Season 2 of our 1K podcast debuts with movie critic Sean O’Connell, a man whose reviews appear in the Washington Post, USA Today and many other national outlets.
Sean is a self-described “story-telling junkie,” who grew up watching movies on VHS tapes he borrowed from a benevolent video store manager. That arrangement brought Sean joy and cultivated an impressive breadth of film knowledge. 1,000 seconds has never felt shorter, despite the fact we both talk fast.
Podcast highlights include a revealing story about the dazzling, but disingenuous charm of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, the authenticity of writer/director John Hughes, awkward encounters with directors AFTER unflattering reviews, and an amazing occurrence in a London theater. There are also interesting talks about the film critiquing process, writing “real” dialogue, shifting distribution models, the fate of foreign films, important movie books, and a disagreement over the value of superhero films. One of us believes they are fun and relevant. The other believes they simply suck.
Finally, a little more about a foreign film mentioned in the podcast. The movie is the 2005 Finnish film “Mother of Mine.” I met the filmmakers years ago at a party at the Heartland Film Festival. They were nice guys and so I wanted to see their film. The next day I walked into an Indianapolis theater with one of the film’s producers to catch a matinee screening. I loved it. The film is beautifully shot, the lead actress is astounding, and the story offers a glimpse into a World War II event I never knew.
I encourage you to go out and find this film. You will enjoy it and be supporting a group of talented, delightful Finns.
Winona Meringolo is the Vice President of Development for Investigation Discovery and the American Heroes Channel. She’s helped several popular series come to fruition and might be the only TV executive working in the true crime genre with a phobia of blood.
And if you accidentally split your pants while pitching her a show, she’ll help you escape without embarrassment.
Fred Story has been composing for film, television and advertising since 1990. During that time, he has scored dozens of independent feature films and documentaries. His music for TV has been heard on major network and national cable outlets like PBS, ABC, Discovery, A&E, History Channel, HGTV, Food Network and more. Fred’s work has been the recipient of thirteen regional Emmy Awards, four Telly Awards and dozens of Addy Awards. Films scored by Fred consistently receive honors at major film festivals. Most recently, his score for the biographical documentary “Robert Shaw: Man Of Many Voices” won best music at the prestigious Breckinridge Film Festival—you’ll hear a piece of it in this episode. The film also won Best Documentary.
Fred is a member of ASCAP and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He and his wife Becky own and operate Concentrix Music and Sound Design in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Chris Baker is an independent filmmaker based in Charlotte, NC. His credits include the horror short “T is for Tips,” silent film “Drawn Together,” and the award-winning “The Hidden.” He’s a knowledgable filmmaker on the rise, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s got a great radio voice to boot.
In a delightfully confusing move, our guest this week is none other than Scott Galloway. No, not the host of this podcast. The other Scott Galloway. Or is our Scott Galloway the other Scott Galloway?
Anyway, this episode features two Scott Galloways for the price of one.
You might recognize our guest as the NYU professor who replied to a student’s rude email with a legendary virtual tongue-lashing. Or maybe you’ve seen his videos for L2 Inc on YouTube analyzing brand strategy and marketing. His new book, “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google,” looks at how these companies came to infiltrate our lives so pervasively. You can pick it up on October 3.
Our guest Darby Camp has been featured Grey’s Anatomy, The Leftovers and Big Little Lies, the latter of which received a staggering 16 Emmy nominations—and took home five—for its first season. Darby plays Reese Witherspoon’s sassy, wise-beyond-her-years daughter in Big Little Lies, and she more than holds her own among the star-studded cast.
You’ve seen the bottle. You know the name. This week, we speak with the man behind Tito’s Handmade Vodka: Tito Beveridge. Drilling for Texas Tea turned out to be a bust, but he struck the mother lode with a different type of liquid altogether, one more commonly associated with Russia than the American southwest. It’s a story of perseverance, and today, twenty years later, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is flying off the shelves. Host Scott Galloway also took the opportunity to honor our guest by taking three shots of the 80 proof, corn based liquor in the middle of the workday. Cheers!
Jenny Brulé is a classically trained chef, nationally published food writer, cookbook author and television personality in the Carolinas.
Although she’s not a native of the South, it’s been her home for nearly 20 years. It’s this dual citizenship (North and South of the Dixie line) that makes Jenny a sort of southern food translator. She helps her readers wrap their heads around livermush and can explain how to make grits in layman terms.