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Film

  • Dr. Nicole Florence and Maria Ansley are the filmmakers behind the documentary “No Title for Tracey,” which tells the story of Florence’s sister who was not given the title of valedictorian due to her race. Florence and Ansley shared their inspiration for the film and other projects in the works.
  • Front Row Classics celebrates the history of rock in the movies with author, Fred Goodman.
  • Front Row Classics is happy to welcome Joel Gunz this week! Joel is the president and host of HitchCon '22, an online conference celebrating the legacy and ongoing relevance of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Brandon and Joel discuss the conference's origins and what can be expected this year. It's sure to be a great experience for any film fan.This year's theme is Hitchcock in a Time of Crisis.For more information, you can go to www.hitchcon.org
  • Front Row Classics is thrilled to welcome back author & historian, Jeremy Arnold. Jeremy and Brandon discuss the art of preparing audio commentaries for blu-ray releases of classic films. They also take time to highlight two films in which Jeremy has provided commentary.The first film discussed is "Sudden Fear" from 1952 starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame. The conversation, then, turns to "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1951) starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. We hope this episode will inspire our listeners to discover these two lesser-known gems.
  • The Front Row Network is excited to bring you a special interview this week. Brandon Davis and Louis Hare chat with Film and TV Executive, Tyler Fredrickson. Tyler sheds light on the world of script development. He currently serves as development executive for Joey King's production company, All the King's Horses. We discuss the ins and outs of choosing projects for a specific talent and well as the current state of streaming.Tyler has worn many hats throughout his life & career. The hosts also discuss his experiences working for a talent agency, playing in the NFL and being a contestant on season 30 of Survivor.
  • Brandon welcomes author & film historian, John DiLeo to Front Row Classics this week. John has recently written a new book called, "There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less". The book shines a spotlight on pivotal performances from gifted actors who make their mark with limited screen time. The actors range from major stars to dependable character actors in a wide variety of films from 1935-2019. Brandon and John highlight close to a dozen of the one-hundred performances discussed in the book. We hope this interview will inspire you to go back and appreciate these small but scene-stealing gems.
  • We are thrilled to welcome back George Stevens Jr. to Front Row Classics this week. George joins Brandon to discuss the release of his autobiography, "My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington". The book delves into his experiences growing up with a legendary film director father. He, then, forged his own path into becoming one of the true warriors for the performing arts in America. In this interview, you'll hear great stories revolving around such legendary 20th century figures as John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn. George also pays tribute to his late friend, Sidney Poitier.
  • Howard Berger is an Oscar winner and an Emmy winner for his work in makeup over a forty year career in Hollywood. One of his first projects was "Aliens," and since then has become a fixture in special effects makeup especially in the area of creatures and monsters. Howard won his Academy Award for "The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Craig gets a chance to ask him about his prolific career as well as some inside stories about his work with Quentin Tarantino and Sam Raimi. They also talk about the role of mentorships in Hollywood. Howard gives Craig his thoughts behind serving as one of the makeup and hair stylists to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Front Row Classics is pleased to welcome award-winning author, Alison Macor, to the podcast. Brandon and Front Row Flashbacks host, Jay Hoffman join Alison to discuss her newest book, "Making the Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic that Inspired a Nation". Macor discusses the history of "The Best Years of Our Lives" along with its many themes that remain contemporary in 2022. We also get Jay's perspective on the way veterans issues were portrayed in the 1946 film. The hosts also discuss why this film remains such an unsung classic among contemporary audiences.