Center Stage with Mark Gordon
About This Show
Center Stage with Mark Gordon is a weekly radio show that looks at film and the people who make it happen in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. Over the years, Center Stage with Mark Gordon has featured some of the most innovative and creative people working in film, including;
Jim Broadbent (Iris) • Adrian Brody (The Pianist) • Holly Hunter (The Piano) • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) • Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) • Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) • Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) • Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Reds and Apocalypse Now) • Denys Arcand (Les invasions barbares) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) • Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) • Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) • Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) • Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) • Errol Morris (The Fog of War) • Elliott Goldenthal (Frida) • Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) • Arthur Cohn (One Day in September, American Dream and Le Ciel et la boue) Saul Zaentz (The English Patient, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Robert Moresco (Crash) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction).
Other notable guests include: Howard Zinn (Voices of a People’s History of the United States) • Singer Songwriter Sting • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith • Professor William J. Fulco (The Passion of the Christ) • Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka • Dr. Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers) • Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July).
Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com.
Most Recent Episode
Elliott Lester and Eric Watson Center Stage
Elliott Lester and Eric Watson came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about their film AFTERMATH which follows two Two strangers as their lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. AFTERMATH opens in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace and Martin Donovan.
The interview originally aired Tuesday, April 4, 2017 on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Elliott Lester, Director
Elliott Lester is a multi-disciplinary director with a deep love for storytelling in all its forms. Lester made his theatrical filmmaking debut with the ensemble feature LOVE IS THE DRUG, starring the talented Lizzy Caplan, which premiered at Sundance. He followed up with the Jason Statham/Paddy Considine starrer BLITZ for Lionsgate in 2011. Elliott’s third feature NIGHTINGALE was produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and stars David Oyelowo. The film premiered on May 29, 2015 on HBO and earned David a “Best Actor” win at the Critic’s Choice Awards. The film also received Emmy nominations at the Golden Globes. In 2015 Lester completed his fourth feature film SLEEPWALKER starring Ahna O’Reilly and Richard Armitage. Elliott is once again collaborating with HBO Films on his directorial effort THIRST, a dramatic depiction of the impending water crisis, written by Charles Leavitt and produced by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck. In addition, he also recently produced the feature film BASMATI BLUES which stars the award-winning Brie Larson. In the fall of 2016, Lester directed episodes of TNT’s WILL, produced by Shekhar Kapur & Allison Owen, and written by Craig Pearce. Lester, alongside Bob Cooper (Storyscape) recently sold JACKSON STATE, adapted from Scott Lasser’s book, to HBO for television. Elliott resides in Los Angeles with his young son Levi.
Eric Watson, Producer
Award winning filmmaker Eric Watson began his career at the American Film Institute with a long collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky. Together they made several feature films including Pi, Requiem For A Dream (Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto), and The Fountain (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz). They also founded a production company; Protozoa Pictures, where Watson managed the daily operations of the company, oversaw production deals with New Regency and Universal Pictures, as well as developing several feature film projects including The Fighter, The Wrestler, Black Swan, and Noah. Watson is currently preparing his dire