Spoiler Alert Radio
Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Petr Cikhart - Director of Photography

Petr Cikhart, Director of Photography, was born and raised in Prague.  As a 19-year-old Assistant Director, he covered the war in Chechnya for Czech TV, and was arrested and held hostage for two days by Russian soldiers during the assignment. It was his first field shoot, and he was hooked.

He immigrated to the United States in 1995 after winning a journalism internship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After finishing his internship and working briefly as a lobsterman in Maine, he moved to New York City to resume his career behind the camera.

He has lent his talents to several television programs, including CBS’s  The Amazing Race, which won him a primetime Emmy, National Geographic’s  Be the Creature, A&E’s Dog The Bounty Hunter, WGBH's Science Investigators, Throwdown with Bobby Flay on The Food Network, ABC and the Discovery Channel ’s reality series Detonators, and PBS’s Fiesta Mexicana.

He has also traveled to more than 80 countries on all continents for a variety of projects, such as Farmingville, the LA-gang documentary Gangs: Escaping the Life for Showtime, and Blindsight, which was filmed in the Tibetan Himalayas.

Petr has also recently worked on the fiction side of film as the DP on projects including the feature-length movie May the Best Man Win starring members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and the experimental feature film, Euphoria.

Direct download: PetrCikhart-Blindsight.mp3
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David Rakowiecki - Spoiler Alert

Copywriter and filmmaker, David Rakowiecki started in advertising writing award winning TV spots for major brands including Heineken, Amstel Light, Sprite and Converse. He found advertising creatively unfulfilling and turned to writing screenplays.

He has attended NY Film Academy, where he wrote and directed the shorts The Bottle and Five Cent Refund.

After NYFA, he wrote and directed an Olympics-themed commercial for Heineken that was recognized in the New York Times and took lessons in guerilla improv technique at
Upright Citizens' Brigade Theatre in New York.

David created the film Spoiler Alert, which is a black comedy about Brad, the operator of a movie scoop website and Harrison, a down on his luck film director who has squandered his artistic abilities in pursuit of easy paydays.

Direct download: DavidRakowiecki-SpoilerMovie.mp3
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Simon-Olivier Fecteau - Bluff

Simon-Olivier Fecteau is a writer, director, producer, comedian, and actor from Victoriaville, QC.

Simon was part of the comic trio The Chick'n Swell during the three years that their weekly program was broadcast on television from Radio-Canada, between 2001 and 2003.

In 2006, he made a difficult decision to leave the group to pursue his passion for film.  Simon's first short The Remaining Days is about a very old widower, while cleaning out his closet,  finds a list of things he wanted to do in his life and decides to carry them out.

Simon's 1st feature film, Bluff, is a black comedy about a building inspector that finds a shocking discovery in the basement to a building that is about to be destroyed. He contacts the landlord and, as the pair wait for the police to show up, the story of this discovery comes uncovered.  

Both films have played the festival circuit and they each have been nominated for a Genie in Canada.

Direct download: SimonOlivierFecteau.mp3
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Ira Sachs - The Delta, Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life

Ira Sachs was born in Memphis, TN and moved to New York after graduating from Yale University with a BA in Literature and Film Theory.

Ira was a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1999, Sachs has been an Adjunct Professor in the MFA Program at the Columbia University School of Film, a creative advisor at the Sundance Director’s Lab, and a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo

His films include the features Married Life, Forty Shades of Blue which won a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and The Delta. They have been screened at the Berlin, Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, and London Film Festivals.

Ira is presently working on a new feature, The Goodbye People, co-written with Oren Moverman, and adapted from the fiction of screenwriter and novelist Gavin Lambert.

Direct download: IraSachs-MarriedLife.mp3
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