TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Josh Braun

Season 03 | Episode 39

Josh Braun


Josh Braun, producer of some of the best documentaries in the world, joins Josh and Joe to discuss the movies that have influenced him throughout his life.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Man On Wire (2008)
The Cove (2009)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
Encounters At The End of the World (2007)
Winnebago Man (2009)
Spellbound (2002)
Supersize Me (2004)
Tell Me Who I Am (2019)
Apollo 11 (2019)
The Edge of Democracy (2019)
Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Searching For Sugarman (2012)
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Frat House (1998)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
The Exorcist (1973)
Go West (1940)
A Night In Casablanca (1946)
Hello Down There (1974)
What’s Up Doc? (1972)
El Topo (1970)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Female Trouble (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Monterey Pop (1968)
Grey Gardens (1975)
Grey Gardens (2009)
Titicut Follies (1967)
To Have And Have Not (1944)
All About Eve (1950)
In This Our Life (1942)
The Shining (1980)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Blood Simple (1984)
One False Move (1992)
Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)
The War Room (1993)
On The Ropes (1999)
Paths Of Glory (1957)
Winged Migration (2001)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
Control Room (2004)
Tickled (2017)
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
The Mole Agent (2020)
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)
Crime + Punishment (2018)
Whose Streets? (2017)
Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977)
Room at the Top (1959)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
King Kong (1933)
The Lost World (1925)
Wind Across The Everglades (1958)
Superman (1978)
In A Lonely Place (1950)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Party Girl (1958)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
King of Kings (1961)
Hair (1979)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
The House of the Devil (2009)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Born Innocent (1974) 
Motorpsycho (1965)
Mudhoney (1965)
Lorna (1964)
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
Black Snake (1973)
Beneath The Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
The Honeymoon Killers (1969)
Willard (1971)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Other Notable Items

Evil Genius miniseries (2018)
Wild Wild Country miniseries (2018)
The Keepers miniseries (2017)
A History Of Violence graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke (1997)
David Cronenberg
New Line Cinema
Sundance Film Festival
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: The Generation That Saved Hollywood book by Peter Biskind (1998)
IFC Channel
Split Screen TV series (1997-2001)
Jim Jarmusch
Michael Gira
Buster Keaton
The Marx Brothers
Charlie Chaplin
Tony Randall
Scott Alexander
Richard Dreyfuss
Janet Leigh
Lenox Town Hall Theatre in Massachusetts
Jessica Lange
Frederic Wiseman
Bette Davis
TFH Guru Mark Pellington
Baywatch TV series (1989-2001)
3rd Rock From The Sun TV series (1996-2001)
Christine Vashon
Ted Hope
30 West
Robert Zemeckis
Magnolia Pictures
John Waters
Geraldine Smith
Maria Smith
Laurence Harvey
Sigourney Weaver
Ray Harryhausen
Nicholas Ray
Robert Taylor
Mary Woronov
Linda Blair
Russ Meyer
Tura Satana
The Miguel Arteta Podcast Episode

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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.