The Fog of Truth: Close-Up on Documentaries

Bart Weiss

A podcast exploring the definition and boundaries of documentary cinema, as well as current releases within the genre.

Bonus Episode: Slamdance 2021
Feb 26 2021
Bonus Episode: Slamdance 2021
In this bonus episode, we invite back our former cohost Summre Garber to talk about the documentary slate at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, where she is co-captain of the documentary-features program. Then we all discuss, in depth, the following three films: Code Name: Nagasaki, Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann and Holy Frit. This episode marks the departure of Chris Reed as permanent cohost, leaving Bart Weiss in charge of the future. Should be fun! Enjoy! Group Review Documentaries: Code Name: Nagasaki (Fredrik S. Hana, 2021)Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann (Alberto Triano, 2020)Holy Frit (Justin S. Monroe, 2021) Other Films/Series Mentioned: Bleeding Audio (Chelsea Christer, 2020)Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson, 2020)Firebones (Greg Brownderville/Bart Weiss, 2021)306 Hollywood (Elan Bogarín/Jonathan Bogarín, 2018)Workhorse Queen (Angela Washko, 2021) Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed: Hammer to Nail review of Code Name: Nagasaki Hammer to Nail review of Everyone Wants to Be the Next WeismannHammer to Nail review of Holy Frit Timestamps: 00:40 – Intro03:49 – Summre’s recap of Slamdance 2021 documentary slate07:33 – Group discussion of Code Name: Nagasaki13:33 – Group discussion of Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann21:35 – Group discussion of Holy Frit31:51 – Outro and End Credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com disinfo@fogoftruth.com Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed
Bonus Episode: Best Documentaries of 2020
Dec 23 2020
Bonus Episode: Best Documentaries of 2020
In this bonus episode, cohosts Bart and Chris revisit their favorite documentaries of 2020, and then invite, each in turn, six guest hosts from the past year to chat about their own favorites. Those guests, in alphabetical order, are: Hannah Buchdahl, Sandie Angulo Chen, Leslie Combemale, Roxana Hadadi, Lisa Sanchelo and Debra Zimmerman. Chris and Bart each gave a Top 10, while our guests each listed a Top 5. Those lists follows, below, in the order given on the episode. Enjoy, and see you in 2021! Chris’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss)Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton)Collective (Alexander Nanau)Crip Camp (James Lebrecht/Nicole Newnham) Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Mary Wharton)John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter)Mayor (David Osit)76 Days (Hao Wu/Weixi Chen/Anonymous)Space Dogs (Elsa Kremser/Levin Peter)A Thousand Cuts (Ramona S. Diaz) Bart’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss)Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton)Disclosure (Sam Feder)Feels Good Man (Arthur Jones)Jasper Mall(Bradford Thomason/Brett Whitcomb)John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter)The Last Dance (Jason Hehir) (10-part Netflix series)Mayor (David Osit)A Thousand Cuts (Ramona S. Diaz)Totally Under Control (Alex Gibney) Sandie’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss)The Dissident (Bryan Fogel)John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter)River City Drumbeat (Anne Flatté/Marlon Johnson) Time (Garrett Bradley) Hannah’s List (in order of preference): Collective (Alexander Nanau)Tie: John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) / The Way I See It (Dawn Porter)Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Mary Wharton)Tie: The Dissident (Bryan Fogel) / A Thousand Cuts (Ramona Diaz) Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You (Thom Zimny) Debra’s List (in order of preference): Collective (Alexander Nanau)Tie: Belly of the Beast (Erika Cohn) / Coded Bias (Shalini Kantayya)Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton)Tie: Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson) / Time (Garrett Bradley)The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (Iryna Tsilyk) – not yet released Roxana’s List (in alphabetical order): Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss)Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (Elizabeth Carroll)The Last Dance (Jason Hehir) (10-part Netflix seriesMidnight in Paris (James Blagden/Roni Moore) Time (Garrett Bradley) Lisa’s List (in alphabetical order): American Murder: The Family Next Door (Jenny Popplewell)Athlete A (Bonni Cohen/Jon Shenk)Baby God (Hannah Olson)Becoming (Nadia Hallgren)Class Action Park (Seth Porges/Chris Charles Scott III) Leslie’s List (in order of preference):  Crip Camp (James Lebrecht/Nicole Newnham) Welcome to Chechnya (David France)The Painter and the Thief (Benjamin Ree)Boys State (Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss)John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter) Other Films Mentioned: Born to Be (Tania Cypriano)The Disrupted (Sarah Colt/Josh Gleason)The Fight (Eli Despres/Josh Kriegman/Elyse Steinberg)Icarus (Bryan Fogel)The Mole Agent (Maite Alberdi)The Social Dilemma (Jeff Orlowski) Timestamps: 00:52 – Intro + Chris and Bart’s respective Top 10 lists11:31 – Sandie Angulo Chen’s top docs of the year18:02 – Hannah Buchdahl’s top docs of the year23:58 – Debra Zimmerman’s top docs of the year30:03 – Roxana Hadadi’s top docs of the year37:11 – Lisa Sanchelo’s top docs of the year43:42 – Leslie Combemale’s top docs of the year50:51 – Closing + End credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com disinfo@fogoftruth.com Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed
Episode 1006: White Noise / American Dharma
Nov 11 2020
Episode 1006: White Noise / American Dharma
We wrap up Season 10 with returning guest host Anuradha Rana (Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, DePaul University) as we review Daniel Lombroso's White Noise, a profile of some of the current leading figures among the alt-right. This leads to a discussion of the dangers of turning one's lens on problematic ideologues, given how the camera may amplify their message even as it deconstructs and criticizes it. From there, Bart and Chris interview the great Errol Morris, whose American Dharma offers a portrait of right-wing activist Steve Bannon. We've wanted to have Morris on an episode since we started, given how we named our podcast partly in homage to his The Fog of War. Though occasionally contentious, as Chris questions Morris on his approach to Bannon, our conversation proves fascinating and respectful. What a great way to end the season! Listen in and enjoy. Group Review Documentary: WHITE NOISE (Daniel Lombroso, 2020) Available now on demand. Clips provided courtesy of director. Film Featured in Interview Portion: AMERICAN DHARMA (Errol Morris, 2018) Streaming now on Topic. Other Book/Films Mentioned: Donald Trump on Citizen Kane (Errol Morris, 2002)Errol Morris's Oscar Short Film: 2002 Oscars (Errol Morris, 2002)First Person IFC/Bravo series (Errol Morris, 2000-2001) The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Errol Morris, 2003)My Psychedelic Love Story (Errol Morris, 2020) Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know book (Malcolm Gladwell, 2019) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988)Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935) Twelve O'Clock High (Henry King, 1949)The Unknown Known (Errol Morris, 2013)Us Kids (Kim A. Snyder, 2020)Wormwood Netflix series (Errol Morris, 2017) Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed: Film Festival Today review of White Noise Hammer to Nail review of American Dharma Timestamps: 00:42 – Intro04:33 – Group Discussion of WHITE NOISE21:49 – Bart and Chris interview Errol Morris on AMERICAN DHARMA­­47:43 – Doc Talk55:14 – Closing and End Credits Website/Email: www.fogoftruth.com disinfo@fogoftruth.com Credits: Artwork by Hilary Campbell Intro music by Jeremiah Moore Transitional music by BELLS≥ (thanks to Christopher Ernst) Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed