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The Talkhouse Film Podcast

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Jun 22, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, writer-director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) sits down with the visionary Ana Lily Amirpour, whose debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night announced her as a major talent and whose second film, The Bad Batch, is released June 23. Their wide-ranging conversation covers the breadth of the filmmaking process, from the trials of writing to post-production anxieties, and takes in cinematic boners, being a “frame fucker,” their respective metaphors for making movies, Rian's experiences making his upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.

Jun 15, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, writer-director and frequent Talkhouse contributor Jim Hemphill sits down with Lea Thompson, whose feature directorial debut, The Year of Spectacular Men, has its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16. The two old friends talk about her new movie, collaborating on Jim's movie The Trouble About the Truth, Lea's memories of working on Howard the Duck, Some Kind of Wonderful and All the Right Moves (which includes a frank discussion of her and Tom Cruise's nudity!), sexism in Hollywood, Jim's lack of prowess as an actor, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.

Jun 8, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, Kumail Nanjiani, the writer-star of the forthcoming The Big Sick, talks with Zoe Lister-Jones, whose Band Aid – which she wrote, produced, directed, stars in and wrote the songs for – is in now in theaters on VOD. In a conversation interrupted both by gardeners and Zoe's Band Aid co-star Adam Pally, the two multihyphenates chat about putting their real lives in their movies, working with their partners, getting in touch with their emotions, why comedies have terrible third acts, why Boardwalk Empire made enemies in New York, and what it's like to make a movie with an all-female crew. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.

Jun 1, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, comedian and actor Paul Scheer talks with his friend and former collaborator Ken Marino, whose directorial debut, the very funny How To Be a Latin Lover, is currently in theaters. In a fascinating and often hilarious conversation, the two discuss Marino's work on his new film with Mexican comedy star Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek; their roots in sketch comedy (Marino found fame with The State and Scheer with Human Giant); doing diverse work as writers, directors and actors; professional competitiveness; their comic histories; Pixar bloopers; Ken's love of dance, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.

May 11, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, friends, filmmakers and fellow humanists Shannon Plumb and Azazel Jacobs get up close and personal. Snuggled in bed in a room at the Lower East Side Ludlow Hotel, the pair share a unique rapport that translates to their fascination with the human condition and the deeper understanding of human beings that informs their work. The freewheeling conversation includes how Jacobs tapped into his comedic side for his new film The Lovers, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, and then transcends space and time, delving into Lenny Bruce, the Clash and the possible existence of space babies. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.

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The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. the Giant Red Phase of the Sun” – Iced Ink

Episode recorded by Susan Valot and mixed by Mark Yoshizumi; the Talkhouse podcast producer is Elia Einhorn.

May 4, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, two of the funniest (and also most underappreciated) comedians around, Todd Barry and Chris Gethard, sit down for a conversation at Sonos' flagship store at 101 Greene Street in New York City. The two multihyphenates talk about their myriad projects, including Barry's newly published book Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg, Gethard's one-person show Career Suicide (which hits HBO later this month), the Webby Gethard just won for his podcast, but focus most of their conversation on the minutiae that is the very stuff of comics' lives: clothing choices, frequent flyer miles, college gigs, life on the road. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Apr 11, 2017

On the occasion of the episode becoming a Webby Award honoree, Talkhouse podcast producer Elia Einhorn and Talkhouse Film's Editor-in-Chief Nick Dawson revisit the very special conversation from 2016 between hip-hop star, actor and longtime Pee-wee Herman fan Kid Cudi and Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens. In addition to the full original talk between the two — which touches on how they first met, Reubens' journey to bring Pee-wee Herman back to the big screen, Cudi's strong dislike of skunks (and recent encounter with a mountain lion), and a discussion by both of future creative projects — you get to listen to the full backstory of how this unlikely episode came together. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Apr 6, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, Talkhouse podcast producer Elia Einhorn and Talkhouse Film's Editor-in-Chief, Nick Dawson, look back on the some of best moments from episodes recorded in the first quarter of 2017. Highlights include: Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein talking Wikipedia errors; Penelope Spheeris looking back on directing Donald Trump in The Little Rascals; Neal Brennan on how he and Seth Meyers thought they had “conquered” Trump through satire; Kirsten Johnson asking Agnès Varda about her favorite colors; and Morgan Spurlock and Louis Theroux discussing porn and Nipplegate. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film. 

Mar 23, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, comedian Tim Heidecker sits down with Adam Curtis, the BBC filmmaker whose sprawling, epic political documentaries about have in recent years made him a cult figure. In a highly engaged conversation, the two discuss Curtis' past making films about “talented animals,” tropes in current pop music (and how dull music in docs is), Donald Trump, how John Oliver and Jon Stewart contributed to Trump's success, the power of storytelling in politics, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Mar 16, 2017

In conversation on the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast are Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock and Louis Theroux, whose latest documentary, My Scientology Movie, is in theaters now. In a highly entertaining discussion, the two talk about: Michael Moore; the joys and pitfalls of immersive journalism; Theroux's time with the infamous British TV presenter Jimmy Saville; getting up close and personal with bigots, pedophiles, Ted Nugent and other unsavory characters; whether or not Louis hates Alex Gibney (who, of course, made his own Scientology doc); Janet Jackson and Nipplegate; and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Mar 14, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, documentary cinematographer and Cameraperson director Kirsten Johnson sits down with the legendary French New Wave auteur Agnès Varda, in town for a gallery exhibit of her art at Blum & Poe and a French Institute film series. In a wonderfully thoughtful and engaged conversation, the two discuss Varda's artwork, how her films play with time, finding permission as an artist, Varda's feelings about New York City, her forthcoming documentary with the artist JR, her favorite color (!), and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Mar 9, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, to mark the release of Dolph Lundgren's latest movie, Mike Mendez's B-horror Don't Kill It, regular Talkhouse Film contributor Joe Lynch, also the director of Everly and the forthcoming Mayhem, talks with the iconic action star. Among the topics the two discuss, aside from Mendez's film, include: Lundgren modeling his career on Clint Eastwood, his move into writing and directing, what he's learned from directors as diverse Sidney J. Furie and Sylvester Stallone, why it's worse to be chased by a 50-year-old guy with a shotgun than a 20-year-old with a shotgun, the political incorrectness of movie violence, the "Harvey Keitel penis genre," and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Feb 23, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, to mark the release of his new Netflix hourlong special, 3 Mics, writer, director and standup comedian Neal Brennan sits down with Michael Kirk, a documentary director who has made numerous award-winning films for PBS' current affairs show Frontline, Brennan's favorite TV show of all time. In their wide-ranging conversation, the two discuss fake news; Brennan and Dave Chappelle watching Frontline on the tour bus together; how Errol Morris, Michael Moore and Adam Curtis have reshaped documentary; what John Oliver told Seth Meyers three days after the election; which political power player refers to himself as Darth Vader; and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Feb 7, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, we celebrate the 25th anniversary re-release of Wayne's World with a conversation between the film's director, Penelope Spheeris – who also made the legendary trilogy of Decline of Western Civilization punk documentaries – and Jeanie Finlay, a maker of music docs herself and also a big Wayne's World fan. Over the course of their highly entertaining chat, the two discuss: all things Wayne's World, getting Ozzy Osbourne to make eggs in Decline Part II, IMDb errors, Spheeris' accidental career as a studio comedy director, the two mysterious documentary projects she's working on, exactly what she thought of Donald Trump when he made a cameo in Little Rascals, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Feb 2, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn – whose new album We All Want the Same Things drops next month – sits down for a conversation with Late Night host Seth Meyers at his office at 30 Rock. Among the topics the two friends discuss include making the jump from SNL to late night, comedy in Trump's America, taking refuge in fiction and sports, why Bruce Springsteen is “the Harlem Globetrotters of music,” Meyers' favorite guests, the secret of a great skit (and a great song), and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Jan 26, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, we look back on the year just past as the Talkhouse's podcast producer, Elia Einhorn, and Talkhouse Film's Editor-in-Chief, Nick Dawson, discuss some of their favorite moments from the Talkhouse Film podcasts of 2016. The highlights featured include Aidy Bryant on stealing Drake's candle and Jessi Klein confessing to calling Live Schreiber while day drunk; Kid Cudi opening up to Paul Reubens about his struggles adapting to fame; Max Landis pitching a found-footage Gremlins movie to Joe Dante; Michel Gondry talking with Terence Nance about his "disaster" of a love life; and Tim Heidecker and Chris Gethard inviting an army of fans to invade the podcast booth. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Jan 19, 2017

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast, Portlandia's stars and co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein mark the start of the show's seventh season by sitting down together for a chat. Over the course of their wide-ranging conversation, the two friends and longtime collaborators discuss their cooking habits, bizarre medicinal uses for garlic, Fred's trip to Japan to find his roots, This is Spinal Tap, the difference between live comedy and live music, erroneous details on their Wikipedia pages, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film.

Dec 1, 2016

For the first time ever on the Talkhouse Film podcast, we have two brothers in conversation as Jason Schwartzman chats with his brother Robert Schwartzman (best known as the frontman of indie band Rooney), whose first film as a writer-director, Dreamland, is out now. In between bouts of fraternal bickering, the two talk about making the jump from music to movies, working with actors, MIDI files and player pianos (cue a serious geek-out from Jason), how Gene Wilder found his way into playing Willy Wonka, crazy real-life experiences with agents and A&R guys, Robert's aptitude with money (at least in comparison to Jason), and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Nov 22, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, Perfect Pussy frontwoman talks with actress, director, singer and activist Rose McGowan. Their wide-ranging and compelling conversation touches on McGowan's troubled time in Hollywood; her move into directing; systemic misogyny, gender hypocrisy and violence against women; the no-holds-barred book she's currently writing, and much more – including a surprising and revelatory detour into their respective feelings about death. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Aug 16, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, standup comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani sits down with DANIELS (aka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), the directors of one his recent favorite movies, Swiss Army Man. The trio talk about their latest projects – the aforementioned “farting corpse” movie, DANIELS' new interactive short Possibilia, and Nanjiani's upcoming feature as writer-actor The Big Sick – as well as the insurance-related impact of action thrillers and superhero movies, the effect ADHD and anxiety on Kwan and Nanjiani's careers and creativity, the perennial arguments Scheinert and Nanjiani have with their respective partners, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Aug 9, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, White Reindeer director and regular Talkhouse Film contributor Zach Clark sits down with one of his filmmaking idols, John Waters, whose second feature Multiple Maniacs is now on release in a beautifully restored new version. Clark and Waters' highly entertaining conversation touches on such topics as Waters' encounters with people as diverse as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Justin Bieber, the theatrical stunts he used to pull to get publicity for his films, why he loves Terrence Malick's movies (even though he really shouldn't), his mother's reaction to seeing his first film, recent movies he and Clark have enjoyed, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Aug 4, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, Zac Stuart-Pontier, the editor of Catfish, Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Jinx, chats with his former collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directing team behind Catfish and the new thriller Nerve. In a wide-ranging conversation, the three old friends talk about the genesis of Catfish, favorite New York films, their movie tattoo tradition, the crazy dare inNerve Lionsgate thought they’d done for real, their upcoming projects – including a surprising left turn from Stuart-Pontier – and their colorful memories of the Meatpacking District from back in the day. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film atthetalkhouse.com/film.

Jul 28, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, two legendary figures of the New York independent film scene, Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton and The Toxic Avenger director and Troma mastermind Lloyd Kaufman, sit down for a chat at Samsung 837. Their highly entertaining conversation touches on such subjects as how to survive as an indie filmmaker, their cinematic idols and influences, the advantages and disadvantages of working outside the system, all things scatological, Comic-Con, and Leni Riefenstahl's body odor. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Jul 21, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, two of the funniest people around – Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant and Inside Amy Schumer's head writer, Jessi Klein – meet for the first time. Talking on the day Klein's new book, You'll Grow Out of It, is published, the two have a hilarious conversation about the very specific discomfort of SNL writing nights, Emmy awkwardness, casting nightmares, their SNL host crushes (which leads to a great story about Drake), the celebrity Jessi recently drunk-dialed, hot guys, bras and breasts, and a whole bunch more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

Jul 7, 2016

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film podcast, filmmaker and regular Talkhouse Film contributor sits down for an intimate conversation with one of his favorite directors, Michel Gondry, whose latest film, Microbe and Gasoline, is in theaters now. The two discuss a variety of topics – including deep dives into music and romantic relationships, as well as film – and touch on such topics as the secret to Dave Chapelle's comic genius and to Noam Chomsky's romantic appeal, how Gondry played the drums with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, Gondry's fear of jokes and his love of the word "both,” and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.

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