Cinema Shanty

*Cinema Shanty airs every Friday Morning during KFAI Weekly News (9-10am), always in the last ten minutes of the show (between 9:50 and 10:00am). Also available via podcast

Cinema Shanty is the newly revamped film discussion show, formerly known as Movie Talk. It now appears as a segment of every Friday edition of KFAI Weekly News. The show remains hosted by your faithful cinematic over-thinkers Peter Schilling, Jim Brunzell, Erik McClanahan and now strengthened by the addition of Kathie Smith. All four write about film for various online and print publications in the Twin Cities. Listen in every Friday to hear the latest reviews, news, interviews and good old fashioned movie banter at the Cinema Shanty.


Jim Brunzell was born in the 70's, went to school in the 80's, played sports in the 90's, and has been a film journalist in the 00's. He currently writes for Twin Cities Daily Planet, is a film programmer for Beyond Borders & Sound Unseen Film Festival here in the Twin Cities and lives in St. Paul.

Peter Schilling has loved movies ever since he was ten years old, when he saw “Citizen Kane” at the Temple Theater in Saginaw, Michigan. He was once the film critic for The Rake when it was a monthly print magazine, and now writes about movies for the Star-Tribune. A full time novelist, last year he published The End of Baseball, and is currently at work on both a graphic and conventional novel. He regularly reviews movies, old and new, at his blog The Bug and lives in St. Louis Park.

Erik McClanahan is a freelance film journalist and critic formerly of Minneapolis, now living in Portland, OR. He currently writes reviews and features for Star Tribune,, Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Playlist and Willamette Week. Cinema is his passion, and he seeks out everything he can whether it be an obscure foreign title, micro-budgeted indie or the latest Hollywood blockbuster. He takes them all in — except musicals, that is. He hates musicals.

Kathie Smith is an avid film fan and freelance writer living in Nordeast Minneapolis. Travel and study in East Asia has made her an obsessive Asian film fan, and a compulsive DVD importer. Kathie contributes film reviews and features to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as well as music and film reviews for the online magazine In Review Online. She also serves on the advisory board for Take-Up Productions and the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis and keeps a random and self-absorbed blog under the dubious name Kathie Smith.