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David Gordon Green, Director: Interview on The Sound of Young America at South by Southwest

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David Gordon Green is a director. His films have ranged from the touching indie drama George Washington (his debut) to his most recent, the stoner action-comedy Pineapple Express. He's also worked with college friends Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best on the HBO series Eastbound and Down, and on the upcoming fantasy comedy Your Highness.

He talked with us while visiting South by Southwest for a panel on Eastbound & Down. He discussed the parallels between his more dramatic and more comedic work, how he became a director of Big Movies, and about testing "Your Highness" and "Pineapple Express" for audiences.

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"Weird", the Weird Al Story

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Weird Al finally gets the biopic he deserves, courtesy of Eric Appel.

Bear Nation Director Malcolm Ingram: Interview at South by Southwest on The Sound of Young America

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Malcolm Ingram, the director of Bear Nation, talks with Jesse Thorn at South by Southwest. The film is about "bears," a gay subculture known for their girth, their penchant for all things hirsute, and their acceptance of men who may not have been comfortable in other parts of gay culture.

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The AV Club on The Sound of Young America: March 2010

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Tasha Robinson
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Keith Phipps and Tasha Robinson of The AV Club join us once again to recommend some of the best in pop culture.

Keith says to check out the 1930s version of Alice In Wonderland, featuring Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and WC Fields. He also recommends the new Johnny Cash record, American VI: Ain't No Grave.

Tasha says to check out the touring show of the Oscar-nominated short films, and an amazing choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel called Meanwhile.

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Luis Guzman, star of How to Make It In America: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Luis Guzman

Luis Guzman is one of America's most successful character actors. He's appeared in dozens of films and television series, from Short Eyes in the 1970s to Miami Vice in the 1980s to Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights and The Limey in the 1990s. Now he's featured on the new HBO show How To Make It In America.

He talks with us about growing up in New York's Lower East Side, and about his work there as an activist and social worker. As a teen, he hung out at the legendary New Yorican Poets Cafe, watching poets and writers like Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsburg and Miguel Piñero, who cast Guzman in Short Eyes in the late 1970s, and got him his first television audition, for Miami Vice in the 1980s. Since then, Guzman has become a favorite of directors like P.T. Anderson and Steven Soderbergh, among others.

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Jordan Improves Cop Out

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Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau

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On the parallel bars.

Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch, Director and Producer of Lucky and Spellbound: Interview on The Sound of Young America at Sundance

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Sean Welch

Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch Interview on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch were nominated for an Oscar for their first documentary feature, Spellbound. They made the film as a duo with money borrowed from credit cards - Blitz behind the camera, and Welch holding the microphone boom.

Blitz went on to direct the fictional feature Rocket Science (you can hear his interview on the show about that film here), as well as episodes of The Office.

Now, Blitz and Welch have a new documentary, called Lucky, about lottery winners. It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where we spoke to the pair.

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Trevor Groth, Director of Programming at the Sundance Film Festival: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Trevor Groth on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Trevor Groth is director of programming at the Sundance Film Festival. He started at the festival as a teenaged volunteer; today he's charged with reinvigorating its rebellious spirit. He and his team watch thousands of films each year, working to build a lineup for the world's most prestigious festival of independent film.

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Drunk History's Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner at Sundance: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Derek Waters
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Jeremy Konner

Drunk History on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner are the creator and director of Drunk History, a series of shorts in which comedians get very, very drunk, then re-tell their favorite stories from history. The stories are re-enacted, with drunken narration and dialogue, by notable actors. Past participants have included Michael Cera and Jack Black. At Sundance, Konner and Waters screened two shorts, one featuring the story of Tesla and Edison, with actors John C. Reilly (above) and Crispin Glover, and one telling the story of Lincoln and Douglass, who were portrayed by Will Ferrel and Don Cheadle.

"Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln," narrated by past Jordan, Jesse, Go! guest Jen Kirkman, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The new shorts will air as part of a new series on HBO, Funny or Die Presents, which premiers tonight.

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