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Wednesday
Feb012017

Ep192: Making Hay

For more than forty years, Colin Hay has been a man at work. After headlining one of the world's biggest bands, the singer/songwriter/storyteller embarked on a tumultuous solo career that transformed him into a completely different kind of artist. In the spectacular new documentary, Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life, co-directors Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls chronicle the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of music's most vulnerable entertainers.

For this week's Kicking the Seat Podcast, Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel sat down with Colin and Nate just before a screening of the film at City Winery Chicago. They discussed the making of the film; the wisdom that comes with humility and age; and how Colin's upcoming album, Fierce Mercy, dovetails cosmically with Waiting for My Real Life. Colin also surprised the group with an eye-popping example of his uncanny memory.

If you're a new fan, an old fan, or are unfamiliar with Colin Hay, we hope this conversation serves as a welcome companion piece to what is sure to be one of 2017's very best films. And if you're in Chicago on Friday, March 10th, and want to see what all the fuss is about, you can get tickets to Colin's performance at Thalia Hall.

Episode 192 is dedicated to artists everywhere as a reassurance that hard work, persistence, and love of craft and people are worth more than selling millions of records (No, really).

L-R: Nate Gowtham and Colin Hay (Photo by David Fowlie)

L-R: Ian Simmons, Colin Hay, David Fowlie, Nate Gowtham (Photo by Christina Dunkley)

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Monday
Jan302017

Ep191: Arts for the Society

It's all fun and games until someone gets detained at the airport. Consider today's installment of the Kicking the Seat Podcast a digital protest sign, a rallying cry for several nuanced, national conversations we so desperately need to have. David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel joins Ian to talk about Lloyd Kramer's alternately haunting and uplifting documentary, Midsummer in Newtown, about how an unusual school play helps a community rebuild in the aftermath of tragedy.*

Also, Ian shares a letter from the Chicago Film Critics Association to our newly minted POTUS, regarding last weekend's Muslim travel ban (fear not, Conservative listeners: Ian's got a few choice words for the Left, too).

We promise a return to the Ha-Ha times soon enough, but Episode 191 is a Works Project for the soul, a pebble-skip in the ocean of public discourse.

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*You can see Midsummer in Newtown this Thursday at the Gene Siskel Film Center, with special guests in attendance!

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Friday
Jan272017

Ep190: TONI! TONI! TONI!

This week, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back HollywoodChicago.com's Patrick "The Über Critic" McDonald for a look at Maren Ade's dramatic dissertation on discomfort, Toni Erdmann! The German comedy opens today at Chicago's Music Box Theatre, and was recently named a contender for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Listen as the guys break down themes, and have a breakdown trying to remember plot specifics!

Also, Ian plugs two not-to-be-missed events coming up this weekend:

  • An appearance by The Dark Room Men (with vocals from The Über Critic himself!) at Redline Tap's "Rock 'N Roll Circus" on Sunday!
  • A special screening of the documentary Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life at City Winery--featuring a live post-show Q&A with former Men at Work front-man, Colin Hay!

Like Toni Erdmann, Episode 190 is indescribably weird and vaguely European, but it's sure to warm your heart!

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Friday
Jan202017

Ep189: Fathomable

Last night, Ian and David Fowlie attended a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Woody Harrelson's directorial debut, Lost in London, courtesy of Fathom Events. The single-take film was shot in real-time and streamed live to theatres in the UK and the US, and recounts the (mostly?) true story of the actor's 2002 misadventures in The Old Smoke. We stuck around for a live Q&A afterwards, and then hoofed it to the Golden Nugget for a brief chat about lighting SNAFUs, the art of vamping, and the future of live cinema.

We do get into spoilers here, so enter at your own risk. Then again, is it possible to spoil a movie that will ostensibly only play once?

No, that's not London calling--it's Episode 189!

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Thursday
Jan192017

Ep188: Prepare to Believe

Much like the rainbow, today's Kicking the Seat Podcast is a promise fulfilled! In honor of 137 Films' goal-shattering Indiegogo campaign for their Ark Encounter documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs, friend of the show Bill Gudmundson joins Ian to recount their 2008 odyssey to Kentucky's Creation Museum. The guys talk preconceptions, impressions, and souvenirs in this irreverent assessment of a truly unbelievable place.

Also, Ian shares some info on tonight's one-of-a-kind Fathom Events screening of Woody Harrelson's Lost in London, and kicks off the show with a thematically appropriate clip from Bill Hicks' 1993 album, Arizona Bay (this is why we have the "Explicit" tag, folks).

No matter your place on the spiritual spectrum, Episode 188 is guaranteed to boost Creation Museum ticket sales by at least thirty pieces of silver!

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