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The Movies
That Made Me

The Movies That Made Me

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and fearless leader himself, director Joe Dante. The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

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Josh Olson

Josh Olson

Josh Olson’s screenplay for the film A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the WGA award and the Edgar, among others. He is the writer/director of the horror/comedy cult movie INFESTED. His adaptation of the Dennis Lehane short story UNTIL GWEN made the Black List. 

He has written with or for Peter Jackson, Harlan Ellison, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of four million hits.  

He and John Brancato recently wrote the action film TRIGGER WARNING, which is coming out from Netflix later this year. 

Joe Dante

Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers. 

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