Episode 63 of Live Culture, July 2020
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Live Culture 63:
The Making of

July, 25, 2020 from 11-12 noon  
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WPKN 89.5 FM, at 
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My guests this month on Live Culture will be Film Director Josephine Decker and Film Editor David Barker to discuss their new film Shirley, which won the 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Prize for Auteur Filmmaking


In the Film, renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

Shirley, which Opened Digitally on June 5th, Stars Elizabeth Moss in the title role, and was written by Sarah Gubbins, based on the book of the same name, written by Susan Scarf Merrell

Josephine Decker has said about Shirley Jackson: "I remember reading some critic or biographer noting that Shirley wasn’t a political writer. But I believe that Shirley grounded the political in the personal and that this is why her work continues to resonate today. Her stories are so deeply human that they are also timeless. She battled racism, classism and sexism through the unusual, the psychological, the manipulative rhythms of the subconscious.”
Join Josephine, David and I for a conversation about the mechanics behind making the film, with its distinctive coloring, camera style, and wonderfully detailed sets and costumes. As the film came out during the pandemic we discuss the logistics of that, and how Jackson herself is memorialized in this deeply creative blending of her life and her fiction, creating a new reality that very much speaks to the now. A feast for the eyes and ears, the film also  has a remarkable soundtrack including original music by Tamar-kali and tracks by Huddie Ledbetter, The Bell Sisters and Clarence Ashley. 

watch the trailer here 
for more about the film see

Josephine Decker 
by Sarah Gubbins
by Tamar-kali 

Elisabeth Moss
Odessa Young
Michael Stuhlbarg
Logan Lerman

Distributed by NEON

Live Culture is a monthly discussion about the arts, Hosted by visual artist Martha Willette Lewis and  airing on WPKN, Radio 89.5 fm  Bridgeport, available online at The show airs on  the final Saturday of each month  from 11-12 noon and is available for two weeks on ARCHIVES and *EVER AFTER* as a PODCAST, for ON-Demand Listening. Live Culture has a playlist on the WPKN soundcloud page available here
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