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Over the Edge
In the spring of 1979, a small-budget movie with a somewhat corny-sounding name was released in just a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles, only to be pulled a few days later due to concerns that audiences would riot. Based (loosely) on a true story about suburban youth gone wild in the suburbs of San Francisco in the early 70s, Over the Edge would never receive wide distribution. In fact, over the next 25 years, the film would be shown in only a few art houses and on cable TV, until its eventual DVD release in September 2005.
vice  film  movies  overtheedge  oralhistory 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its première
In January 1994, a group of filmmakers from Chicago went to the Sundance Film Festival to accomplish the impossible, by selling a three-hour documentary about two inner-city teens hoping to get to the NBA. By the time they left, their lives had changed, and so had the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.
thedissolve  film  filmmaking  oralhistory  hoopdreams  sports  basketball 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
“Willie’s God! Willie’s God! We Love Willie!”
IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY ORAL HISTORY, WILLIE NELSON’S FRIENDS, KIN, AND COLLABORATORS (JIMMY CARTER, EMMYLOU HARRIS, ROBERT REDFORD, MERLE HAGGARD, AND MANY MORE BIG NAMES) TELL THEIR FAVORITE STORIES ABOUT THE RED HEADED STRANGER.
music  willienelson  texas  countrymusic  oralhistory 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Gotta Lubbock
LONG BEFORE AUSTIN WAS THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, A COTTON-PICKIN' HIGH PLAINS CITY PUT TEXAS ON THE MAP. FROM BUDDY HOLLY TO JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE STATE'S MOST STORIED SCENE.
music  texasmonthly  texas  lubbock  oralhistory 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten: An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks
In prime time’s world of wish fulfillment, Freaks and Geeks was the opposite: 18 episodes that nailed the sad, hilarious unfairness of teen life. The cult following for its single, 1999 season—still growing, on Netflix—would herald a new school of comedy led by executive producer Judd Apatow. He, creator Paul Feig, and cast members including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and James Franco tell Robert Lloyd what made the show both great and doomed.
comedy  vanityfair  oralhistory  freaksandgeeks  television 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
"The Best TV Show That's Ever Been" - Cheers Oral History
So says Amy Poehler, and she isn't alone in thinking Cheers is pretty much perfect. On the thirtieth anniversary of the show's premiere, GQ sat down with just about everyone who made it and asked them about creating Sam and Diane, the birth of Norm!, Woody Harrelson's one-night stands, and many other secrets of what became TV's funniest guy show of all time
writing  oralhistory  gq  comedy  television  cheers 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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