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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 1, “Summer Sátántangó, Part 1”

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 1, “Summer Sátántangó, Part 1”

Hello and welcome back to the brand new season faithful non-listeners! We figured that since everyone claims to hate the long episodes, we’d have an epic three-parter that begins well and winds up as a booze-soaked brawl of cinephiles, Crystal Skulls, and forgetting to mention WALL-E at all!

Also—you note the subtle name change. This comes from a minor discussion where we realized—much like Kevin’s video reviews—that the podcast should be open to everyone and anyone when it comes to showing up at Grassroots and discussing film. Besides, if you haven’t heard, Vadim now writes for nearly every newspaper in Salt Lake City and I myself am the district regional manager of an Arby’s that I run out of my bedroom.

But before all that, we got together in late August with one goal in mind: to discuss the summer that was. From superhero films proving they’ve finally got legs to stand on, to subtle surprises, to Keith’s ever-lasting defense of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that should make Spielberg proud. We go over it all.

Except for WALL-E. That we just forgot.

Joining us for this spectacular event are the “Grassroots All-Stars:” S.T. VanAirsdale (The Reeler, Defamer), Kevin B. Lee (Shooting Down Pictures, THND), Jeremiah Kipp (Slant, Fangoria, THND) and Preston Miller (Jones).

We start off with the Superhero question and me being unable to separate Slant Magazine (sorry Ed) from Reverse Shot. It only gets darker from there.

So enjoy part one of “Summer Sátátangó” ! And if you ever see Vadim or myself at the bar, buy us drinks and give us jobs! John Lichman

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John Lichman is a freelance writer who contributes to The Reeler, Primetime A&E [print only] and anyone with cash. He works odd jobs to afford his vices, sleeps on couches and can drink Vadim Rizov under a table.

Vadim Rizov is a New York-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Onion A.V. Club and Paste Magazine, among others.

Keith Uhlich is editor of The House Next Door.

Jeremiah Kipp’s writing has appeared in Slant Magazine, Filmmaker, Fangoria and other publications.

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker based in New York City. He has written for Cinema-Scope, The Chicago Reader, Senses of Cinema and Slant. His website is

Preston Miller is the writer/director of Jones.

S.T. VanAirsdale is editor of The Reeler and a contributor to Defamer and The Huffington Post.