Back of the Theater Podcast

We start the show with a conversation about Dr. Stacey Patton's new book about the danger of child abuse.  We get into a discussion about Woody Allen and Menelek wants to ban Cisco again.


Direct download: woodly_allen.mp3
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Heidi is a filmmaker and associate producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch in 2014, she completed a master’s degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University. Her thesis film, The Maid (Il Shaghala), a short film she wrote and directed, premiered as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and went on to screen at festivals worldwide.

Namour, her first feature length film, was awarded the LA Muse Jury Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere.  Namour was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, a Knight Foundation Grant, and the script was developed with the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Lab.   Namour is streaming on Netflix.

Direct download: heidi_saman.mp3
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Dr. Bill Grant Returns.  We start with a discussion about the DNC.  We then talk about Sam Jackson's comments on the casting of "Get Out".  We end with an in depth discussion about music.  Email us at



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We dive into the history of hip hop and talk about the greatest rap battles of all time.  Does Menelek really like Music?

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Hans is back from LA and has some Oscar Party Stories.  We talk about our time at Howard University and learning under the great Haile Gerima.  We do a critical analysis of Friday an discuss low budget film making.  Email us at

Direct download: oscar_recap.mp3
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