Ep 313: Meira Blaustein • Alan Zweig • Tomas Leach

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The Founder & Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival, Meira Blaustein, is the first guest. The 16th year of the popular Hudson Valley film festival will take place from September 30th through October 4th.

Then Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny, Vinyl). Zweig’s latest doc, Hurt, enjoyed its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law.

British filmmaker Tomas Leach who discusses his new documentary In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter. Leiter is an enormously entertaining and compelling subject. The film, often funny, often moving, follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing his Manhattan apartment full of memories, becoming a world famous photographer in his 80’s, and pending off a pesky filmmaker. That pesky filmmaker was a great podcast guest who I hope to welcome back.

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