Hear film director David Cronenberg, actor Viggo Mortensen, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead, Grammy winning record producer Joel Dorn, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air.
David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen teamed up again for the thriller Eastern Promises. It is released on DVD on December 23rd. The film takes place in London and is about the underworld sex-trafficking industry. It was written by Steve Knight, who wrote the screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things. Previously, Cronenberg and Mortensen worked together on the acclaimed 2005 film A History of Violence. (Original Airdate: 9/13/2007).
Then, Kevin Whitehead has holiday gift suggestions for jazz fans. He recommends two smaller box sets and some historical jazz on DVD: A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story; The Best of Von Freeman on Premonition; and the Jazz Icons DVD series.
Then, Joel Dorn, who died Monday at age 65 of a heart attack. Dorn worked with Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Max Roach, Herbie Mann, the Allman Brothers, and many more. He worked as an in-house producer at Atlantic Records before going out on his own, and in the late 1980s he repackaged back catalogs for the major record labels. He founded or co-founded several independent labels. (Original Airdate: 4/3/1991)
Finally, David Edelstein has holiday movie recommendations for the winter break: I Am Legend, Atonement, The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Sweeney Todd, and There Will Be Blood. [Broadcast Date: December 21, 2007]