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I was a featured guest on the second season of the Creating Our Own Lives podcast:
Ask anyone who isn’t a Mormon what they know about the faith — chances are, they’ll cite something they learned from South Park or The Book of Mormon. They’ll also probably say that Mormons are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Derrick Clements has humor and infinite patience for being associated with this stereotype, and he doesn’t let it undermine the thoughtfulness or depth of his faith.
Mayor of Provo John Curtis mentioned his appearance on "What Say Ye?" on his blog:
I had an awesome opportunity to participate in the What Say Ye Podcast hosted by Derrick Clements and Court Mann. I was able to talk about the fabulous momentum Provo is experiencing, the revitalization of our downtown district, and the many things that make Provo such a great place to live. Press play to listen to the podcast below and hear me talk about what makes Provo magical, being mayor, how social media has helped me break down the walls of government (follow me on snapchat) and the struggles with BRT.
I was honored to be named among the winners of the Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest this year. The essay -- "What Remains When Disbelief Has Gone?" -- will be published in an upcoming edition of Sunstone. Very excited:
It was a record-breaking contest this year with more entries than ever. The judges could not confine themselves to only three awards, so four honors were given this year. Keep your eye out for these exceptional personal essays in future issues of Sunstone!
I was mentioned by The Association for Mormon Letters:
Derrick Clements, who writes for the Daily Herald, seems to be working a “Mormon Arts” beat. In his essay, “Mormon art needs messiness”, he ruminates on some thoughts after speaking with Saturday’s Warrior creator Lex de Azevedo (who apparently needs to get out and experience more of the good Mormon art that is available). Clements says, “I take issue with the assertion that being willing to poke fun at my faith means I might be heading for the exit. If ex-Mormons are the only ones willing to critically engage, Mormon culture may really have no hope.”
I was the subject of this article:
To say Derrick Clements loves Pixar really undersells it.
Like, really, really undersells it.
There are the small “The Incredibles” art pieces hanging in the Provo resident’s bathroom. There are the drawers full of sundry Pixar-themed figurines. There’s his living room, decked out literally wall-to-wall with Pixar movie posters, memorabilia and media. And, most of all, there’s Clements’ “The Pixar Podcast.” The successful podcast, which Clements started in 2010, has covered the Pixar spectrum over more than 100 episodes and counting. He’s featured numerous Pixar animators and staff, and has been flown out to Pixar headquarters for three press junkets — including that of “Inside Out,” which comes to theaters nationwide on Friday.
The Pixar Podcast was recommended in this article:
I’ve always had a dear love of Pixar. I don’t think there are many people who don’t.
But the more I see interviews and peek behind the scenes, the more there is to love. Obviously, incredible storytelling and creativity, but also really special people. Artists who are the top of their craft, but also funny, sincere, humble, and team-focused. Here is just one example:
The Porch was mentioned in this article:
The Porch, Utah's live storytelling show, will be in Logan at The Dansante this Thursday, October 30th to present a special Halloween show with the theme: What Was I Afraid Of? The show will feature stories from local Utah storytellers telling stories about things that used to frighten them.
The Porch was covered in this article:
Imagine telling a personal story to a room full of strangers. Regardless of your comfort level with public speaking, you’ll exhibit some apprehension. That’s a good thing according to Derrick Clements, creator of a storytelling platform called The Porch. Based out of Provo, it is working its way into Salt Lake City.
A feature story about The Porch:
Derrick Clements believes in stories. And, over the last two years, he's found a lot of people in Utah Valley who feel the same way.
Clements, a student at Brigham Young University, organizes The Porch, a monthly storytelling show at downtown Provo's Muse Music Café. The gathering, now in its third year, is hosting its annual Christmas show tonight. The Porch has drawn a number of diverse storytellers, and in time painted a multifaceted portrait of the region and its people.
"If there's one thing that I'm out to prove, it's that Utah County is not totally homogenous, that there's actually a lot of diversity among the people here," Clements said. "Sometimes we get pegged as a particular kind of person with a particular kind of story, and I just know that's not true. And I think most people that are here know that's not true -- but the reputation still stands."
I was the subject of this article in The Daily Universe:
“I did something crazy,” he said, gesturing toward a seven-foot-tall black bookshelf filled almost to capacity. “I separated the movies and books I haven’t read from the ones I have.”
Titles varying from “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, to “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis, to academic research books on the environment, to commentaries on Mormonism, litter the shelves. His friends question if he’s actually going to read them all.
The Porch the subject of this article:
What do good girls not do?
Many things, according to Joanna Brooks and her cadre of enthusiasts. An English professor at San Diego State University and popular unofficial voice in the media on Mormonism, Brooks was joined by dozens of fans at a comedy event this past spring at the Muse Music Café in Provo, near the Brigham Young University campus.
The Pixar Podcast was recommended by The Verge:
It's hard to complain about NPR's music podcasts, especially the free, often full-length concerts regularly offered up to listeners. Beyond that, other selections below take you behind the scenes at Pixar, and 99% Invisible should be considered required listening for design fans.
A feature story about The Porch:
One of the oldest forms of entertainment is storytelling, a simplistic presentation based around the concept that anyone who has lived has a story to tell. --- It's that very concept that helped influence The Porch, the monthly narrative-performance showcase that has dominated Muse Music Cafe with sold-out crowds that rival those of live-music concerts and has sparked a strong following from the Provo college crowd.
Today, I chat with The Porch founder, Derrick Clements, about starting up the monthly showcase and those who come to perform, the podcast that came from it, thoughts on the audience reaction and participation from the community and a few other topics.
The Pixar Podcast got a mention by storyboard artist Angela Entzminger:
I found the Pixar Podcast several months ago and it rapidly became one of my all-time online shows. Created by BYU student Derrick Clements, the Pixar Podcast offers news, film reviews and most fascinating to me, interviews with Pixarians and other notables in the industry. Some of the interviewees include Pixarians such as layout artist Craig Good, animatorAustin Madison, animator Chris Chua, story artist Matthew Luhn, Pixar University’s Elyse Klaidman, Disney producer Don Hahn (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Atlantis to name a few) and ILM supervisor Hal Hickel (Rango and many other films).