Film critic, radio host and podcast aficionado Mike Sargent has directed his first feature film in more than 20 years. It’s the supernatural horror thriller “From the Shadows”, starring Bruce Davison, Selena Anduze and Keith David. “FTS” opens in select theaters on Sept. 22 and is available on Vudu Sept. 29. Sargent (who co-hosts the weekly “2 Fast 2 Films” Podcast with me) is my guest on this LCJ Q&A episode to discuss his return to the director’s chair.
Since the podcast began in 2011, Jackson has welcomed-in more than 250 entertainment industry figures. Jackson’s first guest was Tom Kenny, the iconic voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Kenny talked about his latest film, “Winnie the Pooh”, in which he voiced Rabbit. Other topics included new “SpongeBob” episode, “Frozen Face Off”. And Kenny also celebrated his 49th Birthday that week.
In 2012, Jackson interviewed Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully”, actor/director Matthew Lillard and “The Middle” star Atticus Shaffer. 2013 guests included Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge (“Ice Age” movies) and the directors of “The Croods”, Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco. 2014 guests included Chaz Ebert, wife of late film critic Roger Ebert and animation historian Jerry Beck.
2015 saw Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and “Hotel Transylvania” trilogy director Genndy Tartakovsky appear on the show. 2016 highlights included LAIKA founder Travis Knight and Oscar-winning “La La Land” composer Justin Hurwitz.
In 2017, the podcast featured “Fairly OddParents” creator Butch Hartman and comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Also, the popular Jenna Wolfe and Oscar-nominated writer/star of “The Big Sick”, Kumail Nanjiani dropped in.
In 2018, 4-time Oscar winning “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park and “People NOW” host Jeremy Parsons joined LCJ. The star and writer/director of the critically-acclaimed film “Eighth Grade” – Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham – also joined the show.
2019 guests included “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” director Dean DeBlois and Emmy-winning host Wayne Brady. 2020 guests included Oscar winner Glen Keane and “Phineas and Ferb” creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. 2021 guests included Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney. In 2022, Jackson welcomed directing legends Richard Linklater and Henry Selick, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and one of Australia’s most popular TV hosts, Larry Emdur.