INTERVIEWS

“It’s a really big ask to say, hey, put your trust in me to tell this story” (filmmaker AJ Schnack on the making of “Long gone summer”) 

Capturing a slice of MLB history

Major League Baseball’s 2020 season has been mothballed for months because of covid-19, and even when the truncated schedule begins in late July, it’s doubtful that, for health reasons, there will be any fans in attendance. There’s no way that filmmaker AJ Schnack could have foreseen this when he started work on his “30 for 30” documentary “Long Gone Summer” a few years ago, but it may have ... more >

“Miracle fishing,” a talk with Miles Hargrove, filmmaker

From AFI DOCS 2020

Miles Hargrove’s filmmaking career got off to the most unlikely of starts, and under rather heavy duress.  In 1994, Hargrove and his American family were living in Cali, Colombia—in the backyard of the FARC guerrilla group.  Hargrove’s father, Tom, wrote about environmental and other issues affecting the country then under civil war, and it wasn’t long before his reporting and activism began to ... more >

Marina Zenovich on “30 for 30” and how to come to terms with Lance Armstrong

[Documentary / ESPN]

Perhaps no modern sports figure has gone from the heights of praise to the depths of public revulsion as spectacularly as Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former cycling champion who beat cancer, won several consecutive Tours de France, but then watched his legend implode after admitting to doping over the course of many years. Armstrong’s unlikely rise and even more drastic fall is being retold ... more >

INTERVIEW : Barak Goodman on his PBS documentary about George W. Bush

Program is airing this week on PBS

George W. Bush left office over a decade ago, with his eight years as president long been consigned to the provenance of historians. However one might have felt about the 43rd president at the time of his administration, it was time to give those eight years of the first decade of the new millennium a second look. “‘American Experience’ is very clever because they time these things so that ... more >

Alicia Malone: ‘Growing up in Australia, all films were foreign to me’

The TCM Host talks to Rudy Cecera about growing up Aussie and cinephilia in a film industry where opportunities for women are improving, too slowly

Although home isolation maybe getting to some, this is the perfect time to catch up on some classic films and the network synonymous with those is Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Last month, I had the great pleasure of speaking with host, author and film historian Eddie Muller. I am happy to now bring Alicia Malone into the conversation. Malone has been engrossed in film from her early beginnings in ... more >

INTERVIEW: Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance of “Slay the Dragon”

Pushing back on gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Colorado and Michigan and across the rest of the nation
(April 3, 2020; runtime: 101 min.)

The 2020 Census is upon us, and its results will determine how much representation each district will get in the House of Representatives. But for decades there have been various attempts to cheat the system in a trick called gerrymandering, wherein voting districts are redrawn to effectively divide certain blocs and thus reduce their collective representative power in Congress. “Slay the ... more >

INTERVIEW : Eddie Muller, Czar of Noir

Its most committed afficionado lays bare the cinema of the disenchanted

These are tough times for movie lovers. Theaters across the country are closed, many libraries shuttered and people are staying home. However, there is still a way to enjoy watching films. In fact, it may give people a chance to see the more classic cinema that they’ve otherwise been ignoring. The Turner Classics Network (TCM) runs films 24/7 and perhaps the highlight of their line-up is the ... more >