Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

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Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:09 pm



NitrateVille Radio Episode 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Yes, NitrateVille now has a podcast! (Or as I like to call it, a radio show.) In each episode I'll talk to someone doing something about old movies—authors, archivists, historians, documentary filmmakers, festival directors, silent film accompanists... who knows what.

In this inaugural episode, I'll talk to John McElwee, proprietor of the Greenbriar Picture Shows blog and author of the lavish new book about movie newspaper ads, The Art of Selling Movies, from GoodKnight Books. Nobody knows more about the history of exhibition and we have a lively chat about how theater owners in the trenches really got people to leave their homes and see the movies.

Listen above, or subscribe at iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher on your mobile device, to make sure you hear every episode. Follow on Twitter here.

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Here are a few of the ads that we talk about in this discussion, to whet your appetite:

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Big thanks to Bruce Calvert (Silentfilm) for getting the player to work here.
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Re: Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by Donald Binks » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:15 pm

Good heavens! Nitrateville on the wireless! Whatever next? Nitrateville on television - Nitrateville Motion Pictures! (Silent of course)

Good work Mike - very interlestink. :D
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Re: Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by BenModel » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:32 pm

Thanks for the info and link. I've subscribed.

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Re: Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by boblipton » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:55 am

Nitrateville among the selected short subjects!

Voices are always a surprise. I expected Mike to sound a bit more gravelly and McElwee to sound like Pete Smith.

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Unread post by wich2 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:39 am

Nicely done, men!

(And feel free to call it "radio," Mike; the production level beats many pods.)

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Re: Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by Roseha » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:51 pm

I enjoyed it very much, Mike, please have more of the podcasts!

I agree with Bob, I had somehow thought of you having a certain type of voice, but the one you have is very pleasant.

Interesting topic for the first show as well, it made me go looking on Ebay to see a few posters.
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Re: Ep. 1: John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:01 pm

I suspect everyone thought I was Rick Kogan.

I always thought I was too high and nasal, but eventually middle age took care of that. If I'd really wanted a voice career, I'd have smoked unfiltered Luckies, like all the great voiceover artists.
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