The Projection Booth Podcast
The Projection Booth Podcast
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The Projection Booth has been recognized as a premier film podcast by The Washington Post, The A.V. Club, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. With over 600 episodes to date and an ever-growing fan base, The Projection Booth regularly attracts special guest talent eager to discuss their past gems, including Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe, Joe Dante, Bruce Dern, Chris Elliott, William Friedkin, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Ed Harris, John Landis, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Palin, Sir Tim Rice, Julie Taymor, John Waters, and more. The podcast features discussions of films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis. Follow us on Twitter @proboothcast and visit us at www.projectionboothpodcast.com
On this special episode, Mike talks with Artistic Director Kevin Monahan and Director of Programming Nicole McControversy about the 2023 Boston Underground Film Festival, a five-day fest focused on offbeat shorts and features. Check out the full program and buy tickets at https://bostonunderground.org/
French Month continues with a look at Marcel Carne’s Children of Paradise. Released in 1945 and set in the early-mid 1800s, the film tells a winding tale of the woman Garance (Arletty) and the four men in her orbit: The mime Baptiste, the actor Frederick, the criminal Larcenaire, and the aristocrat Edouard. Keith Gordon and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the film as well as the compelling circumstances around its making.
On this special episode, Mike talks with Austin and Meredith Bragg about their feature film debut, Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game. Based on the story of Roger Sharpe, the GQ journalist who proved that pinball is a game of skill, no chance, it's an ambitious and delightful debut. Find out more at https://pinballfilm.com/
On this episode Mike talks with Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak about their new film A Disturbance in the Force. It's all about the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special and just had its premiere at South By Southwest. Be sure to visit their website https://www.holidayspecialdoc.com/ to find out when it's playing near you.
Author and filmmaker Michael Maren discusses his latest film, A Little White Lie, which stars Michael Shannon as a reclusive writer invited to a conference that needs something to put it on the map for fear of shutting down. Find out more at https://www.instagram.com/mmaren/
French Month continues with a look at Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob Le Flambeur. Released in 1956, the film was the first of many gangster films directed by Melville. Based on his story with dialogue by Auguste LeBreton, it tells the tale of Bob (Roger Duchesne), an aging man who robbed a bank 20 years prior, and now spends his time going from game to game -- craps, cards, whatever. He even has a slot machine in his Montmartre apartment. Samm Deighan and Andrew Leavold join Mike to discuss the film while Ginette Vincendeau (Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris) talks Melville overall.
On this special episode, Mike spoke with underground filmmaker and No Wave founder Beth B about her career including her retrospective at the Metrograph as well as the upcoming Kino release of her films. Find out more at http://www.bethbproductions.com/
We’re kicking off a month of discussions of French films with Barbet Schroeder’s 1976 film Maitresse. The film stars Bulle Ogier as the titular Mistress, Ariane, and Gerard Depardieu as Olivier, a thief who robs the wrong apartment. Samm Deighan and Jim Vendiola join Mike to discuss the envelope-pushing film.
The boys from From the Files of Police Squad (in Color), our limited series about Police Squad! and The Naked Gun films are back and talking about something we didn't discuss there... Released in 1984, Zucker Abrahams Zucker’s Top Secret is a send up of both Elvis movies and WWII espionage films. It’s a very odd duck which stars Val Kilmer as Nick Rivers, a teen idol who has made a name for himself with a series of songs about surfing and skeet shooting. Nick goes behind the Iron Curtain to East Germany where things haven’t changed much since WWII, especially that it’s Nazis in charge of everything, rather than the communist party. He becomes embroiled in intrigue though Nick Rivers sticks his neck out for nobody until he meets the gorgeous Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge) and her band of freedom fighters. Chris Stachiw and Mark Begley join Mike to discuss the film while the episode features interviews with actors Ian McNeice and Christopher Villiers, screenwriter Martyn Burke, and writers/directors Jim Abrahams and David Zucker.
Our Black History Month coverage continues with a look at Christopher St. John's Top of the Heap. Released in 1972 the film stars St. John as George Lattimer, a DC police officer who’s confronted with pressures from his job, his wife, and his daughter. When his mother dies, George undergoes a bit of a breakdown where he starts fantasizing about another life including being an astronaut. Gary Phillips and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this sorely under-seen film while Christopher St. John talks about how Top of the Heap came together despite interference from the film's producer. The Code Red Blu-Ray of Top of the Heap is out of print. In the meantime, you can see the film via Shout Factory TV, Tubi, and other streaming services.
Heather Drain and Leon Chase join Mike to kick-off Black History Month with a look at Bill Gunn’s 1973 film Ganja & Hess which stars Duane Jones as Hess Green, a scholar who is stabbed with an ancient dagger by a crazed house guest, the husband of Ganja Meda (Marlene Clark). Hess is resurrected and helps Ganja be reborn as well. The two are now addicted to blood in one of the most unusual vampire films around. Special guests musician Sam Waymon and author Christopher Sieving (Pleading the Blood: Bill Gunn's Ganja & Hess) discuss the behind-the-scenes of Gunn's seminal sophomore film.
Filmmaker Elsbeth Fraanje spoke with Mike from Park City, Utah about her latest documentary, Sexual Healing, an insightful and inspiring look at sexuality in the disabled community. Keep up with the film via Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sexualhealing__documentary/
Mike spoke with Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis about the latest entry in the Aqua Teen saga, Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm. The film finds our heroes, Meatwad, Master Shake, and Frylock, out of their house and in various states of distress. Frylock is working for a corporate conglomerate run by an egomaniac with self-esteem problems. Buy Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm today on Blu-Ray and 4K.
We’re discussing the 1988 film from Karen Shakhnazarov, Zero City. The film stars Leonid Filatov as Aleksei Varakin, he’s from a Moscow Mechanical Plant and comes to a small town to meet with a man about air conditioners. He soon finds himself in an absurdist nightmare where he’s served a cake that looks like his own head by a chef who is not his father and commits suicide. Samm Deighan and Alistair Pitts join Mike to talk about the film while director Karen Shakhnazarov provides more context to the making of the movie.
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