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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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Bullseye
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Jeffrey Blitz
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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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Biker Fox and Jeremy Lamberton of "Biker Fox": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Biker Fox on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The cycling enthusiast, muscle car parts salesman, and wildlife worshipper Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, is both loved and loathed in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Director Jeremy Lamberton found himself fascinated with the character of Biker Fox, and set out to make a documentary feature about the complexities of his persona and lifestyle. The film explores the sometimes-strained relationships between Biker and the people of Tulsa. Biker Fox premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BONUS: TSOYA documents some of Biker's characteristic attention-grabbing stunts on the streets of Park City.

Biker Fox Stunts at the Slamdance Film Festival on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

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Taika Waititi and James Rolleston of "Boy": Interview on The Sound of Young America at Sundance 2010

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James Rolleston

Taika Waititi and James Rolleston on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Taika Waititi is the writer, director and star of "Boy," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. James Rolleston is his pre-teen co-star. The film, based on Waititi's Oscar-nominated short, is a funny and affecting coming-of-age story set in a rural New Zealand village.

Rolleston plays "Boy," a young Maori boy who lives with his grandmother. When she heads off to a funeral in the city, he's put in charge of the house, and is shocked when his father, played by Waititi, comes home from jail. Boy and his father struggle to connect, as the father struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood. Rolleston and Waititi both offer vibrant and hilarious performances.

Waititi previously directed "Eagle vs. Shark," which starred his former comedy partner Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. "Boy" is based upon his Oscar-nominated short "Two Cars, One Night." Waititi famously feigned sleep when his nomination was read at the Academy Awards.

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Actor Kevin Kline: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Kevin Kline on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The Sound of Young America was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we took the opportunity to talk to the hottest film directors, actors, and creatives. Here’s our first part in that series, in which we talk to actor Kevin Kline.

Kevin Kline is one of America's greatest actors. He's one of the few to have won an Oscar for a comic role (his amazing turn in "A Fish Called Wanda"), and he's been acclaimed for his work in everything from contemporary drama to Shakespeare to light opera. We spoke with him at Sundance after the release of "The Extra Man”, a film adaptation of a Jonathan Ames novel. Kline stars as Henry, an eccentric older gentleman who makes his living as a social escort to New York’s high society widows.

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Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening) Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is a comedian and actor. He's a regular on Parks and Recreation, and a member of the comedy group Human Giant. He's also been in films like Observe & Report and Funny People. His new standup special, "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening," premiers Sunday, January 17th on Comedy Central. It's released on CD and DVD shortly thereafter.

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Werner Herzog on The Treatment

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A) Elvis always brings the insight.

B) Werner Herzog is one of the greatest New Sincericists of our time.

C) This interview is the most fun you'll have between now and New Year's.

D) Below: Werner Herzog gets shot by an air rifle.

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