Louis Fantasia/Shakespeare Movies: Episode 6

Great artists steal. So why not steal from the greatest playwright in  the english language, William Shakespeare? Too old fashioned? Too hard to understand? Too dull/misogynist/racist? Combo platter? Shakespeare is possibly all those things but great movies from wildly disparate cultures and times have been made from his plays because the film-makers knew the secretContinue reading “Louis Fantasia/Shakespeare Movies: Episode 6”

Seth Gordon: Episode 4

Seth Gordon’s directorial debut was small and personal and quirky and absurd and a masterpiece. How his doc, THE KING OF KONG, became hugely popular is a great story. How he transferred his personal voice and vision into bigger mass market features and TV shows is an even greater great story. Host MICHAEL PATRICK JANNContinue reading “Seth Gordon: Episode 4”

Patricia Riggen: Episode 3

How many Latina directors, other than PATRICIA RIGGEN, have made a movie that sits in the top 1,000 box office earners of the past decade? NONE. WHY IS THAT?!? As the director of THE 33, LA MISMA LUNA, and TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, Patricia combines intimate emotional truths with big ass explosions. What’s it likeContinue reading “Patricia Riggen: Episode 3”

David Wain: Episode 2

David Wain is a Pantheon Level Comedy Director. Hilarious. Original. Totally unique. Why? He’s spent his life doing the most important thing any great director can do: developing his own personal directorial voice. Listen to this great conversation between David and  Michael Patrick Jann about the How and Why of defining and honing a personalContinue reading “David Wain: Episode 2”

Phil Johnston: Episode One

Wreck-it Ralph 2 is partially inspired by what French New Wave classic? How do you make a personal film inside the Disney Behemoth? PHIL JOHNSTON, veteran of of Disney and Indie film, explains in his insightful and funny conversation about the vocation of directing with Michael Patrick Jann. Inaugural episode of Season One! Listen andContinue reading “Phil Johnston: Episode One”