If you check out Andrew Napier’s IMDB page you’ll see that this director has done a lot of everything since following his filmmaking dreams from Wisconsin to Los Angeles. He’s written, acted, operated cameras, worked as a director of photography, and just pitched in where he could. He produced the Oscar-winning short film “Curfew,” directed by Shaun Christensen, and now delivers this insightful documentary, Mad as Hell, which observes the rise and rise of political junkie and talk show host Cenk Uygur as he goes from a right-wing college student to a left-wing MSNBC host.
The man himself: Cenk Uygur
The movie is released in theaters today, Feb. 6, and will be coming soon to DVD. Here’s the trailer.
You can also buy it on iTunes!
Topics discussed include:
A quick history of Cenk Uygur, the birth of online video and the YouTube revolution
Andrew Napier’s life in Mauston, Wisconsin
His first movie at 8 years old: “Sledge”
How documentary filmmaking is like solving a puzzle
Leaving UW Madison and coming to L.A.
Meeting Tarantino and P.A.’ing on Inglorious Basterds, and a few anecdotes about DiCaprio
Getting on the Young Turks and creating his own job position
How people not believing in you can sometimes be helpful
What he learned from working at MSNBC and corporate news
What happens when you criticize the system
The amount of footage Napier got to work with in the editing room
The infamous “shut up” footage
Cenk Uygur’s “three acts”
“Liberals can be douchebags too”
Sports and the history of the ball–Napier’s upcoming doc “Bounce”
How football mirrors Manifest Destiny
Want to become an expert? Make a documentary
What to expect in the Mad As Hell DVD release
Napier’s full plate, but how working on other films helps objectivity
Cenk Ugyer’s feedback on the film, and what he criticized
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