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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Pushing the Limits in Film

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In this hour, everyone loves the movies, for a laugh or just to escape normal life for a few minutes. Sometimes a film can do more, pushing the limits of technology or of ideas. And sometimes films just push the limits of good taste. John Waters has done it with films like Pink Flamingos and Polyester. His new project is not a film at all, but a book about his Role Models. Steve Paulson expected the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro from Waters, but was surprised by the singer Johnny Mathis.

Next, the dark heart of Hollywood has resulted in films like Psycho , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs, all of them inspired by the mass murdered Ed Gein. No one expected the latest such inspiration: Ed Gein: The Musical. Steve Paulson talks with Dan Davies, who wrote the film and plays the title role. And then there's the YouTube sensation The Winnebago Man," also known as "the angriest man in the world." It captured the imagination of a young filmmaker named Ben Steinbauer, who tracked down the angry man, Jack Rebney, now 81 years old. Anne Strainchamps spoke with them both.

Finally, Tasha Robinson is an associate editor of The Onion's AV Club, who says 2010 was the year of the documentary that wasn't. The two sensations of the year, Catfish and Exit Through the Giftshop, may not even have been real documentaries. But she says no matter what, 2010 was a great year. Goldilocks might once have not even been considered a film. After all, it's shot entirely on an iPhone 4 and distributed not through theaters but via an app. The filmmakers Michael Keorbel and Anna Elizabeth James tell Jim Fleming where they got the idea for this compelling, definitely low-budget, film. [Broadcast Date: March 25, 2011]

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