April 16, 2017

Episode 8 Joe Bob Briggs and Wayne White

While hanging out at the badass 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival, we met Drive-In Movie King Joe Bob Briggs and Emmy Award-winning artist, puppeteer and illustrator Wayne White. As usual, we ran the gamut of topics and now you, dear listeners, get to enjoy.

First up – Joe Bob!

  • Why he’d like to see the CFF become the “mecca” of Southern Films and Exploitation films
  • His Top 5 films made in Tennessee…and this movie ain’t one of ‘em
  • Nashville hates Robert Altman?
  • How technology makes film making cheap – but has all this access made movies worse?
  • Don’t. Cast. Your. Friends.
  • All the things that make a movie suck have nothing to do with budget
  • Where’s the next Roger Corman?
  • Andre tells JBB how he helped him write a paper in college!

Next – Wayne White

  • The guys get a tour of Wayne-O-Rama! F-ing rad!
  • How Chattanooga history inspired Wayne’s art
  • Why “Americana” creates the thrill of the attraction
  • What it’s like to win multiple Emmys
  • How Pee Wee’s Playhouse got its look
  • Is Paul Rubens a good leader?
  • Charles Schulz = The Ultimate Artist

Joe Bob Briggs is an investigative reporter, essayist and actor who was born in Dallas, raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended Vanderbilt University on a sports-writing scholarship. Bloom began his writing career in Texas, earning two National Magazine Award nominations for his work with Texas Monthly. He was later fired from the Dallas Times-Herald for writing (as “Joe Bob Briggs”) a parody of the then-popular song, “We Are The World”. Joe Bob Briggs began his television career on The Movie Channel, hosting Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater (1987) for nine years. During this time, it became TMC’s highest-rated show, earning two ACE award nominations. He currently hosts TNT’s Monstervision (1993) on Saturday nights, and is at work on an autobiographical screenplay.

Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Wayne has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry, winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Big Time.’

In 2009, Wayne’s life and career were chronicled in an incredible 382-page monograph, edited by Todd Oldham. The book features hundreds of images from Wayne’s earliest work as an illustrator all the way to his most recent fine art sculptures. Since the book’s release, Wayne has been traveling the country delivering an incredibly entertaining hour long talk where he discusses his life and work, while making time for a little banjo and harmonica playing.

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