Ep 422: Michael Almereyda & Lois Smith / Kickstarter’s Taylor Moore

[8 mins. 8 secs.] On this episode of the podcast, first up is the comedy lead at Kickstarter, Taylor Moore, who discusses the Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival which runs from this evening, Monday, August 21st through next weekend at the Nitehawk Cinema. Every night until Thursday is an outstanding comedy film, followed by a weekend of shorts & brunch events. There are also panels and other terrific Q&A’s. Visit the Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s website or Nitehawk’s website for tickets and more details.

[48 mins. 50 secs.] Filmmaker Michael Almereyda has a new film currently screening at the Quad Cinema in NYC called Marjorie Prime. One of the film’s stars, the legendary actress Lois Smith (East of Eden, Five Easy Pieces) joins the director in a conversation about the film which was adapted from a play in which Ms. Smith performed in both New York City and Los Angeles productions. The film is being distributed by FilmRise and co-stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.

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Ep 421: Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman, Cathy Moriarty, Danielle McDonald, Geremy Jasper & Adam Reid

[5 mins. 20 secs.] In this jam-packed episode of the podcast I first welcome back long-time friend of Filmwax, filmmaker and commercial director, Adam Reid, who appeared way way back in Episodes 15 & 38 with his feature film, Hello Lonesome. Adam is back to discuss the Kickstarter campaign for his latest project, Barry & Joe: The Animated Series which is where Barack Obama and Joe Biden are sent back in time by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves.

[39 mins. 45 secs.] When I was at the Maryland Film Festival this Spring I was fortunate enough to see a dark comedy called Lemon. The film concerns Isaac’ Lachman (guest Brett Gelman) whose blind girlfriend walks out on him, as his life goes into free fall. We follow Isaac as he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” attends the Passover Seder from hell, and attempts to woo a new flame. Gelman, who co-directed and stars is joined by his partner Janicza Bravo, director of Lemon. The film, which is being distributed Magnolia Pictures and which also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long, opens in Los Angeles, on iTunes, Amazon Video and on demand on Friday, August 18th, then in NYC on Friday, August 25th.

[1 hr. 8 mins. 55 secs.] Last up, the team behind the Sundance 2017 break-out hit, Patti Cake$: filmmaker Geremy Jasper, and actors Danielle McDonald and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull). In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, the film which is being distributed by Fox Searchlight and opens wide August 18th, chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.

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Ep 420: Whitney Dow

Documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow is the sole guest on Episode 420 of the podcast. Whitney, along with his longtime friend & collaborator Marco Williams, co-directed the seminal film The Two Towns of Jasper which is going to have an encore broadcast on POV on August 14th. Whitney is also spearheading The Whiteness Project an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race. Check out the website for further details.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit vcfa.edu/film for further details.

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FRAMING FILMS: HAVE A NICE DAY

FRAMING FILMS: HAVE A NICE DAY

Jian Liu’s second animated feature, Have a Nice Day, is a sardonic, stylish crime thriller. The film begins as a series of seemingly unrelated vignettes, depicting the residents of a dreary industrial cityscape in southern China. However, once a briefcase filled with one million yuan shows up, the characters move closer and closer to one another until […]

Ep 419: Jeff Goldsmith • Lisanne Skyler

The Los Angeles-based host of the popular podcast The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith is the first guest. Jeff discusses his approach to the show as well as the online magazine he publishes called The Backstory. Currently available for the iPod and will be available for other tablets momentarily.

After that filmmaker Lisanne Skyler discusses her recent documentary, Brillo Box (3¢ Off). Through much archive and contemporary interviews, the documentary traces her parents’ acquisition of an early Warhol work, the yellow Brillo Box which he would autograph. The film will have its broadcast premiere on HBO next Monday, August 7th at 10:00PM.

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FRAMING FILMS: The Road Movie

FRAMING FILMS: The Road Movie

If you’ve ever found yourself down a YouTube rabbit hole, surveying the curious and twisted content that the people of the internet have to offer, odds are that you’ve come across a compilation of Russian dash cam videos. These videos document daily life in Russia through the lens of a windshield, and often capture events […]

Ep 418: Katherine Dieckmann • Lucio Zago & Anders Goldfarb

In Strange Weather, Academy Award winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this engrossing story of a woman’s quest for rectitude in the wake of harrowing loss. Filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann discusses the film which opens theatrically on Friday, July 28th.

Next up, Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator Lucio Zago along with photographer Anders Goldfarb have collaborated on a graphic novel called Williamsburg Shorts. They discuss the book and more in this special conversation which takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit vcfa.edu/film for further details.

Filmwax Radio is presented by Rooftop Films. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher & Youtube.

FRAMING FILMS: MENASHE

FRAMING FILMS: MENASHE

“Hold no man responsible for what he says in his grief.” So says the Talmud, the ancient rabbinic writings on Jewish law. It is this quotation that seems to float unheard past the ensemble of A24’s latest gem, Menashe. The film, which was a Rooftop Films and Brigade 2016 Festival Publicity grantee, and premiered at Sundance to […]

Ep 417: David Call, Frank Mosley & Heather Kafka

On Episode 417 of Filmwax Radio [11 mins. 20 secs.] friend David Call makes his 3rd appearance on the podcast. David Skypes in briefly to talk about an Indiegogo campaign he is winding down with regarding a short film he has written, directed & acted in called Cole.

Next up, [22 mins. 40 secs.] a conversation with Dallas based actor and filmmaker Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Some Beasts) who discusses his illustrious career. This is Frank’s first time on the podcast.

Lastly, [10 mins. 40 secs.] the Austin-based actor Heather Kafka (Lovers of Hate, Kid-Thing) stops by for her 2nd visit on the podcast. Heather was on Episode 304 along with Jonny Mars. This time it’s me & Heather podcasting over dinner in her hometown during SxSW 2015.

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She Calls ‘Action!’: Lauren Wolkstein / The Strange Ones

She Calls ‘Action!’: Lauren Wolkstein / The Strange Ones

The Strange Ones features another half-female directorial collaboration between experienced shorts-makers Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff. The project is both Wolkstein and Radcliff’s feature-debut, and The Strange Ones tackles complex ideas surrounding youth, sexuality, morality, and identity, similar to Wolkstein’s short film “Social Butterfly” (2013), and of course the short film version of “The Strange Ones.” Lauren Wolkstein […]

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