FilmStruck, the streaming movie service for film aficionados, hopes to take cinephiles deeper into the world of movies with The FilmStruck Podcast, a bi-weekly show hosted and produced by FilmStruck host and self-proclaimed movie geek Alicia Malone. Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, The Wrestler) joins Malone as the podcast’s first guest to discuss fan reaction to his latest film (mother!), and reflect upon the films that inspire him (I bet one of his inspirations will be Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits).
Each episode of The FilmStruck Podcast is broken down into two segments, including: What’s On FilmStruck where Malone sits down with FilmStruck staff and programmers to discuss their top film picks, how certain themes and films were programmed and give listeners a sneak peek at upcoming films. In the other segment, Artist
Interview, Malone conducts long-form interviews with filmmakers and artists to discuss their latest projects, the films they love and what the movies mean to them. Sounds like a treat for any film fan, aficionado or new comer. To listen to the first podcast click here, or on the image above to connect you.
The FilmStruck Podcast is distributed via the Turner Podcast Network (you know, Turner, the people who bring you TCM). It's available for download via Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and Tune In Radio. FilmStruck’s podcast joins the Turner Podcast Network alongside other high profile branded podcasts from CNN, Bleacher Report, TruTV, TNT, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The Turner Podcast Network was created to implement a portfolio-wide network that centralizes publishing and production for all Turner podcasts. Turner’s podcasts reach an average monthly audience of over 7.2 million unique users and 11.7 million downloads. Who knew?
With such impressive parentage it'll be interesting to see how many listeners will be tuning in specifically for FilmStruck. More than likely the show will be holding its own in no time and sporting some impressive numbers of its own. I know I'll be listening, and encouraging my students to do the same. I can see no better way to engage the filmmakers of tomorrow about the films of the past than talking about the films of the past with the filmmakers of today. I know other podcasts already talk about classic films (I do myself!), but I have a feeling, FilmStruck is going to do it best.