TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Diana Ossana

Season 03 | Episode 35

Diana Ossana


The Oscar winning co-writer and producer of Brokeback Mountain takes us on a cinematic journey through her life, and talks about the pleasures of writing with Larry McMurtry and Joe Bonnano, and what Ken Kesey’s favorite movie was.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Red River (1948)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Hud (1963)
Piranha (1978)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
They Drive By Night (1940)
Kings Row (1942)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)
The Grapes of Wrath (1942)
Buffalo Bill (1944) 
Laura (1944)
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950)
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
Moby Dick (1956)
Village of the Damned (1960)
Written on the Wind (1956)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Brazil (1985)
Lost In La Mancha (2002)
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996)
The Fisher King (1991)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Searchers (1956)
Fort Apache (1948)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Other Notable Items

The WGA Awards
The Academy Awards
Larry McMurtry
George Clooney
Ang Lee
Bill Clinton
“Brokeback Mountain” New Yorker short story by Annie Proulx 
Flannery O’Connor
The Motion Picture Production Code
TV Guide
George Raft
Rock Hudson
Ann Sheridan
Jean Harlow
The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
James Bond
Paul Newman
TFH Guru John Sayles
The Varsity Theater in St. Louis, MO
The Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Roger Corman
Raoul Walsh
Ida Lupino
Humphrey Bogart
Ronald Reagan
Claude Rains
Turner Classic Movies
Branded TV series (1965-1966)
Have Gun Will Travel TV series (1957-1963)
Maverick TV series (1957-1962)
Dana Andrews
William Wellman
Darryl Zanuck
Joel McCrea
Henry Fonda
Anthony Quinn
Harry Morgan
The Night of the Triffids novel (2001)
The Day of the Triffids BBC miniseries (1981)
The Day of the Triffids novel by John Wyndham (1951)
The Avengers TV series (1961-1969)
Diana Rigg
Childhood’s End novel by Arthur C. Clarke
Robert Heinlein
Harlan Ellison
Douglas Sirk
Dorothy Malone
Pedro Almodovar
Rainer Werner Fassbender
John Waters
John Stahl
Barbara Stanwyck
Fred MacMurray
Joan Bennett
Brad Pitt
Terry Gilliam
Anything For Billy novel by Larry McMurtry
Billy The Kid
Don Quixote novel by Miguel de Cervantes
Peter Sellers
The Martin Cinerama Theater in St. Louis
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Christopher Walken
Joseph Bonanno
The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo (1969)
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
Michael Imperioli
The Searchers novel by
John Wayne
John Ford
Monument Valley
The Last Picture Show soundtrack by Hank Williams
Audie Murphy
John Huston
The Making of “The Red Badge of Courage” New Yorker article by Lillian Ross 
Ken Kesey
Horseman, Pass By novel by Larry McMurtry (1961)
Film Flam: Essays collection by Larry McMurty (1987)

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.