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The Salt Lake Dirt Podcast

By Kyler Bingham
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Adrian Bartol & Will Brandt - AMERICAN DESERT - Episode 28

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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: american-desert.com) Watch the trailer for American Desert here. Official Website for American Desert IG for Will Brandt
17:44
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)
49:22
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)
46:28
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)
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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." (HowardPaar.com)
48:22
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
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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)
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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!
25:06
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!
51:47
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.
51:49
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: ChipJacobs.com)
56:01
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!
32:43
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 www.saltlakedirt.com
18:44
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)
59:57
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
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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
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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)
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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) ------ www.saltlakedirt.com
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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 nickflynn.org
49:31
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
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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 www.saltlakedirt.com
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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. http://lauraalbert.org/ ------------------------------------------------------ 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.   http://winsomebrown.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. https://www.jaymemattler.com/  ----------------------------------------------------- Bryan Barney produced the audiobook for Blackstone Publishing.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Kyler Bingham is the host of the Salt Lake Dirt Podcast. www.saltlakedirt.com
01:16:30
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 www.saltlakedirt.com 
58:10
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 apocalippy.com. 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 garylippmanofficial.com)
56:48
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.
57:27
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
46:30
September 29, 2020
Merawi Gerima (Residue) & Jess Zeidman (Tahara) - Episode 02
Episode 2 - Merawi Gerima (RESIDUE); Jess Zeidman, Olivia Peace, Madeline Grey DeFreece and Rachel Sennott (TAHARA). Merawi Gerima is the writer/director of the film Residue. The film premieres on Netflix September 17th and was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival. Jess Zeidman is behind one of the best films I’ve seen in recent memory. The idea for Tahara had been brewing for years and she was determined to get the feature length film made into a reality. I was fortunate enough to sit down with some of the main players of the film at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival. The second half of this episode is an interview with Jess, who wrote the screenplay and co-produced, as well as director Olivia Peace, and the two lead actors in the film Madeline Grey DeFreece and Rachel Sennott. 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
38:38
September 15, 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." (http://www.stephenjayschwartz.com/) 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
01:16:55
September 1, 2020