On an equal parts shocking, timely, and beguiling episode of After Hours Am/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and Dr. Clarissa Cole — we welcome Larry Brand, filmmaker and writer of Wondery’s new #1 podcast “Young Charlie,” chronicling the life and times of Charles Manson from childhood until he sent his “family” out for a night of murder in Hollywood. We talk with Larry at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the week’s oddest and most compelling True Crime news.
Wondery, creator of the #1 podcast “Dirty John,” has launched a new podcast called “Young Charlie,” a 6-part series that investigates Manson’s unlikely path from his troubled childhood in rural West Virginia to the night he sent out the “Manson Family” to commit the most infamous crime in Hollywood history. “Young Charlie” was written by Hollywood screenwriter and director Larry Brand and debuted at #1 on iTunes Nov. 8, just 11 days before Manson’s death.
How did Charles Manson become a cunning, charismatic monster? In August 1969, the world was shocked by the savage murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four others at the sprawling Hollywood Hills estate she shared with film director Roman Polanski. When the following night another couple was brutally slaughtered, panic spread among Los Angeles residents. I remember – I was there.
Four months later, the mastermind behind these vicious crimes was arrested, and the public learned the name that would become synonymous with implacable, almost supernatural, evil: Charles Manson. But few knew then – or now – the full story behind the making of a mass murderer. In this groundbreaking 6-part series, host Tracy Pattin is joined by internationally acclaimed actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) to take listeners on a unique journey, investigating Manson’s unlikely path from his troubled childhood in rural West Virginia to the night he sent his out his followers to commit the most infamous crime in Hollywood history.
Larry Brand’s first job in the film industry was as driver and production assistant to the legendary Orson Welles. Following his first feature film, the psychological thriller Backfire (co-written with frequent collaborator Rebecca Reynolds), he went on to write, direct, and co-star in The Drifter, Masque of the Red Death, and Overexposed for indie producer Roger Corman. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, with budgets ranging from $15 thousand to $15 million, his films have included the award-winning independents Paranoia and Christina, and studio productions Hard Luck (Wesley Snipes) and Halloween: Resurrection (Jamie Lee Curtis), which went on to become the second most profitable sequel in the franchise’s history.
In 2008 he formed 8180 Films with partners Rebecca Reynolds and James Carpenter. Their first feature, Christina, went on to win major awards on the film festival circuit, 8180’s The Coexist Comedy Tour (directed and edited by Brand) is 2013’s recipient of Best Documentary Feature at New York’s Visionfest.
A Perfect Man, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men, Ray Donovan) and Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, Criminal Minds), from a script by Brand and Peter Elkoff, was released in theaters by IFC/AFC in December 2013. 8180 Films’ noir thriller, The Girl on the Train, written and directed by Brand and starring Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Nicki Aycox (Christina,The X-Files), and Stephen Lang, was released in theaters July, 2014. 8180’s most recent production, Beyond Glory, directed by Brand and starring Stephen Lang and Gary Sinise, was released across all platforms in October, 2016. This year Reynolds and Carpenter co-created “Hollywood & Crime,” the parent podcast to “Young Charlie.”
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