15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 12 - Penny Lane
Penny Lane is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker. Her most recent film NUTS! premiered at Sundance 2016, where it won a Special Jury Award for Editing. Her debut feature-length documentary OUR NIXON world premiered at Rotterdam 2013, had its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for "Best of the Festival" at Ann Arbor. She was named "Most Badass!" at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009. Her 2005 short THE ABORTION DIARIES has become an important organizing and educational tool across the nation. I met Penny here in the Pioneer Valley back in 2005 when I first got to Massachusetts, when she was teaching at Hampshire College. Then she moved to Troy and RPI, where I caught up with her once or twice, and then she moved farther away, to New York City, and eventually upstate to Colgate University where she is now a professor in the Art Department. We spoke in July about an hour before her screening of Nuts! at Amherst Cinema in a lovely loft space B&B right down the street from the theater. “Nuts!” is available 9/6 on iTunes and soon other platforms: Find Penny's stuff at: http://pennylaneismyrealname.com/ http://www.nutsthefilm.com/ http://ournixon.com/ As ever, please rate and/or review 15 Minutes on iTunes or Soundcloud or wherever you listen, and you can find us on Facebook by searching the name of the podcast or on instagram or twitter @15minsjamieb. Thanks for listening!
Eugene Mirman (re-edit/reboot) - Episode 75
Back in 2016, aka a zillion horror-movie lifetimes ago, my friend Eugene and I had a late-night conversation about fame, comedy, having a newborn baby boy, and much much more. I re-edited it to put it back out here on the occasion of the streaming release of the wonderful documentary "It Started as a Joke," which follows the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival along with the parallel story of Eugene and his wife Katie's battle with her cancer. That may sound like a rough juxtaposition, but it's extremely well done. You'll laugh, you'll cry - see it, it's not like you don't have any free time right now.http://prettygoodfriends.com/it-started-as-a-jokeBest to all in these strange, tough times.-j
Beth Lisick (reboot) - Episode 74
Re-edit reboot of my 2017 two-episode conversation with Beth Lisick on the occasion of the publication of her great new and first novel, "Edie on the Green Screen." Congratulations, Beth!The episode starts with a serious #metoo conversation before moving on to lighter topics. So if you're needing light in these heavy times, after the intro, jump ahead about a half an hour.Best to you all, I wish you the best lives you can possibly live right now!-jamie
Michael Ian Black - re-edit/reboot of episodes 50 & 51
Back in 2017, I spoke to actor/writer/comedian Michael Ian Black for this show. At the time, I broke our conversation up into two episodes, each preceded by a long rant by me about the political and social injustices of the day. Well, it's the end of the year, and I'm exhausted by injustice, and decided to re-edit the conversation into a single, more entertaining whole. I think you'll enjoy it. We talk about fame of course, and about our mothers, about toe fungus, his feud with Marc Maron, the list goes on. Listening back, I found this, on how what's better than being a lead, the famous one, on a TV series, is being somewhere around 5-7 on the call list:"“If I knew that I would have an acting job for the next five years on a network show, where I didn’t even really have to think, it was just showing up, doing some scenes, having a free lunch and collecting a fat paycheck, I would like to do that for the next five years with the full knowledge that at the end of the five years I’d have enough money in the bank to write a novel, devote myself to the podcast, five years of being number 5-7 on the call sheet. There’s a sweet spot there that’s just ideal. I don’t want to be in every scene, I don’t want to solve the crime.”***I wish us all better times, and a free and fair election, in 2020.-Jamie B.