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Earnest interviews with prominent filmmakers, musicians, and creative people. We discuss the art of collaboration and making the world better in some way. Send feedback or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@nsavides.com.

Latest Episodes

Regarding the Bluebird and Taylor Swift

In this episode I expand on some ideas that came up in my discussion with Brian A. Loschiavo about his documentary about the Bluebird Cafe, a now iconic music in Nashville. After I did the interview, certain subsequent news stories involving Taylor Swift came out, and they did affect my take on the film. Since Taylor Swift was prominently featured in the Bluebird documentary and discussed in my interview with Brian, I decided to do a supplemental commentary track to expand on my thoughts about her and how she affected my interpretation of the documentary. # Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos are here. I want to get better at connecting with others, so I'm putting together a couple of videos as an experiment. This is the one I made while attending the Nashville Film Festival, and it does include a photo of me and Brian. Say hello: podcast@nsavides.com # Masterclass Online training from some of the worl...

107 MINMAR 24
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Regarding the Bluebird and Taylor Swift

Bluebird, a Music Doc on the Storied Nashville Venue, with Director Brian Loschiavo

Brian A. Loschiavo, the director-producer-editor of the Bluebird documentary, was first exposed to The Bluebird Cafe through the show Nashville, a series for which he developed supplemental digital content. The now iconic country-music venue that has been instrumental to the careers of so many musicians including Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift made enough of an impression on Brian that he set out to create a documentary about the place and the community of singer-songwriters it has nurtured over the years. Bluebird premiered at SXSW 2019 but had a stronger reception at Nashville Film Festival several months later, where festival organizers ended up giving it four screenings to accommodate audience interest. I saw the film while attending the Nashville Film Festival and got to interview Brian there. Some of the things we discuss include How he was able to get a number of prominent musicians like Taylor Swift to be in his film Why The Bluebird Cafe is such a memorable venu...

40 MINMAR 24
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Bluebird, a Music Doc on the Storied Nashville Venue, with Director Brian Loschiavo

Sheriff of Mars: the Long-Lost Musician Who Inspired Townes Van Zandt

Premiering at Nashville Film Festival 2019, The Sheriff of Mars is a music documentary that tells the story of Daniel Antopolsky, a country and folk musician who was friends with Townes Van Zandt and who, the film suggests, helped to inspire Townes' now iconic outlaw country song "Pancho and Lefty." Wanting to escape the dark influence of the 1970s outlaw country music scene, Daniel retreated to France where he was discovered by Jason Ressler, the director of Sheriff of Mars. Jason was so captivated by Daniel's music that he became his manager, helping him release his first album at the age of 65. More albums followed as did press from the BBC, Rolling Stone, and other renowned publications. Under Jason's guidance, Daniel began getting booked to perform at prominent music events, including SXSW and the Black Deer Festival in the UK. Not content to merely be Daniel's manager, Jason also put together a music documentary to raise awareness of Daniel and his music. The Sheriff of Mars i...

154 MINJAN 12
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Sheriff of Mars: the Long-Lost Musician Who Inspired Townes Van Zandt

Will the Robots Save Us: Byron Reese on AI

Byron Reese is an acclaimed author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He's spoken at TEDx Austin and SXSW and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, and The Washington Post. Byron is also the publisher of GigaOm and hosts the Voices in AI podcast. Byron's latest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity, is one of the most thought-provoking books I've read this year, so I brought him on the show to discuss it. I think pessimism is the thing that will get us all killed." - Byron Reese Some of the things we discuss include How artificial intelligence affects our lives The difference between narrow AI and general AI Whether being human is something more than a machine Challenges and philosophical questions raised by advancements in AI Why optimism matters and can make all the difference How AI might redefine creative work Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos ...

88 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Will the Robots Save Us: Byron Reese on AI

When a Comedy Documentary Turns Tragic

What's Eating Ralphie May won Best of the Fest at Nashville Film Festival and Documentary of the Year at Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival. The film was initially intended to be a weight-loss documentary that followed beloved comedian Ralphie May and his family, but it turned into a raw and intimate portrait of a family dealing with addiction during the last years of Ralphie’s troubled life. At Nashville Film Festival I had the chance to interview comedian and wife of Ralphie, Lahna Turner, and director Cat Rhinehart. Some of the things we discuss include What to do when shooting a documentary that takes an unexpected turn How to earn trust to explore the raw and intimate aspects of someone's story What to do when loved ones are wrestling with addiction If and when it is appropriate to stop filming How comedy can help get past anguish Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos are here. Say hello: podcas...

71 MIN2019 DEC 10
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When a Comedy Documentary Turns Tragic

Two Notable Shorts from Nashville Film Festival

My podcast coverage of Nashville Film Festival continues in this short-films episode where I interview the directors for two different short films that got my attention at the festival. One has more of a documentary feel while the other one is a more stylized film with elaborate production design, so I paired the two interviews to explore how shorts can come together and the creative possibilities they can offer. The first interview is with Amanda Young, one of the directors behind Every Two Minutes, a compilation of stories relating to human trafficking. The short was done through StoryGive, which partners filmmakers in Nashville with non-profits that tackle various social issues. For Every Two Minutes, StoryGive connected local filmmakers with End Slavery Tennessee, a non-profit dedicated to caring for survivors of human trafficking and tactically addressing the issue. The second interview is with Chilean director Vicente Manzano. His experimental short Bubble uses bubble framing ...

55 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Two Notable Shorts from Nashville Film Festival

How to Make an Award-Winning Film with a Two Person Crew: The Planters

Hannah Leder has a variety of acting credits including Deep Impact, Pay it Forward, and Judd Apatow’s Love series. She also has a recurring role on Apple TV+'s The Morning Show. On this podcast episode I interview Hannah about her work on The Planters, a quirky, character-driven comedy that won Best of the Fest, Best Cinematography, and Best Song at Nashville Film Festival. Along with Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah co-wrote, co-directed, co-starred, and co-shot the film. The Planters ended up taking 127 days to shoot, and Hannah and Alexandra were the only crew members on set. Some of the things we discuss include How to shoot a high-quality film with a two-person crew The camera and lighting setups they used for the film How the stop-motion sequences in the film came together At the end of the episode you can hear a preview of “You and Me Together,” the film's award-winning song from Phil Danyew. Sponsor for this Episode nsavides productions– I make friendly, engaging videos for ea...

30 MIN2019 NOV 14
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How to Make an Award-Winning Film with a Two Person Crew: The Planters

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part III - My Top 5 Picks

This is Part III of my podcast recap of Nashville Film Festival 2019. In it, I share my top five films from Nashville Film Festival and why I picked them. It's a more personal take, so I also share some related things that came up when trying to put together the list. Sponsor for this Episode nsavides productions– I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Mystery Loves Company music video We got to explore all kinds of places in Houston while making this music video I directed for the chamber-rock band Mystery Loves Company. Not long after the video was released, the band got an opportunity to perform at a few venues in France. More of my videos are here. Say hello: podcast@nsavides.com Related Episodes A number of the films that screened at Nashville Film Festival this year also screened at SXSW 2019. Episodes from my SXSW 2019 podcast coverage are here. # Johnny Cash influenced how actor John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) thinks about faith, which came up in this podcas...

68 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part III - My Top 5 Picks

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part II - Ideas on Screen

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend and do podcast coverage at the 50th Nashville Film Festival. While there, I interviewed a number of filmmakers and filled an entire notebook with observations about the various films and events I attended. My Nashville Film Festival podcast coverage began with this interview I did with some of the filmmakers behind Lost Bayou. More filmmaker interviews are coming soon. Here, I'll recap some of the notable films and experiences I had at the festival and share some of the things I learned while attending. The filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who I aim to serve with this podcast are those who seek truth and care about exploring big ideas, and so I will strive for both, as I've done with other festivals I've covered. The first pass at my podcast commentary of Nashville Film Festival came in close to three hours, so I've broken it up into three parts. Part I includes General observations and strengths of the festival Music i...

74 MIN2019 NOV 7
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Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part II - Ideas on Screen

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend and do podcast coverage at the 50th Nashville Film Festival. While there, I interviewed a number of filmmakers and filled an entire notebook with observations about the various films and events I attended. My Nashville Film Festival podcast coverage began with this interview I did with some of the filmmakers behind Lost Bayou. More filmmaker interviews are coming soon. Here, I'll recap some of the notable films and experiences I had at the festival and share some of the things I learned while attending. The filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who I aim to serve with this podcast are those who seek truth and care about exploring big ideas, and so I will strive for both, as I've done with other festivals I've covered. The first pass at my podcast commentary of Nashville Film Festival came in close to three hours, so I've broken it up into three parts. Part I includes General observations and strengths of the festival Music i...

47 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part 1

Latest Episodes

Regarding the Bluebird and Taylor Swift

In this episode I expand on some ideas that came up in my discussion with Brian A. Loschiavo about his documentary about the Bluebird Cafe, a now iconic music in Nashville. After I did the interview, certain subsequent news stories involving Taylor Swift came out, and they did affect my take on the film. Since Taylor Swift was prominently featured in the Bluebird documentary and discussed in my interview with Brian, I decided to do a supplemental commentary track to expand on my thoughts about her and how she affected my interpretation of the documentary. # Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos are here. I want to get better at connecting with others, so I'm putting together a couple of videos as an experiment. This is the one I made while attending the Nashville Film Festival, and it does include a photo of me and Brian. Say hello: podcast@nsavides.com # Masterclass Online training from some of the worl...

107 MINMAR 24
Comments
Regarding the Bluebird and Taylor Swift

Bluebird, a Music Doc on the Storied Nashville Venue, with Director Brian Loschiavo

Brian A. Loschiavo, the director-producer-editor of the Bluebird documentary, was first exposed to The Bluebird Cafe through the show Nashville, a series for which he developed supplemental digital content. The now iconic country-music venue that has been instrumental to the careers of so many musicians including Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift made enough of an impression on Brian that he set out to create a documentary about the place and the community of singer-songwriters it has nurtured over the years. Bluebird premiered at SXSW 2019 but had a stronger reception at Nashville Film Festival several months later, where festival organizers ended up giving it four screenings to accommodate audience interest. I saw the film while attending the Nashville Film Festival and got to interview Brian there. Some of the things we discuss include How he was able to get a number of prominent musicians like Taylor Swift to be in his film Why The Bluebird Cafe is such a memorable venu...

40 MINMAR 24
Comments
Bluebird, a Music Doc on the Storied Nashville Venue, with Director Brian Loschiavo

Sheriff of Mars: the Long-Lost Musician Who Inspired Townes Van Zandt

Premiering at Nashville Film Festival 2019, The Sheriff of Mars is a music documentary that tells the story of Daniel Antopolsky, a country and folk musician who was friends with Townes Van Zandt and who, the film suggests, helped to inspire Townes' now iconic outlaw country song "Pancho and Lefty." Wanting to escape the dark influence of the 1970s outlaw country music scene, Daniel retreated to France where he was discovered by Jason Ressler, the director of Sheriff of Mars. Jason was so captivated by Daniel's music that he became his manager, helping him release his first album at the age of 65. More albums followed as did press from the BBC, Rolling Stone, and other renowned publications. Under Jason's guidance, Daniel began getting booked to perform at prominent music events, including SXSW and the Black Deer Festival in the UK. Not content to merely be Daniel's manager, Jason also put together a music documentary to raise awareness of Daniel and his music. The Sheriff of Mars i...

154 MINJAN 12
Comments
Sheriff of Mars: the Long-Lost Musician Who Inspired Townes Van Zandt

Will the Robots Save Us: Byron Reese on AI

Byron Reese is an acclaimed author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He's spoken at TEDx Austin and SXSW and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, and The Washington Post. Byron is also the publisher of GigaOm and hosts the Voices in AI podcast. Byron's latest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity, is one of the most thought-provoking books I've read this year, so I brought him on the show to discuss it. I think pessimism is the thing that will get us all killed." - Byron Reese Some of the things we discuss include How artificial intelligence affects our lives The difference between narrow AI and general AI Whether being human is something more than a machine Challenges and philosophical questions raised by advancements in AI Why optimism matters and can make all the difference How AI might redefine creative work Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos ...

88 MIN2019 DEC 20
Comments
Will the Robots Save Us: Byron Reese on AI

When a Comedy Documentary Turns Tragic

What's Eating Ralphie May won Best of the Fest at Nashville Film Festival and Documentary of the Year at Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival. The film was initially intended to be a weight-loss documentary that followed beloved comedian Ralphie May and his family, but it turned into a raw and intimate portrait of a family dealing with addiction during the last years of Ralphie’s troubled life. At Nashville Film Festival I had the chance to interview comedian and wife of Ralphie, Lahna Turner, and director Cat Rhinehart. Some of the things we discuss include What to do when shooting a documentary that takes an unexpected turn How to earn trust to explore the raw and intimate aspects of someone's story What to do when loved ones are wrestling with addiction If and when it is appropriate to stop filming How comedy can help get past anguish Sponsors for this Episode nsavides productions I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Some of my videos are here. Say hello: podcas...

71 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
When a Comedy Documentary Turns Tragic

Two Notable Shorts from Nashville Film Festival

My podcast coverage of Nashville Film Festival continues in this short-films episode where I interview the directors for two different short films that got my attention at the festival. One has more of a documentary feel while the other one is a more stylized film with elaborate production design, so I paired the two interviews to explore how shorts can come together and the creative possibilities they can offer. The first interview is with Amanda Young, one of the directors behind Every Two Minutes, a compilation of stories relating to human trafficking. The short was done through StoryGive, which partners filmmakers in Nashville with non-profits that tackle various social issues. For Every Two Minutes, StoryGive connected local filmmakers with End Slavery Tennessee, a non-profit dedicated to caring for survivors of human trafficking and tactically addressing the issue. The second interview is with Chilean director Vicente Manzano. His experimental short Bubble uses bubble framing ...

55 MIN2019 NOV 25
Comments
Two Notable Shorts from Nashville Film Festival

How to Make an Award-Winning Film with a Two Person Crew: The Planters

Hannah Leder has a variety of acting credits including Deep Impact, Pay it Forward, and Judd Apatow’s Love series. She also has a recurring role on Apple TV+'s The Morning Show. On this podcast episode I interview Hannah about her work on The Planters, a quirky, character-driven comedy that won Best of the Fest, Best Cinematography, and Best Song at Nashville Film Festival. Along with Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah co-wrote, co-directed, co-starred, and co-shot the film. The Planters ended up taking 127 days to shoot, and Hannah and Alexandra were the only crew members on set. Some of the things we discuss include How to shoot a high-quality film with a two-person crew The camera and lighting setups they used for the film How the stop-motion sequences in the film came together At the end of the episode you can hear a preview of “You and Me Together,” the film's award-winning song from Phil Danyew. Sponsor for this Episode nsavides productions– I make friendly, engaging videos for ea...

30 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
How to Make an Award-Winning Film with a Two Person Crew: The Planters

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part III - My Top 5 Picks

This is Part III of my podcast recap of Nashville Film Festival 2019. In it, I share my top five films from Nashville Film Festival and why I picked them. It's a more personal take, so I also share some related things that came up when trying to put together the list. Sponsor for this Episode nsavides productions– I make friendly, engaging videos for earnest people. Mystery Loves Company music video We got to explore all kinds of places in Houston while making this music video I directed for the chamber-rock band Mystery Loves Company. Not long after the video was released, the band got an opportunity to perform at a few venues in France. More of my videos are here. Say hello: podcast@nsavides.com Related Episodes A number of the films that screened at Nashville Film Festival this year also screened at SXSW 2019. Episodes from my SXSW 2019 podcast coverage are here. # Johnny Cash influenced how actor John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) thinks about faith, which came up in this podcas...

68 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part III - My Top 5 Picks

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part II - Ideas on Screen

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend and do podcast coverage at the 50th Nashville Film Festival. While there, I interviewed a number of filmmakers and filled an entire notebook with observations about the various films and events I attended. My Nashville Film Festival podcast coverage began with this interview I did with some of the filmmakers behind Lost Bayou. More filmmaker interviews are coming soon. Here, I'll recap some of the notable films and experiences I had at the festival and share some of the things I learned while attending. The filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who I aim to serve with this podcast are those who seek truth and care about exploring big ideas, and so I will strive for both, as I've done with other festivals I've covered. The first pass at my podcast commentary of Nashville Film Festival came in close to three hours, so I've broken it up into three parts. Part I includes General observations and strengths of the festival Music i...

74 MIN2019 NOV 7
Comments
Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part II - Ideas on Screen

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend and do podcast coverage at the 50th Nashville Film Festival. While there, I interviewed a number of filmmakers and filled an entire notebook with observations about the various films and events I attended. My Nashville Film Festival podcast coverage began with this interview I did with some of the filmmakers behind Lost Bayou. More filmmaker interviews are coming soon. Here, I'll recap some of the notable films and experiences I had at the festival and share some of the things I learned while attending. The filmmakers, musicians, and creative people who I aim to serve with this podcast are those who seek truth and care about exploring big ideas, and so I will strive for both, as I've done with other festivals I've covered. The first pass at my podcast commentary of Nashville Film Festival came in close to three hours, so I've broken it up into three parts. Part I includes General observations and strengths of the festival Music i...

47 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Nashville Film Festival 2019 Recap: Part 1
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