Since 1985, Jim has been an avid fan of talk radio and movies. One of his goals in life was to create a review show, but with a twist. Director's Club takes the book of the month club format - and chooses to focus on one director per episode about every two weeks with bonus episodes sprinkled throughout.  In 2017, Jim passed on the show to two great new hosts Brad & Al and expects the audience to grow as the years go by.


In 2011, Jim approached his friend Patrick to begin recording in the winter where the first two episodes revolved around filmmakers that they disagreed on.  Although the first stretch of episodes are rough and not emblematic of what the podcast ultimately became, Director's Club slowly gained a following of at least 700 listeners at the end of its first year thanks to the support of podcasts such as WGN's Nick Digilio, Film Junk, Cinecast, and more!  Despite the occasional hiatus, Jim and Patrick have managed to cultivate a lot of positive feedback throughout their run as well as record several bonus episodes that revolve around their wide array of interests.  Focusing on a director per episode proved to be a time-consuming endeavor, but plans to keep the podcast alive remain.  All of the episodes are archived here for your listening pleasure and you can still subscribe to the feed to hear episodes of the spin-off show on occassion if the guest is involved with movies.  As of 2017 (Episode 123), Brad and Al have became the official new hosts of Director's Club and they're a great addition to the podcasting family.

We all are born with a certain package. We are who we are: where we were born, who we were born as, how we were raised. We’re kind of stuck inside that person, and the purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people. And for me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” - Roger Ebert