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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 834 (07/23/21): Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

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

834_web3_small Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their Top 5 Beach Scenes. As a place of transition – between land and sea, and as a point of no return – the beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus, the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's "Days of Being Wild."

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:

HERE AFTER -- Harry Greenberger Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 19:09

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Harry Greenberger was channeling a bad breakup into his script for HERE AFTER (aka FARAWAY EYES) when he met the woman who would change his perspective on love. The result is a film that sees dating as hell (literally), but also one that isn’t necessarily bleak. Well, not all bleak.

Actually, it’s a sweetly funny and astutely observed consideration about the meaning of life. It’s hero, Michael (Andrew Karl) is a struggling New York actor who is hit by a truck after a bad break-up. The biggest shock, though, is finding out that in order to move on, he has to find his soul mate among the other dead still hanging around on this plane of existence. The catch, he can only use conversation to win a potential soul mate, and the only thing the dead can experience are books and booze.  He’s joined in this by Angelo (Michael Rispoli), an old friend, also deceased, who offers a warm welcome, but a very bad example of how to succeed.

When I spoke to Greenberger by phone on March 7, 2020, we talked his own journey that inspired the story; the creepy side of traditional rom-coms; and, how he brought a city of the living and the dead to the screen.

We moved on to differing definitions of success (and a tribute to Greenberger’s dad); what he’s learned from his varied background in the industry; and David Bowie as an ongoing motif in his films.

We finished up with an impromptu tribute to Stanley Kubrick in honor of the fact that we spoke on the anniversary of passing.

The film co-stars Andi Karl, 
Nora Arnezeder, Michael Rispoli, Jeannie Berlin, Jackie Cruz, and Christina Ricci as Michael's guide to the afterlife. Greenberger' directed from his own script and his previous work includes STARING AT THE SUN

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: Joe Bell

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

Joebell_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 sets out on a cross-country hike to speak out against bullying with Mark Wahlberg in Joe Bell.

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

Logo_imt_small2_small Films reviewed: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

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:

Annika Summerson - Cinematographer - Postcards From London, VS., Breeders, One Night, Mogul Mowgli, and Censor

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

Censor_original_small Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Annika studied in the UK and is currently based in London.

Annika's feature film credits include the films: Postcards From LondonVS., and more recently Mogul Mowgli, and Censor.

Annika's television projects include: Breeders, Clique S2, One Night, and most recently the working title YOU for Sky TV.