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
Ted Braun | Betting on Zero
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Writer/Director Ted Braun came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about his latest film BETTING ON ZERO, which follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts $1 billion on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as a massive pyramid scheme. The withering crossfire between Ackman and Herbalife plays out across the media, in board rooms, and on the streets in Braun’s stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.
The interview was originally broadcast Tuesday, March 28, 2017 on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM
Herbalife claims Ackman is a market manipulator smearing the company to drive the stock price down so he can make a fortune, but Ackman insists Herbalife deliberately targets low-income or immigrant communities and robs them of their life savings. Herbalife is aided on the counterattack by longtime Ackman nemesis and fellow Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn, while Ackman finds an unlikely ally in Chicago activist Julie Contreras, who rallies the Latino community to get the federal government to intervene. Merging tales of high-stakes corporate intrigue with working-class people caught in the crossfire, Braun paints a stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.
BETTING ON ZERO premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival in April 2016, where it earned a special jury mention for investigative filmmaking.
Writer-director Ted Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, DARFUR NOW, was nominated for best documentary of 2007 by the National Board of Review and The Broadcast Critics Association, and went on to win the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of the year. Warner Brothers distributed DARFUR NOW worldwide and financed along with Participant Media, which spearheaded a global social action campaign. For his work writing and directing the film, the International Documentary Association awarded Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named him, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, and Robert Redford one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world. Prior to DARFUR NOW he wrote and directed award winning short form fictional films and documentaries for HBO, PBS, A&E and The Discovery Channel; he continues to work in long form non-fiction across documentary and scripted forms. Braun is an Associate Professor in Screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where he has just been appointed the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics.