Meet Paul Matwychuk, a writer, editor and film aficionado who compares and contrasts movies in the most erudite way on Trash, Art, and the Movies.
Like many of my guests, Paul followed an twisty road into media, with unexpected opportunities and setbacks at every turn. He might not have been talking about movies at all had he found an articling position after law school. Lucky for us, he gigged his way from student newspapers to alt-weeklies to book publishing and beyond. And he always found a perch from which to talk about movies, first in print, and now on the podcast.
The first incarnation of the podcast was DVD Afternoon, which he did first with David Berry and then with Heather Noel of the Videodrome. To lighten the weekly load on Heather, they brought on Erin E. Fraser as a co-host, and the conceit of the show shifted to pitting high-brow cinema against low-brow entertainment and declaring a victor. Now it’s Paul and Erin who talk movies every week on the show, enthusiastically and knowledgeably. I learn so much every time I listen.
Paul recommended a couple of local movie podcasts, and mentioned a couple of non-local ones:
- Bollywood is for Lovers, Erin’s other podcast about Hindi cinema, which she does with Matt Bowes.
- The Movie Jerks, the conversation about movies we hate with JP Fournier and Shawn Gramiak (my guests last week!).
- Filmspotting: SVU, where Alison Willmore and Matt Singer talk about the world of online movies.
- The Next Picture Show, “where Movie Of The Week meets a movie of the day.”
I’m taking a couple of weeks away from the podcast to go hard on the development of the Seen and Heard Podcast Network and travel to Pennsylvania to give a talk at the America East news media conference. I will be back in the saddle on April 11.
Let’s get together in real life! The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup happens on April 9 at 1 pm at Variant Edition Comics & Culture.
My guest will be Justin Jackson, creator of the MegaMaker podcast, among many other things. We’ll be talking about serving an audience, making things and marketing things, and ways to monetize your podcast you might not have thought of. It’s free, and there will be door prizes from NeWest Press. RSVP here.
Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.