TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Senain Kheshgi

Season 04 | Episode 28

Senain Kheshgi


Documentarian Senain Kheshgi takes us through a few of her favorite documentaries.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

American Movie (1999)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
The French Connection (1971) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary
Grey Gardens (1975)
Salesman (1969)
Real Life (1979)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Seven Up! (1964)
Don’t Look Back (1967)
Primary (1960)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Reds (1981)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) – Dennis Cozzalio’s 2020 best-of list
High School (1968)
Hospital (1970)
Titicut Follies (1967)
Harlan County, USA (1976)
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Mississippi Masala (1991)
India Cabaret (1985)
The 400 Blows (1959) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Bicycle Thieves (1949) – Dennis Cozzalio’s Muriel Awards column
Shoeshine (1946)
Citizen Kane (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Day For Night (1973) – Neil Labute’s trailer commentary
Sherman’s March (1986)
Capturing The Friedmans (2003)
I Think We’re Alone Now (2008)
The Mole Agent (2020)
The Act of Killing (2012)

Other Notable Items

Walter Hill
Walton Goggins
The Majority
Mark Borchardt
Mike Schank
The Maysles Brothers
D.A. Pennebaker
Albert Brooks
An American Family TV series (1973)
The Loud family
The Death of a Salesman play by Arthur Miller (1949)
Jackass TV series (2000-2002)
Michael Apted
The Up series
John F. Kennedy
Bob Dylan
Frederick Wiseman
Turner Classic Movies
Serial podcast series (2014- )
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV series (2000-2015)
Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer TV miniseries (2019)
The Real Housewives TV franchise
Tiger King TV miniseries (2020)
Nicolas Cage
Barbara Kopple
Agnès Varda
The Criterion Channel
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Mira Nair
Christopher Doyle
Wong Kar-wai
François Truffaut
Italian neorealism
Eyes on the Prize TV miniseries (1987)
Henry Hampton
Martin Luther King Jr.
Philly D.A. TV miniseries (2021)
Larry Krasner
The Wire TV series (2002-2008)
Independent Lens
Ross McElwee
Siskel and Ebert
Andrew Jarecki
Richard Hankin
The Sundance Lab
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst TV miniseries (2015)
Robert Durst
Tiffany Darwish
Joshua Oppenheimer
The Academy Awards

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and Letterboxd.

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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.