Sean and Amanda open the show by talking about their five favorite scenes of the 2023 movie year (1:00), before digging into one of the most exciting directorial debuts of the year: Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction (24:00). They talk about the state of family dramas and satires as genres and how American Fiction succeeds as a refreshing mix of the two. Then, Sean is joined by Jefferson to talk about the expected and unexpected challenges of directing a film when you have a background as a writer, the movie’s deep and wonderful cast, what kinds of things he’s gravitating toward working on next, and more (38:00).
Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guest: Cord Jefferson
Senior Producer: Bobby Wagner