The Gala Show

The Gala Show

The Video Archives Podcast presents The Gala Show, where guests are given thirty minutes of open mic conversations on cinema, television, theater, podcasting and culture with reporter on the beat, Gala Avary. New episodes every Thursday.

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February 22, 2024 39 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala hangs out with actor Percy Hynes White (Wednesday, I Like Movies, The Gifted) to discuss his fascination with outsider art.  Percy shares with Gala how he was introduced to outsider artists through the documentary Turning the Art World Inside Out, the objects he has collected over the year, and what draws him to the outsider — but first, a question about how growing up with creative p...

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On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with the lead singer of Smash Mouth, Zach Goode, to discuss how it feels to step in to the limelight as the "new guy".  Zach shares with Gala his road to Smash Mouth, the new and old guys in media that he loves, and some of Zach's favorite films — but first, a question about which movies he wants to show his sons.


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February 8, 2024 43 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala hangs out with photographer DAVYD to discuss his journey of becoming a creative.  DAVYD shares with Gala how he got started with a camera, his secret double life playing basketball, and his plans for the future — but first, a question about his dream photoshoot.


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February 1, 2024 41 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala hangs out with Amy Nicholson (head film critic for LA Weekly, co-host of Unspooled) to talk about her love of basketball.  Amy attempts to convert Gala into a baller, explains why she roots for the underdog, and shares how basketball can bring a community together — but first, a question about what movie inspired her to become a film critic.


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January 25, 2024 51 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala travels to Chinatown to meet with director Barnaby Clay to talk about movies his older brother Lawrence showed him as a young man.  Barnaby shares with Gala his love for Australian soap opera Prisoner: Cell Block H, the reasons why his brother connected with movies such as The Blues Brothers or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and his strange experience with Bugsy Malone — but first, ...

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On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala travels to Ariescope Pictures to chat with filmmakers Joe Lynch & Rebecca Howard all about litmus test movies.  Joe and Rebecca share with Gala what their first movie date was, the films they were obsessed with as a kid, and what movies they can't wait to show each other — but first, a question about how the couple met.


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January 11, 2024 39 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala travels to Old Town Pasadena to meet with author Duane Swierczynski (California Bear, Lush, Revolver) to talk about the concept of "place".  Duane shares with Gala the origin story for his place fixation, how he does his research to uncover Los Angeles mysteries, and the methodology of creating titles for his stories — but first, a question about what book inspired him to become an au...

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January 4, 2024 39 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with photographer Steven Meiers Dominguez (aka Toastycakes) to talk about discovery.  Steven shares with Gala how the algorithm changed things, the movies he thinks you should watch, and how it's our duty to be shepherds of cinema to the future generations — but first, a question about how he got his moniker.


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December 31, 2023 24 mins

2023 was a year!  In today's bonus episode, we'll chat about my favorite films of 2023 and my top ten discoveries of the year.  This episode is spoiler free.

Check out the full list of Discoveries on Letterboxd.
Check out the full list of 2023 Favorites on Letterboxd.

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On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with Rotten Tomato Awards Editor Jacqueline Coley to discuss the new Hollywood shift of the streaming era.  Jacqueline shares with Gala how women like Taylor Swift and Beyonce are changing cinema forever, and how the eventization of films will keep theaters alive, and her theory about Oppenheimer  — but first, a question about Jacqueline's favorite movies.


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December 21, 2023 42 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala is joined in the studio by her best friend, mentor, and father, filmmaker Roger Avary, to chat about their holiday traditions and why family is important.  What better thing to talk about than one of their family's favorite movies: Logan's Run (1976).  Roger and Gala discuss their previous thoughts on the movie, why their family loves it, and the new things they saw upon this viewing....

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December 14, 2023 36 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with author Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, Minecraft: The Island) and chats all about how Minecraft will literally save humanity.  Max shares with Gala the history of the Prussian Model of Education, how the future generation will have to adapt in a world of automation, and the lessons that Minecraft teaches.


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On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala visits the lair of animator Ciro Nieli (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2017), Teen Titans (2003-2004), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes) in order to find out more about his life growing up in a Philly pizza shop.  Ciro shares with Gala the importance of the jukebox, his path to Los Angeles, and how watching a movie at different times in your life can affect how you experienc...

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December 4, 2023 25 mins

It's December 4th, and you know what that means!  It's my birthday.  Today I'll begin my 28th trip around the sun.  Arrow Player is hosting my birthday party, and as a part of my party favors I'm handing out twenty hand picked Selects for your viewing pleasure.  Listen along as I explain what drew me to these movies and why I decided to choose them. 

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November 30, 2023 41 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with Craig MacNeil (Craig & Friends podcast) to talk all about his podcast's movie club!  Craig shares with Gala the origins of his movie club, the beauty of YouTube angels, and the importance of queer cinema — but first, a question about how fatherhood has changed him.


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November 23, 2023 49 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sets the Thanksgiving table with director Eli Roth (Hostel, Knock Knock, Cabin Fever) to chat all about his newest movie Thanksgiving -- available in theaters now.  Eli shares with Gala how his philosophy on filmmaking has changed over the years, how he and writer Jeff Rendell came up with the idea for Thanksgiving when they were twelve, and the ways that social media played a role in...

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November 16, 2023 40 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with one of the men responsible for her favorite movies in recent years, filmmaker Josh Miller (Sonic the Hedgehog, Silent Night, and Hey... Stop Stabbing Me!) to chat all about what it's like to grow up as a movie kid.  Josh shares with Gala what life was like in Bloomington, how moving to Los Angeles affected him, and his best advice for those who want to find their tribe ...

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November 9, 2023 44 mins

On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala makes her way to the Hollywood Hills to chat with Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Big Eyes, Dolemite Is My Name) about one of her favorite topics -- L.A. movies.  The two enjoy the outdoor scenery as Larry shares with Gala his criteria for what makes a true L.A. movie, his love for the city, and movies that everyone should definitely check out -- but first, a question about Larry's collec...

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On this episode of The Gala Show, Gala sits down with acclaimed playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks (H*tler's Tasters, Hostage, and the upcoming War Words) to chat all about how to adapt life stories without exploiting the real person they are based on.  Michelle shares with Gala how she got her start as a writer, the story behind Hostage, and a funny story about a cabby — but first, a question about how one can juggle a fru...

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October 26, 2023 40 mins

On this premiere episode of The Gala Show, Gala travels to Nice Guy Productions World Headquarters overlooking the glamorous San Fernando Valley to chat with one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Critters 2, and the Post Mortem Podcast).  Mick walks Gala through the nuances and challenges of adaptations, his collaborations with Steven King and Clive Barker, and how one can even adapt their own ori...

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