On this special BONUS episode of The Cracked Podcast, we've got no mind-blowing views on social anthropology or insane fan-theories about how many Martys died for 'Back to the Future' to make sense. Instead of dissecting the movies this week, we thought we should go straight to the source and talk to directors themselves about how their films are inspired and made.

Recorded in Austin, Jack O'Brien sits down with three filmmakers for intimate conversations about their respective SXSW premiere films.

First, Jack musters up the courage to talk to one of his favorite directors, Jeff Nichols, about the Southern and Speilbergian influences in his new sci-fi film 'Midnight Special'. Jack is then joined by writer/director/actor Linas Phillips for a wide-ranging conversation about his film 'Rainbow Time', and how it truthfully depicts the mentally challenged, family, and sex. Finally, Jack, along with Cracked's Soren Bowie and Daniel O'Brien, sit down for a hilarious conversation with comedian/writer Henry Phillips about his movie 'And Punching the Clown' and how it farcically weaves together elements of his stand-up, his music and his real life.

Throw on your headphones and click play above, go here to subscribe on iTunes, or download it here.

Make sure to buy tickets to our next live podcast taping on Saturday, April 9th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. The topic? Unknown Badasses: the epic sequel to our 2014 podcast "Epic Lives of People You've Never Heard Of". Jack O'Brien and Michael Swaim will be joined onstage by the Cracked Staff for a Gladiator-like competition to find out who was the most hardcore tough-guy (or tough-gal) relegated to the footnotes of history. Tickets are only $5 and you can purchase them here.

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