A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay. On the Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment. Each week, Elvis speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design.
The usually silent half of Penn & Teller on how a fateful dinner in Las Vegas led to the discovery of a 350-year-old mystery.
Lenny Kravitz talks about acting the same way he talks about music, quoting Miles Davis, who said, "It's all about the notes you don't play."
Writer/director Malcolm D. Lee on why it took him 14 years to make a sequel to "The Best Man." Plus, what is a 'black' movie, anyway?
Writer/director Will Slocombe talks about making his first feature on a shoestring budget in twelve days... starring Peter Bogdanovich.
From the Village Voice, to Vanity Fair, to the New Yorker, and back to Vanity Fair, writer James Wolcott talks about his long career as an observer.
Director Steve McQueen makes films about things that people don't really talk about, but to him, they are deafening. He says, "If you're an artist, you have to have balls."
Husband and wife writing duo Dan and Stacy Chariton talk Art with a capital "A" and Romance with a capital "R" in their first film as screenwriters, "The English Teacher."
Hamlet, Strindberg, Israel Horovitz, Oedipus... and motorcycle gangs. Kurt Sutter, creator of 'Sons of Anarchy,' on his biggest influences.
They picked the title first, and the rest followed: Alec Baldwin and James Toback on their new doc hybrid for HBO, "Seduced and Abandoned."
'The most contemporary thing on television,' according to Matthew Weiner, isn't actually on television. Creator Jenji Kohan talks Orange is the New Black.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele talk about the intersection of code-switching and comedy, and how the internet is changing their definition of success.
Chadian director Mahamet-Saleh Haroun talks about what he calls 'film de quartier,' films of the neighborhood.
Emmy winning reality show host Jeff Probst talks strategy, storytelling, and Survivor.
Writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez on finding source material, most recently David Sedaris' short story C.O.G., and making it into a film that is distinctly his own.
Actor and first time writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt explains why "Don Jon" is not a movie about porn addiction.
With the series finale of "Dexter" looming, award-winning actor Michael C. Hall reflects on the particular challenge of getting an audience to warm up to a lonely serial killer.
Director Edgar Wright confesses he originally pitched "Shaun of the Dead" as Mike Leigh's "Love is Sweet," but with zombies. Mike Leigh's take? "Well it certainly had zombies."
Growing up in a family of talkers, actress Olivia Wilde quickly learned that there was nothing worse than being called boring.
Wong Kar-wai, director of "Chungking Express" and "In the Mood for Love," on why "The Grandmaster" is his first true kung fu film.
Actor and photographer Patrick J. Adams shares what Dustin Hoffman taught him about being afraid, and acknowledging it.
NOTE LANGUAGE ADVISORY: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault? David Gordon Green talks about the unlikely combo of actors in his latest film, "Prince Avalanche."
James Ponsoldt opens up about his childhood in Athens, Georgia, which included a lot of television, Walker Percy... and stepping.
Pervasive artist Gary Baseman invites us into his childhood home, literally, with his new exhibit at the Skirball.
Guillermo del Toro joins Elvis for a Q&A after a screening of Pacific Rim at Film Independent at LACMA, to talk about his first film since 2008's Hellboy II.
Writer/director Maggie Carey explains why her film, The To-Do List, is not a romantic comedy.