, and with “Posse,” the 1993 hit Western he directed and stars in, Mario Van Peebles secured his place as a celebrated actor/director with countless credits, over the next 30 years, on the big and small screen. His latest is another star-filled, super fun western called “Outlaw Posse.” On this episode, he talks about the importance of discovering the tone of the project, how his love of learning leads to his desire to make “edutainment,” ways his acting experience informs his work as a director, and much more.
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
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    • 40 min
    John Magaro

    John Magaro

    John Magaro has been delivering consistently stellar performances in films like “Not Fade Away,” “The Big Short,” “Carol,” “First Cow,” and “Showing Up,” to name a few. This past year he played Arthur, husband of Greta Lee’s character Nora, in “Past Lives.” On this episode he talks, spoiler-free, about the last scene of that film, and why it makes people emotional. He explains how receiving books, music, photos from directors helps in his preparation. He makes the case for experience over academia, takes us back to a big breakthrough that came to him from the legendary acting teacher Howard Guskin, and talks about how newfound freedom in the work has changed everything. Plus much more!
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
    Follow Back To One on Instagram

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Leah McKendrick

    Leah McKendrick

    Leah McKendrick wrote, directed, and stars in the hilarious, super smart, and intensely personal new film “Scrambled.” It’s about a perpetual bridesmaid who, realizing she isn’t quite willing or able to settle down, decides to freeze her eggs. McKendrick doesn’t shy away from depicting her character’s sex life, the frustrations involving family and friends, and the true loneliness that enveloped her when she decided to do the same procedure in real life. It’s that rare film that will have you belly laughing one minute and crying hard the next. On this episode, we find out what elements were at play to make this little miracle of a movie come to life. She talks about how hitting rock bottom when her studio screenwriting work just evaporated into thin air one day, after years of commitment, led to a desire to get back to making her own films; why it’s always advisable to hire your talented actor friends, even for the tiniest roles; what it took to finally stop worrying if her performance was coming across on the screen; the extent to which she had to fight to stay true to her own vision, and much more! This is a truly inspirational episode for anyone who seeks to make, and act in, their own films. "Scrambled" is in theaters now.
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
    Follow Back To One on Instagram

    • 38 min
    Mia McKenna-Bruce

    Mia McKenna-Bruce

    Mia McKenna-Bruce is an English actress. Her performance in the film “How To Have Sex” is, rightfully, being spoken about with many superlatives. Subtle, controlled, thoroughly alive, deeply impacting, it is a star-making turn. There’s a scene where her character, Tara, is simply walking down the street, and it’s something of a revelation. It won her the BIFA for Best Lead Performance. On this episode, she breaks down the ingredients that helped her deliver this work—an extensive audition process to find her co-stars that allowed her time to play; complete trust in the director, Molly Manning Walker, and everyone on the crew; a feeling of total ownership of the character;  a “360 set” that allowed for full emersion into Tara’s world, a sense of obligation to “get this right” for everyone it will impact, and much more. “How To Have Sex” is out in limited release.
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
    Follow Back To One on Instagram

    • 28 min
    Sallieu Sesay

    Sallieu Sesay

    Sallieu Sesay is a Sierra Leonean-American actor who has had recurring roles on CBS’ “Seal Team” and HBO’s “Barry,” and, in his latest, delivers an incredible supporting performance in John Trengove's nihilistic thriller “Manodrome,” alongside Jesse Eisenberg. On this episode he talks about doing tons of research before taking on that part, having so little in common with the character, and facing the pressure of being at the center of a movie’s most pivotal scene. He gives us a glimpse at his dedication to this craft, his continuous training with some of the best acting teachers around such as Ivana Chubbuck, how substitution plays a part in his preparation, the significance of journaling, why empathy and curiosity are two important words for the actor, what “it’s all about trusting the work” really means, and much more.
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
    Follow Back To One on Instagram

    • 34 min
    Jack Huston

    Jack Huston

    Jack Huston has worked with Scorsese, Ridley Scott, David O’ Russell, The Coens, had meaty roles on series like “Mayfair Witches,” “Fargo,” and, maybe most notably, “Boardwalk Empire,” where he played Richard Harrow. His latest project is Lulu Wang’s Amazon series “Expats.” On this episode he talks about gaining 30 pounds for that part (which wasn’t as much fun as it sounds), why it all starts with the voice for him, writing and directing his passion project “The Day of The Fight” for Michael Pitt and Joe Pesci, and he reveals a common trait of all great directors he’s known. Plus we discuss the current state of Independent Film, what we think should change, and much more. “Expats” streams on Amazon Prime starting January 25th.
    Back To One is the in-depth, no-nonsense, actors-on-acting podcast from  Filmmaker Magazine. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. 
    Follow Back To One on Instagram

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Revyous ,

It’s good but…

Seriously, man, stop with the “mmm” stuff when people are talking. It’s incredibly annoying. This is a podcast. Either speak or listen. Stop making all the crazy sounds. It really distracts from an otherwise great podcast.

sherawk ,

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Couldn't fully enjoy the interesting people being interviews because of the incessant, creepy hummmmmmming. Please STOP doing this.

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Emily Meade - Gem

My favorite NYC actress. Completely real, raw, funny, learned so much. Need more. How to go from Pearl to Sydney to Susan? Amaze!

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