Roger and I met Sam when he attended our Ebertfest Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We were impressed with his writing on cinema and Sam later wrote as a contributor to RogerEbert.com. He also made his debut with his short film Sebastian, about her Mexican grandfather, at our film festival. Fragoso has gone on to conquer many areas in the film world, from his time at the Roxy in San Francisco to more cinema in Los Angeles. His work on his podcast has captured the attention of many in the world of film and culture, and the wider world itself. What I found particularly encouraging was that the mentor Sam adopted was Studs Terkel. Studs was a friend of ours and someone I admired for his ability to see the core of truth and goodness in every individual. Sam also strives to convince this core of humanity of his guests.
After running the show independently since its inception, Fragoso launched a Patreon campaign to mark the show’s fifth anniversary, where listeners can support through monthly or one-time donations. Fragoso, however, says the show will always be free. “We don’t believe in the importance of highlighting our archives or billing per episode,” he wrote in an open letter to listeners. “But if you can afford to put up with the work and care required for the show, we ask people to do so at patreon.com/talkeasy. “
You can learn more about Talk Easy and its anniversary campaign in the embedded video here …
All illustrated portraits of Sam Fragoso and his guests are by Krishna Shenoi.