And I’m the host of KCRW’s First Take Screening Series and the guy behind this blog.
It all started in 1998 with Matt’s Movies, a preview screening series for Angel members of KCRW – an awesome public radio station based in LA (become an Angel and join us HERE). I screen about a movie a month before they come out in theaters and often with a director there to answer questions. It’s also fantastic opportunity for KCRW members to meet each other!
In September 2013, Matt’s Movies became KCRW’s First Take Screening Series. To find out why we changed and what it’s all about, click HERE.
So what is this blog? Well, it’s a place to announce our screenings. But only a lucky few films are selected and I see a LOT of movies, so I thought I’d share about some of the others I’ve seen. There are really so many amazing films out there!
But the business of the movies is often as interesting as the movies themselves, and as the creator of public radio’s program about the business of show business (ingeniously named The Business) I know a little about that, too. So I decided to share some of those thoughts on the blog as well – when it doesn’t seem legally unwise.
Just an FYI, you may also know my name and voice from stories I’ve contributed to PRI’S Studio 360, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and APM’s Marketplace. I’m also an omnipresent voice during KCRW’s membership drives.
Early on, my dad exposed me to great films like “2001,” “Rashomon” and “Bananas.” Ben Holzman was an elementary school principal and a lover of film in all shapes and sizes, and he helped run an art theater in Long Beach, California for a time. So even though Matt’s Movies started only a few years ago, Matt’s love of movies started much earlier. Thanks, dad!