A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay. On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment.
Each week, Elvis speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design. With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Elvis is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests. Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.
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The usually silent half of Penn & Teller on how a fateful dinner in Las Vegas led to the discovery of a 350-year-old mystery.
Lenny Kravitz talks about acting the same way he talks about music, quoting Miles Davis, who said, "It's all about the notes you don't play."
Writer/director Malcolm D. Lee on why it took him 14 years to make a sequel to "The Best Man." Plus, what is a 'black' movie, anyway?
Writer/director Will Slocombe talks about making his first feature on a shoestring budget in twelve days... starring Peter Bogdanovich.
From the Village Voice, to Vanity Fair, to the New Yorker, and back to Vanity Fair, writer James Wolcott talks about his long career as an observer.
Director Steve McQueen makes films about things that people don't really talk about, but to him, they are deafening. He says, "If you're an artist, you have to have …
Husband and wife writing duo Dan and Stacy Chariton talk Art with a capital "A" and Romance with a capital "R" in their first film as screenwriters, "The English Teacher." …
Hamlet, Strindberg, Israel Horovitz, Oedipus... and motorcycle gangs. Kurt Sutter, creator of 'Sons of Anarchy,' on his biggest influences.
They picked the title first, and the rest followed: Alec Baldwin and James Toback on their new doc hybrid for HBO, "Seduced and Abandoned."
'The most contemporary thing on television,' according to Matthew Weiner, isn't actually on television. Creator Jenji Kohan talks Orange is the New Black.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele talk about the intersection of code-switching and comedy, and how the internet is changing their definition of success.
Emmy winning reality show host Jeff Probst talks strategy, storytelling, and Survivor.
Chadian director Mahamet-Saleh Haroun talks about what he calls 'film de quartier,' films of the neighborhood.
Writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez on finding source material, most recently David Sedaris' short story C.O.G., and making it into a film that is distinctly his own.
Actor and first time writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt explains why "Don Jon" is not a movie about porn addiction.
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Elvis Mitchell is an American film critic and host of KCRW's nationally syndicated pop culture and entertainment show, The Treatment, since its inception in 1996. Mitchell was born in Highland Park, Michigan and graduated in 1980 from Wayne State University, where he majored in English. He has served as a film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism, the LA Weekly, the Detroit Free Press, and the New York Times. He served for a number of years as a pop culture commentator for Weekend Edition on NPR.
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The theme track is Chocolate Elvis by Tosca.
(compilation CD 'Abstract Vibes' on Quango Records, Cat# 162-448 015-2)