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Ep 402: Cole Smithey & Mike Lacy

Ep 402: Cole Smithey & Mike Lacy

The co-hosts of the podcast, La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast) are the guests. Gen X veteran film critic Cole Smithey and Millennial filmmaker Mike Lacy copiously consume international culture and politics through the prism of a single film, and a different craft beer, every week. This week they stop by Filmwax Radio to talk podcast turkey. Don’t miss this extensive and entertaining conversation.

Ep 401: Walter Hill / Dan Nuxoll

Ep 401: Walter Hill / Dan Nuxoll

Director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) is up first. The legendary filmmaker has a new movie which just hit select theaters called The Assignment. The film stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver & Tony Shalhoub, and is about a hit man (Rodriguez) who becomes a hit woman with help from a rogue surgeon (Weaver). Hill discusses the return to action movies as well as a look back at his career.

Artistic Director of Rooftop Films, Dan Nuxoll, makes his 5th visit to the podcast to discuss what the elimination of federal funding for the NEA & NEH might mean. Also a look forward to Rooftop Films’ 21st season which begins on Friday, May 19th.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes. Also available on Stitcher, YouTube & Soundcloud.

Ep 400: Onur Tukel Forever

Ep 400: Onur Tukel Forever

Filmmaker and flim flam man, Onur Tukel returns to the podcast for his 8th visit! This makes Onur the most frequent guest on the show and certainly one of the most welcome. Helping me celebrate 400 shows, Onur discusses the making of his latest comedy, Catfight, which stars Anne Heche & Sandra Oh. The film, like most of his others, including: Richard’s Wedding, Summer of Blood, and Applesauce, is available for streaming on iTunes. But that barely scratches the surface. Onur and I also discuss love, sex, politics, censorship and much more. And we have a couple of guest cameos by Ariel Kavoussi (who also appears in Catfight) as well as actor Matt Hopkins. And if that weren’t enough —and after two hours you very well might think it is— the episode is capped off by an original song composed & performed by Onur to honor this auspicious 400th Episode of Filmwax Radio.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes. Also available on Soundcloud, YouTube and Stitcher.

Ep 398: Daniel Clowes & Craig Johnson / Todd Berliner

Ep 398: Daniel Clowes & Craig Johnson / Todd Berliner

The first segment of this episode focuses on Wilson, a new indie comedy adapted from the graphic novel of the same name. Both director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) and the graphic novelist & film’s screenwriter Daniel Clowes appear on the podcast. Included on this episode are also some clips from the film’s press junket with both Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Wilson is being distributed by Fox Searchlight and premieres theatrically on Friday, March 24th nationwide. The film also stars Judy Greer, Isabella Amara & Margo Martindale in supporting roles.

Then in the second segment, we’re joined by the author Todd Berliner whose book, Hollywood Aesthetic: Please in American Cinema, published by Oxford University Press.

Music on this episode is by the inventor of rock ‘n’ roll music, the recently deceased Chuck Berry; with additional music by Jon Brion.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes.

Ep 397: Christophe Honoré / Josh Zeman / Josh Karp

Ep 397: Christophe Honoré / Josh Zeman / Josh Karp

[5 mins. 30 secs.] Josh Karp, author of the book Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind comes back on the podcast to discuss Netflix’s recent announcement that they would be financing the finishing of Orson Welles final film The Other Side of the Wind.

[15 mins. 15 secs.] Then we are joined by one of France’s filmmaking stars, Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, The Beloved). Honoré’s new film Metamorphoses, a contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s work of the same name, will be having a theatrical engagement at The Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, beginning on Thursday, March 23rd.

[40 mins. 10 secs.] Film producer Josh Zeman (Cropsey) stops by to discuss his documentary series, The Killing Season (Executive Produced by Alex Gibney), the first season of which ran on A&E and is now available for streaming on Amazon. The interview was recorded at the offices of Gigantic Pictures.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes.

Ep 396: Frank V. Ross Returns

Ep 396: Frank V. Ross Returns

Chicago-based filmmaker Frank V. Ross (Tiger Tail in Blue) returns to the podcast as a guest and co-host on the same episode! Tune in and find out how this came to be. Frank’s latest film, Bloomin Mud Shuffle, opens theatrically at Facets in Chicago on March 24th as well as on iTunes! The film follows Lonnie (Filmwax Radio friend James Ransone) whose life hasn’t changed much in the 16 years since he graduated high school. Still painting houses, still drinking too much, still hanging out with the same old friends. As far as he can see, his only hope for the future lies in taking his physical relationship with coworker Monica (Filmwax Radio friend Alexia Rasmussen) to the next level. The rest of the film’s cast includes such Filmwax Radio luminaries as Alex Karpovsky, Kent Osborne & Joe Swanberg, as well as Rebecca Spence & Natasha Lyonne. To view Frank’s earlier films subscribe to Fandor.

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Ep 395: Raj Roy / Ferne Pearlstein / Rosemary Rodriguez & Jack McGee

Ep 395: Raj Roy / Ferne Pearlstein / Rosemary Rodriguez & Jack McGee

[7 mins.] The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art, Raj Roy returns to the podcast (he last appeared on Episode 123) to talk with me about the 46th edition of New Directors/New Films. The annual festival which showcases emerging filmmakers from around the world takes place from March 15 — 26th at both the museum as well as at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets are currently available for most of the screenings. Raj Roy co-chairs the festival with the Film Society’s Dennis Lim.

[32 mins.] Documentary filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein stops by to talk about her new film, The Last Laugh a feature documentary that proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Featuring such talking heads as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Robert Clary, Rob Reiner, Susie Essman, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross and others, the film will make you ask the question “how dark is too dark?” The film which just enjoyed a theatrical in NYC and is opening today at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Theater in Toronto and at will be opening at the Laemmle Theaters in LA next Friday, March 16th. For a complete list of screenings visit The Last Laugh’s website. The film will have its broadcast premiere on Independent Lens | PBS on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 24th.

[57 mins. 53 secs.] Filmmaker Rosemary Rodriguez, director of the new indie comedy, Silver Skies, is the guest on this final segment. Rosemary is joined from one of the cast members, Jack McGee. The film concerns the sale of a senior residence and the attempt by its residents (which also include the late Alex Rocco, Valerie Perrine, Barbara Bain, George Hamilton & Mariette Hartley) to fight back. The film opens in Florida today and will be available for rental on Netflix in May.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes.

Ep 394: Daniel Kasman / Josh Kornbluth

The Director of Content at MUBI, Daniel Kasman visits the podcast and shares the business of streaming on demand. MUBI is a curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies. Every day our film experts introduce you to a great film, and you have a whole month to watch it. That’s 365 extraordinary films a year curated by MUBI.

Monologist/actor/writer Josh Kornbluth is the next guest. Josh’s brother, filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth directed a new indie film called Love & Taxes based on one of Josh’s recent performances. The film stars Josh and has some special supporting performances from Harry Shearer and former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. This autobiographical film concerns a middle-aged monologist who fancies himself a rebellious outsider until an attorney convinces him to pay taxes for the first time in seven years.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes.

Ep 393: Barbara Kopple / Ashley Rae Spillers & Alex Dobrenko

Ep 393: Barbara Kopple / Ashley Rae Spillers & Alex Dobrenko

Barbara Kopple returns to the podcast; check out Episode 200 for a career spanning conversation. On this episode Barbara discusses recent screenings of her debut feature film, Harlan County USA, last week at the Metrograph​ cinema; her newest film, the documentary This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous​, currently streaming on YouTube Red​. We also talk about the Sharon Jones, the subject of Barbara’s recent documentary, Miss Sharon Jones​, and who recently passed away.

After that, Alex Dobrenko (Krisha) and Ashley Rae Spillers (Vice Principals) wax about their new project, Distance, a web series about the tribulations of a young couple living on opposite coasts. An additional component to this web series which makes it stand out is that there are two versions of each episode one from each character’s perspective. Alex currently has a Seed & Spark fundraiser going on for the series which ends mid-March. The conversation was recorded at the Austin Convention Center during SxSW 2016.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes.

Ep 392: Melissa Lyde & Ja’Tovia Gary / Noah Isenberg

Ep 392: Melissa Lyde & Ja’Tovia Gary / Noah Isenberg

In the first segment I am joined by film programmer Melissa Lyde who curates Alfreda’s Cinema, a monthly film series with an emphasis on filmmakers of color and art films. The series takes place at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the next event, a screening of Seven Songs For Malcolm X, will take place on February 27th at 7PM. Melissa is joined by filmmaker La’Tovia Gary who discusses her work which is primarily experimental in nature.

After that I am joined by author Noah Isenberg who discusses his new book, We’ll Always Have Casablanca (2017, W. W. Norton & Company), which is currently available. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the iconic film and in this segment Noah & I dig deeper into why Casablanca is everyone’s favorite movie. In this particular time where anti-immigration and nationalism is in the air, Michael’s Curtiz’s film feels more relevant than ever. Don’t miss this great conversation. And buy the book.

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