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"Conversations with Charles" is a series of in-depth conversations with the people that make up the film, broadcast and entertainment industry, including actors, directors, cinematographers, producers and other fascinating characters that inhabit this world.

Hosted by CHARLIE HERZFELD a veteran of the film and broadcast industry who has worked on over 100 feature film and broadcast projects with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, John Turturro and many more.

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"Conversations with Charles" is a series of in-depth conversations with the people that make up the film, broadcast and entertainment industry, including actors, directors, cinematographers, producers and other fascinating characters that inhabit this world.

Hosted by CHARLIE HERZFELD a veteran of the film and broadcast industry who has worked on over 100 feature film and broadcast projects with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, John Turturro and many more.

    MATTY LIBATIQUE

    MATTY LIBATIQUE

    Matty Libatique is truly one of the greatest cinematographers I have had the chance to work with throughout my career.


    Matty comes from a Filipino background but was born in New York City in Elmhurst in the borough of Queens. His father, Justiniano Libatique, was an amateur photographer and worked in a film laboratory in New York. As a kid growing up in New York, his dad gifted Matty a Nikon and taught him photography fundamentals at an age when he did not realize he would be using this knowledge for his entire career.


    During his University years he studied sociology and communications at Cal State Fullerton and then went to AFI for an MA in Cinematography.


    In this podcast we talked about his journey to become the great cinematographer he is today including his career long collaboration with Darren Aronofsky going back to when they were students at AFI and working with great DP’s like Ed Lachman, a very important mentor for Matty.


    We also talked about some of his other collaborations with directors like Joel Schumacher, Spike Lee, Jon Favreau, Ernest Dickerson, Bradley Cooper, Rashid Johnson, Mathieu Kassovitz and many others….


    As a cinematographer, he is one of the great pioneers of manipulating the photochemical process for extreme dramatic effect by using lab processing techniques like Cross Process & Skip Bleach. He is one of a small group of bold DP’s that were the original trailblazers that experimented frequently with using the cross process and skip bleach process in the work including Malik Sayeed, Harris Savides, Bob Richardson, Darius Khonji and Ellen Kuras to name a few.


    He has Academy Award nominations for Black Swan and A Star is Born and has many festival wins for films including Spirit Awards for Requiem For a Dream and Black Swan.


    His parents, Justiniano Libatique and Georgina Porter are immigrants from the Philippines.


    Matty’s Filipino heritage is very important to him. He speaks and understands Tagalog and comes from French heritage on his paternal side.


    Throughout his career he has shot many important music videos including the 1998 Jay-Z video Ja Rule & Amil: Can I Get A….. directed by Steve Carr and also the Tracey Chapman video with Julie Dash directing called Give Me One Reason.


    CONVERSATIONS WITH CHARLIE


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    JEREMY DAWSON

    JEREMY DAWSON

    Jeremy Dawson born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, he attended Harvard University with Darren Aronofsky in the late 80’s and went on to work with Darren when they created the VFX company called Amoeba Proteus to do the VFX for Darren’s company, Protozoa. After a number of years working in VFX he went on to work with other directors as a producer including Wes Anderson. Jeremy has produced 6 features for Wes Anderson including, The Darjeerling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and the upcoming release of The French Dispatch.


     


    In this podcast episode we talked about his career long relationships starting at Harvard University with Darren Aronofsky along with his work as a VFX supervisor, title designer and producer of 6 features films with Wes Anderson.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    JONATHAN GRAY

    JONATHAN GRAY

    JONATHAN GRAY : In this episode we talk to prominent entertainment attorney, producer, story teller & Sinatra fan, JONATHAN GRAY. He’s produced and executive produced more than 60 films and has been practicing law for nearly three decades. A highly regarded figure in the independent film community as an attorney, producer, and advisor to filmmakers, producers, financiers, and distributors. A former adjunct professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, Gray earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.


    Grays new firm with David F. Schwartz - Gray Schwartz LLP, is a boutique entertainment law firm concentrating on documentaries, non-fiction / unscripted content, and live theater. It’s affiliated consulting arm, GS Consulting, provides non-legal consultation services from script-to-screen and script-to-stage.


    Gray Schwartz LLP


    http://www.grayschwartz.com


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    ABOUT THE PODCAST


    “Conversations with Charlie” is a podcast about the people that make up the film, broadcast and entertainment industry. Actors, directors, cinematographers, producers and other fascinating characters that inhabit this world.


    Hosted by CHARLIE HERZFELD a veteran of the film and broadcast industry who has worked on over 100 feature film and broadcast projects with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, John Turturro and many more.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    MITCHELL LICHTENSTEIN

    MITCHELL LICHTENSTEIN

    Mitchell Lichtenstein talks about his family life, his father Roy, growing up in NJ, and his pursuit to become an actor, writer, producer and director. Mitchell’s life as an actor dates back to 1983 when he worked with Franc Roddham on “Lords of Discipline” followed by films with, Robert Altman (Streamers), Louis Malle (Crackers), Ang Lee (The Wedding Banquet), Emily Yi-Ming Liu “Kangaroo Man” and Joel Schumacher “Flawless” to name a few. His TV Acting Credits include The Equalizer, Nigthingales, Cheers, As The World Turns, Law and Order, Homicide 


    In the 2007 he wrote and directed his first feature, a horror film titled, Teeth, about the pitfalls and power of a girl as a living example of the vagina dentata myth. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. He went on to write and direct Happy Tears that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. Anjelica, Mitchell’s last feature film in 2015, was selected to be screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin Film Festival. 


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    MIKE FIGGIS

    MIKE FIGGIS

    Mike Figgis is an iconic film director, screenwriter, and composer. Figgis began his career as a musician. Growing up he was exposed to music early as his father was a jazz musician. In the late 60’s he started out playing trumpet and guitar in the People Band and is audible in their first record (produced by Charlie Watts) in 1968. He played keyboard with Bryan Ferry in an R & B band, Gas Board and then moved to London to study music and became involved in the fringe theatre group, before forming his own company, The Mike Figgis Group, in 1980.


    After over 20 years as a musician, he got involved in theater including experimental theater and performance art using film rear projection in his presentations. He bought a 16mm film camera and started shooting film and began cultivating his path to become a filmmaker. 


    Figgis made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. His first American film was Internal Affairs, which helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. This was followed by his next Hollywood feature, Mr. Jones, was misunderstood by the studio, who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood film, resulting in a box office flop. Figgis poured his disenchantment with the film industry into Leaving Las Vegas, which starred Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, which earned Figgis Academy Award nominations for Best Directing and Best Screenplay. He followed this up with the romantic drama One Night Stand and The Loss of Sexual Innocence. 


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    “Conversations with Charlie” is a podcast about the people that make up the film, broadcast and entertainment industry. Actors, directors, cinematographers, producers and other fascinating characters that inhabit this world.


    Hosted by CHARLIE HERZFELD a veteran of the film and broadcast industry who has worked on over 100 feature film and broadcast projects with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, John Turturro and many more.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    NIGEL DALY

    NIGEL DALY

    Nigel Daly is the President of Screen International Magazine for North America. He has been based in Los Angeles since 2003. 


    He was born and raised in Dartford, England a small provincial town southeast of London made famous for also being the town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up.


    After many years of living a bohemian lifestyle he decided to supplement his artistic life with a regular income and joined the largest international film trade in the business, Screen International. He became a fixture at the Cannes Film Festival, Milan and LA markets along with all the major festivals and learned all about the moving parts of the film business.


    Nigel’s creative journey to joining Screen International included his uncompromising desire to pursue his life as an artist, actor, singer and showman all balanced with a unique gift as salesman. 


    Having been in LA since 2003 he is now the President of Screen and on the board of BAFTA - the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.


    In 2016 after many years of service to the industry and charitable work he was honored with the Order of the British Empire from Her Majesty the Queen. 


    In the past year he has now become Chairman of BRITWEEK an organization that celebrates art and culture along with the unique relationship between the US and UK. 


    Nigel is a true renaissance man who has built a life as an uncompromising artist and key figure in the film business.


    BRITWEEK 2020


    https://britweek.org


    SCREEN INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE


    https://www.screendaily.com


    BAFTA


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    “Conversations with Charlie” is a podcast about the people that make up the film, broadcast and entertainment industry. Actors, directors, cinematographers, producers and other fascinating characters that inhabit this world.


    Hosted by CHARLIE HERZFELD a veteran of the film and broadcast industry who has worked on over 100 feature film and broadcast projects with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, John Turturro and many more.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

AyyJay1269 ,

One of the best

Hands-down this is one of the best podcasts about the film business. Smart and engaging, it never talks down to its listeners and has something to offer the layman and professional alike.

Thosso ,

More like conversations with a great friend!

Charlie is a film industry veteran who has worked on some of the greatest feature films and he is beloved by the people who make them. The participants of this podcast delve into areas other interviewers never get to because they love Charlie and feel totally at ease opening up to him. Subscribe immediately, you won’t regret it!

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