Calvin and Hobbes, and the author of the universally loved comic strip, Bill Watterson, are the subjects of the new documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson. Featuring the trailer, clips, and stories from the making of the film, plus details on how he used Kickstarter to fund his ambitious creation, director Joel Schroeder joins BYOD to share his film with the only talk show that focuses solely on documentary film.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Joel Allen Schroeder, a Wisconsin native, is a 2002 graduate of the film production program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. For the last decade, he’s worked as a camera operator and editor on short-form documentary content. Dear Mr. Watterson is his first documentary feature.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:30 Introducing Joel Schroeder.
01:00 Using Kickstarter to raise money for Dear Mr. Watterson.
03:00 Dear Mr. Watterson: Trailer.
08:00 Schroeder explains what drew him to Calvin and Hobbes and how it transferred from childhood to adulthood.
11:00 Dear Mr. Watterson: Schroeder explains the meaning behind and impact of Calvin and Hobbes.
12:50 The mythology surrounding Bill Watterson’s reclusive private life.
15:10 Dear Mr. Watterson: A look at Watterson’s early career.
20:10 Dear Mr. Watterson: The later years of Watterson’s career.
22:50 Looking through the eyes of Watterson’s fans.
26:00 Dear Mr. Watterson: Watterson’s fans explain their love for Calvin and Hobbes.
30:30 Thanks and goodbye.