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Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues

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Museum of the Moving Image presents selected conversations with innovative and influential creative figures in film, TV, and digital media.

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Museum of the Moving Image presents selected conversations with innovative and influential creative figures in film, TV, and digital media.

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By ll0n - Aug 29 2013
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I haven't found a podcast or library of interviews, with filmmakers this extensive, which is comparable. One draw back, it hasn't been updated in a long time. The museum still conducts Q&A's, but haven't posted until just recently. Seriously, the content is second to none.

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By Superwhiteme - Jul 04 2012
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So good! So insightful and real. So thorough!

iTunes Ratings

17 Ratings
Average Ratings
14
2
1
0
0

Perfect, but..

By ll0n - Aug 29 2013
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I haven't found a podcast or library of interviews, with filmmakers this extensive, which is comparable. One draw back, it hasn't been updated in a long time. The museum still conducts Q&A's, but haven't posted until just recently. Seriously, the content is second to none.

Yes!

By Superwhiteme - Jul 04 2012
Read more
So good! So insightful and real. So thorough!
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Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 24 hours ago

Rank #1: Harmony Korine

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Spring Breakers was the buzz film of the Toronto Film Festival, and was screened at the Museum of the Moving Image immediately after its American premiere at SXSW. The Museum screening was part of a retrospective of Korine's films. Visually and aurally dazzling, Spring Breakers is a high-concept pulp-fest starring former Disney Channel actresses Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson as co-eds who perform a catalogue of illegal and incendiary activities in order to get out of their boring small town for spring break. With the encouragement of their new friend “Alien” (James Franco) and an assortment of neon bikinis, they will stop at nothing for an experience they will never forget.

Mar 12 2013

46mins

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Rank #2: Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere was one of the most remarkable American independent films of the year in 2012, winner of the Best Director award at Sundance. The film focuses on a woman whose husband is sentenced to eight years in a California prison. Ruby (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi), drops out of medical school to maintain her marriage. Driven by love, loyalty, and hope, Ruby learns to sustain the shame, separation, guilt, and grief that a prison wife must bear. Her new life challenges her to the very core of her identity. Ava DuVernay’s elegant and emotionally inspiring film portrays the universal dilemma of how a woman maintains herself as she commits to loving and supporting someone through hardship. After a special screening at Museum of the Moving Image, DuVernay spoke about the challenges behind making and distributing the film.

Nov 27 2012

49mins

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Rank #3: Alex Ross Perry

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The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry's highly original second feature, beautifully filmed in black-and-white 16mm, follows the calamity and chaos when a young woman, JR, forces her reluctant and disapproving younger brother Colin on a road trip to help her move out of her professor-turned-lover's apartment. During this conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz at Museum of the Moving Image, Perry, an inveterate cineaste, discusses his influences, and the film's unique style and its startling portrayal of incestuous sexual tension.The Color Wheel, which has developing a following on the festival circuit, was recently called "The future of cinema, I hope," by film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.

Dec 08 2011

41mins

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Rank #4: Errol Morris

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Errol Morris's film Tabloid is an entertaining and provocative compendium of some of his favorite themes, including crime, obsession, truth, and the nature of self-presentation. It digs deeply into a sensational and salacious news story about Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose alleged kidnapping and rape of a Mormon in England in 1977 made her a pop culture sensation. This conversation between Morris and Chief Curator David Schwartz at Museum of the Moving Image included a lively exchange with the audience about Morris's attitude towards his subject, and whether the film encourages us to admire her or laugh at her...or both.

Jul 12 2011

47mins

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Rank #5: Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper is one of the most iconoclastic and accomplished actors and directors in American cinema. He has appeared in nearly 300 films and TV shows, with credits including Rebel Without a Cause, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, and Blue Velvet. 2008 was a particularly good year for Hopper; he received great reviews for his performance in Elegy, starred in the TV series Crash, and was the subject of an exhibition at the Cinematheque Francaise. In this evening of conversation and clips, introduced by artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel and moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz, Hopper talked about his remarkable career.

Dec 04 2008

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: Jerry Lewis + Peter Bogdanovich

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Jerry Lewis has been one of the most popular and inventive figures in American show business since the late 1940s. As a performer, director, writer, and producer, he has created an enormously entertaining body of work in film, television, and live performance that is deeply personal while offering a fascinating view of American culture. In this Museum of the Moving Image special event, Lewis discussed his career in a conversation with the film director, actor, and author Peter Bogdanovich. The two have been friends for more than forty-five years. In 2009, Lewis received an Academy Award for his humanitarian work.

Nov 22 2008

1hr 25mins

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Rank #7: Rachel Weisz

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In The Deep Blue Sea, Terrence Davies's lush and deeply moving adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, Rachel Weisz plays a woman who abandons her passionless marriage, entering a torrid affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot. Weisz gave a career-topping performance that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and won her the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle. Weisz brings to an unmatched luminosity, magnetism, and emotional rawness to her performance, which she discussed after a screening of the film at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Jan 08 2013

34mins

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Rank #8: Making Roots, Making TV History

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The 1977 miniseries Roots was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had an audience of more than 100 million. Thirty-five years later, Roots still resonates within popular culture, having changed forever the way that African-Americans were depicted on television, and having a strong impact on the nation’s collective guilt about slavery. In this unforgettable evening at Museum of the Moving Image, four stars of the series, Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, and Leslie Uggams, participated in a discussion about the show’s production and its long-lasting legacy, moderated by Donald Thoms, Vice President of Programming, PBS. The program was presented in collaboration with the PBS series Pioneers of Television,/i>.

Feb 04 2013

53mins

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Rank #9: Todd Haynes, Sandy Powell, + Mark Friedberg

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A magnificently mounted and beautifully performed film that both evokes and subverts the craftsmanship and artifice of Hollywood studio filmmaking, Far from Heaven is writer-director Todd Haynes's most critically acclaimed film to date. Both homage to and an update of Douglas Sirk's 1955 melodrama All that Heaven Allows. Haynes, Powell, and Friedberg discuss the film's astonishing craftsmanship, its political relevance for contemporary audiences, and the desire to make a film that would engage audiences intellectually and emotionally. This conversation between Haynes, Powell, Friedberg was presented in conjunction with the exhibition PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film.

Jun 14 2012

52mins

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Rank #10: Bennett Miller

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Bennett Miller's acclaimed film Moneyball, based on a true story, stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, and features a remarkable ensemble cast including Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane has to outsmart the richer clubs. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution—one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game. In this conversation, Miller, who also presented Capote at the Museum, discusses the arduous process of getting Moneyball produced and how it is different than most other sports films.

Sep 21 2011

34mins

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Rank #11: Joan Ganz Cooney

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As co-founder of the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), "the single largest teacher of young children in the world," and the originator of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney is a television pioneer whose work has had enormous influence in the world of education and entertainment. Cooney sat down with 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl at the Museum of the Moving Image to discuss her remarkable career, advancing children's learning in the digital age, working with Jim Henson, and the significance of Sesame Street's multicultural urban setting. Cooney and Stahl share their feelings about the barriers that they broke for women in the industry.

May 02 2012

56mins

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Rank #12: Paul Williams

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Songwriter, singer, actor, and Tonight show favorite Paul Williams was a cultural icon throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and is the subject of the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive. The hit songs he wrote dominated the charts and became staples, including “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Rainbow Connection,” and Williams appeared as an actor on the big and small screens, most notably as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma’s cult classic Phantom of the Paradise (which he also co-scored). Williams was honored with a weekend retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image. This discussion followed the screening of Phantom of the Paradise.

Jan 25 2013

25mins

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Rank #13: Agnieszka Holland

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Agnieszka Holland, the great Polish director whose films include Europa Europa and The Secret Garden, discussed her masterful new film In Darkness at a special preview screening at the Museum. Inspired by real events, In Darkness tells the story of Leopold Socha, a Polish sewer worker and occasional grifter who kept a group of Jews hidden from the Nazis during the occupation of Lvov by hiding them deep in the sewage system. After a special screening co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute, New York and Museum of the Moving Image, Holland talked about how she overcame her initial reluctance to make a film about the Holocaust, and about the grueling physical production, and about the remarkable real people who inspired the movie.

Jan 16 2012

29mins

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Rank #14: An Evening with Hugo Cabret

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Martin Scorsese's film Hugo is a vivid, cinematically breathtaking adaptation of Brian Selznick's beloved graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the story of a young boy who lives in a Paris train station and develops an unlikely friendship with film pioneer Georges Méliès. Selznick discusses writing the book as a silent film's storyboard and the depth of research he pursued in creating the world of Méliès and classic French cinema. After a special screening at the Museum the Moving Image, Selznick and screenwriter John Logan sit down to talk about the process of adapting a book to a screenplay and working with Scorsese.

Nov 22 2011

26mins

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Rank #15: Elizabeth Olsen + John Hawkes

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In Sean Durkin's impressive first feature, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen delivered a breakthrough debut performance as a woman who escapes from a polygamous cult and struggles to reconnect with her family after years of abuse and estrangement. Olsen and co-star John Hawkes join Chief Curator David Schwartz at the Museum of the Moving Image to discuss what drew them to Durkin's screenplay. This wide-ranging conversation explores the Jackson Frank song used in the film, scouting locations, and how Hawkes avoided caricature while creating his riveting performance as a cult leader.

Oct 12 2011

32mins

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Rank #16: Greg Mottola, Ted Hope + Anne Carey

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With his critically acclaimed low-budget independent film The Daytrippers, and his raunchy blockbuster hit Superbad, Greg Mottola established himself as a gifted director of comedies. On the occasion of the release of Adventureland, a personal film that invests the teen comedy genre with emotional depth and insight, Museum of the Moving Image presented a daylong retrospective. Writer/director Mottola and producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey discussed the film following a preview screening.

Mar 22 2009

41mins

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Rank #17: James Toback

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As a director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker, James Toback (Fingers, Bugsy, Black and White, The Big Bang) has consistently explored the extremes of human behavior. For his intimate and innovative documentary Tyson, he found a perfect subject in Mike Tyson, the heavyweight boxing champion who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and went through a rollercoaster career filled with fame and controversy. Toback's empathy with his subject results in a remarkably candid and revealing portrait of a man filled with surprising contradictions. Toback discussed the film at a special preview screening for the Museum of the Moving Image. Please note that some of the audience questions are inaudible.

Apr 06 2009

37mins

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Rank #18: Robert Downey, Sr.

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic independent film Putney Swope, an outrageous satire about race, commercialism, and corporate life, the Museum of the Moving Image teamed up with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present a special screening with director Robert Downey, Sr. The discussion was moderated by independent producer and Museum trustee Warrington Hudlin. In the film, the head of an ad agency drops dead during a meeting of executives. Through a tangled voting process, the agency's token black man, Putney Swope, wins the election to head the company.

Apr 19 2009

32mins

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Rank #19: Tony Kushner + Harold Holzer

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Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln was one of his most acclaimed films, in large part due to the magnificent screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film focuses on President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, as he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country, and abolish slavery. Museum of the Moving Image presented a special screening of Lincoln followed by a conversation with screenwriter and playwright Kushner (Angels in America, Munich) and with the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author of the official film companion book Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America.

Dec 18 2012

51mins

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Rank #20: Drag Glamour Panel

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As part of the Fashion in Film Festival series "Birds of Paradise," curated by Marketa Uhlirova, this panel discussion with Ronald Gregg, Stuart Comer, Agosto Machado, and Ela Troyano offered a lively conversation about the legacy of the queer aesthetic in which the spectacle of fashion plays a dominant role, from the shimmering dresses in Kenneth Anger's Puce Moment to Jack Smith's reimagining of 1940s Hollywood Orientalism to the stunning, surreal imagery of Steven Arnold. At the Museum of the Moving Image, the panel moderated by Stuart Comer (curator of film at Tate Modern, London) focused on the important role of costume in the avant-garde aesthetic.

Apr 23 2011

45mins

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