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Ep 428: Yance Ford • Marina Willer

In the first segment of this episode [4 mins. 15 secs.] filmmaker Marina Willer discusses her first documentary feature, Red Trees, where she traces the journey of her father’s family, survivors of the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. The film, which is being distribute by Cohen Media Group, opens on Friday, September 15th at the Quad Cinema & Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York City.

Next up, [34 mins. 20 secs.] filmmaker Yance Ford with her devastating personal documentary, Strong Island. The film chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. Strong Island will have a theatrical run at the IFC Center and premiere on Netflix on Friday, September 15th.

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Ep 427: Frederick Wiseman / Ramona Diaz

Filmwax Radio Episode 427 brings back two friends to the podcast. The first, Ramona Diaz (Imelda, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey), is back with a new documentary about the world’s busiest maternity ward called Motherland. The film also takes us into one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Motherland, which premiered at Sundance, is currently screening at Cinema Village in New York City and opens at the Laemmle Monica Center on September 22nd before going wider. A POV broadcast is also scheduled for later this fall.

Up next, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School) returns to discuss his latest documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. With this film, Wiseman turns his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film opens at Film Forum in New York City, on Wednesday, September 13th, for a 2-week run before opening widely. Also, there’s a couple of days left of the second installment of a complete retrospective of Wiseman’s films at Film Forum. There will be a third installment some time in 2018.

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

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Ep 426: Crispin Glover

Bonus Episode with the one & only Crispin Hellion Glover! He’s in town later this month and making appearances at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on September 19th & September 20th. Then at the NJ Horror Convention & Film Festival on September 23rd & 24th.

Depending on which event you attend he’ll be screening either “What is it?” & “It is fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE!” He’s directed both (and is currently working on a third). He’ll also perform one hour dramatic narrative readings of different profusely illustrated books projected behind him otherwise known as “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Parts 1 & 2” Then you’ll have lots of opportunities to engage with Cripisin because there’ll be an extended Q & A followed by a book signing.

You can also visit www.cripsinglover.com for more details, for tickets, and to sign up for his newsletter.

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Ep 425: Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau / Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane

Episode 425 celebrates two new documentaries hitting theaters in New York City on Friday, September 8th. [4 mins. 10 secs.] First up, the filmmaking couple Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau discuss their film Trophy, an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa. The film aims to unravel the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities. The film is being distributed by The Orchard and financed in great part by Impact Partners.

[34 mins. 14 secs.] The other documentary is a gorgeous film out of Ireland called School Life (a.k.a. In Loco Parentis). Filmmaking couple Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane follow two inspiring teachers working at the only boarding school in Ireland for children ages 7 to 12 are followed for a year, as they begin to prepare for the end of their tenure. The film, which is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures and which also opens on Friday, September 8th, is true vérité at its finest.

Music on this episode of the podcast is by Steely Dan as a tribute to the recently deceased Walter Becker.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts film program. 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.

Ep 424: Bette Gordon

The filmmaker Bette Gordon (Variety, Handsome Harry) is the sole guest on this episode. Bette’s latest film, The Drowning, debuts on Netflix on Friday, September 1. The film stars Josh Charles as a psychologist whose testimony once sent a boy to prison for murder. Now free, the young man re-enters the doctor’s life. The film also stars Julia Stiles, Avant-Garde Jogia, and Filmwax Radio friend Leo Fitzpatrick. During my conversation with Gordon, we discuss her long career starting during the No Wave vanguard of the East Village 80’s right up to present time, as a filmmaker & Mom living in a lovely Tribeca loft.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts film program. 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.

Ep 423: Jeffrey Gurian / Matt Ruskin / Sujewa Ekanayake

[5 mins. 10 secs.] Comedy producer & writer Jeffrey Gurian returns to the podcast for his second appearance to discuss his friendship with Jerry Lewis. Visit Jeffrey’s website Jeffrey Gurian’s Comedy Matters (comedymatterstv.com), subscribe to his newsletter & keep up to date with all of Gurian’s amazing work in the comedy industry. His friendship with Lewis, who died this past week at the age of 91, goes back several decades.

[26 mins. 30 secs.] The filmmaker Matt Ruskin discusses his new feature film, Crown Heights, which is currently screening in NYC, opens theatrically in Los Angeles on Friday, August 25th, then wider in the coming weeks. The film is based on a real incident in 1980 and was adapted from a segment on This American Life. The stellar cast includes Lakeith Stanfield, Nestor Carbonell, Natalie Paul, and prior FIlmwax Radio guest Josh Pais, and is distributed by Amazon Studios and IFC Films.

[51 mins. 30 secs.] Last up, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake (http://www.wilddinermedia.com/contact.html). Sujewa discusses recent projects as well as his sideline which is consulting with clients running crowdsourced fundraisers. If interested, you can find him Facebook or Twitter.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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