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Strangers to Fiction
55 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Q: Into the Storm
Bill Streeter is joined by Bowls MacLean on this episode to discuss the six part HBO documentary series Q: Into the Storm by Cullin Hoback. Bowls has his own podcast, the Bowls MacLean hour which you can listen to here.
77 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
The Vow (2020)
The Vow is a new nine part documentary series on HBO about the NXIVM mlm sex cult. we discuss if it's worth watching and look forward to some other documentaries that will be dropping soon.
66 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Our One Year Anniversary Review
We launched this podcast in October of 2019 so we are one year old this month! We took this opportunity to take a look back at some of the films we talked about in our first year of the Podcast.
72 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
In the Realm of Perfection with guest Bobby Herrera
We were joined this week by Bobby Herrera to discuss a documentary he picked called "In the Realm of Perfection" by Julien Faraut. Bobby (Robert T. Herrera) is an old friend and colleague of both Bill and Jacob. He has made several films and you can learn more about his work here.
56 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
This week we watched the 2015 documentary The Wolfpack about a family who lived isolated in the middle of New York for years and the six brothers who eventually escaped.
70 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Finding Frances with guest filmmaker Oscar Harding
This week we are joined by Oscar Harding who is finishing his own film "A Life on the Farm" which is a found footage documentary for which he is raising money to finish on Kickstarter here. We discuss this project and if you find the project as compelling as we did you can contribute to the kickstarter which ends very soon. He also chose the television documentary "Finding Frances" which was the season finale of "Nathan for You" a Comedy Central reality show. The film blurs the lines between reality TV and legitimate documentary.
64 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Capturing the Friedmans
On this episode we discuss the disturbing yet compelling 2003 documentary Capturing the Friedmans that offers a rare inside look at a family facing a profound crisis when the father and one son is accused of child molestation.
52 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Where's My Roy Cohn?
This is an episode recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic. Where's My Roy Cohn? is a fascinating portrait of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century that you've probably never heard of.
64 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Side by Side with guest Justin L. Fisher
We were joined this week by guest filmmaker Justin L. Fisher who picked Side by Side (available to stream on multiple platforms) for our discussion this week. Justin has a new film out himself entitled "Recording in Progress" about the current state of the recorded music business. It's a good discussion, we hope you enjoy!
59 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Where we take a look at the 1992 experimental documentary Baraka. Mentioned in the podcast is this interview with the filmmakers.
51 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
This week in honor of the opening of the 2020 Baseball season (finally) we decided to look back at this 2014 film, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, about the fabled Portland Mavericks, a short lived independent class A team that operated in Portland Oregon from 1973-1977.
58 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a meditative character study about an 85 year old sushi master in Japan. This 2011 film was released in 2011 and shot and directed by David Gelb. We discuss this film and if you like it we suggest a few other films that are similar that you might enjoy.
102 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Tiger King (2020)
After a brief hiatus and while sheltered in place, Strangers to Fiction is back to talk about Netflix's much-memed documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The series goes inside the world of private zoo owners, in particular Joe Exotic and the characters that surround him. SPOILERS AHEAD!
54 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Check It (2016)
This week we are joined by documentary filmmaker David Wraith to discuss the 2016 film Check It. The film follows a group of gay and transgendered youths in Washington D.C. who started a gang to protect themselves. Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, the film was originally released by comedian Louis C.K. on his website, but is now available for rent on Amazon Prime.
75 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Super Size Me (2004)
On this episode of Strangers to Fiction we watch the 2004 Academy Award nominated documentary Super Size Me from director Morgan Spurlock. The film follows Spurlock as he eats McDonald's three times a day for 30 days. It also takes a hard look at the fast food industry and the rising levels of obesity in America.
75 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Hoop Dreams (1994)
This week we watched the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams which follows two boys from impoverished Chicago neighborhoods as they chase their dreams of becoming professional basketball players. Shot over five years as the boys were in high school, Hoop Dreams was universally acclaimed with Roger Ebert calling it "one of the best films about American life that I have ever seen".
64 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Brooklyn Bridge [Ken Burns] (1981)
This week we watched the first film from acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker Ken Burns - Brooklyn Bridge. We discuss the career of Ken Burns, his impact on documentary filmmaking and the elements that constitute a Ken Burns film.
68 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
American Movie (1999)
This week we are watching the 1999 cult-favorite documentary American Movie. The film follows filmmaker Mark Borchardt as he attempt to make a short independent film.
57 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
The King of Kong (2007)
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a 2007 documentary that looks inside the world of competitive arcade gaming. The film follows upstart Steve Wiebe as he challenges "the world's best gamer" Billy Mitchell for the high score in Donkey Kong.
71 minutes | Jan 7, 2020
Roger & Me (1989)
In 1989 Michael Moore released his groundbreaking directorial debut Roger & Me which chronicles Moore's efforts to get a meeting with then General Motors CEO Roger Smith following the closing of several GM facilities in Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan. On this episode of Strangers to Fiction we discuss Roger & Me, but more broadly the impact of film and the career of Michael Moore.
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