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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

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Curated Playlist

Indie and mainstream, actors and producers — here are movie series on PRX of various lengths.

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Filmspotting (weekly series) (Series)

Produced by WBEZ

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

Most recent piece in this series:

Filmspotting 846 (10/22/21): Dune (2021) / Holy Smoke (Jane Campion #5)

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 54:00

846-dune_small The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" is that it's only half a movie. Or half a story, anyway. Villeneuve split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering a stunningly detailed and impressively cast setup to a conclusion we may not see for years. Adam and Josh admire the film's craft, but they were left with more questions than answers about how the new adaptation will reckon with the source material's 20th-century origins. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view continues with 1999's "Holy Smoke," a critical and box office failure on its release that contains a remarkable early Kate Winslet performance and the complicated sex and gender dynamics we've come to expect from Campion.

Sounds Familiar #5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror.

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 17:00

In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated.

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” 
Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. Lisa Wade, founder of the blog Sociological Images, helps me break down the complexity of the role of women in horror movies. We’ll discuss what these films say about our sense of morality and justice. And we’ll travel all the way back to 18th century London, to meet Tom Nero, arguably the horror genre’s original serial villain.
Next Week: “Series in Decline”

Indie Outlook (Series)

Produced by Matt Fagerholm

Chicago film critic Matt Fagerholm highlights the latest and greatest in modern independent cinema.

Most recent piece in this series:

Duncan Riddell on "Older Children"

From Matt Fagerholm | Part of the Indie Outlook series | 23:10

Photo_27_small Filmmaker Duncan Riddell joins host Matt Fagerholm to discuss his new film, "Older Children," which premieres in Chicago November 10th. The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook production.

Behind the Scenes (Series)

Produced by Andrea Chase

Filmmakers and actors talk with Andrea Chase. New insights, unexpected revelations, and a wry sense of humor. Series pieces are various lengths from 8 to 25 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

FAUCI -- John Hoffman and Peter Staley Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 27:55

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When I spoke with John Hoffman and Peter Staley about their film, FAUCI, on September 12, 2021, it seemed only right that the first thing I asked was if Dr. Fauci himself was okay with them traveling in support of the documentary. Spoiler alert: of course he was, and it gave co-director Hoffman the chance to point out that it would only be shown in theaters that adhered to guidelines that include wearing a mask and showing proof of vaccination.

The film is a vivid portrait of the man who heads up the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. His distinguished career of 50+ years has been bookended by the two most devastating epidemics of our time, AIDS and COVID-19. In between, he faced the threat of an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and by listening to his sharpest critics in the gay community during the AIDS crisis, reshaped drug testing protocols, which laid the framework for how quickly a vaccine became available for COVID. Despite a White House that evinced a disdain for science.

Staley was one of those critics, and during our conversation, talked about how those early, contentious days, gave way to a friendship based on mutual respect and a drive to keep people alive.

Hoffman, Staley, and I went on to ponder the sticky relationship between science and politics; why Dr. Fauci’s personal politics aren’t addressed; and the pleasures and perils of distilling Dr. Fauci’s 80 years into a film of just a little less than 2 hours.

We finished up with getting behind the media savvy persona; traveling during a pandemic; respecting the virus; and the importance of art (including political theater) in troubled times.

Hoffman, a multiple award-winning documentarian, co-directed with Janet Tobias and his previous work includes SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA, FIRST IN HUMAN, and THE ANTIDOTE, a film that showcases the good side of humanity, about which I asked him towards the end of our interview. Staley was an integral part of ACT-UP and his activism during the AIDS crisis included not just protests, but also political theater that led him to drape a giant condom over the home of Republican Senator Jesse Helms. Remembering that is also part of the interview.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

A short, weekly review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons.

Most recent piece in this series:

Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin takes a look at the horror homage of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: The Harder They Fall

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Thehardertheyfall_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin follows an outlaw on his quest for revenge in The Harder They Fall.

To read more, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

It's Movie Time (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

A weekly five-minute film review series with critics John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer.

Most recent piece in this series:

It's Movie Time; July 6, 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the It's Movie Time series | 05:00

Logo_imt_small2_small Films reviewed: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

Spoiler Alert Radio (Series)

Produced by MergingArts Productions

Toni Pennacchia discusses all things film with independent directors, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers, editors, promoters, and more, in this 29-minute series.

Most recent piece in this series:

Clarice Jensen - Brooklyn-based Cellist and Film Composer - Ainu Mosir, No Man Of God, and Identifying Features

From MergingArts Productions | Part of the Spoiler Alert Radio series | 29:00

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Having graduated from JuilliardClarice has released two full-length albums: For This From That Will Be Filled and more recently The Experience Of Repetition As Death.

She regularly performs with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has played cello on scores like Max Richter's Sleep.

Clarice has composed scores for the acclaimed feature films: Ainu MosirNo Man Of God, and Identifying Features.