Music and Movies

Episode 98: Gorman Bechard / Who Is Lydia Loveless?

Gorman Bechard at the WNHH studio.

Gorman Bechard at the WNHH studio.

Description

On today's episode, host Tom Breen talks with prolific New Haven filmmaker Gorman Bechard about his latest rock documentary, Who Is Lydia Loveless? The movie follows a 24-year-old country rock musician as she tours the midwest in the early stages of her career, and dives deep on the challenges and joys of making art for a living. 

Links

What Were We Thinking Films website: http://whatwerewethinkingfilms.com/

Episode 80: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand / The High School That Rocked

THE LIFE AND GARDENS OF BEATRIX FARRAND (2017) by Karyl Evans

THE LIFE AND GARDENS OF BEATRIX FARRAND (2017) by Karyl Evans

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with two Connecticut filmmakers who will be screening their new movies playing at this year's New Haven Documentary Festival.

On the first segment of the show, Breen is joined by six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans to talk about her new movie The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand, about a pioneering female landscape architect who lived and worked in New Haven for over a decade in the first half of the 20th century.

On the second segment, Breen talks with writer / producer Fred Cantor The High School that Rocked, a short documentary about how from 1966 - 1968 Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut hosted concerts by some of the biggest names in rock and roll, including The Doors, The Animals, Cream, The Rascals, and Sly & The Family Stone.

Links

NHDocs: http://www.nhdocs.com/

The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand trailer: https://vimeo.com/201694337

The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand Website: http://www.beatrixfarranddocumentary.com/

The High School That Rocked Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHighSchoolThatRocked/

Episode 74: Les Blank Music Docs

Brian Slattery on the banjo.

Brian Slattery on the banjo.

Description

On today’s very special episode of the show, host Tom Breen talks with writer-editor-musician Brian Slattery about the music documentaries of Les Blank, a pioneering independent filmmaker who made over 40 movies between 1960 and 2015, many of which focused on the diverse traditional musical subcultures of the American South. Over the course of the show, Brian plays songs on the guitar, fiddle, and banjo that are inspired by or some way related to the music in Les Blank's movies.

Other Links

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3381-les-blank-s-cinema-vitalite

Episode 62: Love Hate Relationship / La La Land

Description

For the first segment of today's show, host Tom Breen talks with local rapper Joey A.X. and Boston-based filmmaker Sev One about their recent music video, "Love Hate Relationship," which explores Joey's ambivalent, affectionate perspective on the city in which he grew up: Elm City. Tom is joined by Lucy Gellman and Allan Appel during the second segment for a divisive review if La La Land, Damien Chazelle's new musical that stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Other Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN_10rZyBwk
http://www.killjoeyax.com/

Episode 54: Frank and Caroline Mouris / The Handmaiden

Excerpt from FRANK FILM (1973) by Frank and Caroline Mouris

Excerpt from FRANK FILM (1973) by Frank and Caroline Mouris

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen welcomes experimental animators and filmmakers Frank and Caroline Mouris and film archivist Brian Meacham to the show to talk about the Mouris' careers making movies, some reflections on the mesmerizing world of experimental animation, and upcoming screenings of their films at the Whitney Humanities center. For the second segment of the show, Breen, Allan Appel, and Lucy Gellman review the new movie The Handmaiden.

Timeline

00:00 - 43:02 -- interview with filmmakers Frank and Caroline Mouris and Yale film archivist Brian Meacham
44:00 - 59: 38 -- review of The Handmaiden

Other Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZm67rgUAfQ
https://www.facebook.com/events/964252377030216/

Episode 53: It Happened But Nobody Noticed / Denial

Jerry Lombardo (Thomas Breen photo)

Jerry Lombardo (Thomas Breen photo)

Timeline

00:00 - 38:20 -- interview with Jerry Lombardo and Eric Michael Schrader about It Happened, But Nobody Noticed
39:20 - 58:42 -- review of Denial

Description

This week's episode is about It Happened, But Nobody Noticed, a 2009 documentary from directors Jerry Lombardo and Eric Michael Schrader that documents New Haven’s punk and New Wave underground music scene from 1978 to 1988. Host Tom Breen talks with Lombardo and Schrader about how this movie came to be; some of the bands, venues and unique personalities that made up New Haven’s punk and New Wave scene in the 80s; and the ways that movies and music can intersect to help us understand this specific time and place in our city’s underground cultural history. The second half of the show features a review of the new movie Denial.

Other Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu3hrc-sx50

Episode 49: Brendan Toller / Russ D Martin

Brendan Toller (Lucy Gellman photo)

Brendan Toller (Lucy Gellman photo)

Timeline

00:00 - 36:37 -- interview with Brendan Toller
39:35 - 55:43 -- interview with Russ D Martin

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with local filmmaker Brendan Toller, director of the new documentary DANNY SAYS, about two movies that have had a profound influence on him as a watcher and maker of movies: BENJAMIN SMOKE, a 2000 documentary about a singer-songwriter, drag queen, speedfreak, misfit named Benjamin from Atlanta, Georgia, and SILVERLAKE LIFE, a 1993 documentary about a California couple living and dying with AIDS. On the second segment of the show, Tom interviews local filmmaker Russ D Martin about his new movie, ...an inappropriate affect.

Links

http://dannysaysfilm.com/Danny_Says/Danny_Says.html
https://www.facebook.com/aninappropriateaffect/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGE_LX5nO54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjGVT4BUG-w

Episode 47: Rich Hanley / Last Days of the Coliseum

Rich Hanley (Thomas Breen photo)

Rich Hanley (Thomas Breen photo)

Topics

00:00 - 48:47 -- interview with Rich Hanley about Last Days of the Coliseum

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with Rich Hanley, Associate Professor of Journalism at Quinnipiac University and writer/director of the 2010 documentary Last Days at the Coliseum. Tom and Rich talk about the history of the New Haven Coliseum, and the symbolic intersections of hockey, rock and roll, wrestling, and urban renewal in mid-century downtown New Haven.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/newhavencoliseum/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUslRv5A3IU
https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/episode-47-rich-hanley-last-days-of-the-coliseum?in=user8148908/sets/deep-focus

Episode 44: The Land / Hip Hop Movies

The Land  by Steven Caple Jr.

The Land by Steven Caple Jr.

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Lucy Gellman
0:00 - 18:30 - review of THE LAND by Steven Caple, Jr.

Second Segment

Guests: Chef the Chef, Lucy Gellman
18:30 - 44:39 - discussion of hip hop movies over the past 30 years

Description

On this episode, host Tom Breen talks to Bridgeport-based musician Chef the Chef and WNHH Station Manager Lucy Gellman about Steven Caple Jr.'s "The Land" and how the hip hop movie genre has evolved and grown over the last 30-40 years.

Video Links

Trailer for THE LAND

Episode 35: Mike Rhodes / Money Monster

Mike Rhodes (Lucy Gellman photo)

Mike Rhodes (Lucy Gellman photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Mike Rhodes
0:00 - 39:29 - interview with CT filmmaker Mike Rhodes

Second Segment

Guest: Lucy Gellman
41:02 - 53:07 - review of MONEY MONSTER

Description

On this episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen sits down with Connecticut filmmaker Mike Rhodes to discuss freelancing, music videos, and the benefits and challenges of making movies in the Nutmeg State. During the second part of the episode, Breen also talks to WNHH Station Manager Lucy Gellman about Jodie Foster's new flick "Money Monster," starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney.

Video Links

Higher Learning: Children of the Underground. Directed by Mike Rhodes.

MONEY MONSTER (2016) by Jodie Foster

Episode 32: Miles Ahead / Born to Be Blue

Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Allan Appel, Brian Slattery
0:00 - 40:50 - Miles Ahead and Born to Be Blue reviews
40:50 - 50:50 - favorite music documentaries and biopics

Description

On today's episode, host Tom Breen talks with New Haven Independent staff writer Allan Appel and arts editor Brian Slattery about two new movies about legendary jazz trumpeters: Don Cheadle's MILES AHEAD, about Miles Davis, and Robert Burdreau's BORN TO BE BLUE, about Chet Baker. Tom, Allan and Brian talk through the representation of drug addiction in movies about musicians, the differences between music documentaries and music biopics, and the underlying assumption that there is some meaningful connection between the artist's biography and the art itself.

Video Links

Trailer for Miles Ahead

Trailer for Born to Be Blue

Episode 24: Unsung Heroes / The Lady in the Van

LADY IN THE VAN

LADY IN THE VAN

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Rebecca Abbott, Frank Mitchell
0:00 - 32:08 - interview about Unsung Heroes

Second Segment

Guests: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
32:09 - 54:31 - review of The Lady in the Van

Description

Tom speaks with filmmaker Rebecca Abbott and historian Frank Mitchell about their 2001 documentary "Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven." During the second segment, Tom discusses the latest Alan Bennett screen adaptation, "The Lady in the Van," with WNHH hosts Lucy Gellman and Allan Appel.

Video Links

Clip from Unsung Heroes by Rebecca Abbott and Frank Mitchell

Episode 20: Gorman Bechard / The Revenant

Gorman Bechard (Thomas Breen photo)

Gorman Bechard (Thomas Breen photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Gorman Bechard
0:00 - 40:21 - interview about Who Is Lydia Loveless? and other rock documentaries

Second Segment

Guest: Lucy Gellman
40:22 - 51:03 - review of The Revenant

Description

Tom Breen talks with local filmmaker Gorman Bechard about rock docs, animal rights, and New Haven film culture.

Video Links

Trailer for Who Is Lydia Loveless? by Gorman Bechard

Trailer for The Revenant

Episode 11: Brendan Toller / Sicario

Brendan Toller (Lucy Gellman photo)

Brendan Toller (Lucy Gellman photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Brendan Toller
0:00 - 37:18 - interview with local filmmaker Brendan Toller

Second Segment

Guests: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
37:19 - 54:41 - review of SICARIO

Description

WNHH host Tom Breen sits down with local documentary filmmaker Brendan Toller to talk about his latest music documentary, DANNY SAYS, about the punk rock pioneer Danny Fields.

Video Links

Trailer for SICARIO (2015)

Episode 5: Lesbian Film Fest / Alloy Orchestra

Lesbian Film Series at Yale

Lesbian Film Series at Yale

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Ron Gregg, Lena Eckart-Erdheim
0:00 - 37:19 - interview with film studies professor Ron Gregg and Yale grad student Lena Eckart-Erdheim about the Lesbian Filmmaker series at Yale

Second Segment

Guest: Ken Winokur
37:20 - 59:55 - conversation with Ken Winokur about the Alloy Orchestra and the Man with the Movie Camera

Description

Tom Breen talks with professor Ron Gregg and Yale grad student Lena Eckart-Erdheim about the new film series that focuses on 6 groundbreaking lesbian filmmakers. He then talks with Ken Winokur of the Alloy Orchestra about their score for Dziga Vertob's THE MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA.

Video Links

Trailer for BOYS DON'T CRY