THE PAUL SCHRADER CONVERSATION
A PASTOR AND HIS CRISIS OF FAITH
I first met Paul Schrader when I was 12-years-old. My mother and father had taken me to a double bill of Lenny by Bob Fosse and Taxi Driver by Paul Schrader. The movie shook me to my core. At the time I had many dark secrets, the least of which I was living out the life the character Jodie Foster was in the movie.
She was a teenage prostitute, and so was I. My parents had no idea. I spent many, many years processing that time in my life, and today I see it as the building blocks for why Paul and his body of work are so deeply meaningful to me. His work isn’t disturbing; it’s profane.
From his work with Scorsese to his own life directing numerous films, Paul is a rare bird indeed: independent, voracious and at the end of all days a deeply kind, compassionate and loving person. I think there is a perception of Paul due to his work that misses out on the totality of him. It was a true joy speaking with him. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
THE OLD MAN AND THE ME
I met Adrianne LaValley after she told me she had seen my unscripted TV show talking to people about mental health disorders. She told me she wanted to talk to me about my life and perhaps have me read from my memoir on her podcast. After a few meetings I agreed. I couldn’t say no. Adrianne is an artist of tremendous integrity and seriousness in helping to eradicate the shame about mental illness in an artistic way that’s both inspired and new. Part one of my book reading was released in December 2019 and part 2 is coming in early 2020.
CHAT TO THE FUTURE
Morpheus. Yoda. Michael C. Bryan. While there's no fantasy or sci-fi film about this episode's guest (yet!) you'll enjoy the twists and turns of his story and his transformative approach to life and life coaching.