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Red Oaks Is A Salve For The Soul In Three Short Seasons

By JB MInton (@joshuaminton)

A few years ago, before anyone really took Amazon seriously as a television powerhouse, I thought it was cute that they were doing a Caddyshack show. Looking at the show’s icon on the website, I didn’t really know any of the actors, had never heard of either of the producers (Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs)  and Richard Kind’s wonderfully huge smiling face was really the only one that resonated. But I saw Paul Reiser’s name and I loved when those two worked together way back in Mad About You, when as a teenager I fell deeply into Hollywood love with Helen Hunt. And all of those emotions mixed together and ended up with a click to play. I haven’t looked back since.

David and Skye open each other's hearts and discover what loves means to artists.

David and Skye open each other's hearts and discover what loves means to artists.

One part Caddyshack. One part Everwood. And one part A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man. Red Oaks tells the story of a long gone age of the 1980s, where a young man named David (played by the incredible Craig Roberts) who comes from a working class family, and seeks a higher spiritual life as a videographer for hire but settles to be an Assistant Tennis Pro in a New Jersey country club. His father (Richard Kind) and mother (Jennifer Grey) are falling apart together, their marriage dissolving in front of their eyes and 18 year old David is struggling to find his place as an artist in a word where he is surrounded by bankers and doctors and being called down what Joseph Campbell refers to as, “The Right Hand Path.” To complicate matters, his beautiful high school girlfriend is an aerobics instructor at the same country club and that is all about to get upset when David meet Skye, the free spirited and distant daughter (played the extremely talented Alexandra Socha) of the club President, Getty, played by Paul Reiser. Getty is a Wall Street Bonds trader and Overlord of Finance who seeks David’s help to win the seasonal Tennis competition against his arch-rival Dr. Feinberg. And when you add in the warm and joyous supporting cast, including Wheeler the Stoner Genius (played by the wonderful Oliver Cooper) and his gorgeous girlfriend Misty (played by the supremely talented Alexandra Turshen), Nash the Dreaming Lover and Head Tennis Pro (played by Ennis Esmer), and the ridiculous but utterly lovable goof of a club photographer named Barry, played by the stunningly funny Josh Meyers, and you have a very tight first season that sets the stage for David’s ascension to finding his bliss down the Left Hand Path of the artist. The season closes on new found love between many of the characters, love that could set them all free if it doesn’t drive them mad and make us die laughing first.

David's father struggles with his divorce and his mother struggles with her emerging new sexual life. 

David's father struggles with his divorce and his mother struggles with her emerging new sexual life. 

The second season tells the story about what happens after love opens these characters up, makes them vulnerable, and tries to destroy them in the process. David and Skye deliver each other into a new world of adulthood as both flail away from their homes and their parents, who are left to pick up the pieces of what it means to be a parent without constant fretting and fawning over their children. Wheeler and his girlfriend Misty, who is way out of his league but who ultimately is drawn to him because of his deep love and warmth, edge slowly into adulthood and peek over the wall at what those next steps might mean. Barry and Karen take the plunge into marriage, one of them right onto the Jersey highway, and not in the romantic Springsteen Born To Run way. And David and Skye launch each other into opposite directions, each walking away on the path their hearts take them, which, unfortunately ends up being away from each other by the end of the season. Season 2 is the Empire Strikes Back of this show, where disillusionment cloaks most of the hope that Season 1 ended with, but nonetheless hope still remains.

David stops waiting for someone to discover him and instead finds himself. 

David stops waiting for someone to discover him and instead finds himself. 

And finally, Season 3 is far too short but it does resolve into what I will call a satisfying ending, a tale well told about characters I have grown to love in a very short 26 episodes told in 13 hours over 3 years. Closing the book on Red Oaks was cathartic in the same way that I have to go through every time I think of the 1980s, a flood of emotions and memories of clattering spoons in empty cereal bowls in front of the television during Saturday Morning Cartoons, an institution as sacred in my memory as the Tennis Club Pro Championship was to Getty in Season 1. And like these characters, we grow as people in our early 20s, trying to clutch to the good things of the past, while looking forward with hope to the good things to come. And those bad things that happen, well those are just speed bumps on the way to success.

The characters find the same love together in their new lives together by the conclusion, a satisfying ending to a wonderful show.

The characters find the same love together in their new lives together by the conclusion, a satisfying ending to a wonderful show.

When a show ends, I try to look into the future and see where my mind’s eye places the characters I love and I love them all in this show, every single one of them, for all their flaws and all their joys and all their pain. Here’s what I see for Red Oaks - three seasons and a movie. I would love to see David in the year 2000, just before 9/11 takes our world from us, when America is at the peak of its power and influence. I need to see Getty and Wheeler and Misty and Nash and Barry and Karen and Skip and I definitely need to see Skye come back from whatever mountain she ends up on. Her complications drove David down the path that made him into the man he becomes and when they meet again, he just might be the one to save her, like we are sometimes called to do as people come in and out of our lives like mice in need scuttling through tunnels in time. I hope Amazon allows us to revisit this world and these wonderful people soon. 

Josh’s Red Room Score = A (Highly Rewatchable)

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123 Actor Stephen Tobolowsky Interview

123 Stephen Tobolowsky may not be a name you know, but his face sure is. He has acted in just about every television series we cover here at the Red Room. David Bushman and Scott interviewed him for the Big Bad Buffy Interviews podcast. That portion of the interview will debut on that podcast on Groundhog's Day. This portion covers Stephen's work on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood, Silicon Valley, Californication, Picket Fences, Seinfeld, The Goldburg's and his new work on Netflix's One Day At A Time. We also talk about his film work in Mississippi Burning, Groundhogs's Day and Memento.

This podcast is a great podcast for actor's wanting to know how to create characters for pilots, how to learn lines and what it means to be a working actor. Enjoy this wonderful interview. If you want to hear him talk about his work with Joss Whedon on Buffy, then head over to Big Bad Buffy Interviews and listen to more there.

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Reflections of a Fest: Twin Peaks Fest 2016

IMG_1642 After a sojourn to the Northwest for my first visit to the Twin Peaks Fest several years ago, I wrote up a day-by-day overview of the experience. That summer, I had just spent five months covering the U.S.C. Twin Peaks Retrospective for the Red Room Podcast and wanted to stay immersed in the TP world, so I made the trek to Snoqualmie Falls –– the iconic place of pilgrimage featuring the exterior of the Great Northern Hotel. Like many first-time Fest attendees, I looked forward to seeing the locations and hearing what the celebrities had to say while eating copious amounts of cherry pie at the RR Diner (AKA Twede's). What keeps me coming back, though, is the community of friends I've made over the years through this strange and wonderful world. This Fest seemed particularly significant because of the absence of Catherine Coulson and this being the last Fest before the airing of Season 3. There was a tangible electric vibe in the air for many of us. Things are about to change. For now, we can enjoy the mystery of not knowing where the Twin Peaks story is headed, but by next year, we'll have some answers and, hopefully, some new questions. The following are my impressions of the 2016 Fest.

John and Kat Evans, Fest Staff and really nice folks

The Fest Staff and Volunteers: "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present."

Us Fest goers keep coming back for an array of reasons, but I would be remiss not to give a shout out to the people who 1) kept the Fest alive when most of us were not even making the trek; and 2) still keep the Fest alive by making it small, personable and reminding us that it's all about the experience of community. Thank you for giving of your time and yourself to the madness. We are truly grateful. A special thank you to Rob and Deanne Lindley, the Fest Organizers, as well as Pam and Glenn Allen, Kat and John Evans, Jared and Robyn Wolfsberger, and the volunteers.

Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, "Mulholland Drive")

The Celebrities: “Someday my log will have something to say about this.”

Many Fest first-timers and returners come for the unique opportunity to not only see celebrities from the world of Twin Peaks and David Lynch but also for the chance to spend some one-on one time with them, too. The Friday night banquet, the town hall, the movie night and the picnic featured celebrities, including the following:

Charlotte Stewart (Betty Briggs, “Twin Peaks”)

Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran, “Twin Peaks”)

Connie Woods (New Girl at One Eyed Jacks, “Twin Peaks”)

Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, “Twin Peaks”)

Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley/Butler, “Twin Peaks”)

Jan D’Arcy (Sylvia Horne, “Twin Peaks”)

Mädchen E. Amick, (Shelly Johnson, “Twin Peaks” and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Jonny Leppell (Pierre Tremont/Chalfont, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, “Mulholland Drive”)

Bonnie Aarons (Bum behind Winkies, “Mulholland Drive”)

Julee Cruise (Singer, Songwriter and Actor)

John Neff (Sound Engineer, Musician and Composer)

Notably absent was Catherine Coulson (the Log Lady/Margaret Lanterman, "Twin Peaks"), who passed away last September 2015. A log was placed in her honor on the table among the celebrity panelists. Coulson would often bring word from David Lynch to the Fest fans. With her passing, Charlotte Stewart has taken on the role of Fest matriarch in bringing the good word from Lynch. Before the Fest, Stewart told Lynch that it was tradition that Catherine gives a message from him. Lynch gave it some thought, and, after several days, relayed the following to Stewart to present to the Fest fans: “Many items have more than one purpose. Even a table or a chair can have more than one purpose.” Got it? Good.

If you'd like to hear more from the celebs, Scott from the Red Room Podcast interviewed several of the celebrities, including Charlotte Stewart, Laura Harring, John Neff, Gary Bullock, John Thorne (author of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic: Pathways to Twin Peaks") and Mary Hütter, fan, vendor and editor who edited the trailer for "Blue Bob in Paris," a documentary of behind the scenes of David Lynch's one-and-only Blue Bob concert. Also, Twin Peaks Unwrapped featured a podcast with the panel Q&A as well as interviews with some Fest attendees. IMG_1842I had the honor of interviewing Connie Woods (New Girl at One Eyed Jacks, “Twin Peaks”) about a documentary to bring attention to the fact that "in the state of Ohio it is illegal to rescue any abandoned or orphaned baby deer and that their fate (death) is sealed because of a barbaric law." On the website about the documentary, www.deerlybeloved.net, Woods wrote, "After hearing about Trooper, a three legged deer that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was planning on killing because he had been rescued and rehabilitated, I knew I had to do something .... I knew that if I could tell the story of Trooper and his rescuers that I might be able to make a small difference in this world. I learned about a small, but very passionate group of people in Ohio that are putting everything they have into saving these lovely innocent creatures. I've watched from afar as they held 'Barn Sales' to raise money for their legal fees while trying to have a bill passed that would prevent the ODNR from killing innocent baby deer. Upon hearing about Trooper and these special humans, my friend Sherilyn Fenn was on board immediately to help produce this documentary." If you'd like to know more and/or support the creation of the documentary, visit the website for "Deerly Beloved: The Saving Trooper Story" and the fundraising page to support this important cause for animal rights.

From left to right: Donna Hayward, Audrey Horne and Shelly Johnson

Costume Contest: "I'm Audrey Horne, and I get what I want!"

The costume contest at the celebrity dinner is a highlight of the Fest. This year's first-place winner included an exact replica of the iconic Rolling Stone Cover of the beauties of Twin Peaks. Three Fest attendees recreated the look of the cover and each played their role perfectly. This photo does not do it justice. Mädchen Amick even photobombed the ladies. There's amazing photos and videos out there. Take a gander.

IMG_1772Fest Films: "Where we're from, the birds sing a pretty song ... and there's always music in the air."

The Fest features a screening of a Lynch film every year. This year, they screened "Mulholland Drive," which was extra special because both Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, “Mulholland Drive”) and Bonnie Aarons (Bum behind Winkies, “Mulholland Drive”) were in attendance. Movie night also featured a live performance by the talented Julee Cruise –– a very special treat for Fest-goers. A special thanks to John Neff who provided audio and sound as well as Glenn Lewis Allen for overseeing the movie night and the short film festival.

This was the second year in a row the Fest included a competitive film festival for Twin Peaks fans. Fans from all over the world submitted their Twin Peaks and David Lynch inspired independent short films. The winners were:

First Place: "Twin Peaks: Rituals and Candlelight" by David Busch

Second Place (tie): "Diane" by Siobhan Shields and "Twin Peaks Memorial" by Mary Hütter

Third Place: "Fire Walk With Me (Japan)" by Katsuhide Yamago

The Fest screened many of the short films, including a movie about the Fest itself. Red Room Podcast co-creator Scott Ryan made a documentary about last year's Twin Peaks Fest called "A Voyage to Twin Peaks." Scott's film is a love letter to the festival folk and all Twin Peaks fans. The documentary captures a precious moment in time –– a time when Catherine Coulson (featured in the film) was still with us. I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. (I laughed at Scott. A lot.) He really captured the magic of the Fest and the reason we all keep coming back. If you haven't seen it, go to Amazon right now and watch it.

Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Sunday at Olalie Park: “A nice day for a picnic …”

The picnic in Olalie State Park, the site of many of the scenes from "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," was extra special this year with Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”) in attendance as Fest-goers reenacted scenes from FWWM, and, of course, an amazing play-by-play guided tour by filmmaker and holder-of-all-Twin-Peaks-knowledge Josh Eisenstadt.

What happens in the Roadhouse stays in the Roadhouse.

Karaoke Night: “Meet me in the Roadhouse after 9:30.”

The Festival concluded with Karaoke at the Roadhouse with unforgettable performances by Josh Eisenstadt and a spot-on Dorothy Vallens of "Blue Velvet" tribute. I'm not sure we'll be the same, and I'm pretty sure the Roadhouse staff will not be the same, but something magical happened among the beer and AV equipment that night.

The light fixture at the Great Northern (Salish Lodge) went full Lynchian during the Fest. Electricity!

Something Lynchian this way comes: "It is happening again."

Several Fests later, I’ve realized the Fest is less about seeing the celebrities and much more about the community of the fans. There is an acceptance of the eccentric among the Fest goers. They are a diverse and extremely creative group.

It was an honor to see old friends and meet new. I had some amazing conversations with John Thorne (original co-creator of Wrapped in Plastic magazine and author of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic: Pathways to Twin Peaks") and Mya McBriar, who runs the Twin Peaks Fanatic blog. I laughed until my gut hurt with Scott and his lovely wife, who are good friends.

The Fest provided me a way to connect with incredible fellow writers like John Thorne of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic," Brad Dukes of "Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks" and David Bushman, who wrote "Twin Peaks FAQ" with Arthur Smith. There are so many fantastic men writing about Twin Peaks, and I admire their work. I'm working on my own book (warning: selfish plug) in which I will highlight the women who are contributing to the dialogue of Twin Peaks. I'm in the process of interviewing and profiling women who are inspired by the show and writing about it or producing art inspired by it. The show's given so many women, including myself, an opportunity to explore their own complex and creative nature. I want to celebrate that. I want their voices to inspire and serve as an archive of this special moment in time.

There's something Lynchian in the atmosphere every time I go to North Bend, and it's not just about Twede's miracle cherry pies or the rushing Snoqualmie falls.

The night of the celebrity banquet, a group of us stopped by the Great Northern Hotel (Salish Lodge). I wandered into the lobby and noticed the light fixture went full David Lynch. This was not my first visit to the lobby, and I couldn't remember the erratic blinking of the lights occurring previously. Later, I asked a staff member if the blinking was meant to be. She said it wasn't supposed to happen, but the lights were acting strangely lately. It is happening again, my friends.

My first journey to the Fest was about hitting all the marks of participating in the costume contest (Maddy Ferguson), seeing all of the locations, and getting to know some fellow Fest-goers. Some years later, I've realized that the Fest is all of these experiences but so much has become more personal ... and more private. There is one event I witnessed that I cannot even put into words. In fact, I won't. It was hauntingly beautiful and sad. I captured a photo. But I didn't post it anywhere. Last year, Catherine Coulson relayed a message from David Lynch to us in which he said, "We live in a world where there really is no mystery or honoring of mystery anymore ... real mystery. I find that personally depressing. I would like to rediscover a world where everyone discovers on their own what real mystery is." I'm trying, Mr. Lynch. I'm trying.

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Some lasting impressions ...

Questions in a world of blue in the Red Room.

 

Donuts for days that Lucy set out for us.

 

A real-life canvas of trucks at the Edgewick just like that picture wall in Snoqualmie.

 

Charlotte Stewart's book is quite the read. Plus, she gave us a Betty Briggs happy-face button to don at the Fest.

John Thorne is an incredible musician and sound mixer. I'm excited to own this limited edition of Blue Bob.

 

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Twin Peaks Festival 2016 Interviews - EXCLUSIVE

115 Podcast_edited-2Last year was Scott's first trip out to the Twin Peaks Festival, he came back with a documentary, A Voyage To Twin Peak. This year he comes back with some exclusive interviews from some of the celebrities. (Only attendees that didn't ask for money from fans were interviewed.) An interview was recorded with Connie Woods but somehow the interview was lost. We will hopefully have her on another show. He did get to talk to Charlotte Stewart about her book, Laura Harring from Mulholland Dr, John Neff, Sound guy on Mulholland Dr and Blue Bob and Gary Bullock, Sheriff Cable from Fire Walk With Me. Scott also interviewed Author, John Thorne, Check out his book, and Fan and Vendor, Mary Hutter. At the bottom of this post we have links to all they were selling and talking about. You will notice Scott's voice is a little rough on the voice over, the festival takes it out of you. Press play to listen, or head iTunes to download and be sure to check out the documentary about the Twin Peaks Festival Streaming on Amazon.

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Buy or Rent A Voyage To Twin Peaks at Amazon.

Scott's Documentary about Twin Peaks with Catherine (Log Lady) Coulson, Ian Buchanan, Josh Eisenstadt and more.

Listen to an interview with Sherilyn Fenn.

Buy John Thorne's book, Essential Wrapped In Plastic.

Buy Charlotte Stewarts Book, Little House in the Hollywood Hills.

John Neff talked about Blue Bob, check it out.

Purchase the Mulholland Dr. DVD

Buy Twin Peaks on DVD

 

 

Sherilyn Fenn Podcast Interview
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114 Podcast In the summer of 1990, I had the Twin Peaks Rolling Stone cover hanging on the wall of my bedroom. Somehow 26 years later I got to spend a wonderful hour chatting with Sherilyn Fenn. Maybe I'm Audrey Horne and I get what I want? Sherilyn is an extremely open interviewee. She was honest, funny and charming. We talk about Wild At Heart, Boxing Helena, Gilmore Girls, and a little thing called Twin Peaks. We discuss Audrey, cooper and what it is like to go to the Twin Peaks Festival. You even get a small teaser about season 3. She has recently written a children's book, which will be available from this link.

Scott's Documentary about Twin Peaks with Catherine (Log Lady) Coulson, Ian Buchanan, Josh Eisenstadt and more.

Buy Sherilyn Fenn's Children's Book, No Man's Land.

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