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WLIR’s Denis McNamara & My Friend Dahmer’s Marc Meyers on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film


THIS WUSB PROGRAM AIRS MARCH 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Radio legend, Denis McNamara, will be discussing his new Showtime film, ‘New Wave: Dare to Be Different,’ on Tom Needham’s ‘The Sounds of Film’ on Thursday at 6 P.M. The program will also feature an exclusive interview with the writer/director of ‘My Friend Dahmer.’

Showtime’s ‘New Wave: Dare to Be Different,’ directed by Ellen Goldfarb, tells the story of WLIR, the radio station responsible for introducing new wave music to America. The film features interviews with Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Deborah Harry, Thomas Dolby and Howard Jones. Executive Producer, Denis McNamara, will be speaking about his role as Program Director of this unique radio station that created a community of listeners centered around punk and new wave music. In the film, he effectively makes the case for recognizing Long Island’s WLIR as an important U.S. cultural institution.

‘My Friend Dahmer’, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is an American film which tells the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s troubling senior high school year. The film, directed by Marc Meyers, is based on the graphic novel of the same name by John “Derf” Backderf. The movie stars Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts and Anne Heche. ‘My Friend Dahmer’ is now available on FilmRise Blu-ray and DVD.

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/03-28-18/wlirs-denis-mcnamara-my-friend-...

Special Guest David Penna on the Next Captain Phil's Planet!

AIRS MARCH 29, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

My special in studio Guest David Penna will discuss his new EP Sublevels and take your WUSB Pledges! Also calling in will be Tony Beux of the 2 Birds Band to discuss his groups new album String Groover and the upcoming Sonic Voyage Fest on April 19th at DROM in NYC on this special radiothon edition of Captain Phil's Planet!

PENNA is New York musician David Penna's progressive hard rock solo project.
Originally envisioned as a band idea, PENNA's music is written, performed and produced entirely by Penna. His influences range from current-day bands like King's X and The Life And Times to lifelong idols Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. The music winds through shades of prog, metal, shoegaze and fusion, with lyrical themes touching on death, addiction and spirituality.
Penna is best known for his drumming work with Kronin, Planet Hate, Spastic Ink, Ad Astra and Ronnie Spector. He has also released EDM music, had compositions featured in tv & movies, and authored content for several Korg electronic instruments.

For more about David Penna please visit
http://www.davidpenna.com/

And for more about 2 Birds band please visit
http://2birdsband.com/

Sonic Voyage Fest event page at
https://www.facebook.com/events/1791363254501821/

WUSB’s Tom Needham hosts Sammy Davis Jr. Film Screening on 3/26

American Masters’ ‘Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,’ is the first major documentary to examine Davis’ incredibly diverse and successful career. The film documents Davis’ incredible journey in show business during a time of racial prejudice and political change in America. The movies features fascinating interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear and Jerry Lewis. Documentary Producer/writer, Laurence Maslon, will be joining Tom Needham for a Q & A at the Port Jefferson Documentary Series’ screening of ‘Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’ on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 PM at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

For ticket information, visit http://www.portjeffdocumentaryseries.com/

Andrew Aydin on Natural Alternatives this Friday

Co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award. The Washington Post heralded the completion of the MARCH trilogy, saying, "The closest American peer, I've found, to Maus has arrived."

An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis. In 2008, Congressman Lewis mentioned to Andrew the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and the role it played in the early days of the civil rights movement. Recognizing the potential for a comic on Congressman Lewis' life to inspire young people, Andrew urged him to write a comic about his time in the movement, but Congressman Lewis had one condition: that Andrew write it with him. Collaborating with artist Nate Powell, the MARCH trilogy was born in 2013.

Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. The best-selling graphic novels March: Book One, March: Book Two, and March: Book Three are taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. Andrew often speaks at schools and universities, participates in reading programs with incarcerated youth, serves as a national project advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for “The Great Stories Club (GSC): Reading and Discussion for At-Risk Youth”, has taught classes on script writing at the Smithsonian, and has appeared as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, NPR, CNN, the BBC and many other outlets.

Andrew's other works include the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and Bitch Planet: Triple Feature (Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Magazine.

http://www.andrewaydin.com/

https://www.societyillustrators.org/events/mocca-arts-festival-guests-ho...

Oscar Winner, Alexander Payne, Talks ‘Downsizing’ on Tom Needham’s ‘The Sounds of Film’

AIRS MARCH 23, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Legendary two-time Academy Award winner, Alexander Payne, will be Tom Needham’s exclusive guest this Thursday at 6 P.M. on WUSB’s ‘The Sounds of Film.’ The celebrated director will be talking about his ambitious new comedy, ‘Downsiding,’ which is now available on 4K, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

Also on the program is the writer/producer of American Masters’ ‘Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,’ Laurence Maslon.

Visit https://www.longisland.com/news/03-21-18/oscar-winner-alexander-payne-ta... for more information.

Captain Phil interviews Debbie of Manos: The Hands of Fate!

AIRS MARCH 15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In the 3pm hour on Captain Phil's Planet hear from Jackey Raye Neyman Jones who was Debbie in Manos The Hands of Fate and will be discussing her new book Growing Up with Manos The Hands of Fate as well as her upcoming projects and art! Check it all out at these links:

https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Manos-Hands-Child/dp/1593939221Q

https://www.facebook.com/handofhorror/

https://debbiesmanos.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Jackeys-Art-338570813299450/

Also in this episode the interview with Jose Zegarra Holder of the Romantic Warriors Documentary series recorded at last years Prog Day weekend which was pre-empted last episode!

Arthur Miller’s Daughter, Rebecca Miller and Sir Bob Geldof on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

AIRS ON MARCH 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Arthur Miller’s daughter, Rebecca Miller, and Bob Geldof will be joining Tom Needham on ‘The Sounds of Film.’ Rebecca Miller will be discussing her HBO documentary, ‘Arthur Miller: Writer.’ The film is an intimate portrait of one of our nation’s greatest playwrights told from the unique perspective of his own daughter. The documentary brings to light a wealth of personal archival footage never seen before. And to recognize St. Patrick’s Day, Tom Needham will be re-airing his recent interview with Ireland’s Bob Geldof. They will be discussing Geldof’s acclaimed film, ‘A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof On W.B. Yeats.’ The documentary is now available as a special 2 DVD/CD set that features exclusive bonus music, readings and commentary.

https://www.longisland.com/news/03-07-18/sir-bob-geldof-featured-on-tom-...

https://www.longisland.com/news/03-12-18/director-rebecca-miller-remembe...

The Word From Mose:  A celebration of the music of Mose Allison in film and in performance

Saturday, March 24th at 7 P.M. at The Long Island Museum  
 
with Pete Kennedy, Abbie Gardner, Jack Licitra and Pat Wictor
 
WUSB’s Sunday Street Series continues its tradition of celebrating the work of important songwriters and musicians by honoring the music of Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee in 2006 (and long time Smithtown resident), American jazz and blues pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison.
 
Mose Allison has been described as “one of the finest songwriters in 20th century blues” with an influence on a host of musicians including Pete Townshend, John Mayall, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, all of them having recorded versions of his songs, with “Young Man Blues,” “Your Mind Is On Vacation” and “Everybody’s Crying Mercy, “ among his better know ones.
 
The evening’s program will begin with the United States premiere of a short BBC documentary on Mose Allison,  “Ever Since The World Ended,” featuring Van Morrison, Pete Townshend, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Loudon Wainwright III, Frank Black (of The Pixies) and other musicians along with performance footage of Mose Allison.
 
Following the screening, Pete Kennedy, Abbie Gardner, Jack Licitra and Pat Wictor will share their interpretations of songs written by Mose Allison.
 
Pete Kennedy, a much-in-demand guitarist is also known for his work with his wife Maura as the folk/rock duo, The Kennedys.  Abbie Gardner, an acclaimed dobro player, has toured for several years as part of the trio Red Molly and also performs as a solo artist, while Pat Wictor, a guitarist and dobro player, is known for his solo work and his touring with the vocal trio Brother Sun. Jack Licitra is an acclaimed keyboard player and guitarist, with his group, Jack’s Waterfall, and was a member of the seminal Water Street Blues Band.
 
Allison’s son John will be attending, along with the likely attendance of other members of his family.
 
Advance sale tickets are $25 through Friday, March 23rd  at www.sundaystreet.org with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).

‘OH LUCY!’ Director, Atsuko Hirayanagi, on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Atsuko Hirayanagi will be Tom Needham’s special guest this Thursday on ‘The Sounds of Film.’ Atsuko is the writer, director and producer of the critically-acclaimed hit, ‘OH LUCY!’

‘OH LUCY!’ follows Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) who lives a meaningless life in Tokyo. After her niece suggests that she take an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blond wig, Setsuko develops romantic feelings for her new American instructor, John (Josh Harnett). When he suddenly disappears, Setsuko embarks on trip halfway around the world in search of him. This unexpected journey to Southern California changes Setsuko forever.

Feminist director Lizzie Borden and Strong Island’s Yance Ford on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Controversial feminist filmmaker Lizzie Borden and director, Yance Ford, will be Tom Needham’s special guests this Thursday on WUSB’s ‘The Sounds of Film.’ Lizzie Borden will be speaking about her classic indie film, ‘Born in Flames.’ Yance Ford will be speaking about this year’s Oscar nominee, ‘Strong Island.’

The newly restored high definition version of ‘Born in the Flames’ offers viewers the opportunity to see this provocative classic fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after a social democratic cultural revolution. The film tells the story of Adelaide Norris, a black radical founder of the Woman’s Army who is mysteriously killed. Her death, then, incites a diverse coalition of women from all races, classes and sexual preferences to fight against the “System” of oppression.

Lizzie Borden is an award-winning director, writer, and producer best known for her films ‘Born in Flames’ and ‘Working Girls.’ ‘Born in Flames’ premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. ‘Filmmaker’ magazine named it one of “The Most Important 50 Independent Films.” Her film ‘Working Girls’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight and won Best Feature at the Sundance Film Festival.

‘Strong Island’ is an Oscar-nominated documentary airing on Netflix about the 1992 Long Island murder of William Jr. Ford, a black 24 year-old teacher from Central Islip. Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder. Director Yance Ford examines his family’s journey from the Jim Crow South to the presumed safety of the Long Island suburbs. ‘Strong Island’ was the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize.