The Commentary Track Podcast

$2,600 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 9 days
Frank Thompson  ASHEVILLE, NC
I started my podcast The Commentary Track five years ago. It was created to feature in-depth conversations with film historians and archivists as well as actors, composers and filmmakers who have a deep knowledge and love for films of the past. Until February, 2016, I did just that. The Commentary Track’s guests have included many top film historians – Kevin Brownlow, David Shepard, Sam Gill, Bob Birchard, Rudy Behlmer, Leonard Maltin, Richard M. Roberts, Jordan R. Young, Jerry Beck, John Bengtson and many others. Actors such as Jim Beaver, Trace Beaulieu and George Chakiris; filmmakers Joe Dante, Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; authors James Curtis, Steve Bingen, Marilyn Moss, Tracey Goessel and Matthew Kennedy – in fact, too many guests to list them all here.

In late 2015, a perfect storm of technical issues combined with a series of financial reversals made it impossible to continue. Now, I want to get the podcast up and running again. I already have five episodes ready to post and many more interviews lined up.

I need these funds to rebuild my website, thecommentarytrack.com. I also need to invest in new equipment so that I can begin doing phone interviews at an acceptable sound quality (boy, I hate the sound of phone interviews). And if there’s any money left over, I want to explore ways to more aggressively advertise the podcast. So far it has been a labor of love. I can’t afford labors of love anymore, so I want to find a way to make the podcast sustainable.

Bringing back The Commentary Track will also revive my other podcast, Radio Movies with Frank Thompson. I really look forward to producing that one again. Providing in-depth film history introductions to these radio adaptations of classic movies is one of the most enjoyable things I do.

Thanks so much for supporting this project Any contribution is welcome. And if you can’t toss any money this way – believe me, I understand – please at least spread the word to your friends who might want to be a part of my podcasts’ resurgence.
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Update 2
Posted by Frank Thompson
20 hours ago
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Just over a week into the campaign and we are 1/3 of the way to our goal. Sixty wonderful people have made contributions big and small and I appreciate every donation and every donor. Now, if each one of those sixty would pass the word along to a few friends, we might actually succeed in getting The Commentary Track going again. I really want that to happen. Thanks to everybody who has supported me.
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Posted by Frank Thompson
6 days ago
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The campaign to bring the Commentary Track podcast back to life has had a great start and I'm so very thankful to everyone who has kicked in with contributions from $5 to $500.

We still have a long way to go, so if you haven't yet checked us out, I hope you'll do so. And if you have, please spread the word.

Thank you all, infinity.
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$2,600 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 9 days
Created April 15, 2017
JR
$25
Joel Rice
1 day ago
NR
$25
Nick Rumaczyk
1 day ago
DG
$30
Darroch Greer
3 days ago

Good for you, Frank!

SF
$50
Steve Fineo
3 days ago

All the best to an old friend.

$25
Anonymous
4 days ago
$10
Charles Hurt
4 days ago
TB
$25
Tammy Burnstock
4 days ago

Thank you from Oz!

$25
Anonymous
4 days ago
$15
Anonymous
4 days ago
ML
$100
Martha Lancaster
4 days ago

I love you sweet brother.

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