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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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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 650 (09/22/17): Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Kogonada (Columbus)

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 53:59

Kingsman-golden-circle-2-hero_small In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive -- but mostly favorable -- reviews. Some critics appreciated the movie’s hyper-violent reimagining of a Bond-esque spy agency; others found it sadistic and in poor taste. Adam and Josh... skipped it entirely. This week, they caught up with it for a review of the new sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Plus, Adam's interview with Kogonada, director of "Columbus," the acclaimed new film starring John Cho (and some famous Modernist buildings).

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:

DOLORES -- Dolores Huerta and Peter Bratt Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 29:42

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Dolores Huerta is a woman who revels in the victories she has won over the years, victories too numerous to list here. She is also a woman who, at 87, has not slowed down in her fight for what still needs to be done in her fight for social justice. The legend started as young wife and mother, doing community organizing in Stockton, CA,  before co-founding, with Cesar Chavez, the National Farmworkers Association, which would become the United Farm Workers. Their partnership, and tumultuous relationship, would achieve better working conditions for the workers, while also breaking barriers for women and people of color. At age 82, she established the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which brings her full circle as a community organizer.

Peter Bratt gamely took on the challenge of telling her life story in feature-length documentary, his first after two narrative features, so that Huerta’s story, and her legacy, would not be lost. That issue of selective historical memory that he discusses later in the interview. When I spoke to them on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, though, I wanted to start at the beginning, asking Huerta what it was like, back in 1959, to be a Latina in her 20s lobbying old white men in the California legislature.

We went on to talk about the fear that provoked Arizona lawmakers to remove ethnic studies from the public schools there; how Carlos Santana sparked Bratt to make the film; who Huerta considers the father of the Chicano Movement; and why Huerta defied the cultural norms of her time.

We finished up with Bratt discussing the decisions he had to make in order to encapsulate Huerta’s life in a feature-length documentary format; how a woman of 87 years has never burned out after devoting her life, 24/7 and still going, to the cause of social justice; the proper response to Trump’s revocation of DACA; and why art is especially important in the time of the current president.

N.B. You can hear the sound of the San Francisco cable cars in the background during some parts of the interview. 

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: Big Bear

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

Bigbear_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 joins in the antics of a bachelor party weekend gone wrong in Big Bear.

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:

Mirren Gordon-Crozier - Costume Designer - Short Term 12, Meadowland, Lowriders, The Glass Castle, Unicorn Store, and I Think We're Alone Now

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

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