27 February 2018

Another Round - Airs Feb 28th

Episode Four: Frederick Wiseman from The Drunk Projectionist
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman discusses "Titicut Follies," his controversial 1967 film about a hospital for the criminally insane. In this interview with Todd Melby, he also reveals why he shot most of his movies on 16mm, how his films are structurally similar to plays, and why he hates the term "cinema verite." The film "Titicut Follies" launched Wiseman's trademark style of filmmaking: no interviews, no music, no restaging of events, no crawl of type identifying subjects or places. His documentaries - he’s made more than 35 films in 50 years - are his and his alone

Episode Five: Charles Burnett from The Drunk Projectionist
Critic Terrence Rafferty of GQ called "Killer of Sheep," a film by Charles Burnett, "one of the most striking debuts in movie history." Host Todd Melby interviews writer/director Burnett, about this important film. "Killer of Sheep" examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter. The movie offers no solutions; it merely presents life - sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor. The film was shot in roughly a year of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, and also out of the pocket of Burnett himself. Filmed on location, the picture offers an episodic narrative with gritty documentary-style cinematography.

19 February 2018

Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 21st

William's Leap For Freedom by SueMedia Productions
Hosted by Dion Graham, this one hour radioplay is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown, and features Barbara Rosenblat (of Orange is the New Black fame) along with a multi-voice cast. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William and a historian, and selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," a play written by William Wells Brown in 1858.

14 February 2018

The Poetic Voice - Airs Feb 14th

The Poetic Voice from Various Artists
This Saint Valentine's Day we'll be listening to the romantic musings of the spoken poetic voice. Our focus will be on four performers. Getting off to a bumpy start, we're foolishly choosing to feature several selections from Jayne Mansfield's 1964 album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky and Me which is moderately dreadful. Then, if you haven't already turned off the radio, the torch will be lit and you rewarded (?) with a quiet blend of soft music, nostalgic lyrics, and tranquil patter from the all-night radio giant Franklyn MacCormack with the Russ Garcia Orchestra recorded in 1958. You'll also be treated to some original "Passions in Prose" from Mary Lee Fair, host of the radio program "Lovingly Yours, Laura" with harp and trumpet accompaniment. Finally my darling, we'll be paid a visit from Renzo Cesana, The Continental himself, who begs the question, "Would you like another glass of champagne?"

05 February 2018

Pornonono + Les Exodus - Airs Feb 7th

Pornonono Live from Minnesota
In this live recording from the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Pornonono blends beats, synths, and guitars -- never failing to deliver smooth pop and R'n'B sounds with a sexy edge. Produced for KFAI's Minneculture by Daniel Zamzow, with special thanks to engineer Jay Perlman.

Les Exodus Live from Minnesota
Performing locally and nationally for over 30 years, Les Exodus remains one of the Twin Cities' finest reggae bands. Les Exodus features Charles "Chilly" Petrus on keyboards, Lance Colmer on drums, Andy "Shoffman" Mark on bass with the charismatic vocals of Prince Jabba and Lynval Jackson perfectly complementing the trio's high-energy performance. Recorded in 2013 at the now dearly missed Blue Nile Restaurant in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood by Daniel Zamzow for Minneculture.