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The Fog of Truth: Close-Up on Documentaries
11 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Season 13 Episode 2 Theaters of War
Bart Interviers Roger Stahl, director of the Documentary Theaters of War If you've seen Top Gun or Transformers, you might suspect all that military machinery comes with strings attached. This influence is not limited to a handful of movies, though. A vast new trove of internal documents reveals that the Pentagon and CIA have doctored thousands of film and television scripts. Parting the curtains on this world, media professor Roger Stahl engages an array of other stunned scholars, frustrated veterans, PR insiders, and industry producers. He reveals in unsettling detail how the US military-industrial complex pushes a version of history that scrubs the screen of war crimes, corruption, criticism of the nuclear arsenal, racism, sexual assault, assassinations, and torture. From James Bond to Jack Ryan, Captain Marvel to Cake Boss, the creation of this other "cinematic universe" is one of the great PR coups of our time.
19 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Season 13 Episode 1- Not Depressing Docs
Justina, John, and Bart try to cheer you up with NOT DEPRESSING DOCUMENTARIES. John talks about FINDING HER BEAT, Bart talks about CAT DADDIES and Justina Talks about BECOMING.
20 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
Season 12 Episode 7 Moonage Daydream
Bart and John Discuss the Documentary experience that is Moonage Daydream.
16 minutes | Sep 3, 2022
Season 12 Episode 6 LABOR!
Justina and Bart talk about the role of labor in the past and the present and discuss films that deal with labor.
19 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Season 12 Episode 5 Abortion
John Justina and Bart DIscuss documentaries that deal with Abortion rights.
31 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Season 12 Episode 4 GUNS!
John, Justina, and Bart talk about gun documentaries.
15 minutes | May 16, 2022
Season 12 Episode 3 Category Woman
Justina John and Bart talk about "Catagory: Woman" a film that played at Hot Docs, there are some hot takes.
17 minutes | May 1, 2022
Season 12 Episode 2 Fireboys
Justine and Bart talk about the film Fireboys and have an interview with one of the directors Jake Hochendoner
16 minutes | Apr 9, 2022
Season 12 E 1 Docs in Festivals
Justina, John and Bart talk about films seen at SXSW, Oxford Film Festival, and Thin Line Fest
26 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
Fog of Truth 1107
Justina, John and Bart have a late-night discussion about Dick Johnson is Dead, Sundance Docs, Tik Tok Docs, Annie Hall, and a funeral with dogs.
9 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Fog of Truth- Bonus Slamdance with Summre Garber
Summre talks about her favorite documentaries that will be playing at the Slamdance Film Festival.
23 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Fog of Truth Episode 1106 Procession
John, Justina, and Bart talk about Robert Greens's Procession, Sundance, and industrial Musicals.
19 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Episode 1105 The Best of 2021
Justina, John, and Bart discuss their top 10 documentary lists of 2021, and former Fog of Truth co-host Christopher Llewellyn Reed chimes in his updates about him, his top 10 list, and his love life.
27 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Season 11 Episode 4 The Beatles Get Back
John Bart and Guest Host Bruce Richardson talk Beatles
20 minutes | Nov 27, 2021
Fog Truth Season 11 Episode 3
John, Justina, and Bart talk about The Neutral Ground
21 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Fog of Truth Season 11 Episode 2
John Justina and Bart interview Keith Maitland about his new film "Dear Mr. Broady"
25 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
The Fog of Truth Season 11 Episode One Roadrunner
We are back, with new hosts Justina Walford and John Wildman. This week we review Morgan Neville's "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain"
36 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Bonus Episode: Slamdance 2021
In this bonus episode, we invite back our former cohost Summre Garber to talk about the documentary slate at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, where she is co-captain of the documentary-features program. Then we all discuss, in depth, the following three films: Code Name: Nagasaki, Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann and Holy Frit. This episode marks the departure of Chris Reed as permanent cohost, leaving Bart Weiss in charge of the future. Should be fun! Enjoy! Group Review Documentaries: Code Name: Nagasaki (Fredrik S. Hana, 2021) Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann (Alberto Triano, 2020) Holy Frit (Justin S. Monroe, 2021) Other Films/Series Mentioned: Bleeding Audio (Chelsea Christer, 2020) Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson, 2020) Firebones (Greg Brownderville/Bart Weiss, 2021) 306 Hollywood (Elan Bogarín/Jonathan Bogarín, 2018) Workhorse Queen (Angela Washko, 2021) Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed: Hammer to Nail review of Code Name: Nagasaki Hammer to Nail review of Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann Hammer to Nail review of Holy Frit Timestamps: 00:40 – Intro 03:49 – Summre’s recap of Slamdance 2021 documentary slate 07:33 – Group discussion of Code Name: Nagasaki 13:33 – Group discussion of Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann 21:35 – Group discussion of Holy Frit 31:51 – Outro and End Credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com firstname.lastname@example.org Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed
53 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Bonus Episode: Best Documentaries of 2020
In this bonus episode, cohosts Bart and Chris revisit their favorite documentaries of 2020, and then invite, each in turn, six guest hosts from the past year to chat about their own favorites. Those guests, in alphabetical order, are: Hannah Buchdahl, Sandie Angulo Chen, Leslie Combemale, Roxana Hadadi, Lisa Sanchelo and Debra Zimmerman. Chris and Bart each gave a Top 10, while our guests each listed a Top 5. Those lists follows, below, in the order given on the episode. Enjoy, and see you in 2021! Chris’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss) Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton) Collective (Alexander Nanau) Crip Camp (James Lebrecht/Nicole Newnham) Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Mary Wharton) John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) Mayor (David Osit) 76 Days (Hao Wu/Weixi Chen/Anonymous) Space Dogs (Elsa Kremser/Levin Peter) A Thousand Cuts (Ramona S. Diaz) Bart’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss) Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton) Disclosure (Sam Feder) Feels Good Man (Arthur Jones) Jasper Mall(Bradford Thomason/Brett Whitcomb) John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) The Last Dance (Jason Hehir) (10-part Netflix series) Mayor (David Osit) A Thousand Cuts (Ramona S. Diaz) Totally Under Control (Alex Gibney) Sandie’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss) The Dissident (Bryan Fogel) John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) River City Drumbeat (Anne Flatté/Marlon Johnson) Time (Garrett Bradley) Hannah’s List (in order of preference): Collective (Alexander Nanau) Tie: John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) / The Way I See It (Dawn Porter) Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Mary Wharton) Tie: The Dissident (Bryan Fogel) / A Thousand Cuts (Ramona Diaz) Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You (Thom Zimny) Debra’s List (in order of preference): Collective (Alexander Nanau) Tie: Belly of the Beast (Erika Cohn) / Coded Bias (Shalini Kantayya) Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton) Tie: Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson) / Time (Garrett Bradley) The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (Iryna Tsilyk) – not yet released Roxana’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss) Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (Elizabeth Carroll) The Last Dance (Jason Hehir) (10-part Netflix series Midnight in Paris (James Blagden/Roni Moore) Time (Garrett Bradley) Lisa’s List (in alphabetical order): American Murder: The Family Next Door (Jenny Popplewell) Athlete A (Bonni Cohen/Jon Shenk) Baby God (Hannah Olson) Becoming (Nadia Hallgren) Class Action Park (Seth Porges/Chris Charles Scott III) Leslie’s List (in order of preference): Crip Camp (James Lebrecht/Nicole Newnham) Welcome to Chechnya (David France) The Painter and the Thief (Benjamin Ree) Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss) John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) Other Films Mentioned: Born to Be (Tania Cypriano) The Disrupted (Sarah Colt/Josh Gleason) The Fight (Eli Despres/Josh Kriegman/Elyse Steinberg) Icarus (Bryan Fogel) The Mole Agent (Maite Alberdi) The Social Dilemma (Jeff Orlowski) Timestamps: 00:52 – Intro + Chris and Bart’s respective Top 10 lists 11:31 – Sandie Angulo Chen’s top docs of the year 18:02 – Hannah Buchdahl’s top docs of the year 23:58 – Debra Zimmerman’s top docs of the year 30:03 – Roxana Hadadi’s top docs of the year 37:11 – Lisa Sanchelo’s top docs of the year 43:42 – Leslie Combemale’s top docs of the year 50:51 – Closing + End credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com email@example.com Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed
58 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Episode 1006: White Noise / American Dharma
We wrap up Season 10 with returning guest host Anuradha Rana (Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, DePaul University) as we review Daniel Lombroso's White Noise, a profile of some of the current leading figures among the alt-right. This leads to a discussion of the dangers of turning one's lens on problematic ideologues, given how the camera may amplify their message even as it deconstructs and criticizes it. From there, Bart and Chris interview the great Errol Morris, whose American Dharma offers a portrait of right-wing activist Steve Bannon. We've wanted to have Morris on an episode since we started, given how we named our podcast partly in homage to his The Fog of War. Though occasionally contentious, as Chris questions Morris on his approach to Bannon, our conversation proves fascinating and respectful. What a great way to end the season! Listen in and enjoy. Group Review Documentary: WHITE NOISE (Daniel Lombroso, 2020) Available now on demand. Clips provided courtesy of director. Film Featured in Interview Portion: AMERICAN DHARMA (Errol Morris, 2018) Streaming now on Topic. Other Book/Films Mentioned: Donald Trump on Citizen Kane (Errol Morris, 2002) Errol Morris's Oscar Short Film: 2002 Oscars (Errol Morris, 2002) First Person IFC/Bravo series (Errol Morris, 2000-2001) The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Errol Morris, 2003) My Psychedelic Love Story (Errol Morris, 2020) Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know book (Malcolm Gladwell, 2019) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988) Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935) Twelve O'Clock High (Henry King, 1949) The Unknown Known (Errol Morris, 2013) Us Kids (Kim A. Snyder, 2020) Wormwood Netflix series (Errol Morris, 2017) Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed: Film Festival Today review of White Noise Hammer to Nail review of American Dharma Timestamps: 00:42 – Intro 04:33 – Group Discussion of WHITE NOISE 21:49 – Bart and Chris interview Errol Morris on AMERICAN DHARMA 47:43 – Doc Talk 55:14 – Closing and End Credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com firstname.lastname@example.org Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed
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