Guest Picks: Ole Schell & Sara Ziff

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When Ole Schell and Sara Ziff aren't directing documentaries, what do they enjoy in their free time? Find out what they told us after their recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

Ole: I really like "Winter's Bone." Anyone who can make a great film with digital technology on a small budget gets my respect. It opened the door on the world of crime drugs and despair in a rural part of our country we never hear from. It's a wonderful film that embodies all that I respect about independent cinema.

Sara: "Half the Sky" (book) and "Winter's Tale" (film)

What are you listening to right now?

Ole: I am listening to a lot of Jay-Z the last few days.

Sara: BBC radio before I go to sleep. 

What’s the last great book you read?

Ole: "Babylon by Bus." My two friends wrote it about their experience in Iraq. It's an intense account of the expat life in Baghdad during the war.

Sara: "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

Ole: I train at a kickboxing gym 3 times a week. My good friend Adelino from Guinea-Bissau West Africa owns it. It's called Punch and is awesome! 

Sara: Oysters!

If you only had one day left, how would you spend it in New York City?

Sara: With my mom, dad, and brother at home in Greenwich Village.