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By Kyler Bingham
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Mike DeCapite - JACKET WEATHER - Episode 48
On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast we have author Mike DeCapite. His latest novel Jacket Weather (Soft Skull Press) is definitely one of my top picks for 2021. A big thanks to Tony DuShane for introducing me to Mike's work. Thanks for listening. SYNOPSIS: "Nick Hornby meets Patti Smith, Mean Streets meets A Visit From the Goon Squad in  this quintessential New York City story about two people who knew each  other in the downtown music scene in the 1980s, meet again in the  present day, and fall in love." Mike knew June in New York’s downtown music scene in the eighties.  Back then, he thought she was “the living night—all the glamour and  potential of a New York night when you’re 25.” Now he’s twice divorced  and happy to be alone—so happy he’s writing a book about it. Then he  meets June again. “And here she was with a raincoat over the back of the  chair talking about getting a divorce and saying she’s done with  relationships. Her ice-calm eyes are the same, the same her glory of  curls.” Jacket Weather is about awakening to love—dizzying,  all-consuming, worldview-shaking love—when it’s least expected. It’s  also about remaining alert to today’s pleasures—exploring the city,  observing the seasons, listening to the guys at the gym—while time is  slipping away. Told in fragments of narrative, reveries, recipes, bits  of conversation and snatches of weather, the book collapses a decade in  Mike and June’s life and shifts a reader to a glowing nostalgia for the  present. (Soft Skull Press)
October 10, 2021
Paul Haddad - PARADISE PALMS & FREEWAYTOPIA - Episode 47
On today's episode of the podcast we have author Paul Haddad. I came across his new novel Paradise Palms and absolutely loved it. Late 1950s Hollywood couldn't be more interesting with this mob-centered noir. Definitely check it out. Paul also has a new non-fiction book entitled Freewaytopia, about how the freeways of Los Angeles shaped the city itself. Sounds like a fascinating read! Thanks for listening! Paul's Website Instagram: @la_dorkout Twitter: @la_dorkout Facebook: @paulhaddadbooks
October 3, 2021
Richard Lange - ROVERS - Episode 46
On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast we have author Richard Lange. His latest novel Rovers could be described as a modern take on Of Mice and Men with vampires and motorcycle gangs. With a description like that I had to read it and I was not disappointed. Richard is also the author of the collections Dead Boys and Sweet Nothing and the novels This Wicked World, Angel Baby, and The Smack. Thanks for listening!
September 26, 2021
Heather Olt & Sarah Chaney - LAST CHANCE MOMS - Episode 45
Today on the show we have the creators and stars of the dramedy short/pilot Last Chance Moms. It was great speaking with Heather Olt and Sarah Chaney about their incredible project! Make sure to follow them on Instagram to find out what the future holds for Last Chance Moms! Thanks for listening. Logline: "Two best friends in their 40s, one pregnant and unexpectedly dumped by her man-child boyfriend, the other unable to get pregnant despite countless efforts, decide to raise a baby together." Instagram: @lastchancemoms Last Chance Moms will be screening at the HollyShorts Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying Short Film Festival September 23-30, 2021). It will also be at The 2021 Catalyst Content Festival which will be held in-person (with a virtual option) from Wed Sept 29 -  Sat Oct 2, 2021 in Duluth, Minnesota.
September 19, 2021
J. Aaron Sanders - GARAGE - Episode 44
On today's episode we have author (Speakers of the Dead) and filmmaker Aaron Sanders.  I was thrilled to find out that Aaron grew up in Salt Lake City.  Whenever I meet someone originally from SLC, I immediately feel like I'm  visiting with an old friend. It was a blast talking to him about his  career. His short film GARAGE recently played at Dances with Films and is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. For those  in the Atlanta area you can screen the film on Sunday September 19 at  the 2021 Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Click HERE for tickets. For more information about Aaron and the film: Official Website for Garage Author Website Twitter: @jaaronsanders IG: @j.aaronsanders
September 16, 2021
Megan Abbott - THE TURNOUT - Episode 43
I was very excited to have author Megan Abbott on the podcast - even a bit nervous because I loved this latest book of hers so much. I am new to her work but now I am thrilled to go back and read all of her past novels. Her latest,The Turnout kind of blew my mind. It is definitely one of my top picks for 2021. Thanks for listening! Synopsis: "Ballet flows through their veins. Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, back broken after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around  each other, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just  at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker,  a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration, an interloper arrives and threatens the delicate balance of everything they’ve worked for. Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott a  the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity  and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible." ( Purchase THE TURNOUT IG: @melizaabbott Twitter: @meganeabbott FB: @MeganAbbottBooks
September 12, 2021
Paul Tanter & Simon Phillips - STEALING CHAPLIN - Episode 42
Today we talk to the filmmakers of Stealing Chaplin (Now available on Amazon Prime). Paul Tanter and Simon Phillips discuss their film that was inspired by the true story of Charlie Chaplin's body being dug up and held for ransom in late 1970s Switzerland. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction in this case. Great chat, great film! Thanks for listening. Salt Lake Dirt with Kyler Bingham ----- For more about the film: Facebook: @StealingChaplin Instagram: @StealingChaplin Twitter: @StealingChaplin
September 6, 2021
Brooke Trantor & Kate Morgan Chadwick - OH BABY! - Episode 41
Our continued coverage of DANCES WITH FILMS has led me to some incredible short films. One in particular has stayed with me ever since I saw it about a week ago. I don't want to give any spoilers but I'll just say that Oh Baby! had my laughing out loud by myself. After I watched it I couldn't stop thinking about all of the important issues and themes it brought up. Brooke Trantor and Kate Morgan Chadwick are the creators of this incredibly well made short film. I absolutely loved having these two on the podcast. Thanks for listening! ***Purchase Tickets for the 1:30 PT screening of Oh Baby! on Saturday 9/4*** For updates about future screenings follow: IG: @ohbabyfilm
September 4, 2021
Nate Barlow - A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD - Episode 40
Our continued coverage of DANCES WITH FILMS has led me to some incredible short films. One in particular scratched my itch for old Hollywood. I was very excited to talk with Nate Barlow, the filmmaker behind A Brief History of Hollywood (Purchase tickets for September 7th screening HERE). We had a great conversation about the making of the film in this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast. Thanks for listening!
September 4, 2021
CE Hoffman - SLUTS AND WHORES - Episode 39
I came across a fantastic short story collection recently called Sluts and Whores. CE Hoffman is the author and I fell in love with this book even before I finished the first story. I could tell immediately that this was damn good writer. I was very excited to have CE on the podcast. Among other topics, we had a great conversation about art, solitude, and our love/hate with social media. Thanks for listening! Website: Twitter: Youtube: Indie buy link (Astoria) Non-indie (Barnes and Noble)
August 29, 2021
"An artist is driven to a homicidal rage by a world gone mad..." That is the premise for the film we will be discussing this week on the Salt  Lake Dirt Podcast. On Saturday we'll be joined by the creators of the film RUST BELT DRILLER. The film is part of the Dances With Films Midnight series and will screen in person at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood this Friday Sept. 27 @11:55pm Thanks for listening. FB: Rust Belt Driller
August 28, 2021
Ian Seabrook - JUNGLE CRUISE - Episode 37
On today's show we are joined by underwater cinematographer Ian Seabrook. Ian was the underwater director of photography for the Disney blockbuster film Jungle Cruise. He also worked on M. Night Shyamalan's Old, and as of this posting you can still see it in theaters. Check out his IMDB page to see what other projects he has worked on - I was completely blown away by the scope of his work. It was great speaking with him about his incredible career and I have a new appreciation for underwater photography. Thanks for listening!
August 14, 2021
Duncan Birmingham - THE CULT IN MY GARAGE - Episode 36
I was very excited to have Duncan Birmingham on the show for this week's episode. He is a writer, producer, filmmaker and his new book of short stories, The Cult in My Garage was released today on Maudlin House. Duncan was a writer and executive producer on the IFC series Maron starring Marc Maron. He also wrote on the Jonathan Ames Starz series Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart. Two amazing shows if you have not had the change to see them. I absolutely love Duncan's book and I highly recommend that you pick up a copy at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. I'm confident you'll love it too. Thanks for listening!
August 9, 2021
Fred Baillif - LA MIF (The Fam) - Episode 35
One of the stand out films of the Berlin International Film Festival this past spring was without a doubt Fred Baillif's LA MIF. Fred is our guest today and it was incredible speaking with him about filmmaking, social work, and 90s American basketball! Enjoy. LA MIF synopsis: A group of teenage girls have been placed in a residential care home with social workers. This forced "family" experience creates unexpected tensions and intimacies. An incident triggers a chain of over-reactions. They live under the same roof but they haven't chosen each other, just like a family.
August 3, 2021
Gretl Claggett - STORMCHASER - Episode 34
On episode 34 of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast I speak with the wonderful filmmaker and artist Gretl Claggett. Her film Stormchaser has played all over the world this past year in over 50 film festivals and has won numerous awards. This episodic film really grabbed my attention and I hope to see more from this anthology series in the future! Thanks for listening. For more on Gretl:
July 28, 2021
Angeliki Antoniou - THE UNKNOWN ATHENIANS - Episode 33
One of my favorite films from this year's Los Angeles Greek Film Festival was The Unknown Athenians. The film shows the lives of stray dogs living on the streets of Athens, Greece. This seemed to me like a challenging subject matter and because of that, I really wanted to speak with the filmmaker Angeliki Antoniou. The Unknown Athenians recently won the 2021 Hellenic Film Award for Best Documentary (think Oscars for Greece). On today's episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast, Angeliki talks with me about the documentary, the dogs, and her incredible career as a filmmaker. Thanks for listening! Kyler
July 7, 2021
David McFarland - 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS - Episode 32
On today's episode we are joined by cinematographer David McFarland. He was the DP for 12 Mighty Orphans (starring Luke Wilson). The film premiered at Tribeca earlier this month and is now in wide release. I had such a great time talking with David about his work and I can't wait to see what projects he has in store for us in the future. Thanks for listening!
June 27, 2021
Mary Zournazi - MY REMBETIKA BLUES - Episode 31
One of my favorite cinematic experiences from the past few months was the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. This was the first time I had covered the festival and I was completely blown away. The staggering amount of beautiful films there is an understatement. One of my favorite documentaries there was My Rembetika Blues. Remebetika is a form of music I had never heard of before but instantly feel in love with it. It was amazing to be able to talk with filmmaker Mary Zournazi about the project. Thanks for listening!
June 21, 2021
Michelle Bossy - UNDER THE LANTERN LIT SKY - Episode 30
On Episode 30 of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast we talk with filmmaker Michelle Bossy. She directed UNDER THE LANTERN LIT SKY which recently had its world premiere at the 2021 Brooklyn Film Festival. If you are a fan of A Streetcar Named Desire, this is a film you don't want to miss.  Great chat! Thanks for listening! -- FILM SYNOPSIS: Under the Lantern Lit Sky explores the new marriage of a young couple in 1930s Mississippi who in different ways are coming to terms with their sexuality. (Source:
June 17, 2021
Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos - LEYLAK - Episode 29
On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast, we talk to Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos of Duo Entertainment about their short film LEYLAK which recently played in-person at the Tribeca Film Festival. The festival is running their shorts selection online through June 23, 2021 so there is still time to catch this incredible film. Thanks for listening! -- "In present-day Queens, a Turkish gravedigger (Nadir Saribacak) is unable to face a shattering truth and risks losing the dearest connection left in his life." (Source: Duo Entertainment)
June 17, 2021
Adrian Bartol & Will Brandt - AMERICAN DESERT - Episode 28
One of the stand out films of this year's Brooklyn Film Festival was American Desert. On this episode of the podcast I spoke with Adrian Bartol (writer/director) and Will Brandt (lead actor) about their process for developing this incredibly important film.  Thanks for listening! --- FILM SYNOPSIS: It's 2010, Matt Benning (Will Brandt) 24, has returned from Afghanistan  to a wrecked economy. Demons of war haunt him, a romance blossoms, all  as he drags his unwilling soul to normalcy. But for him, destiny is no  cookie  cutter house. A vortex of drug use and violence corners him into  working for a psychopathic meth dealer. His only escape then becomes  surrendering to the majestic and unforgiving isolation of the American  Desert... (Source: Watch the trailer for American Desert here. Official Website for American Desert IG for Will Brandt
June 8, 2021
Jeff Seal - NEW YORK'S WORST LANDLORDS - Episode 27
I'm very excited to announce that Jeff Seal's latest docu-comedy series is available in full on his YouTube channel. I had such a great time talking with Jeff about comedy, filmmaking, and of course, clowning. Thanks for listening! --- "Echoing satirical muckraking efforts such as Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, New York’s Worst Landlords began as an attempt to interview the worst offenders on the New York City Advocate’s Office annual Worst Landlord Watchlist, which catalogs the worst repeat landlord offenders in New York City’s cutthroat and unaffordable rental market. The filmmakers were inspired in part by the Unsheltered series of articles in the NY Times about vulnerable New Yorkers being forced out of their rent-stabilized apartments by unscrupulous landlords." (SOURCE: Shark Party Media - Press Release)
June 7, 2021
Tyler Measom - MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS - Episode 26
I was thrilled to get Tyler Measom on the podcast. A fellow Utahn, Tyler  is behind some of best documentary work out there. An Honest Liar and  Sons of Perdition are two films of his that have stayed with me for  years. It was pleasure talking with him about his most recent release  Murder Among the Mormons. Check it out on Netflix if you haven't  already!  --- "High-stakes exploits turn deadly — and shake a global church to its  core — in this extraordinary true crime story." (Netflix)
June 1, 2021
Christina Diamantara - WITCHIN' - Episode 25
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival runs through May 30th. One of the films that stood out to me was Witchin'. I absolutely loved this film and was thrilled when I was able to speak with the filmmaker Christina Diamantara. Keep an eye for her future work!  -- Christina Recommends: Seven Minutes of Soul Ballad for a Pierced Heart Kyler Recommends: My Rembetika Blues Alicia Robbins lighting tutorial (Grey's Anatomy)
May 28, 2021
Howard Paar - TOP RANKIN' - Episode 24
I was thrilled when Howard Paar agreed to talk with me about his new novel Top Rankin' (out May 11, 2021 on Rare Bird). Howard has had (and continues to have) an incredible career in the music business. He primarily works as a music supervisor for major motion pictures. Click HERE to learn more about Howard's amazing work in music. Top Rankin' is a ska noir novel. I've never read anything quite like it and I loved it for that. It combines so many things that I have a passion for (noir, ska & punk music, etc.) and does it well! When you read Top Rankin' make sure you play it's accompanying Spotify playlist. Fantastic music that follows the narrative of the book! Thanks for listening! Kyler Bingham @saltlakedirt --- "Howard Paar is an award winning music supervisor who was born and raised in London before continuing his career in Los Angeles. He has won Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020 respectively for Diary Of A Teenage Girl, 20th Century Women, Before I Fall and Native Son. He is a proud member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Class of 2017." (
May 11, 2021
Jessica Watkins - SPECIALish - Episode 23
On this episode of the podcast we have stand-up comedian Jessica Watkins. Jessica self-produced the documentary film SPECIALish (available now on VOD) about her experience walking across America performing stand-up gigs along the way.  It won Best Film at Broad Humor Festival and at New Filmmakers Festival NYC. I loved the film! It packs a powerful punch -- hilarious, personal, and moving. I had a blast talking with Jessica and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future. --- Jessica Watkin's Website SPECIALish Website Instagram: @special_ish Twitter: @ajessicawatkins
May 11, 2021
Jonathan Ames - A MAN NAMED DOLL - Episode 20
Episode 20: JONATHAN AMES On today's episode we have one of my favorite writers of all time. Jonathan Ames was kind enough to talk with me about his new book A Man Named Doll. A true page turner, the novel has the feel of modern day Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. I'm look forward to reading more in the Doll series. Thanks for listening! --- Books Jonathan recommends: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron The Lew Archer Series by Ross MacDonald You can find poetry from Florence Ames (Jonathan's mother) here: Come With Me by Florence Ames (Also available on Amazon) Sit With Me by Florence Ames This week Kyler recommends: The Marvel Universe by Bruce Wagner (Public Domain & Book Soup)
April 20, 2021
Ross Riege (Rutherford Falls) - Episode 22
On today's show we talk with Ross Riege about his career as a Director of Photography. We had a fascinating conversation about the wide variety of projects he has worked on. His most recent show Rutherford Falls premieres 4/22/21 on Peacock. Make sure you check out this unique comedy starring Ed Helms!
April 20, 2021
Jayson Crothers - DP for CRUEL SUMMER - Episode 21
On today's episode we have an incredible director of photography. Jayson Crothers (Chicago Fire, Force of Nature) has had a pretty remarkable career of consistent and varied work. Cruel Summer is his most recent show and it premieres on Freeform and Hulu this week. Make sure to check it out, especially if you were a teen in the 90s - I think you'll dig it. Thanks for listening!
April 20, 2021
Erin Hensley & Julia Callahan - Dawson's Critique - Episode 19
Erin Hensley and Julia Callahan hosts the podcast Dawson's Critique where they dissect every episode of the WB classic Dawson's Creek. On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast Erin and Julia talk with me about their new book I Remember Everything, a must have for any fan of the show.
April 5, 2021
Chips Jacobs - THE DARKEST GLARE - Episode 18
On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast we welcome back author Chip Jacobs. He recently released an incredible true crime book called The Darkest Glare. Pick up a copy at Chip's hometown bookstore VROMON'S in Pasadena. Thanks for listening! ---- "Late-seventies  Los Angeles was rampant with shady characters, but all the go-getters at Space Matters saw was possibility. Richard Kasparov was handsome and charismatic; his younger associate, Jerry Schneiderman, brilliant and nerdy. When the pair hired a veteran contractor to oversee construction, the space planning firm they operated out of a hip mansion in LA’s Miracle Mile district appeared poised to transform the boundless skyline  into their jackpot. Then the promising team imploded, spilling treachery on the blueprints. Assassins, working in a murder-for-hire corporation, required a comical number of attempts to execute their target. Once they did, the surviving founder of Space Matters was thrown into a pressure cooker existence out of a Coen Brothers movie. Threatened for money he didn’t have, he donned a disguise, trying to outfox a glowering murderer, while asking if you can ever really know anyone in a town where blood soaks the land." (Source:
April 3, 2021
Symone Baptiste (Sixteen Thousand Dollars) 2021 Slamdance - Episode 17
2021 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL "A struggling black college grad wakes up to find that reparations have finally been paid to descendants of slaves in America." (2021 Slamdance Festival Guide) Filmmaker Symone Baptiste joins me for a conversation about her short episodic film Sixteen Thousand Dollars (now playing at Slamdance). This film in incredible! Funny, timely, and deeply thought provoking. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for anything she is involved with in the future. I look forward to having Symone on the podcast again once the world returns to some kind of normality. Thanks Symone for the great conversation!
February 15, 2021
Mrs. Kasha Davis & Angela Washko (Workhorse Queen) - Slamdance 2021 - Episode 16
2021 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL "After an unlikely casting onto a reality television show, 47-year old suburban telemarketer Ed Popil leaves his job to pursue a full-time entertainment industry career as his drag queen alter ego, 1960’s era housewife Mrs. Kasha Davis." (2021 Slamdance Festival Guide) On this episode of the podcast we talk with Mrs. Kasha Davis and filmmaker Angela Washko. Their film Workhorse Queen is a fascinating documentary that had me hooked from beginning to end. Definitely one of my top documentary picks from Slamdance this year. -- Kyler Bingham
February 14, 2021
Jack Dunphy 'Revelations' - Slamdance 2021 - Episode 12
I had such a great time talking to filmmaker and actor Jack Dunphy on this full episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast! "A high school filmmaker wins the heart of a troubled young woman, only  to loose her in the course of a harrowing psychedelic experience that  forces him to confront life truths that are at once beautiful and painful."  (Slamdance 2021 Festival Guide) Watch REVELATIONS at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival (Click to Purchase Tickets)
February 12, 2021
Bleeding Audio - The Matches - Slamdance 2021 - Episode 13
Episode 13: 2021 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Bleeding Audio is our TOP documentary pick this year at Slamdance. An incredible story chronicling the best kept secret in music, The Matches. "From inspiring triumphs to heartbreaking setbacks, Bleeding Audio relives the explosive career of The Matches and what it means to succeed  in the digital age of music." (2021 Slamdance Festival Guide) Purchase a Slamdance Virtual Pass for access to BLEEDING AUDIO Official site for BLEEDING AUDIO Official site for THE MATCHES
February 12, 2021
NOW IS NOT THE BEST TIME (Jackie Dow & Seth Birkan) - Slamdance 2021 - Episode 14
Episode 14: NOW IS NOT THE BEST TIME (Jackie Dow & Seth Birkan) - Slamdance 2021 On this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast, we talk with Jackie Dow (director) and Seth Birkan (writer) of the web series Now is Not the Best Time. The episode Half Court will play at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. Grab a virtual pass for $10 and gain access to all of the festival's programming from February 12-25. "Alisa gets a chance to win $50,000 by making a half-court shot at a  Knicks game but her anxiety quickly derails her when she learns the  contest is going to be on TV." (2021 Slamdance Festival Guide) ----- Instagram @nowisnotthebesttime
February 12, 2021
MAN UNDER TABLE or: I'm Writing a Movie; A Black Rift Begins to Yawn (Slamdance 2021) - Episode 11
SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2021 Noel David Taylor's feature film, Man Under Table or: I'm Writing a Movie, is one of my top Slamdance picks this year. Check out our podcast episode with Noel! "Set against the backdrop of a comically surreal and anachronistic Los  Angeles, a beleaguered young man tries to write a movie but instead gets  pulled into everyone else's projects as he hallucinates his way through  a bizarre indie film scene." (Slamdance Festival Guide) Official Website for the film ---------------------------------------- (18:40) Writer/Director Matthew Wade as well as lead actors Sara Lynch, Sara McDonald join us for this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast. "As two former classmates dig into their deceased professor’s set of  cassette tapes, which possibly contain recordings of strange signals  from beyond the stars, they begin to feel memories, the chronology of  time, and their identities slip into obscurity." (Slamdance Festival Guide) Watch the film at Slamdance 2021 (Feb. 12 - 25)
February 12, 2021
Emily Shir Segal - Slamdance 2021 - Episode 15
On this episode of the podcast filmmaker Emily Shir Segal joins me to talk about her documentary short film 'I think it's enough, isn't it?' playing at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. --- "Reconstructing one last encounter with Dad." (2021 Slamdance Festival Guide) ------
February 12, 2021
Nick Flynn - Episode 10
Author Nick Flynn joins Kyler Bingham for a discussion on his most recent work. Nick has released three books in the past year with the most recent being This is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire, a memoir recounting his childhood in Massachusetts.   For more from Nick Flynn, check out
February 9, 2021
Steve Markle - Episode 04
The funniest film I saw at Slamdance/Sundance in 2020 was unquestionably Steve Markle's documentary Shoot to Marry (Now available on Amazon Prime). It was great to meet and interview Steve in Park City before the world imploded and I was thrilled to talk with him again this past August for the podcast. Make sure to check out his other film Camp Hollywood as well (also streaming on Amazon Prime). Shoot to Marry - Website Slamdance Interview with Steve Markle - Salt Lake Dirt
January 26, 2021
Chip Jacobs - Episode 08
Chip Jacobs is known for his award winning journalism and non-fiction (Smogtown; The People's Republic of Chemicals). Arroyo is his first novel and it lives up to the quality of his previous work.  The novel tackles the rich history of Pasadena, California and is  primarily set in the year 1913. The work of historical fiction was  released last year. Chips latest book The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail, and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles will be released in March 2021 on Rare Bird. Thanks for listening! Kyler
December 15, 2020
Laura Albert (SARAH Audiobook Release) - Episode 07
On this week's episode we are celebrating the recent audiobook release for Sarah by JT LeRoy. We were joined in conversation with five of the people responsible for this project. I want to send a huge 'thank you' to Laura Albert, Winsome Brown, Nicole Gagne, Jayme Mattler, and Bryan Barney for taking the time to talk with me about this wonderful project. -------------------------------------------------------- This week's guests include:  LAURA ALBERT has won international acclaim for her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The  Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold's End. Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, reissued by HarperCollins, have also been released as audiobooks by Blackstone Publishing. Laura  Albert is the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig's feature documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story and Lynn Hershman Leeson's film The Ballad of JT LeRoy. ------------------------------------------------------ Winsome Brown is an Obie-award winning performer whose solo theater work has been seen at La MaMa, The Performing Garage, and the Edinburgh Fringe, and has received accolades from The New York Times, the Scotsman and many more.  Recent film and TV work includes Supergirl, Elementary, and the upcoming News of the World with Tom Hanks. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nicole V. Gagné is a writer and editor who works with Laura Albert. She is the co-author of Soundpieces: Interviews with American Composers, and the author of Sonic Transports: New Frontiers in Our Music,  Soundpieces 2: Interviews with American Composers, and The Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music, now in its second edition. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jayme Mattler directed the audiobook for Sarah.  ----------------------------------------------------- Bryan Barney produced the audiobook for Blackstone Publishing.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Kyler Bingham is the host of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast.
December 1, 2020
Tony DuShane - Episode 06
Tony DuShane is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk. He also wrote the screenplay for the film of the same title (directed by Eric Stolz) which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. His literary podcast Drinks with Tony releases new episodes every Wednesday. Our print interview with Tony from early this year can be found HERE. --------------------------------------- This week's book recommendation is The Marvel Universe by Bruce Wagner. -------------------------------------- Visit us at 
November 17, 2020
Gary Lippman - Episode 05
Kyler Bingham talks with author Gary Lippman on this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast. Gary's novel SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF SHARON TATE was released by Rare Bird Books in 2019. ---------------------------------- "Born and raised in New Jersey, Gary Lippman received a law degree from Northwestern University and has worked with New York’s Innocence Project. Lippman’s play Paradox Lust ran off-off-Broadway for a month in 2001 and his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, VICE, Fodors, Upstate Diary, Open City, Sex And Design, and 8 By 8, while his visual art can be seen at Having lived in Illinois, Florida, California, and France, Lippman can now be found in what used to be called “Fun City” with his Hungarian wife Vera and his whenever-he’s-inclined-to-visit adult son Gabriel." (Author Biography from
October 27, 2020
Laura Bogart - Episode 04
Kyler Bingham talks with author Laura Bogart on this episode of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast. Laura is known primarily for her non-fiction writing. Her long list of credits include contributions to The Week and DAME Magazine. Laura's much anticipated first novel Don't You Know I Love You was released by Dzanc Books in March of this year.
October 13, 2020
Liska Jacobs - Episode 03
My favorite novel of 2017 was Liska Jacobs's Catalina and I've been anticipating her second novel ever since. The Worst Kind of Want was recently released by MCD Books and I was not disappointed.  Liska's  books can be read at a fast clip but they are the furthest thing from a  "beach read." Tackling some pretty heavy topics and social taboos, The Worst Kind of Want will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more from this incredible author. ---------------------------------- SLDirt Podcast Credits: Host: Kyler Bingham Music: Open Licensed Music Podcast - Ralph Wacksworth; Free Salt Lake by Politically Erect. Intro/Outro Spoken Word: Paul "Mousie" Garner
September 29, 2020
Stephen Jay Schwartz - Episode 01
"Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, Troy, The Perfect Storm) where he worked to develop screenplays for production. His two novels, Boulevard and Beat,  follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass. Stephen  was a judge for the 2012 Edgar and ITW Awards. His work was included in  the short story collection The Los Angeles Fiction Anthology alongside T.C. Boyle, published by Red Hen Press, as well as the short story collection Jewish Noir, published by PM Press. Stephen is a regular moderator at the Los Angeles Times Festival of  Books and judged the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the  mystery/thriller category in 2015 and 2016. His film work has been  exhibited in the A.F.I. Los Angeles International Film Festival and the  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. He is currently editing a compilation  of short, non-fiction stories called Hollywood versus the Author for Rare Bird Books as well as writing his third novel, a standalone  mystery/thriller. Stephen received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC  Riverside and is currently on faculty at Emerson College Los Angeles." ( SLDirt Podcast Credits:  Host: Kyler Bingham Music: Open Licensed Music Podcast - Ralph Wacksworth; Free Salt Lake by Politically Erect. Intro/Outro Spoken Word: Paul "Mousie" Garner
September 1, 2020