We got a whole lot of show for you this month.
We kick things off by bringing in POV's "Doc Soup" columnist, Tom Roston, to talk about the documentaries that have grabbed our attention this summer and preview some docs you'll need to look out for in the fall. We also dive into why the summer is such a popular time for distributors to release their documentary slate, what the new Academy rules for the Best Documentary Oscar means for filmmakers and Tom tells us his love/hate relationship with the conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.
(23:40) Currently out in theaters, Land Ho! teams two incredible independent film talents at the helm, Aaron Katz and TAA alum Martha Stephens, as they chronicle the journey of two elderly men (Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn) who rekindle their friendship on a funny trip to Iceland. Here Stephens talks to us about the motivations behind the film and the challenges of shooting outside the U.S.
(45:10) We close things out with a philosophical chat on the current state of the Internet with author/filmmaker Astra Taylor (Examined Life). Her book, The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, is a fascinating read which explores the evolution of the Net from a platform with endless possibilities to the current state of repurposed, aggregated noise that, for the most part, appeals to the lowest common denominator. We discuss a few major points from the book, how it will change her filmmaking and if there's any hope for taking back the Internet.
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Host: Jason Guerrasio, TFI Web Editor
Along with creating the web content for TFI, Jason also writes regularly about movies and the film industry for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Esquire and Movies.com. Previously he was the managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine.