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Every day at the Vidéothèque, we have great off-the-cuff chats about film. So we decided, to record and share these musings as an oh-so fashionable podcast? Well, here we are. From here on out, you can expect frequent short episodes that range from deep to irreverent, from beautiful to grotesque, and from topical to timeless.

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Every day at the Vidéothèque, we have great off-the-cuff chats about film. So we decided, to record and share these musings as an oh-so fashionable podcast? Well, here we are. From here on out, you can expect frequent short episodes that range from deep to irreverent, from beautiful to grotesque, and from topical to timeless.

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #14: The Labor Stories Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #14: The Labor Stories Episode

    Sam is joined by Facets own T.J. Watson to talk about the surprisingly relevant documentary, Labor Stories (1975), a Facets release produced by Kartemquin Films.




    Facets’ volunteer and digital acquisitions assistant T.J. Watson talks activism. The topic is Labor Stories, a series of under seen of documentaries about unions. T.J. shares some of his own experiences organizing and protesting on behalf of workers’ unions and describes the modern landscape. This issue has become particularly important in light of recent Supreme Court rulings. They also talk about Idaho for a bit. For more information, check out the following links:

    Labor Stories (1975) directed by Judy Hoffman, Sharon Karp, Gordon Quinn, Jerry Blumenthal, and Peter Kuttner

    Kartemquin Films

    Janus v. AFSCME

    Z (1969) directed by Costa-Gavras

    Hoop Dreams (1994) directed by Steve James





    Host: Sam Lounsbury is Facets’ official floater, has worked for the organization in one capacity or another since he moved to Chicago in 2015. He can be found sitting silently in any of the theaters or yelling at one of his fellow staff members about cinema in general.

    Guest: T. J. Watson brings a background in film theory and criticism to Facets label releases. His main area of focus is on cult and exploitation films, as well as other genres traditionally seen as unworthy of attention.

    • 13 min
    Live! From the Vidéothèque #13: The Milos Forman Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #13: The Milos Forman Episode

    Head out of the Vidéothèque and into a friend’s basement, another good spot to talk film. This time the conversation veers toward one of the most influential European directors in the American film tradition.



    Matt meets up with a friend and occasional projectionist to wax a eulogy for Milos Forman. Forman was the rare pioneer of two New Wave movements, first the Czech New Wave as a young director and as an established filmmaker he revolutionized the American New Wave as well. Follow along through Forman’s work from Loves of a Blonde (1965) to Valmont (1989) and today:

    Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) directed by Tyler Perry

    Medea (1987) directed by Lars von Trier

    Dancer in the Dark (2000) directed by Lars von Trier

    The Five Obstructions (2004) directed by Lars von Trier

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Milos Forman

    Taking Off (1971) directed by Milos Forman

    Academy Award winner Bobo Bates

    Easy Rider (1969) directed by Dennis Hopper

    Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) directed by Alain Tanner

    Black Peter (1964) directed by Milos Forman

    Fireman’s Ball (1967) directed by Milos Forman

    Amadeus (1984) directed by Milos Forman

    Man on the Moon (1999) directed by Milos Forman

    People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) directed by Milos Forman

    Hair (1979) directed by Milos Forman





    Host: Matt Silcock has worked at Facets for a very long time as shipping and receiving manager and as co-manager of the Vidéothèque. He doesn’t watch as much film as he’d like to, but he thinks about them all the time.

    Guest: Bruce Neal is a sometimes fixture at Facets, but was also co-founder of the performance art group The Dol Furies. His work and documentaries have been featured on NPR, PBS, and HBO as well as won awards at the Orlando Latino Film Festival.

    • 17 min
    Live! From the Vidéothèque #12: The Paul Schrader Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #12: The Paul Schrader Episode

    Sam and Peter talk about a master of the old school from the period of New Hollywood.



    Sam is joined by Peter Hogenson to talk about filmmaker and sometime Nick Nolte impersonator, Paul Schrader seen here lamenting about the state of film in his characteristic cranky voice. They also talk about his theory about the transcendental style in the modern cinema landscape. They start off with an Indie Wire article discussing Schrader’s new introduction to his book. From there the conversation touches on the following:

    Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003) directed by Kenneth Bowser

    Taxi Driver (1976) directed by Martin Scorsese

    First Reformed (2017) directed by Paul Schrader

    The Canyons directed by Paul Schrader

    Stan Brakhage

    Empire (1965) directed by Andy Warhol

    Gus Van Sant

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Carl Dryer

    Robert Bresson

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) directed by Mel Stuart

    And introducing David Lynch, an up and coming filmmaker from Missoula, Montana.





    Host: Sam Lounsbury is Facets’ official floater, has worked for the organization in one capacity or another since he moved to Chicago in 2015. He can be found sitting silently in any of the theaters or yelling at one of his fellow staff members about cinema in general.

    Guest: Peter Hogenson has been writing about film for ten years, most recently as a student at the University of Minnesota and as the marketing production assistant at Facets.

    • 22 min
    Live! From the Vidéothèque #11: The Underground Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #11: The Underground Episode

    This week we explore the underground film scene, get to know what transgressive cinema is like today, and reflect on the virtues of the VHS format.





    The Chicago Underground Film Festival, or CUFF, is in it’s 25th year, programmer and director Bryan Wendorf waxes nostalgic about the genesis of the underground film scene with Matt and Sam. CUFF was hatched in a video store in 1993 around the same time a generation of rebellious filmmakers were settling into loosely formed movements. The conversation becomes an important history lesson about how something called a VHS changed what the public can see and what festivals can show.

    Below you can find the relevant information on the underground scene:

    Mod F**k Explosion (1994) directed by Jon Moritsugu

    Richard Kern

    Pink Flamingos (1972) directed by John Waters

    Quimby’s Bookstore is an indie book store in Wicker Park.

    Nick Zedd

    The Brown Bunny (2004) directed by Vincent Gallo

    The Last Exorcism (2010) directed by Daniel Stamm written by Huck Botko

    Eraserhead (1977) directed by new commer David Lynch

    Terminal USA (1993) directed by Jon Moritsugu

    Scumrock (2002) directed by Jon Moritsugu

    Watch the trailer for Ape Sodom (2016) directed by Maxwell McCabe-Loko

    Craig Baldwin

    The Chicago Underground Film Festival takes place June 6 to June 10, 2018





    Host: Matt Silcock has worked at Facets for a very long time as shipping and receiving manager and as co-manager of the Vidéothèque. He doesn’t watch as much film as he’d like to, but he thinks about them all the time.

    Host: Sam Lounsbury, Facets’ official floater, has worked for the organization in one capacity or another since he moved to Chicago in 2015. He can be found sitting silently in any of the theaters or yelling at one of his fellow staff members about cinema in general. You can follow Sam on Twitter @ItsLounsbury.

    Guest: Bryan Wendorf is the programmer and director of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Since 1993 the festival has been reactionary to the exclusivity of the “indie” and the mainstream and introduced the public to the international scene of the adventurous and the new in cinema.

    • 41 min
    Live! From the Vidéothèque #10: The Johnny Depp Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #10: The Johnny Depp Episode

    Matt is on a trip with his family when he discovers an unlikely family secret.




    What are the odds that all the fans of the always tepidly received 2005 adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, would come from one family? Matt Silcock investigates while on vacation in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

    Some important notes from Matt and his wife include:

    Grease (1978) directed by Randal Kleiser

    Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1992) directed by James Cameron

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) directed by Mel Stewart

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) directed by Tim Burton

    Tim Burton

    Gene Wilder

    Johnny Depp

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) directed by Gore Verbinski

    Dead Man (1996) directed by Jim Jarmusch

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) directed by Terry Gilliam



    Host: Matt Silcock has worked at Facets for a very long time as shipping and receiving manager and as co-manager of the Vidéothèque. He doesn’t watch as much film as he’d like to, but he thinks about them all the time.

    Guests: Matt’s family.

    • 17 min
    Live! From the Vidéothèque #9: The Lynne Ramsay Episode

    Live! From the Vidéothèque #9: The Lynne Ramsay Episode

    Inspired by a recent theatrical release, Sam invites Facets’ marketing intern Emma Greenleaf to discuss the challenging work of the Scottish filmmaker.





    Discovering that they both saw You Were Never Really Here, Sam and Emma use it excuse to watch the work of Lynne Ramsay, thinking it would lead to a fun discussion. After doing so they both find out that instead of the word “fun” they should have said “relentlessly depressing”.

    Show notes:

    Gummo (1997) directed by Harmony Korine

    Ratcatcher (1999) directed by Lynne Ramsay

    Morvern Callar (2002) directed by Lynne Ramsay

    We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) directed by Lynne Ramsay

    You Were Never Really Here (2018) directed by Lynne Ramsay

    American Honey (2016) directed by Andrea Arnold

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) directed by Martin McDonagh

    Taxi Driver (1976) directed by Martin Scorsese





    Host: Sam Lounsbury is Facets’ official floater, has worked for the organization in one capacity or another since he moved to Chicago in 2015. He can be found sitting silently in any of the theaters or yelling at one of his fellow staff members about cinema in general.

    Guest: Emma Greenleaf spends all of her time watching, writing, and thinking about films. She’s currently getting her degree in Media and Cinema studies at DePaul University and works as the Social Media Intern at Facets.

    • 40 min

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