The Drunk Projectionist
By Todd Melby
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We're buzzed about movies. We feature interviews with directors, actors and cinematographers to reveal what makes brilliant movies timeless.
||CleanEp. 7: Napoléon||Georges Mourier describes Napoléon as “not just a masterpiece." The Cinémathèque Française restoration expert says the 1927 silent film "is also a monster piece.” Which is why, while working on a new restoration of the Abel Gance classic,||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Albert Serra||The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby interviews Albert Serra, the director of "The Death of Louis XIV." The opinionated and entertaining Serra discusses the film's origin as an art installation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1:58),||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Charles Burnett||The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby interviews Charles Burnett, director of "Killer of Sheep." Critic Terrence Rafferty of GQ called the film "one of the most striking debuts in movie history." The movie examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts .||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 4 Frederick Wiseman||The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby interviews Frederick Wiseman director of "Titicut Follies," a 1967 documentary about a hospital for the criminally insane. In this interview with Todd Melby, he also reveals why he shot most of his movies on 16mm,||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: Fargo||When the Coen Brothers released "Fargo" in 1996, pretty much all of North Dakota and Minnesota got upset. "We don't talk like that," they said. Well, the Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby is from North Dakota and he's here to tell you they do.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: Barbara Kopple||The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby interviews Barbara Kopple, director of "Harlan County USA," her 1976 film about a Kentucky coal miner's strike Kopple talks about her nervy confrontation with a company-paid,||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 1: Kelly Reichardt||The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby interviews Kelly Reichardt, director of "Certain Women" and "Wendy and Lucy." Riechardt discusses sound design, her love of trains, how men and women perceive scenes differently and other topics in her films.||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A podcast for filmmakers and film buffs
This is a new podcast but already its first two episodes have offered a scintillating teaser to film lovers in search of a podcast that tells the stories behind a film but also digs in to examine the craft.
Fun Behind the Scenes
I have really enjoyed listening to these interviews with some filmmakers I love like Barbara Koppel and Fred Wiseman. Todd Melby makes the films come alive through the scenes he plays- and it's a treat to hear directors talk about both the challenges (ie shooitng on a low budget) and the passion that drives their craft. I also like how open they are in speaking to Todd about all aspects of the work.
Both in audio and in content, Tom does a great job narrating the interview!