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Podcast Milestones

As podcasters, we love our special round number episodes. It really is baffling because I’ve probably been on somewhere between 200-300 shows, perhaps even more, but having the numbers line up on your primary feed is an achievement and it calls for something special.

We had two such milestones reached over the past weekend, and our hosts unquestionably made the episodes special.

One of our flagship shows, The Magic Lantern Podcast went a little above and beyond. They started by asking their community to choose the film, which ended up being one of my personal favorites — Paris, TX. Additionally, they took listener questions and recorded a second part of their 100th episode. And then they dropped the mic and decided to leave the country. Enjoy the other hemisphere, Cole and Ericca.

Jamie and Doug also reached 100 and covered one of the worst best movies of the 1980s, Mac and Me. It is essentially an E.T. ripoff and a full-length McDonalds commercial all in one. Have I mentioned that it’s terrible and that I love it? While they didn’t go to the same extent as Cole and Ericca, they certainly prepared a tentpole title and had a lot of fun with it.

There are a couple of other podcasts that are nearing the same milestone. Just the Discs is currently at episode 98, and I happen to know that episode 100 is recorded and in the can, ready to be released soon. And I look forward to listening to it.

The next one up is Criterion Now which is at episode 82. At this rate, we will probably reach episode 100 by the end of the year, perhaps late fall depending on how things go. We will certainly do something special, but as of right now haven’t planned anything. Suggestions are welcome.

Thanks for listening to the shows! Please support everyone by giving them a rating and review on iTunes.

Announcement: Just the Discs is part of The 25th Frame

We are thrilled to announce another addition to our growing lineup here at 25th Frame Media!

You may know Brian Saur as the co-host of Pure Cinema Podcast, the blogger at Rupert Pupkins Speaks, or formerly as the co-host of Off the Shelf. He has a wide variety of tastes and is one of the most knowledgeable people about film that I’ve met.

We are honored to have his Just the Discs Podcast join our network. For those who don’t know, this show is a (mostly) weekly discussion about home media. The angle is that he talks about a pile of discs, and he focuses not just on the major releases but also smaller, boutique labels. It is nearly impossible to listen to an episode and not come away with a recommendation, whether it is an arthouse masterpiece, a cult classic, or an underappreciated gem.

He covers labels such as Shout/Scream Factory, Twilight Time, Kino, Arrow Video, and so many more. Lately he has been covering new arrivals with Rob Galluzzo from Shockwaves Podcast.

Brian’s show is a labor of love and it shows. As far as how it fits within The 25th Frame, it complements our other home media discussions (such as Criterion Now, Arrow Now), and gives us comprehensive coverage of the physical media. I’m sure Brian will be part of the conversation as we continue to observe the state of Blu-Ray, streaming, exhibition, and how this landscape is changing, but he will remain an advocate for getting a stack of discs.

You can find subscribe links at his show page, and episodes will appear on the master feed.

Introducing Filmshake

I’m pleased to announce that Filmshake is joining the 25th Frame Media Network!

We know Jordan Courtney from social media, and he has consistently led interesting and thought provoking discussions in our community. He also has a connection to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The dude is a librarian, and that is a cool job to film nerds like us. As you all know, the library has gradually been establishing itself as a presence for home media — whether it is having DVDs and Blu-Rays to check out, or offering subscription services like Kanopy and Hoopla. We are pleased to have a librarian on the show, and to have a show connected with an actual library.

Jordan manages the ‘Innovation Space’ at his library, a creative lab where patrons can record their own podcasts. He has good audio quality, a voice for podcasting, and I think he will take the show in some intriguing directions.

Filmshake has Jordan along with his co-host and longtime friend, Nicholas Loup, producing a monthly, 30-minute podcast. Their desire is to whet the listener’s appetite for unseen arthouse, classic, and independent cinema.

You can hear their intro episode, and the main feed is on iTunes. They will also be available to listen to on the 25th Frame Master Feed when their first episode drops.

Welcome to the network, Jordan and Nicholas!

Listen to us on Spotify!

This has been an exciting week, but there’s more to come. We are thrilled to have launched Movies Silently, which we already think is the definitive silent film podcast online. We can’t wait to hear what Fritzi comes up with next. Speaking of which, she is already on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. The best way to subscribe is at her Show page and click the Subscribe button for options.

We have also been submitting our shows to Spotify and they are approved.

You can find the shows on the service here:

25th Frame Master Feed

Criterion Close-Up

Criterion Now

The Complete Podcast

We will be adding more shows to the service soon, as well as other services.

We have more news coming soon, with another podcast launching that we’re really excited about. We also have someone new joining us, and it’s somebody that you probably know if you’re a cinephile like us. Stay tuned.

Movies Silently launches!

It feels strange typing that headline about a website and person that I’ve been reading for years. Fritzi Kramer, the charismatic and enthusiastic cinephile behind the Movies Silently blog, has launched a new podcast.

Fritzi has been hard at work for a couple of months working on the Movies Silenty Podcast and has released her first episode with guest Christopher Bird. They talk about tinting, which is the exact sort of uniquely silent film discussion that I’d hope to hear from her podcast. Coincidentally, her first guest just announced the production of a new Queen Documentary entitled The Show Must Go On on the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody picking up some statuettes at this Sunday’s Academy Awards presentation.

The episode is currently live on the website and can be heard on iTunes via the 25th Frame Media Master Feed. The standalone feed has been submitted to iTunes and should be available to subscribe to directly within the next couple of days. From there it should hit the majority of podcast devices and Fritzi can slowly continue her takeover of the film social media world.

How to Support Us

The idea behind The 25th Frame is to gather a group of like-minded, creative individuals to develop content together while being supported by those appreciating the content. This is a hobby or side project for many of us, and a full-time job for one of us.

The amount of energy and creativity behind the scenes has truly been exhilarating, and much of that is being directed towards not only the podcasts, but also the additional rewards we can offer. Frankly, we love talking about cinema and culture and we want to reward the people that support us.

First off, the 25th Frame Master Feed is up at iTunes. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review. That’s the best way to support us as we get this network off the ground.

The primary way to support us is through Patreon. Aaron launched the Criterion Now Patreon last year to some success, and shared the proceeds with guests and rewards back to the community. That campaign is being transformed for The 25th Frame, and Aaron wrote a post about how that will work. Essentially the shows without Patreons will have their own “Channels” where people can subscribe, or they can subscribe to the entire network at a higher level and get all content.

Perhaps the best benefit of the higher level is what we’re now calling the Avengers Shows thanks to a joke made on Twitter. We did an episode with a group of 10 of us, and they called that an art film podcast version of The Avengers. We’ll continue doing that for Criterion announcement reactions as a big group, and smaller groups for other topics. For example, we gathered a few people to talk about the Oscar nominations. Going forward we’d also like to talk about event films. For instance in 2018, Roma and The Other Side of the Wind releases would be worth talking about. There will be plenty more to cover going forward.

On top of the main Patreon, some of our shows have campaigns of their own. Cole Roulain and Ericca Long do a fantastic job of balancing new content with bonus episodes. You can find their Patreon campaign here.

Doug and Jamie maintain their own Patreon account for Good Times, Great Movies. They will also share bonus clips on the 25th Frame website, like they did with Under the Cherry Moon this week.

Last but certainly not least, Fritzi Kramer has her own Patreon which preceded her podcast and supported her blog. As she launches her podcast, she’ll release early episodes to her followers and they’ll appear on the feed roughly a week later. She will be launching her podcast soon and regularly talks about it there.

Supporting The 25th Frame will lead to support for all other creators whether it is paying for their hosting bills or equipment, but we encourage you to support all of us. Even a small pledge to each show can go a long way.

Podcast Feeds and Social Media

As I write this, we’re about to publish the first Criterion Now episode on the new server.

In the meantime there are a few places to listen to us. You can find individual subscribe links at our Shows page.

You can also subscribe to the 25th Frame Master Feed. It is in the process of being reviewed by iTunes, and we expect it to be found there soon. If you’d rather not wait, just copy this link and manually add that to your preferred podcast player. For example in the Apple Podcasts app, you would go to the Library section, click on Edit, and then click on Add a Podcast by URL. Paste that link in and you’ll get all of the shows from the network including back episodes.

The formatting and title descriptions may not be as clear on the feed for the back episodes, but they will be sorted soon. New episodes will also appear on the feed as they are published. It is worth noting that this master feed is only for Podcasts. Videos such as the ones that we’ve been adding from Daisuke Beppu are only available on the website or at his YouTube channel.

We also have a larger social media presence. If you haven’t yet, please stop over to our Facebook page and “like” it. We can also be followed on Twitter. All posts from the website, whether they are news articles like this one, episodes, videos, etc. will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

We will be adding more social media outlets soon and submitting our shows to other podcast players including Spotify. Keep posted.

New Beginnings

As I write this, I am about to record the first episode of Criterion Now of the year. It is fitting that my guests will be Cole Roulain and Matt Gasteier because they’ve been part of the development of this network. Cole and I are partners in this venture, and Matt has been a creative consultant. They also happen to be tremendous podcasters with a wealth of film knowledge. It is the perfect lineup to begin a network and another year with this podcast.

We’ll get a chance to talk a little bit about the ideas behind The 25th Frame Network, and also get into the latest Criterion news including the New Year’s drawing, the April 2019 Criterion releases, and several other topics.

Even though we have moved the show to this network, from the listener standpoint not much will change. It will appear as an unedited episode on the Patreon. It will appear on the Criterion Now feed within a few days or at most a week.

What people won’t notice is that the feed will have changed servers. The other shows will also be added to our servers one by one. As this happens, there will be a master feed and the Most Recent page will be updated with each new episode.

We are extremely excited to announce that Mark Hurne and I will be re-launching Criterion Close-Up. The show has long been dormant for too long, mostly because we both had other projects going on, and Mark was a regular participant at Criterion Now. The new version will continue the spirit of the old show. It gives us room to stretch our legs and discuss a film or topic in more detail, plus we’ll also have an opportunity to bring in more guests. We expect a new episode each month, and these will appear between Criterion Now episodes.

Criterion Close-Up will be integrated with the Criterion Now Patreon, so early episodes of both shows will arrive in the $3 range. There will be more Patreon changes as the channel will soon be re-branded and we will be incorporating other network shows. More details on that will be forthcoming.

Fritzi Kramer’s MoviesSilently is going to be launching soon, as she has already recorded her first episode and posted a preview on her own Patreon. She will be posting early access episodes to her Patreon and episodes will appear on our feed about a week later. I’m looking forward to listening to her get into the technical details about silent film, and this initial episode will talk about how silent film could kill you. Yes, really.

I wanted to leave you with our good friend, Daisuke Beppu, and his introduction to the network.

In this Channel Update, he talks about his involvement with the network and discusses all of the shows in detail including sharing his favorite episodes. Daisuke is a great friend to all of us, so it is a thrill to have him. As he notes, he is the only YouTube participant as of now, but there very likely will be more. Even though this network has been built predominantly by podcasters, we want to encompass all forms of media. There is some terrific content on YouTube, and Daisuke stands out from the pack.

Can We Build It? Yes We Can!

Happy New Year! Quick update here.

Even though all has been quiet on the airwaves, work has been going on behind the scenes albeit a little slower and more deliberately as we settle back into our routine now that the holidays have passed.

The website is shaping up. It is still a long ways from where we want it, but we will build and grow it incrementally. We added two new Shows to the website. You’ll notice Daisuke Beppu and Film Baby Film are onboard. Aesthetically the network is looking up as we have a lot of new artwork. One change is that we renamed the Shows area as “Content,” which to be honest is not our favorite word and will probably change as we update with more … umm … content.

Speaking of content, we have some. A number of shows have migrated over. You can see episodes on the website on the Most Recent page. This includes the epic best of the year episode from Film Baby Film. Soon these will appear in podcast feeds, and next week we will record our first ever episode that will be published exclusively to the 25th Frame Network feed.

Patrons will get some love this week with two bonus episodes. I’m going to keep these as surprises now because they are super fun, but I’ll just say that one of them is going to be on the Criterion Now Bonus tier and the other will be to the 25th Frame Loyalist tier. The latter of which will be a peek behind the scenes as we grow this thing and make some decisions. We are going to include our audience in the development of this network, so expect a lot of updates to social media and Patreon going forward.

 

Announcing The 25th Frame

We are excited to announce the impending launch of The 25th Frame Media Network!

We are a collective group of cinephiles and pop culture aficionados with like minded interests. The 25th Frame is not just a podcast/media network, but also a state of mind. We are ultimately a group that helps each other deliver content that we feel is interesting, informative, culturally relevant, and elevates inclusive cinema discussions.

Once the network is operational, there will be numerous types of content including podcasts, visual essays, written reviews of home media and theatrical releases and news from the art film world.

Our creators have independence to present content however they desire without interference. The network does not own the shows, but we work together and are supported by listeners.

We will be launching initially with podcasts. The website can be found at The 25th Frame and is currently under construction.

The following podcasts will be participating:

The Complete – Matt Gasteier and Travis Trudell tackle the complete filmography of the world’s most renowned directors, one season at a time. They began with Stanley Kubrick, followed it with Elaine May, and will be covering Krzysztof Kieślowski for Season Three.

Criterion Close-UpMark Hurne and Aaron West had launched this show years ago and paused it to focus on Criterion Now, but are dusting it off for discussions about film or conversations with industry professionals.

Criterion NowAaron West covers announcements, news, and rumors from the Criterion Collection, evaluating titles as they are released. A recurring discussion is the present and future of home video including physical and streaming media. This show will change slightly as The 25th Frame is launched.

Daisuke Beppu – Daisuke maintains a YouTube Channel where he discusses films in depth and shares his opinion and enthusiasm for home media at length. He is a Criterion completionist but discusses other films and labels as well.

Film Baby Film – Jonathan Laubinger gets into deep film discussions on a certain topic or director and invites interesting guests that have a unique take on the topic.

Good Times, Great MoviesDoug McCambridge and Jamie Lorello take a look at well known 80s “classics,” and humorously evaluate whether they hold up. At times they discover new art in these old films, and at others they revel in 80s silliness.

The Magic LanternEricca Long and Cole Roulain cover the films they love and discuss what they love about them. Topics range from experimental to high art films to renowned classics.

Michael Hutchins – Michael assembles a variety of statistics and details about film that will be shared on the website. Michael will also contribute in other areas.

MoviesSilentlyFritzi Kramer is launching a new podcast to dig into silent film, exploring its context and technique and drawing attention to hidden gems. She will invite a number of experts to explore the era.

We are thrilled with the initial lineup and have other podcasts and projects in development that will bring more depth, scope, analysis, and entertainment to you as we grow.

In addition to the podcasts listed above, the 25th Frame has an extensive “bench” of contributors who will join podcasts as guests or contribute to the network in other ways.

More details will be coming soon including how to subscribe to the feeds, where to find us on social media, and when we have made updates to the website or show list.