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Ep. 103: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson on the life and legacy of Broad City

The duo reflect on the end of their show and the future of comedy


Ep. 102: How is France keeping its art-house cinemas packed?

Even in the age of SVOD, the country’s independent theatres have continued to thrive

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Ep. 101: Bing Liu on the making of Minding the Gap

The young documentarian talks about how he made one of this year’s best — and most personal — films

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Ep. 100: Can a film preserve an endangered language?

The producer of Edge of the Knife discusses making the world’s first Haida-language feature film


Ep. 99: How the Oscars addressed its diversity problem

Four years after #OscarsSoWhite, what progress has been made?


Ep. 98: What we’re looking forward to in 2019

A look into the most anticipated titles of the new year


Ep. 97: Year in Review (Part 2)

More lessons from 2018


Ep. 96: Year in Review (Part 1)

What did we learn in 2018?


Ep. 95: How will blockchain transform the film industry?

The CEO of MovieCoin explains why game-changing technology might be the answer to Hollywood’s transparency problem


Ep. 94: Why Netflix set its sights on cinemas

Advance theatrical runs for several of the streaming giant’s films signal a major shift in its release strategy


Ep. 93: What is the state of independent film in 2018?

See-Saw Films executive Negin Salmasi explains how the independent landscape has evolved over the last decade


Ep. 92: Zoe Kazan on writing, westerns, and working with the Coen Brothers

The actor and screenwriter stars in the new anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Ep. 91: How Bodied director Joseph Kahn made this year’s most subversive film

The filmmaker’s look at battle-rap culture is being praised as one of 2018’s best satires


Ep. 90: How Sam Esmail took Homecoming from hit podcast to hit TV show

Are podcasts primed to become the next major generator of Hollywood source material?


Ep. 89: Why it's finally time to take horror seriously

Academy Awards, critical adoration, and hip distributors have brought the genre to a whole new audience


Ep. 88: How Dee Rees went from film school to Oscar nominee in a decade

The director of Mudbound tells us how a Dr. Scholl's commercial shoot changed her life


Ep. 87: How David Gelb revolutionized food documentary

The creator of Chef’s Table explains how he developed his signature style


Ep. 86: How to build a career in an emerging film market

Ada Solomon, executive producer of 2016’s award-winning Toni Erdmann, tells us how she’s made a name for herself in Romania’s artistically rich, but relatively young, film industry

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Ep. 85: What are the biggest challenges facing African cinema?

Steven Markovitz, the producer of Rafiki, talks about how we can get more African films on the world stage


Ep. 84: Facebook enters the world of prestige TV with Sorry for Your Loss

Kit Steinkellner takes us through her experience making Facebook Watch’s flagship series

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Ep. 83: Looking Back on TIFF ’18

The Black List’s Franklin Leonard walks us through what this year’s Festival says about the industry at large


Ep. 82: How Steven Yeun went from The Walking Dead to Burning

One of the film industry’s rising stars speaks about how Korean cinema is giving him the richest roles of his career

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Ep. 81: Icebox takes us inside the world of child migrants

The film’s director, Daniel Sawka, and activist Karine Jean-Pierre discuss using film to challenge Trump’s immigration policies


Ep. 80: Piers Handling on TIFF’s Past and Future

The Festival’s Director reflects on his 24 years at the helm


Ep. 79: Are we in a golden age of documentary film?

TIFF’s Documentary Programmer Thom Powers tries to explain the genre’s recent boom


Ep. 78: What does a festival award mean to a young filmmaker?

Desiree Akhavan talks about her long and difficult journey to making The Miseducation of Cameron Post


Ep. 77: What the Disney–Fox merger means for audiences and the industry

Here’s everything you need to know about one of the largest deals in entertainment history


Ep. 76: Is artificial intelligence good for the future of film?

The CEO of ScriptBook thinks that AI will soon be influencing which films get the green light

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Ep. 75: A Guide to Festival 2018

TIFF’s Director of Programming walks us through some of the films to look forward to this September


Ep. 74: Boots Riley on the long road to making Sorry to Bother You

The screenwriter and director behind one of this year’s most original films tells how he went from veteran rapper to freshman filmmaker


Ep. 73: Debra Granik on how to direct a breakout role

The director of Winter’s Bone and Leave No Trace breaks down her remarkable talent for spotting — and directing — the “next big thing”


Ep. 72: How Ben Foster Became One of his Generation's Greatest Chameleons

One of the business’s most versatile performers walks us through his wide range of characters


Ep. 71: Is the Future of TV not on TV?

Ghost BFF creator and star Vanessa Matsui tells us why so many creators are choosing web series

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Ep. 70: How to Breathe New Life Into a Classic Genre

Indonesian director Mouly Surya's Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts reimagines the spaghetti western

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Ep. 69: The Perks of Working at Pixar

Animator Domee Shi tells us how she went from studying at Sheridan College to directing her first Pixar short in less than 10 years


Ep. 68: How to Build a Career in Documentary Filmmaking

Director Sarah Burns tells us why she decided to stay in the family business


Ep. 67: How to Crowdsource the Cure to an Industry Problem

Producer Adi Shankar challenges the public to solve The Simpsons’ Apu controversy


Ep. 66: Ramin Bahrani on Updating a Classic Work for 2018

The director’s newest film puts a contemporary spin on Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451


Ep. 65: Can MoviePass Save the Cinematic Experience?

The revolutionary company is making theatre-going more affordable than ever — but will this model survive?


Ep. 64: Mark Duplass on the Changing Economics of Film

The acclaimed indie filmmaker gives a crash course on his DIY philosophy


Ep. 63: Jason Reitman: From Outback Steakhouse to the Oscars

The celebrated filmmaker takes us through his career


Ep. 62: The Path of the Modern Auteur

Filmmaker Andrew Haigh takes us inside his decision-making process


Ep. 61: How A Fantastic Woman is Advancing Transgender Rights In Chile

The film has helped reignite the country’s long-stagnant gender identity bill


Ep. 60: Steve Buscemi’s Unconventional Path to Movie Stardom

The iconic actor discusses how he got big by staying small


Ep. 59: April Reign's Plan to Make Hollywood Not So White

The activist behind #OscarsSoWhite is launching a new site to help the industry hire creators of colour


Ep. 58: Was The Shape of Water’s Oscar a Victory for Canadian Film?

Producer J. Miles Dale explains what the win means to our national cinema


Ep. 57: Understanding the Art of Film Editing

The editor of I, Tonya walks us through her process

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Ep. 56: How A24 Made Film Distribution Cool

The company has gone from new kid on the block to perennial Oscar favourite in just over five years


Ep. 55: Dissecting the 90th Academy Awards

What can this year’s list of winners teach us about the direction of film?


Ep. 54: Alex Garland on Annihilation, Adaptation, and the Future of Sci-Fi

The reigning godfather of science fiction walks us through his process

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Ep. 53: What Happened to the Sports Movie?

One of Hollywood’s most lovable genres has fallen on hard times

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Ep. 52: The History of Oscar Campaigns

Making a great film is often not enough for the Academy


Ep. 51: Is Padmaavat the Most Controversial Blockbuster Ever?

The film has sparked protests, attacks on the set, and threats to the cast


Ep. 50: Lessons From This Year's Sundance

Is the Park City slate a preview of what's to come in 2018?


Ep. 49: Is it Time For a New Bechdel Test?

FiveThirtyEight.com proposes a revamped version to address Hollywood’s core inequalities


Ep. 48: Why More Directors are Choosing TV over Film

How Jeremy Podeswa went from Canadian indie darling to helming Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale


Ep. 47: Should Canadian Actors Aspire Beyond Their National Cinema?

To expat or not to expat?


Ep. 46: What We’re Looking Forward to in 2018

You know, besides Black Panther. But also: Black Panther.


Ep. 45: Year in Review

What did we learn in 2017?


Ep. 44: The Pros and Cons of Co-Pros

Are co-productions the future of Canadian film?


Ep. 43: The Fight for On-Screen Diversity

How can programmers encourage their audiences to embrace new stories?


Ep. 42: Where Does Hollywood Go After #MeToo?

How film can be used to make A Better Man


Ep. 41: How to Write the Best Sequel of the Century

The screenwriter of Creed did just that


Ep. 40: How David Gordon Green Became Hollywood’s Most Eclectic Filmmaker

From "the next Terrence Malick" to stoner comedies to Stronger

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Ep. 39: Why Documentaries Mean More in the Age of Trump

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Ep. 38: How Horror Slayed the Competition in 2017

From Split to It, why audiences gave their money and their love to the horror genre this year


Ep. 37: Can Bad Data Kill a Film?

Running the numbers with FiveThirtyEight's Walt Hickey


Ep. 36: How to Build the Year’s Best Soundtrack

Master of None's music supervisor on the songs that make the shows

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Ep. 35: Judy Greer on Becoming the Industry’s Most Prolific Character Actor

She's everything you like in everything you like

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Ep. 34: Character Actors Directing Character Actors

How John Carroll Lynch came to direct Harry Dean Stanton's swan song


Ep. 33: Are the Oscars Losing Relevance?

The three seasons: Spring, Summer, and Awards Season


Ep. 32: Jim Carrey on Comedy, Characters and Existence

"They're all characters that I've played. Including Jim Carrey."


Ep. 30: How Sale Agents Became the Champions of Indie Film

Charlotte Mickie lifts the veil on just what it is they do - and how it affects a changing industry

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Ep. 29: What have we learned from summer 2017?

Tom Brueggemann on where film goes from here

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Ep. 28: Cameron Bailey on the Evolution of Film Festivals

How the festival fits in a digital world


Ep. 27: What Disney’s Netflix Breakup Means for Viewers

Indiewire's Anne Thompson on the streaming wars


Ep. 26: Karina Longworth on the woman who changed film forever

A podcasting master on a filmmaking legend


Ep. 25: The Perks and Pains of Being a Hollywood Outlier

Stella Meghie is an industry rarity... And that's a problem


Ep. 24: The Biggest Challenges Facing Emerging Filmmakers

How does the next generation get their films made?

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Ep. 23: Is There Room for Censorship in Modern Film?

Two Indian filmmakers tell their story


Ep. 22: Has Game of Thrones Transcended Television?

All men (and TV shows) must die

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Ep. 21: How to get a script made in 2017

Become this century's Orson Welles


Ep. 20: Star Wars: is there room for risk in the Empire?

I've got a mixed feeling about this...


Ep. 19: How the New York Times ranked a century of cinema

Chief Film Critic A.O. Scott breaks it down


Ep. 18: Why Edgar Wright Chose Originality Over IP

The Baby Driver director thought he was going to "director jail" after Ant-Man


Ep. 17: What Happened to Summer Blockbusters?

Franchise fatigue sets in


Ep. 16: What Hollywood Could Learn from Telugu Cinema

Tollywood's coming for us all


Ep. 15: Has Prestige TV Become Boring?

And what does "cinematic" mean when applied to television, anyway?

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Ep. 14: The Ingredients to Good Food On Screen

Chef Matty Matheson remains dead set on life


Ep. 13: What the Cannes Lineup Says About the Future of Film

No Hollywood, some Netflix, and an uncertain future


Ep. 12: Debunking the Myth that "Black Films Don't Travel"

Tre'vell Anderson would like you to look at some receipts.

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Ep. 11: 96% of Hollywood Writers Have Voted to Strike. Now What?

Will they or won't they? And what will you watch if they do?


Ep. 10: Remembering Jonathan Demme

Talking to one of cinema's most unique and varied voices

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Ep. 9: How ESPN Grew Into an Oscar Winning Film Studio

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Ep. 8: Breaking Down Hollywood Sexism by the Numbers

Professors Stacy Smith and Katherine Pieper lay out the harsh realities of Hollywood sexism


Ep. 7: What "The Jon Stewart of Egypt" Tells us About Satire in the Age of Trump

“Satire becomes more valuable the more repressed people feel.”


Ep. 6: Animated Films Must Evolve to Stay Relevant

The director and producer of The Boss Baby look to the future of animation

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Ep. 5: How IMDB Demystified the Film Industry

An interview with the founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database, Col Needham


Ep. 4: Why Get Out Is the Future of Genre Film

The lower the budget, the easier it is to take creative risks

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Ep. 3: Why is Martin Scorsese Too Risky for a Major Studio?

And what does this mean for the future of distribution?


Ep. 2: The Science To A Successful Screenplay

Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List, will make you want to immediately quit your job to become a screenwriter. Sorry.

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Ep. 1: How to Hack Your Oscar Pool

FiveThirtyEight's Walt Hickey will use his numbers to destroy your friends and coworkers

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