Center Stage with Mark Gordon

About Center Stage with Mark Gordon

Center Stage with Mark Gordon is a weekly radio show that looks at film and the people who make it happen in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. Some of the notable guests have included: Academy Award winners Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire ), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) Jim Broadbent (Iris) • Adrian Brody (The Pianist) • Holly Hunter (The Piano) • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) • Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) • Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) • Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) • Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Reds and Apocalypse Now) • Denys Arcand (Les invasions barbares) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) • Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) • Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) • Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) • Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) • Errol Morris (The Fog of War) • Elliott Goldenthal (Frida) • Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) • Arthur Cohn (One Day in September, American Dream and Le Ciel et la boue) Saul Zaentz (The English Patient, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Robert Moresco (Crash) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction). Other notable guests include: Ridley Scott, (Bladerunner), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes), Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire), Bennett Miller, Howard Zinn (Voices of a People's History of the United States) • Singer Songwriter Sting • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith • Professor William J. Fulco (The Passion of the Christ) • Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka • Dr. Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers) • Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July). Center Stage airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles and streaming at

Timothy Marrinan & Richard Dewey | BURDEN

Tune in Tuesday, May 2, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring a special guests Timothy Marrinan & Richard Dewey. They will be in studio talking about their new documentary BURDEN, which follows artist Chris Burden who guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot in Santa Ana, confined to a locker for five days in Irvine and crucified on the back of a VW bug in Venice, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own to an assemblage of illuminated, antique streetlights outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Urban Light (2008), which has become one of Los Angeles’ most photographed and iconic symbols. In BURDEN, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s work and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio and comments from friends, fellow students, colleagues and critics, all peppered with Burden’s thoughts and musings from throughout the years.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at



Tim Marrinan is a documentary filmmaker based in the UK. His past work has often focused on aspects of art and culture and he’s drawn to stories with compelling characters and strong visual appeal. BURDEN is his first feature documentary. He studied film and social theory at Harvard University.

RICHARD DEWEY center stage

Richard Dewey is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His student film, The Leisure Class, was recently turned into a feature film produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as part of Project Greenlight, which was won by Rich’s classmate Jason Mann. Dewey has worked as a freelance writer for, Ralph Lauren Magazine, Whitewall Modern Painters and also spent six months as the Marjorie Dean correspondent writing for The Economist at their London headquarters. He has an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

Jason Connery | Tommy’s Honour

Tune in Tuesday, April 11, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest Jason Connery.  He will be talking about his latest film TOMMY’S HONOUR. The film is based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at

Jason Connery Center StageAs their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotland’s Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments and respect as founder of the Open Championship in 1860 with a series of his own triumphs. But in contrast to Tommy’s public persona, his personal turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who gave him opportunity and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his wife.

Elliott Lester and Eric Watson | Aftermath

Elliott Lester and Eric Watson came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about their film AFTERMATH which follows two Two strangers as their lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. AFTERMATH opens in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace and Martin Donovan.

The interview originally aired Tuesday, April 4, 2017 on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at


Elliott Lester, Director
Elliott Lester is a multi-disciplinary director with a deep love for storytelling in all its forms. Lester made his theatrical filmmaking debut with the ensemble feature LOVE IS THE DRUG, starring the talented Lizzy Caplan, which premiered at Sundance. He followed up with the Jason Statham/Paddy Considine starrer BLITZ for Lionsgate in 2011. Elliott’s third feature NIGHTINGALE was produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and stars David Oyelowo. The film premiered on May 29, 2015 on HBO and earned David a “Best Actor” win at the Critic’s Choice Awards. The film also received Emmy nominations at the Golden Globes. In 2015 Lester completed his fourth feature film SLEEPWALKER starring Ahna O’Reilly and Richard Armitage. Elliott is once again collaborating with HBO Films on his directorial effort THIRST, a dramatic depiction of the impending water crisis, written by Charles Leavitt and produced by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck. In addition, he also recently produced the feature film BASMATI BLUES which stars the award-winning Brie Larson. In the fall of 2016, Lester directed episodes of TNT’s WILL, produced by Shekhar Kapur & Allison Owen, and written by Craig Pearce. Lester, alongside Bob Cooper (Storyscape) recently sold JACKSON STATE, adapted from Scott Lasser’s book, to HBO for television. Elliott resides in Los Angeles with his young son Levi.

Eric Watson, Producer
Award winning filmmaker Eric Watson began his career at the American Film Institute with a long collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky. Together they made several feature films including Pi, Requiem For A Dream (Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto), and The Fountain (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz). They also founded a production company; Protozoa Pictures, where Watson managed the daily operations of the company, oversaw production deals with New Regency and Universal Pictures, as well as developing several feature film projects including The Fighter, The Wrestler, Black Swan, and Noah. Watson is currently preparing his directorial debut with The Savage, with Mar Vista Entertainment and Protozoa Pictures. His feature writing debut It Snows All The Time (Taryn Manning, Leslie Ann Warren) recently wrapped production in Nebraska. Watson also served as producer on David Twohy’s Below (Bruce Greenwood, Zach Galifianakis), Dustin Lance Black’s Virginia (Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris), Rob Schmidt’s Saturn (Scott Caan), Dugan O’Neal’s Memory 2.0 (Jenna Malone), and Mercury Plains (Scott Eastwood) directed by Charles Burmeister. Watson, alongside Bob Cooper (Storyscape) and Elliott Lester recently sold the original series JACKSON STATE to HBO for television. He has several other feature and television projects in active development.


Tune in Tuesday, March 28, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest filmmaker Ted Braun. He will be talking about the his latest film BETTING ON ZERO, which follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts $1 billion on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as a massive pyramid scheme. The withering crossfire between Ackman and Herbalife plays out across the media, in board rooms, and on the streets in Braun’s stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at

Herbalife claims Ackman is a market manipulator smearing the company to drive the stock price down so he can make a fortune, but Ackman insists Herbalife deliberately targets low-income or immigrant communities and robs them of their life savings. Herbalife is aided on the counterattack by longtime Ackman nemesis and fellow Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn, while Ackman finds an unlikely ally in Chicago activist Julie Contreras, who rallies the Latino community to get the federal government to intervene. Merging tales of high-stakes corporate intrigue with working-class people caught in the crossfire, Braun paints a stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.

BETTING ON ZERO premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival in April 2016, where it earned a special jury mention for investigative filmmaking.

Writer-director Ted Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, DARFUR NOW, was nominated for best documentary of 2007 by the National Board of Review and The Broadcast Critics Association, and went on to win the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of the year. Warner Brothers distributed DARFUR NOW worldwide and financed along with Participant Media, which spearheaded a global social action campaign. For his work writing and directing the film, the International Documentary Association awarded Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named him, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, and Robert Redford one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world. Prior to DARFUR NOW he wrote and directed award winning short form fictional films and documentaries for HBO, PBS, A&E and The Discovery Channel; he continues to work in long form non-fiction across documentary and scripted forms. Braun is an Associate Professor in Screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where he has just been appointed the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics.

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