15 Aug ‘The Documentary Podcast’ Ep. 13: Traverse City Film Festival, including ‘Do I Sound Gay?,’ ‘Deep Web,’ ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’
The latest episode of “The Documentary Podcast” spotlights several of the top docs that played at the Traverse City Film Festival, which wrapped earlier this month in northern Michigan.
Recorded on location in Traverse City, the podcast provides an overview of the 11th edition of the festival founded by Michael Moore, including discussion of the films “The Wolfpack,” “From This Day Forward,” “A Courtship” and more.
It also features interviews with several directors:
Alex Winter — whom many remember as Bill from the “Bill and Ted” comedies — is now a noted documentary filmmaker. He talks about his latest, “Deep Web” (about the prosecution of Ross Ulbricht, a founder of underground Web commerce network the Silk Road), and his upcoming look at rock iconoclast Frank Zappa. In addition to following the story of Ulbricht — who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison — “Deep Web” takes a broader look at undocumented Internet culture and issues of web privacy and security. The film can be be seen via the cable channel Epix and on video on demand and iTunes beginning Sept. 1.
David Thorpe gives the background on the period of personal crisis that led to the creation of “Do I Sound Gay?,” his humorous and deeply introspective examination of the so-called gay voice. The film features appearances by David Sedaris, Margaret Cho and Dan Savage, exploring the topic through Thorpe’s own experiences and a broader sociological lens. The movie is on a limited theatrical run and can be seen on video on demand nationwide.
National Lampoon magazine and its many spin-offs are the subject of “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” the acclaimed film from Douglas Tirola, who chats about the difficulty of corralling the story and assorted zany characters that made the Lampoon one of history’s most influential humor franchises. The movie will be in theaters, and on iTunes and video on demand, on Sept. 25.
You can listen to this episode of “The Documentary Podcast” below or via iTunes.
Watch the trailer for ‘Deep Web’
Watch the trailer for ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’
Watch the trailer for ‘Do I Sound Gay?’