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The Talkhouse Film Podcast

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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.

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