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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Paul Rachman - Acclaimed Filmmaker and Co-Founder of the Slamdance - Drive Baby Drive, Four Dogs Playing Poker, Zoe XO/Zoe Rising, American Hardcore

Paul Rachman, filmmaker and co-founder of Slamdance, began his film career making underground hardcore punk films and music videos for bands such as Bad Brains, Gang Green, Negative FX, and Mission of Burma

Paul quickly rose to become one of the of the industry's top music video directors at Propaganda Films in Los Angeles, where he worked with such artists as: Alice in Chains, The Replacements, Pantera, Temple of the DogSepultura, Roger Waters, Joan Jett, and Kiss

Paul has directed several award-winning short films, including: Memories with Joe Frank, Drive Baby Drive, Home, and Zoe XOPaul has also directed the narrative feature Four Dogs Playing Poker

Paul’s seminal punk documentary American Hardcore world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up and theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics

Paul is working on a new documentary with  American Hardcore writer Steven Blush, Lost Rockers, about great musiciaans over the years that have been overlooked by pop culture.

Direct download: PaulRachman.mp3
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Kari Perkins - Austin, TX based Costume Designer - Dazed and Confused, Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Puncture, and Bernie

Kari is an award winning costume designer with an innovative style for creating believable characters for feature films, dance/theater and television. 

Always looking for a creative challenge,  Kari prefers a more sustainable approach to costume design, often building wardrobe from community recycled clothing and fabrics.

Kari has worked with some of Austin’s most prolific dance choreographers and many theatrical productions over the years. 

In addition to dance and theatre, Kari has designed over 20 feature films, including an ongoing projects for Richard Linklater including: Dazed and Confused, Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, along with Love and a .45, Skateland, and Puncture.

Kari's upcoming projects include the films: When Angels Sing, Jeff Nichols’ film Mud, and The Devil’s Knot for Atom Egoyan.

Direct download: KariPerkins.mp3
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Ben Richardson - Award Winning Cinematographer - Seed, Glory at Sea, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ben won Best Animation at Slamdance for the animated short film Seed, which he both co-directed and shot.

Ben was also director of photography on The Hunter & the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, a Sundance short film official selection.

Ben lived for five years in Prague, where he met director Benh Zeitlin, with whom he subsequently worked as cinematographer on the multi-award-winning short Glory At Sea

They continued their collaboration on Beasts of the Southern Wild, winner of both the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, where Ben also won the Excellence in Cinematography Award.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is about Hushpuppy, a fearless six-year-old girl, who lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world.

Direct download: BenRichardson.mp3
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Bill and Turner Ross - Acclaimed Documentary Filmmakers - 43565 and Tchoupitoulas

Bill and Turner Ross started out making small personal projects that they really never showed anyone, but that changed with the SXSW premier of 45365, which went on to win numerous awards, including the Truer Than Fiction prize in the Independent Spirit Awards

45365 explores daily life in the quintessential American small town of Sidney, Ohio. It is a portrait of a city and its people - from cops to barbers to football coaches to nursing home residents. Using an impressionistic, verite approach, the film coalesces stories into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. 

More recently, their documentary, Tchoupitoulas (chop-ih-TOOL-us) has no interviews, no voiceover; just the evocation of an existence and the feelings it conjures.

In Tchoupitoulas, three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that's always been forbidden to them in New Orleans: a world of dancers, musicians, hustlers, drag queens, and revelers that parade through the lamp-lit streets between Rampart and the river, seen through their eyes.

Direct download: RossBrothers.mp3
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