The Commentary Track Podcast

$5,180 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 114 people in 20 months
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, 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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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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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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$5,180 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 114 people in 20 months
Created April 15, 2017
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John Müller
6 months ago

Sorry it took so long for me to discover this podcast. Have listened to about ten of them and it's been FASCINATING. Hope you reach your goal, Mr. Thompson.

Darren Németh
10 months ago


14 months ago
Richard Gehr
15 months ago

A real scholar and aficionado ... gives his heart to his work...AND, a great guy. Good luck Frank!!!

16 months ago
Bob Borgen
16 months ago

Look forward to many more wonderful episodes!

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