Episode 48: Jonathan Milott & Katherine Craft

I first speak with writer/director Jonathan Milott who alongside collaborator Cary Murnion have recently made a film called BUSHWICK that couldn't be more timely.  We delve into exactly why that is as well as the history between this team who is also responsible for the indie horror/comedy COOTIES.  At around the 40 minute mark, I then speak with someone I've known for quite awhile since she also happens to be the wife of one of my closest friends and former guests, Mr. Dan Solomon.  Katherine Craft is an established writer in many forms with a lot of success stories, both as an activist and as a creative artist.  Her latest endeavor involves HBO so we discuss the experience surrounding that as well as her IndieGoGo campaign for her personal project CHARLOTTE AND CHARLIE, which I hope you'll contribute to. 

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Episode 47: Dr. Katrina Sifferd

Attending Elmhurst College was one of the truly great experiences of my lifetime.  I became instantly enraptured with psychology and philosophy thanks to some truly inspirational figures, some of which I know I will be interviewing in the future.  The first of those inspirational figures is Dr. Katrina Sifferd, who holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London, King’s College. After finishing her PhD, Katrina held a post-doctoral position as Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College.

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Episode 46: Sam Jones

I first discovered Sam's talent as a filmmaker since he is responsible for one of my favorite music documentaries, I AM TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART, which chronicles a difficult but rewarding series of events from one of my favorite bands, Wilco. He went on to create his own television broadcast / video podcast by the name of OFF CAMERA, which is an interview show not unlike Inside the Actor's Studio or WTF except it is one-on-one, in B&W, and divested of all props and distractions. Plus it is documented in both audio and video form! It happens to be one of my favorite shows and a huge inspiration for this podcast.

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Episode 45: Jess Hicks

Jess Hicks is becoming one of my favorite writers about genre films, with a plethora of great essays and reviews out there.  She is a Northeast Ohio native who has loved all things horror and fringe since birth. She has a piece published in a book entitled Trash Cinema about the film ILSA SHE WOLF OF THE SS, writes for a number outlets such as Blumhouse.com and BirthMoviesDeath and is simply just one of the more passionate enthusiasts for films that I've had the pleasure of speaking with on this show so far.  We talk about being a horror fan from a very young age, how niche message boards helped to shape her writing, self-awareness in modern horror, television anthology shows, as well as the power of the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. 

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Episode 44: Elinor Carucci, Dunkirk, Excerpts

An unconventional episode due to being a bit busier than usual, but some great episodes are on the horizon.  Israeli-American Elinor Carucci is one of my favorite photographers. She uses her art to stay connected to her family, herself, and anyone that crosses her path. She's lived quite a life and though our conversation is short & sweet, her insights into the creative arts world must be heard and embraced.  You'll be just as charmed by her life story as I was!

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Episode 43: Erisa Apantaku

Another wonderful guest that I am blessed to call a co-worker.  Fellow educator Erisa Apantaku has lead quite a life, having lived and traveled overseas, competitvely swam, and more recently, has become a radio broadcast journalist with a lot of success over at WHPK.  Erisa writes fiction short stories and film scripts, produces a podcast in which she interviews people about their identities, and writes little songs with her guitar. She loves collaborating with people on almost anything that involves “making art.”  Needless to say, we get along swimmingly and this conversation brings a lot to the table that previous guests haven't before!

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Episode 42: Sara Goodman

Self-taught glitch artist, out of the box creative thinker.  Today’s guest Sara Goodman works with me at Fusion Academy in Evanston and always has an interesting project to share or is traveling both near and far for exhibitions and digital media showcases.  Sara has designed cover art for electronic bands, expressed themselves through video art and experimental music and will also be publishing a book of poetry in the near future.  I decided to take an opportunity to interview most, if not all, of my many great co-workers and Sara was definitely the first to avidly volunteer to talk with me about her creative process, vaporwave, glitch art, and so much more!

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Episode 41: Bill Ackerman

Friend and podcast host Bill Ackerman joins me to discuss a range of topics from music, film, writing, audio commentaries, technology and much more for a very enlightening conversation with another talented contributor to the fine arts.  I was lucky enough to first encounter him through e-mail correspondence throughout my last podcast, Director's Club.  He later came on as a guest, then we became friends and met up one day in NYC, and eventually, I would go on to ask Bill to become a podcaster of his own with one of the best shows out there about film culture entitled Supporting Characters.

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