Beer! This miraculous beverage is actually more American than apple pie, and its history is linked inextricably with our country’s. Tonight’s guest, director Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, brings us The American Brew a fine crafted, bubbly film with depth and flavor that explores our nation’s relationship with beer.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 9, 2014 4:59 pm|
It’s not summer without a vacation or a horror movie–and In the Shadow, directed, co-written and co-produced by tonight’s guest Nicole Elmer, brings us a taut tale of psychological and supernatural horror set against a beautiful island backdrop. Add in the additional layer of sex tourism, Puerto Rican politics, and colonial imperative, plus the bonus of that rara avis, a female horror director–and well, In the Shadow is a perfect summer FDL movie.
This is not a traditional horror movie in the slasher/gore vein. It is deeper, more supernatural and psychological in nature, raising questions about the price we pay for the things we love the most. It is also shot in lush, vibrant, saturated colors contrasting the island’s beauty with the story’s dark subject matter.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 5, 2014 4:59 pm|
Legendary performance artist John Fleck is the focus of tonight’s documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be, directed by Kevin Duffy. In 1990, Fleck and three other performance artists became known as the NEA Four, who sued the National Endowments for the Arts all the way to the Supreme Court for overtly vetoing their grants. The artists won, but the NEA reacted by no longer funding individual artists. Both Kevin Duffy and John Fleck will be our guests.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 25, 2013 4:59 pm|
John Barbour has led a storied life in show business as a writer and producer, and as creator of the first reality TV show Real People; he is the only person to win an Emmy for both entertainment and news, and was critic-at-large for KNBC in Los Angeles. Barbour also became close friends with Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District attorney who brought businessman Clay Shaw to trial for conspiracy in the killing of John Kennedy, and was instrumental in sounding the alarm that a conspiracy was involved in the President’s murder. In 1980 at the height of his career with Real People, Barbour interviewed Garrison for NBC news, the interview was re-edited without Barbour’s knowledge or permission making Garrison look foolish and unbalanced.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday October 28, 2013 2:26 pm|
I Am Divine chronicles the life of Divine from his Baltimore childhood as Harris Glenn Milstead through his years as John Waters’ muse and star, as he reaches his ultimate goal to achieve mainstream acceptance and global recognition. This is a movie about believing in yourself and accepting yourself, two things Divine exuded and brought to his fans.
Join us tonight as we discuss I Am Divine with director Jeffrey Schwarz.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 16, 2013 4:59 pm|
Newark New Jersey’s best kept secret is JFK High School, a public school dedicated to students with special education needs. Best Kept Secret focuses on members of teacher Janet Mino’s graduating class of 2012, their lives, and their futures. Every parent wonders what the future holds for their kids on graduation from high school, and the question of what’s next is even more pressing at JFK High School.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm|
Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday August 26, 2013 4:59 pm|
Love, the creative spirit, chaos, and rivalry: The lives of Ushio Shinohara, an innovative octogenarian artist who punches the canvas with boxing gloves wrapped in paint soaked sponges, and his 61-year old artist wife Noriko are the subjects of the the complex and deep documentary Cutie and the Boxer, directed by tonight’s guest, Zachary Heinzerling.
First-time director Heinzerling spent several years documenting the couple who live a financially and emotionally tenuous life in Brooklyn.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday July 28, 2013 6:20 pm|
Big and bold, yet refined and precise–these are the hallmarks of Robert Williams, the breakthrough painter whose works shifted the direction of contemporary art. Monday’s movie, Robert Williams, Mr Bitchin takes us through the painter’s life, with stops along the way to (re) discover the Piltdown Man, King Farouk, hot rods, hippies, sexy women, censorship and the origins of the universe.