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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 957 (03/01/24): Oscars Special with Michael Phillips / 1950s Madness (Round 1)

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

957_web_720_small Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) drops by the Filmspotting Mojo Dojo Casa studio to talk Oscar picks. Who will win, who should win, and... who would Adam, Josh, and Michael kick out to make room for another overlooked performer? Plus, Round 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 1950s.

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:

HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS -- Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 18:56

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Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews have been friends and collaborators (L.I.P.S and LAKE MICHIGAN LAKE MONSTER) for a very long time. That, and their particular sense of humor is something that becomes apparent very quickly when speaking to them, as I did via Zoom on March 1, 2024. We were talking about their latest film, HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS, a monstrously funny and inventive story about Jean Kayak, played by Tews, an aspiring fur-trapper, his one true love, and the eponymous rodents with their surprisingly sophisticated plans that get his way. Or does he get in the beavers’ way?

Cheslik and Tews have devised such a purely visual film, that a mere outline can never hope to do justice. Set in the snowy woods of Wisconsin during the dead of winter at the turn of the last century, it is a cracked masterpiece of absurdity that involves animation, live-action, and actors dressed up in mascot costumes with unexpectedly moving results. Not to mention non-stop sight gags, violent deaths, and courtroom scene worthy of Kafka.

Obviously, there was much to discuss, but I started with when the pair first realized that there might be something nefarious about beavers.

We went on to talk about why the film eschews dialogue; Tews suffering frostbite from frolicking in the snow; why there was no improvisation; and the magic of John Tray choreographing kung fu using those actors in mascot costumes.

We finished up with watching the film with an audience; how Bob Barito got the sound right in a silent film; surrendering an apartment to a log flume sequence; why they went the self-distribution route; and why there might just be a bidding war for the racoon hat that Tews wears in the film.

Cheslik directed from a script he wrote with Tews. It co-stars Doug Mancheski, Wes Tank, Luis Rico, and Olivia Graves as the bewitching furrier who captures Kayak’s heart, and gives him one in return.

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: Asleep in My Palm

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

Asleepinmypalm_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 explores the outside world with a teenager who’s been living off the grid in Asleep in My Palm.

To read more, 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:

Samy Bardet - French Sound Designer - Persepolis, Babies, A Monster In Paris, Charlotte, Heart Of Oak, Mami Wata, Vermin

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

Mamiwata-sb_original_small Samy's animated film work has included: The Dog, The General, and The Birds, Igor, A Monster In Paris, Emilie Jolie, Charlotte, and Persepolis, which earned him Cesar and Golden Reel nominations.

Samy's documentary work includes: Babies, a Golden Reel nominee, 16 Sunrises, The Shadow Of Gold, Heart Of Oak, There Is A Forest, Antarctica: Ice and Sky, and March Of The Penguins 2.

Samy's more recent work includes the narrative feature films: the horror film Vermin and the acclaimed Mami Wata