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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Miriam Cutler - Musician and Film Composer/Collaborator

Miriam Cutler has been writing, producing, and performing music for over 20 years and is based out of Los Angeles.

She began her musical career as a singer/horn player in several bands, including the popular Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. She also led The New Miss Alice Stone Ladies Society Orchestra and the jazzy Swingstreet, writing most of their music and arrangements, producing several recordings, and touring with them.

Her love of jazz also led to a stint co-producing albums for Polygram-Verve including Joe Williams, Nina Simone, Marlena Shaw, and Shirley Horn.

Miriam's scores have been featured in a variety of projects including numerous narrative features and award-winning documentaries, as well as television, and even two circuses.   She is known for being versatile, her integration of world music styles, and working collaboratively.

She has served on documentary juries including the first-ever World Cinema Documentary competition at Sundance, The Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute's Film Festival Awards.

Miriam also serves on the Board of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and has been an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Composers Lab.

Direct download: MiriamCutler.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

John Bergin - From Inside

John Bergin has worked on a variety of creative projects including album artwork for bands Gravity Kills, Pigface, Voodou, and the Rachel Getting Married soundtrack.

He has also created music and music videos for bands including Lolo and Blackmouth (a side project that we he performs on with Jarboe of Swans), and the children’s albums Noah’s Ark and Kaleidosaurus.

He has created and contributed to several graphic novels and comics including: Bone Saw, The Crow, Ashes, and Golgothika.  He also created short films including: Cloud Warriors and Nesting Grounds.

John's most recent project is an animated feature film based on one of his graphic novels, From Inside.  It tells the story of Cee, a young pregnant woman who finds herself on a damaged train crossing a post apocalyptic landscape.

Direct download: JohnBergin-FromInside.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Margaret Brown - The Order of Myths

Margaret Brown has worked on a variety of films including cinematography work on the film Ice Fishing, the narrative short 99 Threadwaxing, producing the narrative feature film, Mi Amigo, and producing the narrative short Six Miles of Eight Feet which won a Student Academy Award.  She has also directed and produced music videos for Okkervil River and Cat Power.

She has more recently focused on documentary work including the acclaimed documentary Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, and The Order of Myths which won her awards including the Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The Order of Myths is about the world of secret societies and centuries-old traditions branching from the 1st Mardi Gras in America celebrated in Mobile, Alabama organized along enduring color lines.

Direct download: MargaretBrown-OrderOfMyths.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Brendan Toller - I Need That Record!

Brendan Toller, graduate of Hampshire College, has created his 1st feature, the eclectic documentary I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store, a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade.

I Need That Record! features interviews with folks including:  Ian Mackaye of Dischord Records, activist/author Noam Chomsky, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Mike Watt, guitar composer Glenn Branca, Pat Carney of The Black Keys, Mike Dreese of Newbury Comics, and independent record store owners across the US.

Direct download: BrendanToller-INeedThatRecord.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm EST