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Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others. She has had two feature documentaries premiere this year — John Lewis: Good Trouble and The Way I See It. Good Trouble explores late Congressman John Lewis’ pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement and decades of politica…
 
On today’s episode I sit down with the team behind the hit Netflix documentary, and one of my personal favorite films of the year, My Octopus Teacher. Co-directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, as well as cinematographer Roger Horrocks, take us behind the scenes and under the water to reveal how they crafted this incredibly moving story about a fil…
 
Jeff Orlowski is the director of the newly released Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, which explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. He also served as director, producer, and cinematographer of the Sundance Award-Winning and Oscar short listed films, Chasing Ice an…
 
Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss are co-directors of the newly released documentary, Boys State, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. The film, which is now streaming on Apple TV+, is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand…
 
Tayo Amos is a director and filmmaker from the Bay Area now currently living in Los Angeles. After double majoring at Stanford, Tayo went on to earn her MFA in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she focused on Directing. She is the winner of USC’s First Look Faculty Award for Excellence in Directing, and her thesis film, “On T…
 
My guest today is Devin Concannon, who was one of 4 editors on ESPN’s mega-hit 10 part documentary series, The Last Dance. The Last Dance revolves around the career of Michael Jordan, with a particular focus on his last season with the Chicago Bulls. The project itself is a beast of an endeavor.. we’re talking 10 episodes, over 100 interviews, and …
 
Meena Harris is a lawyer, activist, and the founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, a female-powered organization that brings awareness to intersectional social causes. And now Meena is also an author, with her new children’s book titled Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, set to debut on June 2nd. The book is based on a true story from the childh…
 
Laurel Chor is an award-winning freelance visual journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong. In 2019, she worked with the New York Times, National Geographic, Getty, AFP, Reuters, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, the Telegraph, and many more. Laurel also has a lot of experience as a text…
 
Rerunning an episode of the Say It Loud show, in which host and photographer Raul Espinoza invited me on as a guest to talk about my documentary filmmaking, why I am drawn to human-centered stories, and my mission that drives everything I do. — Austin Meyer is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and podcast host. He is a National Geographic Expl…
 
Max Romey is an adventure filmmaker and water color artist who, for the past few years, has documented the sport of trail and ultrarunning for Salomon TV. What is it like to film a 200 mile race circumnavigating Lake Tahoe as a one-man production crew? Why is the success of a running film determined by much more than just keeping up with, and filmi…
 
Henry Maillet is a photographer whose stories focus on conservation and development. After serving for two years as Peace Corps Volunteers in Paraguay, Henry Maillet and his colleague Jeff Wong decided to stay in the country for the adventure of a lifetime. In partnership with WWF, they rowed a handcrafted wooden rowboat down one of the continent’s…
 
Paul Bessenbacher, or PB, is an esteemed composer for film and TV, and also the lead of the band Opus Orange. His music has been featured on TV shows like Broad City, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Detour, national ads for Apple, Google, and Samsung, feature films and documentaries, and is the theme song for this very podcast! In this conversation PB and …
 
Seamus Harte is the cofounder of Only People Media, a media company that helps people working to change our world by making media to share their story. Seamus also teaches story at the Stanford Design School, where he has taught classes such as creative gym and movie design. In this conversation, Seamus and I talk about how he is found his unique v…
 
Forrest Gander is a poet, novelist, and essayist based in Northern California, whose most recent book of poems, Be With, was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. In this conversation, Forrest and I discuss the life changing moment that made him forego a safe and stable career to pursue life as a poet, what he thinks makes a poem not just goo…
 
Charlie Phillips is the head of video at The Guardian. Before working at The Guardian, Charlie was deputy director at Sheffield DocFest and an editor at FourDocs. In this conversation, Charlie and I discuss the trends shaping the documentary industry, what kind of access and consent lead to great films, and what qualities make a film stand out from…
 
Trapped in Qatar Benjamin Best is an award winning investigative reporter, filmmaker, and author whose reporting focuses on the dark side of sports: illegal betting, match fixing, corruption, organized crime, and the human rights violations that are often a byproduct of major sporting events such as the World Cup and The Olympics. In 2011 Benjamin …
 
Kate Grant is the CEO of The Fistula Foundation. An obstetric fistula, the kind that occurs in many developing countries, is a hole between a woman’s vagina and bladder, and it is caused by many days of obstructed labor. It leaves women incontinent and often abandoned and ostracized by their communities. As the CEO of the Fistula Foundation, Kate i…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Dan-Klein-Social-Promo.mp4 Dan Klein teaches improvisation at Stanford University where he is on the faculty of the Theater and Performance Studies Department and the Graduate School of Business. His beginning improv class is one of Stanford’s most popular courses, and he has been awarded Stanf…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Josh-Estey-Social-Promo.mp4 Josh Estey is one of the world’s top humanitarian relief and development documentary photographers. His work for UNICEF, CARE, USAID, World Food Programme, World Bank, Mercy Corps, and others captures moments of dignity and spirit without ever sacrificing truth or co…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Social-Promo-1-Uniquely-Human.mp4 Lauren Gunderson is one of the world’s most prolific playwrights. At 37, she is the most produced playwright in America and has taken home many of the most coveted awards in playwrighting. In 2017, The New Yorker wrote a profile on Lauren and titled it, “You’ve…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/David-Zinn-Social-Promo-1.mp4 David Zinn’s Art David Zinn is a world renowned street artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. David’s temporary street drawings are composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and are always improvised on location through a process known as “pareidolic an…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Maja-Ruznic-social-promo.mp4 Link to Maja Ruznic’s artwork: http://bit.ly/MajaPaintings Maja Ruznic a prolific artist, currently based in Roswell, New Mexico. Primarily a painter, her artwork often explores themes related to trauma. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the California College of Arts, …
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Jonathan-London-Social-Promo.mp4 Jonathan London is a children’s book author who has over 100 publications to his name. Jonathan is best known as the author of the Froggy series, which has sold over 20 million copies and has been translated into 7 different languages. The first of the series, w…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Social-Promo-1-1.mp4 Kat Zdan studied theater at UCSB and got her MFA in ensemble based physical theater from Dell’Arte International school of physical theater. Kat has been performing, teaching, and directing professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond since 2009. Not only does Ka…
 
Aaron Huey is a National Geographic photographer who has contributed dozens of cover and feature stories to the magazine. His photography details a wide range of stories from Sherpas on Everest, to life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and most recently, Aaron detailed the fight to preserve America’s national monuments like Bears Ears. Aaron i…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/John-Branch-Social-Promo.mp4 John Branch is a sports reporter for The New York Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2013 for “Snow Fall,” a story about a deadly avalanche in Washington State, and was a finalist for the prize in 2012 for his series of stories about Derek Booga…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Latif-Nasser-Social-Promo-1.mp4 Latif Nasser is the director of research at Radiolab, where he reports, produces and creates stories on a range of topics… in 2018 he created stories on everything from life at the southern border, to the blue blood of horseshoe crabs, to voting laws, to National…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Jennifer-Kingsley-Social-Promo-1.mp4 Jennifer Kingsley is a National Geographic Explorer and a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is a winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Paddlenorth, the story of her 54-day canoeing expedition across the Canadian Arctic, and her w…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Jane-Ferguson-Social-Promo-1.mp4 My guest this week is Jane Ferguson. Jane is a Beirut-based Special Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She reports from across the Middle East, Africa and beyond, often working in conflict zones. Some reporting highlights include front-line dispatches from the …
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Personal-History-Productions-Social-Promo.mp4 This week my guests are Susan Milstein and Andi Brady. Susan and Andi a cofounders Personal History Productions, a company that helps an individual capture their life story and family memories as a legacy for future generations. Writing a life story…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Jake-Warga-Social-Promo.mp4 This week my guest is award winning radio journalist, Jake Warga. Jake is a contributor to NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. His stories have been featured on programs such as All Things Considered and This American Life. On top of making hi…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-Review-Social-Media-Promo.mp4 Happy New Year! In today’s episode I am reflecting on my life changing 2018. 2018 was a year in which I quit my job, moved out of California for the first time to go live in Zambia, and went 100% all in on pursuing my dream of becoming the best documentary fil…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Xandra-Clark-Podcast-Promo.mp4 This week on the podcast my guest is Xandra Clark. Xandra is an actor, writer, documentarian, musician, performance-maker, and all-around storyteller. On the performance side of things, Xandra is currently a 2018-19 Queer|Art Fellow in Performance, a member of The…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Annalisa-Quinn-Social-Media-Promo.mp4 This week’s guest on The Austin Meyer Podcast is Annalisa Quinn. Annalisa is a contributing writer, reporter, and literary critic for NPR where she created NPR’s Book News column and covers literature and culture. Annalisa also writes about arts and culture…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Daniella-Zalcman-Social-Promo-Video.mp4 This week my guest is Daniella Zalcman, a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, a National Geographic pho…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Lauren-Goode-Social-Promo-Video.mp4 This week’s guest is Lauren Goode, a senior writer at WIRED. Lauren is an Emmy award winning journalist who covers all things tech. Before arriving at WIRED, Lauren was the senior technology editor at The Verge, Managing editor of reviews and consumer tech co…
 
Today on the podcast I am chatting with Steve Fiffer. Steve Fiffer is a prolific author who has written 16 books, several screenplays, and dozens of articles on a range of topics. Steve writes non-fiction, and has written numerous memoirs, not only about his own life, but as co-author for others working on theirs. His as-told-to memoirs include boo…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Lisa-Solomon-Promo-Video.mp4 This week on the podcast I am chatting with Lisa Kay Solomon. Lisa does it all. She is a speaker, an author, and an educator focused on helping leaders learn how to be more creative, flexible and resilient in the face of increasing complexity and change. She is a cu…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Promo-Video.mp4 I’m so excited to welcome our first musician to the show: Max Cowan. Max is a keyboard player based out of Berkeley, California. In his music, Max uses elements of funk and jazz and blends them into grooves that will surely get you up and moving. Max co-leads the East Bay meets …
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Untitled-Project-Made-with-Headliner.mp4 This week I am joined on the podcast by Chris Smith. Chris Smith is a columnist at my hometown newspaper, The Press Democrat — a paper which recently won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. Chris has been working at the Press Democrat for 41 y…
 
http://austinmeyerfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Starkey-Made-by-Headliner.mp4 On this week’s episode I am joined by academy award winning movie producer, Steve Starkey. Starkey, who always teams up with director Robert Zemeckis, has produced films such as: Allied, The Walk, Flight, The Polar Express, Cast Away, and Contact. In 1995 he won an…
 
“When we’re playing really well together but we’re also creating characters and moments that make the audience gasp, that’s like… the best.” Lisa Rowland is a professional theatrical improviser. She is a member of BATS Improv, Northern California’s most acclaimed and longest running improvisational theatre company, and in 2012, Lisa was voted Best …
 
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