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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 2, “Moving Midway,” with Godfrey Cheshire

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 2, “Moving Midway,” with Godfrey Cheshire

The second season of The House Next Door’s “Grassroots Tavern” podcast series begins, fittingly, with our second episode (twentieth overall) as I’ve not yet gotten around to editing the first (a multi-part summer-movies roundtable that I hope to go live in the coming week or so). Par for the stumblebum course.

Beyond that, a few other changes to the format: a new title (“HND@Grassroots”) and a rotating series of hosts, as indispensable House contributors John Lichman and Vadim Rizov are moving in ever bigger and bigger circles and can only devote so much time to weekly, extended drink ’n’ chat. You never know, though: the lure of Grassroots can be as captivating as the call of the Sirens.

Moving on from the pretentious purpling to Moving Midway, the primary subject of this installment. Godfrey Cheshire joins myself, John, and Vadim for a chat about his directorial debut, a documentary about his family’s North Carolina plantation that premieres in New York theaters today after a very successful festival run. We dovetail that discussion with some nine-years-later musings on Godfrey’s influential 1999 essay “The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema.” You’ll find our conversation after the break as both audio file and text transcript.

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.

Godfrey Cheshire is a film critic for The Independent Weekly and a filmmaker whose feature, Moving Midway, opens nationally on September 12th.