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Wednesday
Oct182017

Ep264: The Song of CHAVELA

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast sits down with Catherine Gund, co-director of Chavela, which opens Friday at Chicago's Music Box Theatre! This eye-opening documentary chronicles the rocky life and career of Chavela Vargas, who spent decades building a music career in Mexico before finding international fame in Spain. Gund talks about how she discovered Chavela at a crucial time in her life; the long journey to bring the singer's story to the big screen; and how Chavela's forward-looking embrace of her sexual identity and artistic boldness underscore the hypocrisies of the entertainment world.

Episode 264 is a celebration of those who live on the edge and give us courage in our daily struggles.

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Wednesday
Oct112017

Ep263: Making a CIFFerence

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie preview some of the films from the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival! Who has done their homework, and who needs to get cracking? Which movies are worth seeking out among the dozens (and dozens) to choose from? And what's the best way to approach watching as many films as the festival has to offer? Listen in and find out!

Also, Ian explains why this episode is a bit late; reminds listeners to pitch in to Dr. A.C.'s "Scare-a-Thon"; shares info about a special screening of Adam Green's Victor Crowley, with a Q&A moderated by Patrick Bromley from F! This Movie; and tells you about the stateside release of Dan Hartley's lovely coming-of-age film, Lad: A Yorkshire Story!

Episode 263 has way too many movies to watch!

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Monday
Oct092017

Ep262: The Sunny Side

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes author Ken Pisani to discuss his debut novel, Amp'd! Yes, we're taking an intermission from film talk to get into one of the funniest, most devastating, and insightful novels you'll read all year.

The story follows Aaron, a nearing-middle-age man who, as the story opens, is reeling from the loss of his left arm in a car accident. Divorced, depressed, directionless, he moves in with his father, converting the attic of his childhood home into a cocoon of self-pity and medical marijuana. Over several months, Aaron works on the spotty relationship with his parents and sister; befriends a foul-mouthed eleven-year-old cancer patient; develops an obsession with a local radio personality, and struggles against the current of a career in counting fish for the government--all while living upstairs from the alligator in Dad's bathtub.

Listen as Pisani talks about making the leap from the fast-paced world of film and television production to the undertake the prolonged and solitary journey of the novelist. He also talks about what he's up to next, and shares some thoughts on the Thurber Prize for American Humor, for which he was one of three finalists this year.
Also, Ian teases Kicking the Seat's coverage of the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, which kicks off this week!

Episode 262 isn't quite ready to move on from Amp'd!

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Friday
Oct062017

Ep261: Fidget Spinners

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie uncover the secrets of Blade Runner 2049! Who's a replicant? Who's part of the deadly corporate conspiracy? Will anybody care?

Yes, this is an in-depth and very silly discussion of Denis Villeneuve's latest sci-fi extravaganza, so if you haven't seen it already, turn back now or be forever spoiled by torrents of relentless mockery and James Woods jokes!

Also, Ian reminds you to check out the Shortcut 100 Film Festival, which hits the Music Box Theatre this Sunday!

Episode 261 definitely dreams of electric sheep!

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Thursday
Oct052017

Ep260: All the Right MOVE

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie take you to the red carpet and beyond with a look at Jennifer Reeder's Signature Move! Listen in to hear Ian's interviews from the Chicago premiere, followed by a trip to the Golden Nugget (where else?) for a deep dive into the pros and cons of this Windy City relationship dramedy!

Also, Ian has a reminder about the Shortcut 100 film festival, which takes over the Music Box Theatre on Sunday, and mentions a new play, starring friend of the show Aaron Christensen!

Episode 260 goes to the mat for your listening pleasure!

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