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Episode 39 — The Documentary Files

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Documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz stops by to discuss his impressive career on today’s episode of The Fogelnest Files! Jeffrey is the director of several documentary features including, “Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story,” the HBO documentary, “Vito” about legendary gay activist, Vito Russo and the upcoming “I Am Divine,” a definitive documentary about the John Waters icon. Plus, a bonus phone conversation with Jeremy Newberger, co-director of the documentary “Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Story,” which is out June 7th in theaters and on VOD. Watch all the clips festured on today’s show at YouTube.com/thefogelnestfiles

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Great episode. My queue of amazing new docs to see is once again full. Back when Netflix slowed down its intake of new movies, I ended up using it as a documentary engine, and that's basically all I watch now. For The Bible Tells Me So is a good one with similar themes to today's show.

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I love, love, LOVE this stuff. I used to watch black and white movies every weekend with my dad. Those old horror flicks and "who-dun-its" are amazing. I still watch TCM saturday mornings. Awesome episode Jake.

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Jeremy Newberger called into this weeks Best Show on WFMU to talk about Evocateur. They talk for about an hour and it is fascinating. I highly recommend listening to it.

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Jeremy Newberger called into this weeks Best Show on WFMU to talk about Evocateur. They talk for about an hour and it is fascinating. I highly recommend listening to it.

 

It was actually Seth Kramer, one of the other co-directors of the movie. But yes, highly reccomended by me as well. Scharpling blew Seth Kramer's mind by revealing the depths of his Morton Downey fandom -- Tom revealed that he has a "mint condition" Morton Downey board game (who knew there was such a thing?), amongst other paraphernalia. I believe Tom also said he still has a ticket for one of Downey's show tapings ... a ticket he never used because he "chickened out".

 

I'm gonna have to see that movie. The experience will probably scar me, but I'm gonna have to see it.

 

(Side note: I saw "Room 237" because of the Fogelnest Files, and I'm very glad that I did. It was a cool movie to see in a theater with a good sound system. Somehow, a movie with (unseen) speakers theorizing about The Shining was totally immersive and captivating).

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Yup, Tom's interview with Seth Kramer was awesome. Morton Downey Jr's influence Joe Pyne and Bob Grant are totally where Tom gets the "Get off my phone" stuff from!

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It was actually Seth Kramer, one of the other co-directors of the movie. But yes, highly reccomended by me as well. Scharpling blew Seth Kramer's mind by revealing the depths of his Morton Downey fandom -- Tom revealed that he has a "mint condition" Morton Downey board game (who knew there was such a thing?), amongst other paraphernalia. I believe Tom also said he still has a ticket for one of Downey's show tapings ... a ticket he never used because he "chickened out".

 

I'm gonna have to see that movie. The experience will probably scar me, but I'm gonna have to see it.

 

(Side note: I saw "Room 237" because of the Fogelnest Files, and I'm very glad that I did. It was a cool movie to see in a theater with a good sound system. Somehow, a movie with (unseen) speakers theorizing about The Shining was totally immersive and captivating).

 

I realized my mistake in saying it was Newberger when it was actually Kramer after I posted that, oops. Regardless great talk.

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