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Episode #2: Chris Metzler and "The Story of Fishbone"

Released Thursday, 10th November 2011
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In this episode, Andrew talks with filmmaker Chris Metzler about his latest film, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. The film follows members of the band Fishbone, who exploded the LA music scene in the late 70s and would go on to inspire performers like Gwen Stefani and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Metzler also discusses how he got started as a filmmaker, including his work on B-level horror films and Christian rock music videos.


About Our Guest:

Chris Metzler has worked on a variety of film projects, from B-level horror films to Christian rock music videos. He is a Billboard Music Video Award winner and the director of the documentary films Long Division: The Next Big Threat to Democracy and Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, the latter of which played at the Slamdance Film Festival and won the HBO Producer’s Award and the Robert Altman Award. He recently collaborated with Lev Anderson to co-direct Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, a documentary about the band Fishbone that is currently playing in limited release.

The Episode:

0:26 - Introduction
4:12 - How did you get started in filmmaking?
7:45 - Why didn’t you pursue a career in horror filmmaking?
9:32 - Are you a fan of Christian and country music? How did you end up working with those industries?
11:45 - How do go from your two previous films to this? They seem so different!
13:10 - Why do you think Fishbone agreed to work with you?
14:30 - How did you decide to approach it the way you did?
16:52 - Do you have a particular interview style that gets people to open up?
21:21 - You have to juggle many different elements. Do you ever worry you’re not telling the full truth?
25:21 - What drew you to Fishbone personally?
29:05 - What are the details of the release?
30:18 - Show close

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