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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.

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

Ep 416: Godfrey Cheshire Returns • Richard Edson Part 2

Film critic & filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire returns to the podcast for his 3rd visit to discuss his first book which is on the subject of Iranian film. Titled In the Time of Kiarostami: Writings on Iranian Cinema, Cheshire is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to make this happen. As an early champion, Cheshire is largely responsible for bringing Iranian cinema to the States, and as a result created a strong relationship with Kiarostami as well as other key filmmakers from that country. It’s all in the book.

Then Part 2 of a phone call with filmmaker/actor/musician/photographer Richard Edson (Stranger Than Paradise, Do the Right Thing); Part 1 was on Episode 336. Edson discusses his experiences working in Hollywood after a successful string of indie films back in the mid-80’s into the early 90’s, as well as his own filmmaking.

Music on this episode is by Bleu from his recent album, To Hell With You, available where music is sold, downloaded or streamed.

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

Ep 415: Karyn Parsons / Glenn Frankel / Steven Bernstein

First up, [5 mins. 15 secs.] actress & filmmaker Karyn Parsons is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, a non-profit whose mission is to bring lesser known stories about real African American pioneers to children in the form of animated short films. Karyn’s latest project which she has written & produced is about the first African American female pilot, Bessie Coleman. Karyn discusses this film as well the current Kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds. Check out all the great work she & Sweet Blackberry has been doing; then consider contributing to this worthwhile project.

Next up, [22 mins. 45 secs.] author Glenn Frankel discusses his new book High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (2017, Bloomsbury Publishing USA) available where books are sold.

Lastly, cinematographer Steven Bernstein (Monster, Like Water for Chocolate), who discusses his illustrious decades long career, as well as his popular seminars on indie filmmaking. Bernstein’s workshops intend to demystify topics as screenwriting, acting, cinematography & lighting. Check them all out.

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

Ep 414: Kirsten Tan / Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez / Lara Stolman

Episode 414 includes [5 mins. 30 secs.] a conversation with the Brooklyn-Based filmmaker Kirsten Tan regarding her first feature film, Pop Aye (Kino Lorber), which opened at NYC’s Film Forum yesterday and will screen at least through next Tuesday, July 4th (unless the film has nearly as much success as Manifesto which just finished after a 5 week run at the theater). Instead of taking place in a car with Seth Rogan & Barbra Streisand, this road movie dramedy is about an aging architect and his elephant, Pop Aye, who go by foot in the Thai countryside.

Next up, [26 mins. 26 secs.] Sierra Pettengill returns to the podcast. She was last on Episode 174 with her then Town Hall co-director Jamila Wignot. This time she’s joined by her current co-director, Pacho Velez. Together they have made an exceptional archive documentary called The Reagan Show (Gravitas Ventures). The film opens tomorrow, Friday, June 30th at The Metrograph in downtown NYC and at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA.

Last up, [54 mins. 25 secs.] filmmaker Lara Stolman with her new documentary, Swim Team (Argot Pictures), which follows a group of autistic New Jersey teenagers who comprise a competitive swim team. The film will have theatrical run beginning July 7th at the IFC Center in NYC and at the Laemmle Monica in California beginning July 21st (as well as other select cities).

Music on this episode is provided by the musical artist Kirstin Diable off her new album, Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy Records).

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

Ep 413: Bob Hawk

Indie film champion Bob Hawk sits for a lengthy conversation about his life and his career on Episode 413 of the podcast. Among his many producing credits are Kimberly Reed’s Prodigal Sons, Dayna Goldfine & Daniel Geller’s Ballets Russes, David Munro’s Full Grown Men, Jim Fall’s Trick, Alex & Andrew Smith’s The Slaughter Rule and Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy. He has also consulted & advised on many film sets including Rob Epstein’s Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, Nathaniel Kahn’s My Architect, and Kevin Smith’s Red State and Dogma. A documentary was recently made about Bob called Film Hawk and it is currently available for streaming on the Tribeca Shortlist.

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

Ep 412: Tom DiCillo Returns • Film Forum’s Karen Cooper

Filmmaker Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion, Box of Moonlight) returns to the podcast for a second visit. Tom’s latest project is a work of non-fiction called Down in Shadowland and was shot underground in the NYC subway system. The film is going to have a screening at the IFC Center on Monday, June 19th at 7:30 and the Q&A afterward will be moderated by Tom’s dear friend, Steve Buscemi.

After that is the 2nd of a 2-part tribute to the programming at Film Forum. Karen Cooper has served at director of the theater since 1972. Along side Bruce Goldstein (Ep 399) who programs the repertory calendar, Karen programs contemporary cinema along with her team.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Magic Drop. Magic Drop is a music licensing business based in Brooklyn, NY which represenst an eclectic roster of bands and composers, licensing their music for use in films, TV and beyond.

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

Ep 411: Stanley Nelson / Theo Anthony / Skizz Cyzyk / Eric Hatch

Dispatches from the 2017 Edition of the Maryland Film Festival. Included is filmmaker Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) who is back on the podcast to talk about his latest documentary, Tell They We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities which I caught at the Maryland Film Festival.

After that I speak with Theo Anthony, a Baltimore-based filmmaker who made a stunning debut feature with Rat Film. The documenary follows a number of humans who live with rats, love them and kill them.

Next up, filmmaker and programmer, Baltimore’s own Skizz Cyzyk who discusses his long relationship with the Maryland Film Festival and his own filmmaking.

Lastly, Maryland Film Festival Director of Progrmaming, Eric Hatch, who reports on this year’s festival.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Magic Drop. Magic Drop is a music licensing business based in Brooklyn, NY which represenst an eclectic roster of bands and composers, licensing their music for use in films, TV and beyond.

Music in this episode of the podcast is brought to you by… Baltimore! All clips are Baltimore-based bands including The Orioles’ Crying in the Chapel; Double Dagger’s No Allies; Lower Dens’ To Die in L.A.; Celebration’s Heartbreak; Wye Oak’s Civilian; and Beach House’s Space Song.

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

Ep 410: Andrew Cohn Returns • HRWFF’s Leah Sapin

Andrew Cohn (Modera) returns to the podcast with a new documentary, Night School, which follows the story of three Indianapolis adult learners Greg, Melissa and Shynika, finally earning their high school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement.The film opens theatrically in NYC at the IFC Center on Friday, June 9th.

In the second segment, senior programmer for the NY Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Leah Sapin, stops by to discuss the upcoming festival which runs June 9th through the 18th. Some of the films that are part of this year’s festival include Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, Peter Nicks’ The Force, and Pamela Yates’ 500 Years.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Magic Drop. Magic Drop is a music licensing business based in Brooklyn, NY which represenst an eclectic roster of bands and composers, licensing their music for use in films, TV and beyond.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher & Youtube.

Ep 409: Clay Pigeon & Rachel Shuman / Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday • Jennifer Jones & Cynthia Hornig

Episode 409 of the podcast begins with a nod to BAMcinemaFest which runs from June 14th through the 25th. Then in the first segment I have a conversation with the team behind the new documentary One October, Clay Pigeon and director Rachel Shuman. During the last days of Barack Obama’s first bid for the presidency and the country’s worst economic disaster since the Great Depression—WFMU The Dusty Show host Clay Pigeon takes to the streets of New York to talk to people about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with a transforming city. The film is screening at the upcoming Lighthouse International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10th at 11 AM. They will also be screening at the Woods Hole Film Festival this summer.

Next up is a two-part segment. The first part is the with the creative team behind the documentary Big Sonia, Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday. Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. After that in the second part of the segment I’m joined by Jennifer Jones & Cynthia Hornig the founders of Women You Want to Fund, a crowd sourcing platform for female driven projects. Big Sonia is attempting to raise money for their theatrical trajectory and more festival screenings. Consider contributing!

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Magic Drop. Magic Drop is a music licensing business based in Brooklyn, NY which represenst an eclectic roster of bands and composers, licensing their music for use in films, TV and beyond.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher & Youtube.

Ep 408: Amir Bar-Lev / Lorenzo Fiuzzi

Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, Happy Valley) has the new documentary about the Grateful Dead and executive produced by Martin Scorsese called Long Strange Trip. The film, an in-depth look at the seminal band by those who lived through their ceaseless years of touring and performing, opens today in select cities. Then the film will be available for streaming on Amazon Video Prime on June 2nd. This is Amir’s first time on the podcast and we are able to talk at length.

Next up, one of the founders of a new streaming video on demand (SVOD) platform, Filmatique, Lorenzo Fiuzzi. Filmatique releases one film per week, every week— works from celebrated auteurs from around the world. They are currently programming New Asian Voices and starting next Thursday there will be a focus on Brazilian cinema. Become a member now for only $4.95/month. The first month free.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher & Youtube.

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