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A UW Madison Department of Communication Arts Podcast

Cinematalk UW Madison Communication Arts

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A UW Madison Department of Communication Arts Podcast

    Ep 90 - Sawyer County, 2020

    Ep 90 - Sawyer County, 2020

    Ben Reiser talks with Nick Libbey and Zach Tomasovic, the filmmakers behind Sawyer County, 2020, which screened at the 2022 Wisconsin Film Festival.

    This survey of a cross-section of Sawyer County, Wisconsin residents in the immediate runup to the 2020 presidential election reveals a lot about the state of the state and the ever-increasing divide between neighbors.

    • 38 min
    Ep 89 - The Florida Project with J.J. Murphy

    Ep 89 - The Florida Project with J.J. Murphy

    On Saturday, November 13th, the Cinematheque will present a 35mm print of Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT. Our free screening coincides with the publication of J.J. Murphy’s revelatory new monograph on the film’s production from University of Texas press.

    Our guest on this episode is, J.J. Murphy, professor emeritus at here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught film production and studies courses for many years. His films include the avant-garde classics Print Generation and Sky Blue Water Light Sign, which have been restored by the Academy Film Archive. His previous books include Rewriting Indie Cinema: Improvisation, Psychodrama and the Screenplay, and The Black Hole of the Camera: The Films of Andy Warhol.

    • 26 min
    Ep 88 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Ep 88 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    On October 30th 2021, UW Cinematheque presents a screening of a 4K restoration of the 1974 film THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, directed by Tobe Hooper.

    Five hippies on a road trip through rural Texas wind up in the clutches of a murderous, cannibalistic family in this profoundly unsettling modern horror classic. Nerve-rattling from start to finish, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre can be as hard to look away from as it is hard to look at. Pry your fingers from in front of your eyes long enough, and you will discover an exceedingly stylish, intelligently crafted creepshow that reveals the mark of true cinephiles behind the lens. Loaded with committed performances, graceful, fluid camera movement, and an immersive, hallucinatory sound design, Hooper’s directorial debut is the perfect Halloween treat especially in the 4K restoration that will be screened.

    On the latest episode of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s, a podcast co-hosted by UW Cinematheque's own Ben Reiser with Scott Lucas, singer-songwriter for the band Local H and serious cinephile, Scott and Ben discuss their love for the film, and try to figure out what makes it one of the scariest and most relentless horror movies ever made.

    • 2 hr 10 min
    Ep 87 - Brandon Colvin: A Dim Valley

    Ep 87 - Brandon Colvin: A Dim Valley

    On this episode of Cinematalk, Mike King welcomes filmmaker and film teacher Brandon Colvin, whose first two features screened at UW - Madison's annual Wisconsin Film Festival.

    A Dim Valley is the writer/director's first foray into comedy. Mystical, sexy, and funny, this dreamlike indie casts you under its spell. Deep in the Appalachian wilderness, a pair of ecology grad students are collecting flora and fauna samples and getting high—anything to avoid spending more time in the cramped cabin with their grouchy, hard-drinking advisor. Out in the forest, they encounter a trio of nymph-like backpackers looking to “fulfill their purpose” who lure the men into a trance-like state of magical awakening and desire, with a pansexual charge between seemingly every character. The sextet’s enigmatic bond is deepened over a late night that encompasses teary tarot readings and half-assed Scrabble games. Drawing inspiration from Twin Peaks and Hayao Miyazaki, UW PhD Brandon Colvin’s third feature cultivates a surreal, sylvan atmosphere that still makes room for perfectly timed gags.

    • 49 min
    Ep 86 - FROM NOON TILL THREE with Dan Gilroy

    Ep 86 - FROM NOON TILL THREE with Dan Gilroy

    On a new episode of the Cinematheque's Cinematalk podcast, we are thrilled to welcome Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler, Roman J. Israel, Esq.) to talk about his father's movie From Noon Till Three. Spoilers abound in this discussion, so you might want to see the movie first before listening.

    • 55 min
    Ep 85 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Where's Poppa

    Ep 85 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Where's Poppa

    After a 16 month pause, we are back with in-person screenings at our home venue of 4070 Vilas Hall. Things kicked off this week with a trilogy of films: MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW, TOKYO STORY, and WHERE’S POPPA, that each explore the relationships between elderly parents and their adult children.
    In conjunction with our screening of WHERE’S POPPA we thought we’d share an episode of a podcast hosted by Cinematheque’s Ben Reiser called 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s. This episode was originally recorded and published in July 2020, shortly after the death of Carl Reiner.
    The co-host for this podcast was film historian, Mike McPadden, whom you may remember from an episode of Cinematalk that he guested on with Jim Healy where they discussed Demons 2. Mike died this past December, and we are happy for the opportunity to share some more of his wit and wisdom with you now. Also on this episode is film historian, Kat Ellinger.

    • 1 hr 36 min

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