by Adam Schartoff
March 18th, 2014

Documentary filmmaking legend Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) is the guest on this milestone 200th episode of the podcast.

During the hour plus conversation, Kopple talks about the importance of the documentary community and gives some perspective on just how much the genre has grown just in the years since she began. Additionally we chat about some of Barbara’s more familiar films including Harlan County, American Dream, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, Wild Man Blues, Shut Up & Sing, and Running From Crazy. Kopple is currently working on a new project, a documentary about the life and work of musical artist, Sharon Jones. Ms. Jones is currently on tour with her band, The Dap-kings. They’ve recently released the new cd, Give The People What They Want.

If you are interested in viewing any of the films we discuss during the podcast, the following might be a helpful guide:

  • Harlan County, USA (1976) is available for purchase from the Criterion Collection or, if you subscribe to Hulu Plus you can watch it there;
  • American Dream (1990) is available for viewing through Amazon Instant Video or free (with commercial interruption) on Snag Films;
  • Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993) may be viewed on youtube though it’s not a great transfer;
  • Wild Man Blues (1998) may be viewed on iTunes;
  • Shut Up and Sing (2006) may be viewed on Amazon Instant Video or iTunes;
  • Running From Crazy (2013) has yet to be digitally distributed.

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