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Rebecca Metz is a Los Angeles-based actress whose credits include a recurring role as Tressa on Better Things, as well as roles on many acclaimed television shows over the last two decades, including Shameless, Mom, Nip/Tuck, Maron, This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Justified, and Gilmore Girls to name just a few. Rebecca is also a voiceover, stag…
 
Naomi Grossman is an Emmy-nominated actress, writer, and producer. Best known for her roles as Pepper and Samantha Crowe on American Horror Story, Naomi has appeared in multiple feature films (Murder RX, Sky Sharks, and 1BR most recently) and also wrote and performed the one-woman show: “Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust, and Other Human Oddities.” Wh…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss highlights from 2020, share clips from select interviews, and preview episodes launching in January 2021. Featured guests include director AJ Eaton, musician Mai Leisz, actors and musician Chris Kinkade, director Nick Cassavetes, voice actor Rob Paulsen, artist Stephanie Mercedes, director Jeff Orlowski, musician Kylie Rothf…
 
Don McLean is the singer/songwriter behind the iconic songs American Pie (named by the Recording Industry of America as a top 5 song of the century) and Vincent (Starry, Starry Night). Don is also a member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame member, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award winner. In October of 2020, Don released a …
 
Bryan and Jason talk about interviews with screenwriter and director Sean Durkin (who directed The Nest starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon), as well as actor James Healy, Jr., review the documentary Zappa, directed by Alex Winter, and discuss Bob Dylan's sale of his entire song catalog for $300 million. They also preview the upcoming episode with so…
 
Sean Durkin is a screenwriter, director, and producer. His film The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, premiered at Sundance and Vanity Fair called it one of the best films of 2020. Sean won the Directing Award at Sundance for his first feature film, Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Hugh Dancy, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sarah Paulson. Sean also …
 
James Healy Jr. has worked as a police chief, detective, and SWAT team member, but is also a familiar face in the film industry with a 45 year-long acting career. James has appeared in many beloved television shows of the late 90s and 00s, such as Walker, Texas Ranger, Will & Grace, 24, Even Stevens, and Law and Order: SVU. His film credits include…
 
Darran Bruce is a producer, live streamer, and podcaster behind The DJ Sessions, a live-stream/podcast series featuring the hottest electronic music DJs with live mixes and interviews streamed live to a global audience. As a Featured Partner on Twitch, The DJ Sessions is Twitch’s only regularly-scheduled, featured, live streaming DJ show. The serie…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from last week's interview with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kylie Rothfield, weigh in on the election results, talk about their "comfort content," and preview next week's interview with "DJ Sessions" producer Darran Bruce.By Bryan Smith
 
Kylie Rothfield is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist. After honing her craft in Nashville where she wrote songs and sold out premier venues singing original, soulful, blues-infused pop, she moved to Los Angeles, where she has been featured on NBC’s The Voice (picked by Alicia Keys to coach throughout the season), and Songland (c…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from last week's amazing chat with legendary rock photographer Neal Preston, review the Netflix documentary Grass Is Greener and Dave Letterman's second season of My Next Guest, and preview next week's interview with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kylie Rothfied.…
 
Neal Preston is the photographer behind many of the most iconic photos in rock history. He has worked (and toured) with Queen, Led Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, and Bob Dylan to name just a few. His book Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted is a retrospective of his career. His latest book, Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs, released this week, p…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss highlights from Bryan's interview with Seattle-based, Cuban-American artist Hugo Moro, mourn the loss of his guitar hero, Eddie Van Halen, review the documentary My Octopus Teacher (Bryan's favorite documentary from 2020, now streaming on Netflix), and discuss next week's interview with iconic rock photographer Neal Preston.…
 
Rayka Zehtabchi and Sam Davis are Los Angeles-based filmmakers. Their documentary Period. End of Sentence won an Academy Award for best documentary short in 2019. After their success at the Oscars, Rayka directed and Sam filmed and edited A Woman’s Place which is now streaming on Hulu. A Woman’s Place captures the stories of three chefs, their care…
 
Seattle-based Cuban-American studio artist Hugo Moro draws from his childhood experiences in Cuba, his artistic awakening in New York City, and his work as a professor, graphic designer, and art director in Miami, to create unique, eclectic installations, as well as gallery pieces. At Project-106 in Pioneer Square, Hugo currently uses a wide range …
 
Andrew Cohn is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and founder of Seven34Films. His feature documentaries include Medora (executive-produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci), and Warriors of Liberty City (executive-produced by Lebron James). His first narrative feature, The Last Shift, executive-produced by Alexander Payne and starrin…
 
In Episode 68 Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the interview with film director Tommy Avallone, mourn the loss of legal giant Ruth Bader Ginsberg, talk about Bryan's love for Zombie movies (including his recent favorite Train to Busan), and preview next week's interview with director Andrew Cohn, whose film The Last Shift, starring Richard Je…
 
Tommy Avallone is an LA-based director, producer, and actor, whose documentaries include I Am Santa Claus (2014), The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Madman (2018)(available on Netflix), and Waldo on Weed (2019) which was co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg (available on Amazon Prime and for rent on all streaming platforms). Wh…
 
In this "Encore Episode," we are replaying Bryan's interview with director Jeff Orlowski to commemorate the September 9, 2020 Netflix premiere of his documentary The Social Dilemma. The interview was recorded in February at the Sundance Film Festival before the film had a distribution deal with Netflix. We are pleased to re-release Jeff's interview…
 
In this recap, Bryan and Jason: Discuss key takeaways from the interview with Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee BJ Thomas; Talk about the filmography and legacy of Chadwick Boseman (who recently passed away after a battle with colon cancer); Address critique from a listener about our discussion of the Joan Jett documentary; and Discuss Bryan's new favor…
 
With over 70 million records sold, BJ Thomas is the artist behind classic hits like “Hooked on a Feeling”, Oscar-winner “Raindrops (Keep Falling on My Head)”, and (Hey Won’t You Play Another) Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. With a total of Eight #1 hits, 26 top 10 singles, and 5 Grammy Awards, BJ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss key takeaways from the interview with actress and drama therapist Andrea Sooch, marvel at the lasting power of In The Air Tonight, by Phil Collins, review The Last Dance documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, and discuss next week's episode with the Grammy/Oscar-winning singer BJ Thomas.…
 
Andrea Sooch is a successful actress, licensed drama therapist, and social worker. A native Hungarian, Andrea came to the US after receiving a scholarship from the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy. Many fans know Andrea from her recurring role as Russian mob boss Riva on the TNT series Claws. She has also appeared in hit shows such as The…
 
In response to the Pulse Night Club Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida, Argentinian-American artist Stephanie Mercedes melted a Sig Sauer MCX rifle (the exact model used during the shooting) to cast 49 “liberty bells” for the 49 individuals who lost their lives. Mercedes went on to melt guns and bullet casings into other musical instruments and scul…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss key takeaways from last week's interview with Matthew Barry, wax philosophic about the zen of Bill Murray after watching The Bill Murray Stories (now streaming on Netflix), and preview next week's interview with Washington D.C.-based Argentinian-American artist Stephanie Mercedes, who melts guns into art.…
 
Matthew Barry is a Los Angeles-based actor, casting director, and acting teacher. His early career involved landing roles on television shows such as Family Ties and Cagney and Lacey. He then appeared alongside Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson in Indecent Proposal, as well as Johnny Depp and Bill Murray in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood…
 
Rob Paulsen is an Emmy Award-winning voice actor, singer, and writer. Notable characters he has voiced throughout his extensive career include Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko on Animaniacs, Pinky from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Spike in The Land Before Time films and televisio…
 
Screenwriter Bettina Gilois, who was interviewed on the show in July of last year, passed away on July 5 at the age of 58. She was an immensely talented screenwriter, as well as a professor of screenwriting at Chapman University. She was also the mother of two brilliant children. As a tribute to Bettina, we are replaying her episode from last July.…
 
RECAP: Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from last week's chat with Meredith O'Connor. Bryan hits Jason with an MTV trivia question. Bryan talks about his latest read (Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert) and how that may influence his selection of future guests. Bryan and Jason preview next week's interview with voice actor Rob Paulsen.…
 
Meredith O’Connor is a pop star, anti-bullying activist, and international spokesperson on mental health awareness. Her hit song Celebrity went viral on YouTube in 2013, with more than 2 million views, followed up by The Game, about bullying. This led to a world tour, being featured on Radio Disney and Teen Nick, and eventually an invitation to the…
 
Bryan and Jason recap last week's interview with IndieFlix CEO Scilla Andreen, express their support for the Black Lives Matter protesters, and discuss the new Jeffrey Epstein documentary. Bryan talks about a Bob Dylan song that he's attempting to deconstruct - Simple Twist of Fate by Bob Dylan. Jason and Bryan preview next week's interview with po…
 
Scilla Andreen is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, and Emmy-nominated costume designer (The Wonder Years). She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Indieflix, a global entertainment screening and subscription streaming service based in Seattle. IndieFlix produces and distributes social impact films and series to create positive change i…
 
In light of recent events in Minneapolis and throughout the country, and out of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, our regularly-scheduled interview has been postponed until next week. This week we plan to pause, listen, reflect on how we can unify as a nation, and elevate black voices. One such voice is that of Michael Santiago Rende…
 
Bob Sáenz is an actor and screenwriter known for Extracurricular Activities (2019)(now streaming on Amazon Prime), The Right Girl (2015), and Help for the Holidays (2012). He is also the author of the 2019 book That’s Not The Way It Works: A no-nonsense guide to the craft and business of screenwriting. What you will learn: How Bob broke into televi…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the Nick Cassavetes episode, what it's like turning 50, what life was like in 1970 (the year of Jason's birth), and preview next week's episode with screenwriter and actor Bob Sáenz, author of the book That's Not The Way It Works: a no-nonsense guide to the craft and business of screenwriting.…
 
Nick Cassavetes is an actor, screenwriter, and director. The son of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes and Academy Award-nominated actress Gena Rowlands, Nick started his career as an actor but eventually settled into screenwriting and directing. He wrote the screenplay for the 2001 biopic Blow starring Johnny Depp, directed The Notebook star…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss: Last week's interview with David Frangioni. How they are coping as the pandemic drags on. The loss of folk/country music songwriting legend John Prine. Bryan's childhood trauma of being rejected by "Company 7" (an arts program in elementary school); and Next week's interview with film director Nick Cassavetes, who directed …
 
David Frangioni is a professional drummer, music technologist, magazine publisher, author of three books, designer of custom recording studios, and philanthropist. David has been the music technologist for Aerosmith for over 30 years and has worked with acts like The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Journey, Styx, Kiss, Ozzie Osborne…
 
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the eight interviews recorded at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City this year. They also talk about the challenges of podcasting during a global pandemic and preview next week's episode with the Modern Drummer publicist David Frangioni, who has served as Aerosmith's music technologist for over 30 years.…
 
Natalie Johns is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. In 2007 she founded Dig For Fire, a studio capturing inspired music stories and live experiences. Commercial clients included Nike, iTunes, Coca Cola, Spotify, Amnesty International, and Rock the Vote. Johns has collaborated with Bono, Sam Smith, Childish Gambino, Solange, John Legend, and Gil Scott Her…
 
Brian Knappenberger is a documentary filmmaker. His film Church and the Fourth Estate, about a sexual abuse scandal in Idaho that rocked the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon Church, premiered at Sundance this year and. Joining Brian on this interview is the subject of the film, Adam Steed. Adam was one of the first sexual abuse survivors to rep…
 
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