Talk Easy is a weekly podcast of intimate, long-form interviews with people from all walks of life: filmmakers, comedians, activists, politicians, actors, and beyond. The show is hosted by writer Sam Fragoso.
Sam Fragoso, Host
Sam is a writer, editor, and programmer based in Los Angeles. In 2013, he founded the film-focused website, Movie Mezzanine. His writings have appeared in Vanity Fair, NPR, WIRED, The New Republic, Playboy, and The Atlantic. In 2017, The Critical Press will publish his debut book titled Talk Easy: Interviews with the Filmmakers of the Future [working title].
Nora Knight, Editor and Producer
Nora is a podcast producer, audio engineer, and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her compositions have been played by the Da Capo Chamber Players, as well as being featured in the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum’s ongoing “Contemporary Music Showcase” series. Outside of composing and her work for Talk Easy, she can be found behind the mixing boards of Time Castle Recordings.
David Chen, Executive Producer
David is a producer, filmmaker, and broadcaster who lives in Seattle, WA. He is the host and creator of shows such as the /Filmcast and The Tobolowsky Files. His video work has been featured in online publications such as Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Slate, Vulture, Indiewire, Laughing Squid, Devour, and Digg.
Valerie Ettenhofer, Associate Producer
Valerie is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, assistant podcast producer, and administrative assistant. Her work has been featured in Movie Mezzanine, at the Roxie Theater, and in several local publications. Currently, Valerie is working on various forthcoming writing projects, both personal and professional.
Marketing/Social Media, Maria Mealla
Maria Mealla is a Bolivian filmmaker based out of San Francisco, California. She founded Sad Clown Films in 2010, and has since written, produced and directed feature film Women and Cigarettes, a collection of romantic short films titled Business Affairs, and web series The Push Hard Inn. She is currently working on her next collection of short films, addressing the lower middle-class conflicts of this day and age. She is an active member of Scary Cow, a Bay Area film co-op that allows filmmakers to share their skills to complete passion projects through work-trade, and the Shorts/ Web Series chapter leader of the SF Film Fatales, an international network of female filmmakers.
Joe Stillwater, Technical Director
Joe Stillwater is a Chinese/Danish-American writer & director. He’s been selected to participate in various labs, such as the Tribeca Film Festival Hacks Lab (incorporating film + technology), and the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Pitch Lab.
In addition to his directing career, Stillwater also has a parallel life as a sound recordist, and films he has been involved with have screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival, SXSW, Chicago International, Tribeca and SFIFF. He holds a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. IMDB page.
Graphic/Web Designer, Ian Jones
Based in Fresno, California, Ian Jones is a professional web developer turned graphic designer. For the last five years he has worked with organizations throughout California such as Forbes, Roxie Theater, Warnors Center, Movie Mezzanine, and Bixly. His work encompasses the whole print and web spectrum which constitutes a brand.