Show Notes

What are the ethical standards of a filmmaker portraying subcultures to which they do not belong? How does it shift if they are a member? How does the relationship between the filmmaker, subject and intended audience play out? This week we discuss all of this and sprinkle in alien stuff too, for fun, with a review of Calling All Earthlings and an interview with Laura Wexler, one of the writers behind the VR movie Dinner Party.

Group Review Documentary:

CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS (2018) / USA (Director / Producer: Jonathan Berman)

Available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play


Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DINNER PARTY (2016) / USA (Director: Angel Manuel Soto, ?Writers: Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler)

Now playing at select film festivals


Other Books / Documentaries Mentioned:

American Movie / 1999 (Director: Chris Smith)

Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony / 2012 (Director: Laurent Malaquais)

Did We Go / 2005 (Director: Aron Ranen)\

Hoop Dreams / 1994 (Director:Steve James)

Introduction to Documentary by Bill Nichols

Nanook of the North / 1922 (Director: Robert J. Flaherty)

Three Identical Strangers / 2018 (Director: Tim Wardle)

Twinsters / 2012 (Directors: Samantha Futerman & Ryan Miyamoto)



00:45 - Intro discussion about ethics in documentary portrayals of subcultures

11:20 - Group review of CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS

23:10 - Bart, Chris & Summre interview Laura Wexler of DINNER PARTY

41:25 - Doc Talk


Hammer to Nail Links by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:





Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Transitional music by BELLS (thanks to Christopher Ernst)