Best Filmmaking podcasts — Discussion and in-depth interviews with industry experts (Updated October 2018; image)
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The Close-Up
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The Close-Up is a weekly podcast produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center that features in-depth conversations with filmmakers, actors, critics, and more.
 
Topics will touch on all film formats (from pocket-sized 110 to medium format), do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, motion picture film making and more.
 
Brought to you by the Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features a different director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing their films to life.
 
The No Film School Podcast is the audio channel of nofilmschool.com, the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives. No Film School is where filmmakers learn from each other — “no film school” required. Our podcasts feature interviews with leading filmmakers and industry authorities, check-ins from major film festivals, and our weekly news update, Indie Film Weekly.
 
Indie Film Hustle® is dedicated to showing you how to hack the film business. Interviews with Acadamy Award® / Oscar Winner and industry professionals giving you the real deal from the inside of moviemaking and independent film with no BS, just the truth on what it takes to survive and thrive doing what you love. We discuss cinematography, RED Camera, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic camera, post production, color grading, filmmaking, visual effects, motion graphics, film festivals, editing, film crew ...
 
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Talkhouse Podcast
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Talkhouse is a media company and outlet for musicians, actors, filmmakers, and others in their respective fields. Artists write essays and criticism from firsthand perspectives, speak one-on-one with their peers via the Talkhouse Podcast and Talkhouse Live events, and offer readers and listeners unique insight into creative work of all genres and generations. In short— Talkhouse is writing and conversations about music and film, from the people who make them.
 
Published since 1962, Film Comment magazine features in-depth reviews, critical analysis, and feature coverage of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. Our podcast is a weekly space for critical conversation about film, with a look at topical issues, new releases, and the big picture.
 
Just Shoot It is a podcast about directing, filmmaking and storytelling. Each week we interview your favorite up-and-coming directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, and actors, and learn how they became successful, working content creators. We're all about getting off your butt and making your own videos. Each week we'll share tips and stories of how people in the entertainment industry forced their ways into sustainable careers. Matt Enlow is a director working in comedy. His we ...
 
Timothy Plain and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.
 
Capturing Light Podcast is a Director of Photography’s Podcast that both inspires and educates filmmakers with cinematography tips, tools and techniques by other cinematographers from around the world. Learn about digital video and film cameras, lighting and camera equipment, the film industry, and listen to interviews with film industry professionals about their work on tv shows, commercials, films, music videos, web series, and documentaries.
 
Film academics Dr Dario Llinares and Dr Neil Fox introduce a live screening followed by an audience Q&A. The podcast also features interviews with filmmakers, scholars, writers and actors who debate all aspects of cinema and film culture.
 
The Go Creative Show is dedicated to creative professionals in the video, film, tv and music industries. Hosted by Ben Consoli, Director and owner of BC Media Productions. Each week Ben takes on topics relevant to the film making, video, music and visual arts worlds, talking about tools, talent, challenges and successes. A wide range of topics are discussed, as well as various special guests involved in both mainstream and independent creative production are invited to join in.
 
Each week Dave interviews a working professional from the film & tv industry from Academy Award Winners to indie filmmakers just starting out, there's something in the podcast for everyone!
 
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Director's Club
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Bi-weekly podcast, with bonus episodes and interviews throughout, that center around the work of one movie director per show. Hosted by Jim Laczkowski with a rotating line-up of guests and friends. Pop Culture Club is a spin-off show that will be getting its own .rss feed very soon!
 
This is the radio documentary anthology series about filmmaking, cinema, and the creative arts. Every week we bring you personal, passionate, and sometimes provocative stories from filmmakers and artists all over the globe; stories that will help you mature as an artist and find more fulfillment in your craft and career. NoFilmSchool called this "The filmmaking podcast we've all been waiting for." // Filmmaking is the ONE art form into which all other art forms are absorbed. Photography. Gra ...
 
Inspiring and informing you to live your own documentary life.
 
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Artful Camera
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The Artful Camera is a show about the art, craft, and business of analog and digital photography, video production and editing, and filmmaking.
 
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Film Trooper
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Welcome to the Film Trooper, where we empower the filmmaking entrepreneur. Why? Because film production is no longer a barrier … anyone can make a film. Film distribution is no longer a barrier … anyone can sell their film directly to the world. Film sales and marketing are the last barriers! To rise above the noise of the internet is the challenge — this is the place that explores these topics to help you, the filmmaking entrepreneur.
 
Every Thursday, Noam shares valuable insight into the world of micro-budget filmmaking, geared towards true DIY filmmakers looking to get out there and create their own films.
 
Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon is an entertaining podcast hosted by working filmmakers Alexander Elkins and Brandon Faris. Every week the guys review a different bourbon then answer the questions: What have you been watching? What are you working on? What are you excited about?The hosts feature an impressive list of industry leading special guests who regularly giveaway gear and swag bags.If you enjoy filmmaker talk about cinematography, producing, directing, gear, project breakdowns, movie ban ...
 
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Filmmaking Sucks
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In the process of becoming a professional filmmaker, you make a lot of mistakes along the way. For 30 minutes each week (or longer, who knows?), we'll run down all of our past mistakes, and talk about how we fixed them, so hopefully, you don't make those same mistakes.
 
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Directors Notes
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Directors Notes is an interview podcast dedicated to independent filmmaking in all its wondrous forms, lengths and styles. The show digs deep into the what, how and why of the world's best filmmaking in the only way that counts - by hearing directly from those talented individuals who have successfully taken their ideas from concept to screen.
 
Movie Heaven Movie Hell is a show where filmmakers Simon Aitken (BLOOD + ROSES, POST-ITS, MODERN LOVE) and Keith Eyles (FEAR VIEW, DRIVEN INSANE, CROSSED LINES) go through the A-Z of directors. Simon and Keith talk about their favourite and least favourite film from that director's body of work.
 
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Our Week In Video
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Experienced British videographers Ben Bruton-Cox and Richard Shelton discuss their week in video. From weddings to commercial and promotional videos they will let you know what they came up against.
 
Indie filmmakers, actors and screenwriters that are passionate about creating socially conscious content, learn, get inspired and get motivated to create projects with a purpose! Through interviews and solo lessons from industry experts you will learn how to create, produce, market and distribute your socially conscious projects. The Indie Film Tribe podcast will also shine a light on creators of color, women and other under represented artist's. Building an online tribe of artists that supp ...
 
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The Film Project
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The Film Project podcast is a weekly show made by filmmakers for anyone who has a love of movies, filmmaking, and the arts. Hosts Jason McKee, Tom Dineen, Juan Mas, Shaun Springer, and Brandon Smith discuss topics like Hollywood cinema, film industry news, indie-film projects, while also highlighting local filmmakers, projects, art events and hosting special guests from the film industry and arts community.The Film Project podcast is an extension of the Spokane Film Project, a non-profit org ...
 
The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about making films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Often guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. ...
 
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UCB Digital Podcast
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A behind-the-scenes look at comedy filmmaking featuring conversations with creators about their craft in a converging digital media landscape. Expect to hear from a varied group of industry professionals (writers, directors, actors and more) who shed light on their unique creative process.
 
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The Filmback Podcast
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The Filmback Podcast is dedicated to striving and thriving filmmakers. You host, Claire Tanner chats with individuals working in the film industry to learn from their journey and to help you further your own success by avoiding mistakes her guests have made. Consider Claire your friend, partner, cheerleader and her guests your mentors. Filmback is short for filmmaker feedback, and that's what Claire's all about. Just think of these episodes like mini master classes. What are you waiting for? ...
 
A boutique podcast about DIY filmmaking from the Mountains of Tennessee.
 
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Giles Alderson (World of Darkness) chats with screenwriter and producer Claire Harris about her debut feature film Zelos, They also discuss writing for a male character and the best ways to write a feature film. Women in film and how things are changing. How as a producer you have to be resourceful and regales us a great story about getting ext ...…
 
Michael Simmonds is the director of photography for the 2018 sequel to the classic horror film Halloween. Michael and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss shooting the film, working with director David Gordon Green, the parallels between horror and comedy and filmmaking philosophies that everyone can use. The Go Creative Show is supported ...…
 
Film Photography Podcast Episode 200 - October 15, 2018 Special guest: Daniel "NanoBurger" Goodale-Porter! Topics include Spot Metering, 500mm Mirror Lenses, Archival Wash for BW Negs, Shooting Microfilm, Properly Disposal of Photo Chemistry and More! Show Notes:https://filmphotographyproject.com/podcast/ FPP On-Line Store:https://filmphotograp ...…
 
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience right before Ben Wolan screened his film "Rubicon Road" for the first time. We explore what it feels like to share your movie and talk about Ben's first experience directing a film.By podcast@makingmoviesishard.com (Filmmakers Timothy Plain & Alrik Bursell).
 
Hayley Pappas (Head of RYOT Films), Caroline von Kuhn (Director of Artist Development at SFFILM), and Leah Giblin (Head of Grants at Cinereach) are responsible for getting millions of dollars to independent filmmakers each year through grants and financing. They join No Film School’s Liz Nord to discuss the many ways independent films are being ...…
 
Alex invites gaffer Brian Whitlock back on the show, and Frank dives deep into their gear choices and reasoning behind the lighting and shooting plan for a John Frieda project.
 
Director Drew Goddard discusses his film, Bad Times at the El Royale, with fellow director Matt Reeves. The film follows seven strangers who meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. As secrets come out and lives are entangled over the course of one night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption.See photos and a sum ...…
 
Director Damien Chazelle discusses his film, First Man, with fellow director Darren Aronofsky. The film tells the riveting stories of NASA's mission to land the first human being on the moon, and of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut chosen to make the one small step for man and giant leap for mankind on July 20, 1969. See photos and a summary of th ...…
 
Documentary Film Distribution with Jon Reiss No one knows documentary film distribution in quite the way that film distro wizard, Jon Reiss does. The founder of Hybrid Cinema and author of film distribution Bible, Think Outside the Box Office joined us for this week’s episode of TDL. And it was one of the most engaging, honest looks at film dis ...…
 
For this week's podcast, we take a close look at Projections, the New York Film Festival’s program of experimental work from around the globe. Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Nellie Killian, programmer and Film Comment contributing editor, and Becca Voelcker, doctoral student at Harvard and contributor, for a review of ...…
 
Director Sarah Adina Smith (Legion, Room 104, The Midnight Swim) speaks with us very candidly about how she had to make her own opportunities to get her career off the ground. She breaks down exactly how she used an unorthodox approach in making her first Microbudget feature, then tells us how she pivoted into directing TV for Amazon Prime and ...…
 
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow sits down with his fellow director and longtime friend Megan Griffiths, whose new movie Sadie, starring Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr and emerging star Sophia Mitri Schloss, is in select theaters from October 12. The two filmmakers, both veterans of the vibran ...…
 
Erik Luers, and Liz Nord get together this week to discuss two of their favorite things: movies and words. They also address some pretty spooky rumors that George Romero may soon be rising from the dead. Charles Haine joins them to discuss a new camera from his favorite camera company as well as new software from Mocha, Pomfort and Baselight th ...…
 
Jim Toscano & Danny Gianino are documentary filmmakers from Detroit. The Pretender movie is a documentary that follow follows, Mike Kunda, the world's #1 Rocky fan. Mike has spent the last 40 years of his life focusing on every aspect of the Rocky films and on his fictional hero Rocky Balboa. This film documents Mike's life as he struggles to f ...…
 
Writer-director Tamara Jenkins, actor Kayli Carter, and producer Anthony Bregman discuss the making of their new film PRIVATE LIFE, which is now playing in select theaters and streaming on Netflix. This podcast is brought to you by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Film Lives Here. www.filmlinc.org…
 
Changing the World with Your Documentary with Susan Kucera Today on the show we have documentarian, Susan Kucera. Here new film Living in the Future’s Past stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges. Check out the trailer. We discuss the power of documentaries, how she became the cinematographer and editor on all her films and how she… The post I ...…
 
Today’s episode features Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Low’s Alan Sparhawk—and it's the first to be curated by Talkhouse’s new Executive Editor Josh Modell, who joins me to introduce it. (Welcome, Josh!) Ben and Alan’s talk goes all the way back to the earliest days of their bands, and up to the present with the fantastic LPs they each ...…
 
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, actor and debut feature film maker Mark Gillis joins us in the booth to chat making his new indie drama Sink which is released in cinema and DVD on Friday Oct 12 2018. We also talk about screenwriting and the different processes we all use, having rehearsals before you shoot, first time directing, raising finan ...…
 
In this episode we feature one of the first great directors to get his start in early television and the helmer of such classics as "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds", John Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer had an amazing run of films in the sixties that also included "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "Seven Days in May". We talk about how his go-for- ...…
 
Film Photography PodcastEpisode 199 - October 8, 2018 Mike, John and Mark D welcome Jen from Oscura Darkroom - a community darkroom in NJ launching a Kickstarter today! Also Nikon F4 and Lubitel 2 reviews. Show Notes:https://filmphotographyproject.com/podcast/
 
This week we have local Bay Area Director Evan Cecil on the show to talk about how he got started in film, his years of directing TV re-enactments and shooting the 21 kills in his new feature film Lasso that hits VOD on November 13th!By alrik@bursellproductions.com (Alrik and Timothy).
 
Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through working on various projects they come to realize how powerful a tool sound really is and fall head over heels in love. If it's early enough in their career, there's plenty of work to be found and ...…
 
Director Tamara Jenkins discusses her film, Private Life, with fellow director Mike White. The film stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple struggling to conceive who undergo multiple fertility therapies. But the process of trying to add to their family challenges their relationship with each other as they descend deeper and deeper int ...…
 
Director Dan Fogelman discusses his film, Life Itself, with fellow director Ron Howard. The film centers on the story of a young New York couple who experience unexpected twists in their journey from their college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, creating reverberations that echo across continents and through lifetimes.Se ...…
 
This week we sit down with filmmaker and actor James Morosini (American Horror Story, Foursome, Lethal Weapon) to discuss his new feature film, Threesomething, and how he parlays difficulties in production into creative inspiration.Contribute to the Just Shoot It Patreon and help support the show: www.patreon.com/JustShootItPodAs always, follow ...…
 
The Full-time Doc Filmmaker, with Mat Hames Mat Hames is one of the few, fortunate ones in our doc world that makes his entire living doing his passion of documentary film. Whether it is through he and his wife’s company, Alpheus Media, or through Rooster Teeth’s RT Docs, Hames has been making documentary films non-stop for well over a decade n ...…
 
Filmmakers are commonly taught to focus on story structure, plot, and formula while screenwriting, with scene writing usually falling into the background of the discussion. This lack of attention can lead to scenes that are underwritten or underdeveloped, and that ultimately won’t serve the story as a whole. In this weeks episode, we shift the ...…
 
Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Meghan Remy, who performs under the name U.S. Girls, are two of indie’s leftist vanguard. So it’s no surprise that the 4AD labelmates’ conversation takes in a ton of the big sociopolitical quandaries affecting today’s musicians, such as the ethical difficulties of playing festivals (and touring at all) and undoi ...…
 
Jon Fusco and Erik Luers buckle down and get serious this week to discuss one of the single biggest hacking controversies of our generation and what it could mean for Marvel's box office returns. There will only be one group of people to blame if Venom flops this weekend, and it's Lady Gaga fans. Also in the news, do people who play video games ...…
 
The 56th New York Film Festival features three special Film Comment Talks, the first of which was our latest “Cinema of Experience” roundtable. On the occasion of our September/October cover featuring Burning star Steven Yeun—interviewed by Devika Girish about the notion of authenticity, and the excitement of working with director Lee Changdong ...…
 
IFHTV – The World’s 1st Streaming Service for Filmmakers & Screenwriters The wait is over! This is what I’ve been working on for months. May I introduce you to IFHTV (Indie Film Hustle TV), the world’s first streaming service dedicated to filmmakers, screenwriters, creatives and content creators. I wanted to create a place where film creatives… ...…
 
Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman talks filmmaking at an NYFF Live talk with Kent Jones. His latest, MONROVIA, INDIANA, premiered in the festival's main slate. The 56th New York Film Festival continues through October 14th.This podcast is brought to you by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. www.filmlinc.org…
 
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, director James Ponsoldt sits down with longtime friend David Lowery, whose new movie, The Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford and an all-star supporting cast, just opened in theaters. In a conversation recorded at Soho House in Los Angeles, Lowery talks with Ponsoldt about reteaming with R ...…
 
Award winning Director Justin McConnell and award winning Producer Avi Federgreen sit down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) at Frightfest HQ to talk making movies, the best way to get into a festival, get picked up for distribution, dealing with bad reviews and how they made their latest film the Shape Shifting Bod ...…
 
Film Photography PodcastEpisode 198 - October 1, 2018 Cameras discussed: Mint InstantKon RF70, Yashica FX7Cast: Michael Raso, Leslie Lazenby, Mat Marrash, Mark O’BrienGuest: Robert Hamm
 
Jeremy Saulnier has carved out his own little place in film history. His second feature film Blue Ruin was the first of its kind in many ways, an artful genre thriller that is a spectacle to behold and shot on a shoestring budget. His next film, Green Room, cemented his place as one of today's most talented thriller auteurs. And it all stems ba ...…
 
By podcast@makingmoviesishard.com (Filmmakers Timothy Plain & Alrik Bursell).
 
Frank discusses a compact, go-to kit that he uses for simpler talking head shoots, Alex goes over how he handles potential booking conflicts, and they both talk Star Wars.
 
The latest episode, and the first of the season from the Falmouth bureau, is a celebration and examination of the work of Jane Campion. Neil is joined on stage by author Ellen Cheshire to introduce a 25th anniversary screening of The Piano, in front of a packed audience of film fans and (new) film students. What follows the screening is a livel ...…
 
Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more. There are so much amazing info and knowledge… ...…
 
Director Yann Demange discusses his film, White Boy Rick, with fellow director John Singleton. Set during the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs in 1980s Detroit, the film tells the true story of Rick Wershe, Jr., a teenager who was convinced by federal agents to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his gun ...…
 
Director Nicole Holofcener discusses her film, The Land of Steady Habits, with fellow director Greg Mottola. The film tells the story of Anders Hill, a man who feels trapped in the wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut. Seeking to renew his lust for life, he quits his job in finance and leaves his wife and family, but is quickly confronted w ...…
 
How to Fund Your Film: The Individual Donor An often overlooked aspect of film funding is the individual donor. Which is kind of surprising, given that statistics tend to show that 50 percent (and sometimes more) make up the overall funding for doc filmmakers. Amidst, all of the dialogue and concentration on other, sometimes more obvious, avenu ...…
 
In this special episode of the podcast we pay tribute to Burt Reynolds, who passed away on the 6th September 2018. Burt was a film star, one of the biggest of the late 70s and early 80s, who has appeared in 186 films and TV shows. He will be always remembered for the playing the Bandit in SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT films, driving around in the Fireb ...…
 
Bill Kiely joins us to talk about his new film Age of Summer, set in Hermosa Beach in 1986. The film follows a teen who joins the junior lifeguards and falls in love with the ocean over the course of a summer. Bill talks about shifting out of directing for the Vans Off The Wall Tour and moving into directing his first feature film. He also desc ...…
 
On this week’s show, Mac DeMarco sits down with Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz, Fleetwood Mac) and Liam Finn on the occasion of the father and son’s new LP Lightsleeper. Their chat took place in Mac’s Los Angeles garage studio (he's gone full Marc Maron!), and covered a lot. We hear about the artistic freedoms and constraints that Mac expe ...…
 
It seems like the Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up but Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Liz Nord are all back together this week to preview the Fall's next big one, The 56th Annual New York Film Festival. The team drops some clues on what to look out for in addition to highlighting their most anticipated films at the fest. Charles H ...…
 
Leaving the Money to Chase that Filmmaking Dream with Drew Waters Have you ever been in a job you hate? Would you leave a stable job to follow your dream? Meet producer, director and actor Drew Waters. He did just that. Drew became an entrepreneur with three retail businesses and a commercial/residential construction company with… The post IFH ...…
 
Dave Dugdale and Ben discuss the Panasonic LUMIX S1 and the S1r, is this the mirrorless video killer we all hope it will be? With Panasonic now offering full frame support and a variety of 4k video, Dave and I discuss their new lens support alliance with Leica and Sigma. Is this a video killer or mainly more photography focussed camera? We also ...…
 
Karl Ove Knausgaard and Emil & Joachim Trier discuss their new film THE OTHER MUNCH, which follows Knausgaard as he is invited to guest-curate an exhibition of paintings by Edvard Munch at Oslo’s Munch Museum. This podcast is brought to you by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Film Lives Here. www.filmlinc.org…
 
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