Ep. 3 Who Took Johnny filmmakers Michael Galinksy & Suki Hawley


Episode 03: Ryan Watt speaks with Who Took Johnny filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley about their twelve-year process making this chilling film and their upcoming project on Dr. Sarno.

Who Took Johnny examines the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton.

The film premiered at Slamdance and this podcast was recorded at the 2014 Indie Memphis film festival.

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Show Notes:

Michael and Suki’s filmmaking partner David Beilinson was not present for the recording

milk_carton_missingRecorded Halloween weekend in Memphis

John Waters digs the movie

Both character study and investigative reporting

Also about media, history, memory, how we tell stories

Horns and Halos, previous documentary

The Franklin Scandal of child prostitution in Omaha, NE

Nick Bryant, writer of The Franklin Scandal

12 year process making the film

Premiered at Slamdance

Tough sell, people do not want to explore this subject matter

Loss of Americana, feeling of safety

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

John Walsh, America’s Most Wanted

Do Michael and Suki believe the big surprise in the film?

Dr. Sarno, upcoming documentary

Power of the mind on pain and healing

Ryan geeks out over Howard Stern appearing in the Dr. Sarno film

Missing Johnny, short version aired on MSNBC

Battle for Brooklyn, previous documentary

Michael Galinsky

Michael Galinsky









Suki Hawley

Suki Hawley









David Beilinson

David Beilinson








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Independent Film Producer. Host of the 'Indie Film Picks' podcast. Board President of Indie Memphis film festival. Director of Development at New School Media, Inc.

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