Thursday, September 25, 2008

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Making Movies

Making Movies
To the Best of Our Knowledge (Wisconsin Public Radio)


David Mamet has written Tony Award winning plays like "Glengary Glen Ross" and Oscar nominated screenplays, including "Wag the Dog" and "The Verdict." He's just written a book about his experiences in Hollywood, called "Bambi Versus Godzilla." Mamet talks with Steve Paulson and says the secret to writing a successful screenplay is to focus on what happens next. That's all the audience cares about.


Chris Gore is the so-called "pit bull of movie journalism," and the creator of "Film Threat" magazine. He's also the screenwriter and producer of "My Big Fat Independent Movie." He discusses with TTBOOK's Doug Gordon (the self-styled "labradoodle of movie journalism") whether or not DVD commentary tracks are as good as film school. Also, Patti DiVita is a waitress in Elkorn, Wisconsin, and what's wrong with that? She tells Jim Fleming how she was inspired to make a movie about people in the food service industry, even though she knew nothing about how to make a movie and had no backers. But "Did I Say Thousand Island?" is finished and had its premiere in Denver, Colorado.


Writer Scott Topper provides a commentary on the power of films on the minds of film-goers. Also, Mira Nair is an Oscar nominated, India- born film-maker who divides her time between America and the sub-continent. She is best known for her films "Mississippi Masala" and "Monsoon Wedding." Her new film is called "The Namesake" and she tells Jim Fleming it's based on a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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