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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 822 (04/16/21): Oscars Special

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

822_webv2_small Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor? And what about the Best Actress race? Will former winners Viola Davis or Frances McDormand take another statue home, or could Carey Mulligan or Andra Day surprise with the win? Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune don't really have the answers, but that doesn't stop them from taking some guesses, along with making a few final cases for 2020 films and performances that the Academy failed to recognize (this should have been your year, Kelly Reichardt!).

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:

HUNGER WARD -- Skye Fitzgerald Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 33:29

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When I spoke with Skye Fitzgerald about his devastatingly beautiful short documentary, HUNGER WARD, on February 26,2021, my first question was about how he dealt with the topic of Yemeni children dying from a deliberately induced famine. Specifically, what it was like to leave a hospital ward where children were being treated, not always successfully, for malnutrition, and then sit down to a meal. His response was as surprising as it was philosophical. The film, nominated for the Oscar™, runs 40 minutes, and during that time, the direct impact on innocent victims of geopolitics over which the have no control is laid out with stark clarity. Be warned, some of the sights are gruesome, and Fitzgerald’s deliberate choices about how to present them is another topic we covered.

The conversation included how Fitzgerald copes with witnessing those sights in person, using empathy as his guide, and why he deliberately chose to make beautiful images of the devastation he witnessed. He also made of point of mentioning Adel Al-Hasani, one of his field producers, currently under arrest in Yemen for, as Fitzgerald put it, doing his job as a journalist.

HUNGER WARD is the third in Fitzgerald's trilogy of short films about innocent people caught in the political cross-fire that includes LIFEBOAT (2018) and 50 FEET FROM SYRIA (2015)

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: Together Together

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

Togethertogether_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 finds friendship in an unlikely place with a man and his surrogate in Together Together.

To read the full review, 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

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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:

Chaitanya Tamhane - Indian Writer and Director - Six Strands, Court, The Disciple

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

Thedisciple1_original_small Chaitanya is based in Mumbai, and his debut feature film Court premiered at the Venice Film Festival, before eventually winning more than thirty film festival awards.

After being mentored by Alfonso Cuaron as part of the Rolex Mentor-Protege Arts Initiative, Chaitanya wrote and directed The Disciple, examining a lifetime journey devoted to the art of Indian classical music.

Chaitanya's acclaimed feature, The Disciple, won awards at Venice and Toronto and has continued to garner acclaim worldwide, including being awarded the Sundance Institute Open Borders Fellowship presented by Netflix and winning Best Screenplay and the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize.