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Bryan and Jason discuss key takeaways from Bryan's epic chat with artist, musician, painter, author, and filmmaker Onur Tukel. Jason shares his thoughts on Seattle's recent decision to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. Bryan talks about a book on songwriting he just read called How To Write One Song, by Jeff Tweedy. Bryan talks about his intervi…
 
Onur Tukel is an actor, screenwriter, producer, director, musician, painter, graphic novelist, and children’s book author. His previous films include Catfight, starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heache, Applesauce, and Black Magic for White Boys. His most recent film is Scenes From an Empty Church, starring Kevin Corrigan and Thomas Jay Ryan, Max Casella,…
 
Bryan and Jason recap Bryan's interviews with guitarist Jeff Fielder and director and screenwriter Rebecca Eskreis. Bryan talks about his recent "solo-cast," shares why recording it was so difficult, and expresses gratitude for the positive feedback from listeners on that episode. Jason talks about a recent harrowing experience in his recording stu…
 
Writer, Director, and producer Rebecca Eskreis is a familiar face on the international film festival circuit, screening at SXSW, SIFF, Munich, and Stockholm, among others. Rebecca’s directorial debut, What Breaks the Ice (starring Madelyn Cline, Sofia Hublitz, and Lukas Gage) was selected for the Austin Film Society’s Artist Intensive, hosted by Ri…
 
Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Jeff Fielder has worked with notable artists such as Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age), Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Sera Cahoone, and most recently landed a touring gig with the Indigo Girls. He also writes and creates music with his wif…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from Bryan's interviews with film directors Amber Sealey and Michele Civetta, wax philosophic about the fragility of life and our gratitude for being alive, and Jason tries to make amends for a joke he made about Keith Richards, but Bryan isn't letting him off the hook so easily. To be clear, Jason is still going t…
 
Michele Civetta is a writer, producer, Emmy nominated director, and founder of the production company Quintessence Films. Michele’s feature film, Agony, starring Asia Argento, was released in 2020. His most recent film is The Gateway, starring Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Bruce Dern, Frank Grillo, Mark Boone Junior, and Taryn Manning. The Gateway is …
 
Actor and award-winning filmmaker Amber Sealey has directed film festival favorites such as How Does it Start, No Light and No Land Anywhere, and How to Cheat. Her most recent film, No Man of God starring Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, and Robert Patrick, follows the real life friendship that developed between FBI Special Agent Bill Hagmaier (played by W…
 
Bryan and Jason recap Bryan's interviews with Carson Mell, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Al Di. Carson wrote, directed, and acted in the film Some of Our Stallions, which is now available on VOD. Olivia and Al co-starred in the film (which Al also produced). Jason talks about his experience watching Some of Our Stallions. Bryan and Jason also talk abou…
 
Writer, producer, animator, and actor Carson Mell was a writer on HBO’s Silicon Valley (created by Mike Judge), and wrote on Eastbound & Down, starring Danny McBride. Carson also created the animated series Tarantula (executive produced by Danny McBride), and wrote road trip comedy The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell and starring Jason Ma…
 
Musician, film producer, and actor Al Di began his career in music before connections in the music world gave him the opportunity to produce movies. Al has produced Dreamland with Jason Schwartzman, Brigsby Bear with Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear and Claire Danes, and Lost Transmissions with Simon Pegg, among others. His most recent film, Some of Our S…
 
Olivia Taylor Dudley is an actress, producer, and writer known for playing the beloved character Alice Quinn on SyFy’s The Magicians. Early in her career she appeared in sitcoms such as Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Mindy Project, but made a splash on the big screen with Chernobyl Diaries, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimensi…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from Bryan's chat with comedy icon Tommy Chong, give their respects to recently departed ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill, and marvel at the the longevity of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. Finally, Bryan airs a grievance over a bass guitar he loaned to Jason.By Bryan Smith
 
Tommy Chong began his comedy career in the iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong. Together they recorded numerous comedy albums and made multiple films throughout the 70s and early 80s, including Up In Smoke. After Cheech and Chong broke up, Tommy performed standup and booked more than 60 film and television roles, playing Leo for five seasons on That…
 
Jeffrey Paul King is the creator and showrunner of the CW’s The Republic of Sarah, and was a writer and producer for all seven seasons of the acclaimed TV series Elementary starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. What you will learn: How Jeffrey’s work on Elementary led to the creation of his show The Republic of Sarah. He also shares about the in…
 
Singer, songwriter, and musician Mark Pickerel was a founding member of the Screaming Trees, a PNW band that shaped the course of grunge history in the 80s and 90s. After recording five studio albums with the Screaming Trees and recording with Nirvana as well, Mark started the bands Truly, The Dark Fantastic, and Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands…
 
Bryan and Jason recap last week's interview with David Magidoff, try to contain their excitement about the revival of Dexter which will be released this fall (co-starring David Magidoff, and talk about the benefits and challenges associated with starting face-to-face interviews against after more than a year of doing interviews exclusively by zoom …
 
Actor and comedian David Magidoff is the host of game shows such as Broke A$$ Gameshow on MTV and HQ Trivia, co-host of the podcast Fanaddicts, and will be appearing as a series regular in the revival of the modern TV cult classic Dexter coming out this year. He can also been seen playing Nicky Brooks on Season One of the Apple TV series The Mornin…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from Bryan's chat with Moby and stand-up comic Monica Nevi. Bryan brings out a Senegalese, goat-skin drum to play for Jason. Bryan and Jason wax nostalgic about the 50th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue album. And Bryan and Jason preview the upcoming interviews with David Magidoff who is a series regular on the …
 
Seattle-based comedian Monica Nevi began stand-up comedy in college and now performs nationally and internationally, headlining at Bumbershoot and opening for talents like Michael Ian Black, Sarah Colonna, Ari Shaffir, and Nick Swardson. She’s also the co-host of the podcast HugLife, host of the 80 for 80 documentary series, host of the Dumb Pitche…
 
Moby is a musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. With more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, Moby is responsible for bringing dance music into the mainstream in the United States, United Kingdom, and beyond. His documentary Moby Doc covers his life and career, his many musical collaborations with artists like David…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the interview with Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director Susan Wrubel, marvel at all of the love on YouTube for B.J. Thomas and his chat with Bryan in September of last year, and talk about an edge of your seat moment during Bryan's interview with Moby, which launches next week.…
 
Susan Wrubel is an executive producer on films such as Maggie’s Plan (starring Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawk, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph) and Still Alice (also starring Julianne Moore, who took home the Oscar® that year for the role, and Alec Baldwin). Susan is currently the Executive + Artistic Director of Aspen Film, which organizes …
 
B.J. Thomas passed away after a battle with lung cancer last week. In this special bonus episode we are replaying his interview in its entirety, as it aired in September of 2020, as a tribute to B.J. and the 50 years of hits he gave to the world. RIP B.J. Below are the show notes from the episode. ---------------------------------------------------…
 
Bryan and Jason recap Bryan's interviews with animators Michael Surrey (Disney, Dreamworks, Spire Studios) and Shawn Krause (Pixar, Spire Studios). They also remember and honor previous guest BJ Thomas (Hooked On A Feeling, Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head) who passed away last week from lung cancer, preview next week's interview with producer an…
 
Animator Shawn Krause spent 26 influential years at Pixar Animation Studios, working on classics like Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. He also lead the animation team on Cars 2, Inside Out, and Up, which opened the Canne Film Festival, won an Oscar for Best Animated Featured, and was nominated for Best Pictur…
 
Animator Michael Surrey is the artist behind some of Disney’s most iconic films, including Beauty and the Beast, which was the first, full-length animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Michael went on to animate the title character in Aladdin, Timon in The Lion King, and Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among ma…
 
Bryan and Jason recap last week's interviews with songwriters Los Angeles-based songwriter Emily James and Seattle-based songwriter Sue Ennis, who co-wrote more than 70 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson, of the platinum-selling rock band Heart. Bryan talks about why his personal connection to Sue, through his dad who passed away in 2003, made that in…
 
Sue Ennis is an internationally-recognized songwriter. Best known for co-writing more than 70 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the platinum-selling rock band Heart, Sue has more than 35 million records sold, including 10 gold, 4 platinum, 1 triple platinum and 1 quintuple platinum album. Sue recently co-wrote and performed on Nancy Wilson’s first…
 
Singer-songwriter Emily James began writing her own music when she was 10 years old, inspired by such musical influences as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and Adele. At 16, Emily moved from New York to Nashville and, a year later, released her self-written EP, Emily James, produced by Grammy award winners Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves) and Jacquire King …
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the interview with Rae Deslich, process the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial and what it means for racial justice in America, and talk about upcoming interviews with two singer/songwriter Emily James, and the platinum-selling songwriter on more than 70 Heart songs, Sue Ennis.…
 
Rae Deslich is an Emmy-nominated set decorator whose film Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan. was nominated for five academy awards and took home one for best original screenplay. They have also worked on notable shows such as Party of Five, Drunk History, Alone Together, and the upcoming HBO Max reboot of 1980s Head of the Class. What …
 
Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from last week's interview with filmmaker Michèle Ohayon who directed the Netflix documentary Strip Down, Rise Up, which follows a diverse group of women as they attempt to heal from trauma and body image issues through the power of movement and pole dance classes; The different styles of documentary filmmaking th…
 
Michèle Ohayon is an Academy Award-nominated director, writer, and producer. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Kavana Entertainment. Her documentaries include It Was a Wondeful Life narrated by Jodie Foster, Cowboy del Amor, and the Academy Award nominated Colors Straight Up. Her most recent film is Netflix’s Strip Down, Rise Up. which follows …
 
In this recap episode, Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from Bryan's interview with actor, novelist, and screenwriter Lisa Foiles; What it was like to cover SXSW for the first time; BJ Thomas' recent diagnosis of lung cancer; Bryan's experience so far as a grandfather; and Next week's interview with filmmaker Michèle Ohayon.…
 
Lisa Foiles has been acting in Hollywood since she was 12. Best known as a series regular on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That, she also appeared on Even Stevens and Malcolm in the Middle. Her film work includes the thriller Shiver and the comedy The Master of Disguise with Dana Carvey. Lisa currently stars on the YouTube series Stuff of …
 
After graduating from the prestigious SUNY Purchase Film School, Jessica Brunetto edited Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, and Sicko. She went on to become a highly sought-after editor on television comedies like Comedy Central’s Another Period, FX’s Man Seeking Woman, American Vandal on Netflix, Do You Want To See A Dead Body with Rob Hueb…
 
Bryan and Jason: Discuss takeaways from the Niki Pilkington episode; Talk about a fundraiser for small music venues they watched live on YouTube, Keep Music Live WA, co-hosted by Sir Mix A Lot and Rachel Flotard, featuring the Foo Fighters, Rainn Wilson, Heart, and a mind-melting performance by Brandi Carlisle singing Nothing Compares 2 U. Reminisc…
 
Niki Pilkington is a London-based Welsh illustrator who creates playful yet highly detailed “extra neon” fashion portraits and lifestyle art, which echo her support for Women empowerment, body positivity & mental wellbeing. Her work reflects her love of fashion & nature, as well as her respect for Welsh culture. With more than 60,000 instagram foll…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from Bryan's interviews with MooseCat Studios and horror filmmaker Keith Thomas who is remaking Stephen King's Firestarter this year with Blumhouse Horror. The trauma they still feel from watching The Exorcist. Jason's new recording equipment. Bryan's invitation to cover SXSW as a member of the press. The upcoming…
 
Carly Rosenthal and Mike Post own and operate MooseCat Recording Studio in Los Angeles. They are also musicians and recording artists. Carly is the lead singer in Carly and the Universe, an indie-soul pop band. Mike is the lead singer, guitarist, and keyboard player for Young Creatures, an indie-rock band with three released albums. Mike also recen…
 
Keith Thomas is Denver-based a screenwriter and director whose horror feature, The Vigil, was released on February 26 by IFC Midnight. Starring Dave Davis, The Vigil is about a man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community, who encounters a malevolent entity. After Stephen King saw The Vigil, he approved…
 
Castille Landon is an actor, screenwriter, and director who wrote and directed the psychological thriller Fear of Rain, starring Madison Iseman, Harry Harry Connick Jr., Katherine Heigl, and Israel Broussard. Before directing Fear of Rain, Castille wrote and directed Albion: The Enchanted Stallion and Apple of My Eye. She recently directed two film…
 
Justin Connor is a Los Angeles-based musician, actor, screenwriter, and director. His musical drama/comedy The Golden Age is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Justin wrote and performed every song from The Golden Age Soundtrack. The film follows pop singer Maya O’Malley after he is dropped from his label and embarks on a spiritual pilgrimage throughou…
 
Carlson Young is a television and film actor, screenwriter, and director, known for her roles on Scream: The TV Series, True Blood, and Key and Peele, among many others. She made her feature length directorial debut with The Blazing World, starring Dermont Mulroney, Vanessa Shaw, and Udo Kier, which premiered at Sundance this year. Isom Innis, from…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss key takeaways from the interview with director Jen McGowan, who directed the thriller Rust Creek. Bryan also talks about films he saw at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which is now completely online this year. Finally, Bryan talks about the profound connection he made with a recent guest, Justin Connor, who wrote, directed…
 
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