Sunday, September 27, 2015

Episode #67 - Adam Kempenaar (The World According To Garp)

"Why we choose our favorites isn't because they're just good movies, but because they speak to something within us."

About 10 years ago, the word podcast would have often been lead by blank stares. Adam 
Kempenaar saw an article, and then got on the ground floor to begin Filmspotting, which has become the leading film discussion podcasts for the past decade (not to mention very influential in Peter's film upbringing). Peter sits down with Adam at Navy Pier to discuss his journey from Iowa to Chicago, and his motivation to talk films through that led to the creation of the podcast with Sam Van Hallgren. They discuss the necessity of structure and chemistry in creating a conversation, the show's exploration into classic films and blindspots, and Adam's obsession with the "Ecstatic Truth" in the collision of truth and fiction. Finally, the two visit an oddball—George Roy Hill's The World Acording to Garp with Robin Williams—and discuss how the film examines the creation of art in relation to life, and the necessity to flow between both.

0:00-2:14 Opening
3:07-9:02  Establishing Shots - Hasse Ekman at MoMA
9:47-1:22:42 Deep Focus - Adam Kempenaar
1:23:35-1:26:05 Mubi Sponsorship
1:27:17-1:51:54 Double Exposure - The World According to Garp (George Roy Hill)
1:51:58-1:54:17 Close / Outtakes
Listen to Adam on Filmspotting, and follow him on Twitter.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
MoMA's Hasse Ekman series
—Learn more about Ekman from Fredrik Gustaffson
—Additional writings on Ekman by Farran Nehme-Smith and Nick Pinkerton
—Adam and Josh revisit Reservoir Dogs
Ed Burns joins Filmspotting
—Columbia College Chicago's Cinema Art + Science Program
—Adam's Daily Iowan review of Almost Famous
—More reviews from The Daily Iowan
Filmspotting discusses Boyhood
Wired's cover story "Adam Curry Wants To Make You an iPod Radio Star"
—Josh Larsen's website
—Filmspotting's Marathon Project
—The "Western-A-Week" Marathon
—The Werner Herzog Marathon, the Documentaries Marathon, and the Marx Brothers
The Golden Brick Award
—Filmspotting's Top 5 Chicago Films 
—Ebert on Herzog and the "Ecstatic Truth"
—T.S. Elliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
—Filmspotting discusses The Mirror
—FIlmspotting discusses Camera Buff
—Werner Herzog discusses his documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly
—A book on Direct Cinema
Adam's Teaching at U Chicago
—Filmspotting discusses Ex Machina
—More on Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun on MUBI
—Adam on Robin Williams in The World According to Garp
"The Magic Gloves"

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