Oscar-winning creative partners Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary share their treasure trove of filmmaking knowledge in a new podcast called “The Video Archives Podcast.”
Scheduled to launch in July, the project will see the “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs” co-writers revisit lesser-known movies they would recommend to customers while working at the Video Archives movie rental store in Manhattan Beach, in California, nearly 40 years ago.
Each episode will include discussion of these titles, taken from the actual VHS tapes Tarantino obtained in 1995 and used to recreate the Video Archives store in his home.
With the help of announcer and Avary’s daughter, Gala Avary, the couple will award prizes to their favorite films, weigh in on video transfer quality and bring hidden gems to their listeners.
“We never imagined that 30 years after working together behind the video archive counter, we’d be together again doing exactly the same thing we did back then: passionately talking about movies on VHS,” they said. Tarantino and Avary in a joint statement. “Originally, watching movies brought us together and made us friends, and it’s our love of cinema that still brings us together today. So we surrounded ourselves with the original collection of the video archives, where we both worked before becoming famous filmmakers, and traveled back in time to the golden age of VHS.
The statement continued, “We LOVE chatting about movies, and we want to welcome you to the Video Archive Podcast to hang out with us and the Archive’s New Employee Gala, and discover the hidden VHS gems on our shelves.”
Scott Greenstein, Director of Content at SiriusXM, added, “Quentin and Roger have left such a lasting mark on cinema and it’s remarkable to think that it all goes back to a Manhattan Beach video rental store. We are thrilled to be able to help them revisit this formative moment in their careers and bring their recommendations to a new and wider audience.
“The Video Archives Podcast” will be released via SiriusXM affiliate Stitcher, which hosts shows like “Literally! With Rob Lowe” and “Freakonomics, MD”
Earwolf, Stitcher’s comedy podcast network, will provide production support. Josh Richmond and Gala Avary will produce and Devon Bryant will engineer, with executive producers Colin Anderson and Natalie Mooallem.
You can listen to the trailer here.
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