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Kyler Bingham

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Michael Cavalieri - La Porta Dell’Inferno - Episode 241
25-03-2024
Michael Cavalieri - La Porta Dell’Inferno - Episode 241
In this episode of Salt Lake Dirt, actor and filmmaker Michael Cavalieri (Ritornato; La Porta Dell'Inferno) takes us on a cinematic pilgrimage to Sicily, where he uncovers stories of strength and sacrifice. Michael's narrative weaves through the landscapes of his ancestry, culminating in a documentary and feature film that celebrate the human spirit. Hear how a small Sicilian village and its resilient people ignited Michael's drive to create films that not only entertain but also educate and unite. Experience the power of reconnecting with one's roots and the transformative impact it can have on storytelling. --- SYNOPSIS: "La Porta Dell'Inferno" (The Door to Hell) is a true story of courage, sacrifice and the love of family. This documentary chronicles the inspirational stories of some of the last surviving men who worked in the sulfur mines in central Sicily. These Marvel superheroes, as I call them, give us a deep insight into the slave-like conditions they were forced to work under by private ownership for many years up until 1963. Their courage, will and determination is the centerpiece of this film as they discuss their families and relentless pursuit to keep them together. There was only one choice they could make if they wanted to keep their families together, it was immigration or the sulfur mines... They all chose the sulfur mines. --- Episode Links: RitornatoTheMovie.com IG: @ritornat_the_movie_ Hamilton, Ontario, Zoetic Theater - April 7, 2024 SFIAC Ballroom, San Francisco - April 18, 2024 --- SLD Podcast Info: www.saltlakedirt.comRadio Broadcast every Monday on KPCR 92.9 FM Los Gatos - 6PM - 8PM PSTListen on APPLE PodcastsListen on SPOTIFYInstagram: @saltlakedirt
THE DEATH TOUR - 2024 Slamdance Film Festival - Episode 230
23-01-2024
THE DEATH TOUR - 2024 Slamdance Film Festival - Episode 230
2024 Slamdance Film Festival **THE DEATH TOUR** One of SLD's Top Picks this Year! --- Step behind the scenes of the documentary film The Death Tour. Today's episode offers a front-row seat to the passion, pain, and glory of a wrestling tour like no other. Hear directly from the creators and wrestling icons who bared their souls on screen, discussing the film's inception, the emotional bonds formed with communities, and the indomitable spirit that drives them to perform in the harshest conditions. It's a testament to the spirit of wrestling and the power of storytelling that transcends the screen. --- Synopsis: Each winter, a gang of professional wrestlers leaves Winnipeg on a wrestling trip through remote indigenous communities of Northern Manitoba. Wrestling insiders call it the “Death Tour” - both for the physical hardships endured on the road and the emotional toll it takes on those who experience it. Famous for its star-studded alumni, the trip offers wrestlers a chance to see if they have what it takes to make it in pro wrestling. The Death Tour is a meditation on the inner strength some discover when alone, exhausted and pushed to the limit. This deeply personal documentary travels through Canada’s frozen North and into the wrestlers’ minds as they battle the elements, each other, and the impacts of our colonial past. The wrestlers and their fans come together over their shared love of wrestling. They’re both fighting for their futures and searching to heal themselves along the way. --- Episode Links: DeathTourDoc.com Film Trailer IG: @deathtourdoc --- Guests on this Episode: Stephan Peterson - Director - @stephanpetersonofficialSonya Ballantyne - Co-Director - @sonya_ballantyneSage Morin "The Matriarch" - @deadliestdivaSean Dunster "Massive Damage" - @tattooed.terminatorLevi Night - @levi_night
DARUMA - 2024 Slamdance - Episode 227
23-01-2024
DARUMA - 2024 Slamdance - Episode 227
Episode 227: Interview with Filmmakers/Cast of Daruma --- Immerse yourself in the groundbreaking journey of Daruma, a film that defies conventional storytelling by featuring two leads with disabilities in a narrative about the human condition. Join Kyler Bingham at Slamdance 2024 as he sits down with the passionate team behind this cinematic marvel. Discover the emotional roller-coaster from conception to the screen, the authentic casting triumphs, and the industry barriers shattered along the way. This episode is not just a behind-the-scenes look; it's a testament to the power of inclusive storytelling and the relentless spirit of independent filmmaking. --- Synopsis: Daruma follows PATRICK (wheelchair user) who discovers he has a four-year-old daughter from a one-night stand years ago. He agrees to take her and becomes the beneficiary of her mother’s life insurance policy, but soon discovers he’s not fit to parent and that she’d do better living with her maternal grandparents on the East Coast. Unable to drive and reluctant to fly for fear of damaging his chair, Patrick enlists the help of his cantankerous neighbor ROBERT (double amputee) to drive them. Along the way, they discover the meaning of self-sacrifice, forgiveness and what it truly means to be a family. Daruma is a heart-warming tale of how to pick yourself up and move forward in life when it seems impossible. DARUMA has been lauded for its authenticity and is the first known feature film to star two leads with disabilities in a narrative not about overcoming a disability. --- Episode Links: Linktree: @darumamovie IG: @darumamovie Slamdance Info GUESTS: Alexander Yellen (Director/Cinematographer) John W. Lawson (Actor) Kelli McNeil-Yellen (Writer/Producer) Abigail Hawk (Actor/Associate Producer) Marc Dahlstrom (First Assistant Director) Lauren Appelbaum: (RespectAbility - Non Profit Organization)
AFRICAN GIANTS - Omar S. Kamara & Leo Blumberg-Woll - Episode 225
23-01-2024
AFRICAN GIANTS - Omar S. Kamara & Leo Blumberg-Woll - Episode 225
On this episode of Salt Lake Dirt we are live at the Slamdance Film Festival, where the film African Giants is making waves. Hear from the creative forces, Omar S.Kamara (writer/director/producer) and Leo Blumberg-Woll (producer), as they reveal the inspiration behind their film's authentic dialogue and the intense casting process that found "the Ugandan Marlon Brando." Explore the challenges and triumphs of indie filmmaking, from securing a unique house location to the emotional resonance of their Slamdance premiere. This is a behind-the-scenes look at indie cinema that you won't want to miss. --- Synopsis: Alhaji (28), an aspiring actor living in Los Angeles, is visited for a weekend by his younger brother, Sheku (25), a law student. Unknown to Alhaji, Sheku has come with a specific intention: to reveal the secret that he will be dropping out of law school and moving to LA to pursue acting, just like his older brother. Over the course of the weekend the brother’s relationship is tested and tensions rise as they converse about a variety of subjects with differing views and life philosophies. Alhaji pushes back on Sheku’s newfound dream as the facade of his own life begins to show. When bad news leads Alhaji to put himself in a precarious position, Sheku, the younger brother, comes to his aid and is a hero to his normally domineering older brother. Sheku leaves for the weekend and both brothers realize their relationship has changed for the better forever. --- Episode Links: PURCHASE Slamdance Tickets Omar's Website IG: @africangiantsfilm IG: @oskamara IG: @lennyynardo
Tim Almeida - DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS - Episode 223
16-01-2024
Tim Almeida - DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS - Episode 223
Discover the profound connection between humans and canines in Dog Spelled Backwards. Join Kyler Bingham as he delves into the heart of dog rescue with filmmaker and dog trainer Tim Almeida. Their conversation uncovers the stark realities of shelter life and the transformative power of patience and love in rehabilitating rescue dogs. This episode is not just a story about dog training. It's a narrative about the human condition, our capacity to cope with loss, and the unexpected lessons our four-legged friends teach us about life. --- Synopsis: Tim Almeida is a certified professional dog trainer, having begun his work in Los Angeles county in 2018. After rescuing a dog named Alger from a local animal shelter, Tim was forced to make the painstaking decision to euthanize his dog after Alger attacked a young baby being held in her mothers arms. This life changing event catapulted Tim into the Animal Shelter/Rescue world and the work it involves, inspiring the vision for the documentary series, "Dog Spelled Backwards." Highlighting animal shelter cases, the film navigates the difficult and often heartbreaking landscape known as "Animal Rescue." More importantly, viewers learn first hand the challenges of working with dogs living in animal shelters --- Episode Links: TrainingWithTim.netIG: @dogspelledbackwards_official Slamdance Screening Information: Mon, Jan 22nd, 5:15 PM @ The LUMIX Theater @ The Yarrow HotelTue, Jan 23rd, 7:15 PM @ The Summer and David Theater @ The Yarrow Hotel