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 November 25, 2013 4:59 pm|
|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.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 15, 2013 4:59 pm|
Sharknado, the ultimate shark-meets-Los-Angeles-meets-the-elements movie tore through the competition and social media last Thursday night on the SyFy Channel, delivering meaty ratings and a bloody good time. And tonight we have writer Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and doesn’t-get-eaten-by-a-shark actor Robbie Rist, whose turn as the tormented school bus driver says so much about the state of public education in America today.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday July 14, 2013 6:40 pm|
Sharknado, the SyFy Channel’s hit movie is the subject of this Monday’s Movie Night at 5pm West Coast Time. 8pm East Coast Time. We have screenwriter Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and actor Robbie Rist (who doesn’t get killed by a shark!) as our guests.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 20, 2013 4:59 pm|
During the past two and half years photographer/director Eric Minh Swenson has created over 200 short documentaries about Southern California artists, as well as assembling thousands of images which record art events–installations, openings, art walks, fairs–from Ventura to San Diego. His mini-documentaries are works of art in themselves, allowing the artists and their work to speak directly to the viewer.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday May 19, 2013 1:00 pm|
FDL Movie Night interviews director/photographer Eric Minh Swenson about his work chronicling art and artists in Southern California. Swenson has gained unprecedented access to artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, and art world denizens from San Diego to Ventura. His photos and interviews are revealing portraits of both the Southland and the artistic impulses–shaped by the area’s geography, climate, history, and cultures–that express themselves here. His growing body of work–over 200 short film about Southern California art to date, and thousands of photos– is unique, far ranging and in depth. The art scene in any city has yet to be documented this extensively.