By Bill Ackerman
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Host Bill Ackerman talks to writers, bloggers, podcasters, fanzine publishers, programmers, preservationists and more about their creative endeavors and today’s film culture.
||ExplicitEpisode 40: Rachael Nisbet||Bill speaks to writer Rachael Nisbet about her creative endeavors, from developing the website Hypnotic Crescendos to writing booklet essays for Dario Argento and Sergio Martino home video releases. Topics discussed include: Umberto Lenzi, Edinburgh...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39: Ela Bittencourt||Bill speaks to film critic and curator Ela Bittencourt about her many pursuits, from programming the Neither/Nor Polish retrospective at True/False Film Fest and the LGBTQ Brazil series at the Museum Of The Moving Image, to writing for publications...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38: Eric Allen Hatch||Bill speaks to writer and film programmer Eric Allen Hatch about his many endeavors, from writing criticism for Baltimore’s City Paper to his years serving as director of programming for the Maryland Film Festival. Topics discussed include the...||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37: Bill Lustig||Bill speaks with filmmaker and Blue Underground CEO Bill Lustig about his many experiences in film, from his childhood experiences on 42nd Street regular to directing cult favorites like MANIAC and VIGILANTE and working in home video with companies...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas||Bill speaks with critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas about her many pursuits, from co-founding Fiend Magazine and writing books like RAPE-REVENGE FILMS and FOUND FOOTAGE HORROR FILMS to editing for Senses Of Cinema and co-curating the...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35: Michael Brooke||Bill speaks with film writer and DVD/Blu-Ray producer Michael Brooke about his various endeavors, from his years at Hampstead’s Everyman Cinema and the BFI to producing Blu-Ray releases for labels like Arrow Video and Indicator. Topics covered...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34: Maitland McDonagh||Bill speaks with author, critic and publisher Maitland McDonagh about her creative pursuits, from the origins of books like THE 50 MOST EROTIC FILMS OF ALL TIME and the landmark BROKEN MIRRORS/BROKEN MINDS: THE DARK DREAMS OF DARIO ARGENTO to blogging..||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33: Alan Jones||Bill speaks with film journalist, critic and film festival programmer Alan Jones about some of his many endeavors, from writing childhood film diaries to co-directing the UK's largest International genre film festival. Topics covered include: Dario...||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Ashley West||Bill speaks to The Rialto Report’s Ashley West. West explains how his ongoing documentary project detailing the birth of the adult film industry in New York put him on the path to recording audio commentaries with figures like Radley Metzger,...||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Molly Haskell||Bill talks to author and film critic Molly Haskell about some of the many contributions she’s made to film culture, from writing film criticism for publications like The Village Voice and Vogue to developing books like her landmark FROM REVERENCE TO..||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30: Heather Buckley||Bill talks to film journalist, special effects supervisor, podcaster and award-winning home video supplements producer Heather Buckley. They discuss her path from writing for Dread Central to co-producing the forthcoming feature film THE RANGER. Other..||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29: Jonathan Rosenbaum||Bill talks to author and film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum about some of his many endeavors in film culture, including books like MOVING PLACES and MOVIE WARS, his tenure as principal film reviewer at the Chicago Reader, and his involvement in multiple...||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28: Kat Ellinger||Bill talks to writer, editor and podcaster Kat Ellinger about the various film culture projects she’s been involved in, from creating her first blog to co-hosting the Daughters Of Darkness podcast and serving as the Editor-In-Chief at Diabolique...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27: Tim Lucas||Bill talks to writer and film historian Tim Lucas about some of his many contributions to film culture, from early mimeographed fanzines and articles like “The Shape Of Rage” and "The Butchering of Dario Argento" to award-winning efforts like...||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26: Joseph A. Ziemba||Bill speaks with Joseph A. Ziemba, creator of the website Bleeding Skull, director of genre programming and promotions at Alamo Drafthouse, and a lead archivist for American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). They discuss the origins of his various projects,...||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25: Abbey Bender||Bill speaks with film critic Abbey Bender. They discuss her experiences in film culture, from childhood repertory screenings to writing for publications like Film Comment, The Village Voice, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Other topics include:...||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24: Lee Gambin||Bill speaks with author and film historian Lee Gambin. They talk about his wide array of artistic pursuits, from directing confrontational stage plays and selling fanzines for beer money to writing for Fangoria and lecturing at film festivals...||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23: Ashley Clark||Bill speaks with writer and film programmer Ashley Clark about his pursuits, from his early blog Permanent Plastic Helmet and programming screenings at the movie theatre where he worked to writing for publications like The Guardian, Sight & Sound,...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22: Elric Kane||Bill speaks with Elric Kane about the wide variety of film culture projects he’s been involved in, from hosting podcasts like Killer POV, Shock Waves and Pure Cinema, to directing films, producing and hosting interview shows like This Week In Horror..||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21: Barry Solan||Bill speaks with Barry Solan about both his years running repertory movie houses like The State Theatre and experiences as owner of the Video Americain video store chain. They also discuss midnight movie culture of the early 1980s, discovering...||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Amanda Reyes||Bill speaks with writer/podcaster Amanda Reyes about her many experiences that shape her work, from discovering Scandinavian films on Bravo as a teenager to the professional satisfactions of becoming as an archivist. They discuss the origins of...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19: Brian Saur||Bill speaks with film blogger and podcaster Brian Saur about the origins of his many endeavors, from his long-running Rupert Pupkin Speaks site to the recent Pure Cinema and Just The Discs podcasts. Other topics discussed include Saur’s in-progress...||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: Nick Pinkerton||Bill speaks with film critic Nick Pinkerton about his experiences and practices as a writer, from his initial reviews for Reverse Shot to becoming a regular contributor at publications like The Village Voice, Sight & Sound, Artforum and Film...||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Marc Walkow||Bill speaks with DVD/Blu-Ray producer, writer and film festival programmer Marc Walkow about his many projects and pursuits in the world of film culture, from his early days at TLA Video to programming for the New York Asian Film Festival to...||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Patrick Ripoll||Bill speaks with Tracks Of The Damned podcast host Patrick Ripoll. In addition to talking about both his current show and his years co-hosting the Director’s Club podcast, they discuss Woody Allen, the C.H.U.D.com forums, standup comedy, the...||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Violet Lucca||This week Bill speaks with the film critic Violet Lucca, Digital Editor of Film Comment Magazine and host of The Film Comment Podcast, about her experiences in film culture. Some of the topics discussed include: hybrid documentaries, Vine filmmakers,...||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Danny Peary||Bill speaks with Danny Peary, the author of Cult Movies, Cult Movies 2, Cult Movies 3, Guide For The Film Fanatic, and Cult Movie Stars, among others. They talk about Peary’s long history with movies: childhood viewing that ranged from Abbott &...||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Jeremy Richey||Bill speaks with Jeremy Richey, editor and co-creator of the quarterly print journal Art Decades. They talk about the origins of this publication and his litany of film-related blogs, among them Moon In The Gutter, Fascination: The Jean Rollin...||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Jay Jacksonrao||Bill speaks with Black On Black Cinema host and TNP Studios founder Jay Jacksonrao. In addition to talking about the origins of his Nerdpocalypse and Black On Black Cinema shows, they discuss blockbuster spectacle cinema and the post-9/11 appeal of...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Jim Laczkowski||Bill speaks with Director’s Club host and Now Playing Network founder Jim Laczkowski. In addition to talking about podcasts, both his own and those of others, they discuss his early years directing short comedies to make his classmates laugh, his...||7/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: Joseph A. Gervasi||Bill speaks with Exhumed Films co-founder and Diabolik DVD co-owner Joseph A. Gervasi about how the DIY ethos of hardcore punk informed his endeavors in film culture. They discuss the origins of his various projects, from early ventures like The...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: Kier-La Janisse||Bill speaks to writer/film programmer Kier-La Janisse about her many contributions to film culture, from her Cannibal Culture fanzine and Cinemuerte film festival to co-founding venues like the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre, schools like The...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: Mike White||Bill speaks to writer/podcaster Mike White about his various projects and pursuits in the world of film culture, from WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING? and Super Happy Fun to Cashiers du Cinemart and The Projection Booth. They also discuss film...||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Daniel Griffith||Bill talks to documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. Griffith explains how his independently-made documentary on film producer K. Gordon Murray opened the door to an ongoing career producing DVD/Blu-Ray supplements (for...||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Eric Bresler||Bill talks to film programmer and PhilaMOCA curator Eric Bresler. They have a conversation about his wide variety of projects, including his Video Pirates found-footage comedy shorts, the documentary OTAKU UNITE!, the Cinedelphia Film Festival...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: J.A. Kerswell||Bill welcomes author J.A. Kerswell onto the show. Kerswell’s love for slasher movies inspired him to create the first website devoted to them (Hysteria Lives!), write a book (Teenage Wasteland, aka The Slasher Movie Book), co-host a podcast...||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 : Travis Crawford||Bill speaks to writer/film programmer Travis Crawford about his writing career, underground genre film and music publications, glossier magazines like Fangoria and Film Comment, books like 1001 Films To See Before You Die, and websites like The...||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Heather Drain||Bill speaks with Heather Drain about her path as a writer from childhood capsule reviews of B-movies in crayon to writing professionally for people like Video Watchdog and Dangerous Minds, the influence of Baxter Phillips' book Cut: The Unseen Cinema,..||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Samm Deighan||Bill speaks with writer Samm Deighan about an adolescence informed by Eurocult bootleg tapes, Exhumed Films marathons, James O'Neill's Terror On Tape and THE LAST UNICORN. They discuss the extensive filmmaker/genre overviews of her Satanic...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Daniel Bird||Bill speaks with writer and film scholar Daniel Bird about Andrzej Zulawski, ‘Eyeball’ magazine, the influence of Pete Tombs, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, HARD TO BE A GOD, and the future of film.||3/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
The only film podcast I listen to
Listening to passionate people talk about their personal histories with film. An important survey of film culture circa 2016.
Very very good conversations
So maybe the sound quality isn't always perfect. But this is a podcast I can happily support due to its content. It's more like a conversation for the curious rather than a traditional interview podcast, which is its strength. At times it does come across as a lovefest about movies which there are a lot of shows that also do the same thing, yet this stands out because every question and answer sound completely sincere. I am a big fan of the Mike White episode so start there and get hooked.
One of the best new shows out there!
Can't say enough good things about Bill and this show. If you're a fan of modern film culture, and want to hear consistently compelling stories from all kinds of enthusiasts, scholars, podcasters, programmers, and several behind-the-scenes talent -- this must be the place! A+ content all-around.