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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 677 (04/20/18): Lean on Pete, Top 5 Horse Scenes

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

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UK writer-director Andrew Haigh has spent the first part of his career quietly defying expectations. With his feature breakout "Weekend," he crafted an intimate tale about two young gay men spending a weekend getting to know each other. For his 2015 follow-up, "45 Years," Haigh turned his focus to an aging husband and wife haunted by the past. (Charlotte Rampling was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.) And now Haigh's latest takes another surprising turn, with his adaptation of the Willy Vlautin novel "Lean on Pete," which chronicles the relationship between a displaced teen and a past-his-prime race horse. But true to Haigh's work to date, "Lean on Pete" is a clear-eyed, unsentimental piece of work that -- like his other films -- is still capable of delivering a punch to the gut. 
On this week's show, Adam and Josh have a review of "Lean on Pete" and, in the tradition of inspired Top 5 topics like Bicycle Scenes and Movie Redheads, they share their Top 5 Horse Scenes (horses on stage! horses in the jungle! ship-wrecked horses!). Plus Chicago critic Steve Prokopy drops by to share some details about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival (May 4th-10th).

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:

FINDING KUKAN -- Robin Lung Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 21:09

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It’s always interesting how some people fade from the public eye. Such was the case of Li Ling-Ai, who made the Oscar™-winning film, 1941 documentary, KUKAN, about China during World War II. The truth about her role in making that film was sacrificed in the interests of making sure it was seen at a time when filmmakers who weren’t male and white were seen as novelties rather than artists.

Fortunately, Li’s gift for PR did more than insure that her film was seen over half a century ago, it helps Robin Lung in her search for the film itself, as well as the story of the woman who made it, and was savvy enough to step away from the credit she deserved

When I spoke with Lung, we started our conversation with how she had come across Li; how KUKAN became the only Oscar™-winning documentary to become a lost film; reclaiming her Chinese roots and heritage; realizing the power of film on an emotional level; and riding the emotional roller coaster of the film restoration process.

We went on to talk about why she wants the audience to make up its own mind about elements of Li’s story; immigration issues from a half-century ago that have all too contemporary a ring; color-blind casting and matching voices; and why Lung chose shadow puppets as the vehicle for the film’s historical re-enactments, and shadow-puppet master Larry Reed to create them.

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: Wanderland

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

Wanderland_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 goes on a musical indie adventure in the Hamptons in Wanderland.

To read the full review, 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

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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:

Tristan Oliver - Cinematographer - Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, ParaNorman, Loving Vincent, and Isle of Dogs

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

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Tristan has been a cinematographer for over 20 years in film, television, commercials, and music videos and is best-known for his work in shooting stop-motion animation.

Tristan has worked with director Nick Park on the Oscar-winning short films The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, and the Oscar-winning feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

His cinematography credits also include the feature films Chicken RunThe Fantastic Mr. Fox, and ParaNorman.

Tristan shot the live action underpinnings of the film Loving Vincent, the first fully painted animated movie where live footage is painstakingly over-painted in the style of Van Gogh.

More recently, Tristan was the DP on the upcoming Wes Anderson acclaimed stop-motion feature film, Isle of Dogs.