All of Them Witches #7: Uzi’s Party

October 31, 2014

"I'm a 16mm filmmaker, and because film is hard to make, people insist you must defend the fact you're shooting on film. And my defense is that... it's magic."

Lyra Hill, a Chicago-based filmmaker, previews clips from, and discusses her short film Uzi's Party, an ominous and funny collage of teenage girls, makeovers, Ouija boards and possession.

It's enough to put a spell on you--so Femme Rhythm, the 8-piece all-female a cappella group, does.

Follow Lyra, including updates about the release of Uzi's Party, at lyrahill.com

Follow Femme Rhythm at femmerhythm.com, and see a video of their performance on our YouTube channel.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #6: Witch Tourism and The Lords of Salem

October 31, 2014

Would you say that you're really into witchcraft, or are you a witch tourist? Meet the Lady's creator and host Tom Blunt takes us into the dizzying world of Salem, both that of our dimension, and that of Rob Zombie's film The Lords of Salem

Follow Tom at at tomblunt.com, and @tomblunt.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #5: ‘The Craft’ Has Issues

October 31, 2014

We all loved The Craft when we were teenagers, right? But do you remember what happens in the second half of the movie? Cassie Wagler does, and will delve deep into the film's huge problems in its portrayal of race, class, "light" and "dark" magic, and power. Don't be too sad about the reality check though, because she will leave you with a way you can still enjoy the film.

Follow Cassie at about.me/cassiewagler and @cassiewagler.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #4: Morticia, Morgana, Willow: Which Witch Are You?

October 30, 2014

Are you a "good" witch, or a "bad" witch? Such is the unanswerable question when it comes to deciding what type of magical person you want to be. Rosie Schaap recounts her own journey of identifying with witchy women, from Excalibur's Morgana (Helen Mirren), to Buffy's Willow (Alyson Hannigan), to The Addams Family's Morticia (Anjelica Huston).

Follow Rosie Schaap at rosieschaap.com, and @rosieschaap.

Bonus: chamber pop singer AK performs a jazzy rendition of “Love Potion #9.” Follow AK at ak-ak-ak.com, and @thebandak.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
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All of Them Witches #3: The Brides of Satan

October 30, 2014

In the '60s and '70s, the golden age of exploitation cinema, witches in film were branded as one thing only: Satanic. Um, but their Satanic witch parties sound totally awesome?! Tenebrous Kate invites you to spend a little time with such women, and traces their reputation to, of all places, the birthplace of ABBA: Sweden.

Follow Tenebrous Kate at lovetrain.super-coven.com, and @tenebrouskate.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #2: American Horror Story: Coven

October 29, 2014

If a witch is a woman who is notorious for her power, then she has a lot in common with celebrities, right? Writer Racheline Maltese peers into the world of American Horror Story: Coven to find the connections between fame, creepy dolls, and Stevie Nicks.

Follow Racheline Maltese at lettersfromtitan.com, and @racheline_m.

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.

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All of Them Witches #1: Bewitched

October 29, 2014

Eleanor and Kseniya chat about what inspired them to put together a witches-focused variety show and which (ha) aspects of the theme they find most intriguing.


Kseniya opens the evening by taking a second look at her favorite witch from childhood reruns, Samantha from Bewitched, and considers how Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal might have been more progressive than the sitcom setting would suggest.

Plus, chamber pop singer AK performs a gorgeous cover of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." 

Follow AK at ak-ak-ak.com, and @thebandak

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"All of Them Witches," recorded on 10/13/2014 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, was a one-night-only variety show hosted by Bonnie & Maude's Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan, that explored portrayals of witches and witchcraft in pop culture, film and television.
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Ep. 27: What Movies Should We Show Our Kids? // GUEST: Manoush Zomorodi

October 3, 2014

Host of the WNYC program New Tech City, Manoush Zomorodi joins us to vent. In addition to being an all-around badass veteran broadcaster, she's a mother of two, and is on a perpetual quest for quality entertainment to enjoy with her family. In 2014, not only have kids' movies evolved in style and substance, but the method by which kids consume media has also radically changed. 

In this episode, two films are on the chopping block: The LEGO Movie vs. Despicable Me. See if you can predict which one won over Manoush's family and which one was a tremendous disappointment. The factors that make a movie "good" for a film enthusiast who is also a mother may surprise you.

Closing music: "Everything is Awesome" cover by PianoKeyz

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Ep. 26 - Sweetie // GUEST: Lara Gallagher

September 17, 2014
Jane Campion's first feature is odd, gorgeous, and bursting with ideas -- and foreshadows her future breathtaking work in The Piano and Top of the Lake. Kay and Sweetie, two sisters with starkly opposing personalities, give us the chance to talk about on-screen and real life siblings.

We also discuss Peel, Campion's first short film, as well as American Gladiators, our guest Lara Gallagher's latest short that recently screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film will be screening this October at Mill Valley Film Festival (screening times), San Jose International Film Festival (Oct.9-12) and St. John's Women's Film Festival (Oct.14-18th).

Find more of Lara's work, including her music videos for Hospitality and Wild Flag, here


Additional reading: Order Muppets vs. Chaos Muppets, by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.
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Ep. 25 - Kathryn Bigelow // GUEST: Aviv Rubinstien

August 14, 2014

Join us for a discussion of Kathryn Bigelow's most adrenaline-fueled features, Point Break (1991) and The Hurt Locker (2008). We'll draw a through-line from her cartoonish surfer action flick to the gritty war drama that earned her an Oscar. Along with director, writer, and musician Aviv Rubinstien, we trace the recurring themes of her films, her varied visual styles, and hone in on her aversion of being referred to as a Female Director. She is a Director, point break.

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