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The Chair - S01E02

Documentary
 

Shane and Anna are each seeking financing for their individual projects and it's proving difficult. Shane recruits a crew and scouts locations, while Anna experiences time-management issues and gets surprising news about an important hire.

 
Episode Title: Dollars & Decisions
Airs: 2014-09-13 at urday
  • Jake Perlman

    The show's best tension comes from the awesome/awful self-awareness that plagues the directors as they attempt to make a film while being very much filmed themselves.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The competition element is an intriguing twist, but what makes The Chair so compelling, beyond the usual monetary and production crises you'd expect during a four-week shoot in wintry Pittsburgh on a $600,000 budget, is watching two distinct personalities shape the material in such thoroughly different ways.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Even if you’ve never wondered how a movie comes about, The Chair makes the process feel almost cinematic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    These are fascinating, smart guys who really know the business but the flashy production of the show distracts from the points they’re trying to make. It’s a minor complaint for a really good show. There are so many remarkably interesting scenes in the first two episodes alone.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The unscripted series is surprisingly engrossing and probably more valuable than two years of film school for would-be auteurs.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Myles McNutt

    The Chair has lots to show us about the changing face of independent media production, but it’s not confident enough in that material’s appeal to let it stand on its own.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Patrick Kevin Day

    This is strictly for lovers of the process.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    It's tough work that may help the viewer appreciate the miracle that occurs any time an indie movie actually makes sense, let alone transports audiences.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Once The Chair gets beyond producers bloviating, it’s a more interesting series about the two newbie directors.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Despite its overly talky nature, those interested in how productions get off of the ground will be fascinated by the details, which The Chair doesn't miss one moment of (including many, many phone calls and Skype conversations). Others may find it overly tedious and return only to view the final products.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    When The Chair highlights the differences between its two stars, it is engaging and enlightening.... However, the show is significantly less interesting during some of the conversations that surround some of the decision-making.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Moore’s explanation for the idea, frankly, is better than the execution.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The more we get to see each concept, the more interesting The Chair could become. But strap yourself in for long, detailed meetings, mostly populated by people wearing knit caps, about stuff that either will make no sense to you or that you don't care about.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review