Cinematalk Podcast #20: SANZARU, with Xia Magnus

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

In conjunction with the Cinematheque's free view-at-home screening of Wisconsin native Xia Magnus' Sanzaru, this episode of Cinematalk features our own Ben Resier in discussion with Xia Magnus.

A young director who spent much of his youth here in Madison, Xia has been wowing audiences at Wisconsin Film Festival and beyond since 2016 with his short films Hunter and Round River (Golden Badger Award, 2016 WFF). Xia Magnus talks about his approach to storytelling, his horror film inspirations, filming in Texas, and working with his Mom. Listen below or subscribe to Cinematalk through Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Cinematalk Podcast #19: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

In support of the Wisconsin Science Festival and the Cinematheque’s virtual engagement of a classic science fiction double feature, this episode features Cinematheque Programmers Jim Healy and Ben Reiser in a spoiler filled-conversation about The Incredible Shrinking Man. For an equally fun and digressive discussion on Silent Running, we invite you to listen to a new episode of another podcast, 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s, co-hosted by Mike McPadden and Cinematheque Programmer Ben Reiser. Listen to both podcasts below or subscibe to Cinematalk and 70 Movies through Apple Podcasts.

Cinematalk Podcast #17: CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? with Jim Cricchi and Susan Peters

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

Tieing-in with the Cinematheque's presentation of Can You Hear Us Now?  this new episode of Cinematalk features director Jim Cricchi and writer/producer Susan Peters discussing their documentary and the Wisconsin electoral process. Jim and Susan first came to our programmer's attention with the short documentary, Los Lecheros, which premiered at our 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival. Jim and Susan were scheduled to present Can You Hear Us Now? at the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival, so we are delighted to have them for this Q&A session.

Cinematalk Podcast #16: NARROWSBURG, with Martha Shane

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

In conjunction with the Cinematheque's free view-at-home presentation of Martha Shane's documentary Narrowsburg, this episode features Martha Shane in conversation with Cinematheque Programmer Mike King. Their discussion touches on the making of Narrowsburg, the reluctance of her interview subjects, the "underworld connections" of Richie Castellano, film fest fraud, and more! Listen below or subscribe to Cinematalk through Apple Podcasts.

Cinematalk Podcast #15: NOMAD, with Rob Thomas

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

As a supplement to the Cinematheque's free view-at-home presentation of Werner Herzog's Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, this episode of Cinematalk features Cinematheque Director of Programming Jim Healy in conversation with Rob Thomas, Film Critic for Madison's Capital Times. The discussion revolves around Nomad and its relation to Herzog's prolific body of work. Plus, Rob reports from the front lines on the current state of cinema exhibition here in Madison.

Cinematalk Podcast #14 JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY, w/Jeff Smith, Jeff Kushner & Bob Gosse

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

In conjunction with UW Cinematheque's view-at-home presentation of the newly restored Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959), this episode of Cinematalk takes a close look at the influential concert documentary filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In the first segment, UW Madison Film Professor Jeff Smith talks with the Cinematheque's Mike King about the cultural and historical significance of the artists who appeared at Newport and the influence of Jazz on a Summer’s Day on subsequently made concert movies. In the second segment, Cinematheque's Ben Reiser talks with his fellow SUNY Purchase classmates, filmmakers Jeff Kushner and Bob Gosse, about their Film Professor, Aram Avakian, and Avakian's contributions to Jazz on a Summer's Day. Listen below or here on Soundcloud.

Cinematalk Podcast #13: BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS w/Bill and Turner Ross

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

On a new episode of Cinematalk, two of the most exciting and forward-thinking contemporary American filmmakers, Bill and Turner Ross, who join us to discuss their new film, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets.  Originally scheduled to play the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival, the film is set at the last night of a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The Ross Brothers shed light on the unusual production methods behind the film, and its relationship to their past work.   

You can listen to Cinematalk below or subscribe through Apple Podcasts. 

Cinematalk Podcast #13: BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS w/Bill and Turner Ross

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

On a new episode of Cinematalk, two of the most exciting and forward-thinking contemporary American filmmakers, Bill and Turner Ross, who join us to discuss their new film, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets.  Originally scheduled to play the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival, the film is set at the last night of a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The Ross Brothers shed light on the unusual production methods behind the film, and its relationship to their past work.   

You can listen to Cinematalk below or subscribe through Apple Podcasts

Cinematalk Podcast #12: Peter Sellers Lost and Found

Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

July 2020 marks 40 years since the death of the brilliant actor and comedian Peter Sellers (1925-1980). In conjunction with the Cinematheque's "Peter Sellers: Lost and Found" selections, this episode features Cinematheque Programmers Jim Healy and Ben Reiser discussing The Ghost of Peter Sellers, Peter Medak's new documentary about the making - and unmaking - of his unreleased Sellers comedy Ghost in the Noonday Sun, and Mr. Topaze, Sellers lone effort as a feature film director. Listen below or subscribe through Apple Podcasts.

Cinematalk Podcast #11: Hong Sang-soo's WOMAN ON THE BEACH

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Posted by Jim Healy

As a complement to our earlier podcast with David Bordwell discussing Hill of Freedom and the cinema of Hong Sang-soo, episode 11 of Cinematalk takes a closer look at another superb and semi-autobiographical Hong feature, Woman on the Beach (2006). 

In Woman on the Beach, a filmmaker travels to a sparsely populated seaside resort town to get some writing done on his next project.  While seeking inspiration, he becomes romantically entangled with a pair of women—first his assistant’s companion, then a second woman who reminds him of the first.  On the surface, this pair of overlapping love triangles appears to be one of Hong’s most breezily conventional films, but embedded within Woman on the Beach’s straightforward story is a trickier web of narrative rhymes and variations—a kind of Vertigo by way of Eric Rohmer—as its characters attempt to overcome their own preconceptions of one another.  

Discussing Woman on the Beach on this episode of Cinematalk are Mike King and Zachary Zahos, both programmers for the Cinematheque and Wisconsin Film Festival. You can listen to the episode below or here on Soundcloud or subscribe through Apple Podcasts.

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