The great actor Tim Roth is on this episode of the podcast. Roth is starring in a new dramatic feature called Chronic which hits theaters today. The film, where Roth plays a nurse who assists dying patients in their homes and who has a turbulent personal life of his own, premieres at The Museum of the Moving Image this evening for a 7:30 screening. I’ll be moderating the Q&A with the film’s director Michel Franco (Daniel & Ana, After Lucia) afterward. The film has more screenings there; check the schedule for more details. It will also be screening at the Cinema Village. In the second segment, returning to the podcast after several years the multi-hyphenate Paul Lazar. Paul updates us on what’s new in his world. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com. Earn $25 of free driving credit at joinzipcar.com/filmwaxradio. Also sponsoring this episode is the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Film program. Visit vcfa.edu/film for more details. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.
The guests on this episode include Adam Nimoy, who has made a documentary about his father Leonard called For the Love of Spock. It his theaters today, Friday, September 9th. Also on this episode the subject of Author: The JT Leroy Story, Laura Albert, and the documentary’s director, Jeff Feuerzeig. That film is currently in theaters.
A segment on horror film scoring whose guests include the author of the new book “Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers” (Silman-James Press, 2016), a returning Blake Fichera. Blake is joined by one of the composers he interview for the book, Jeff Grace (Meek’s Cutoff, The House of the Devil), and multi hyphenate, Larry Fessenden (for his third visit to the podcast) who wrote the forward to the book. We discuss horror film scoring and partake in a surprise game show for you entertainment. Jerry Lewis has returned to the big screen to star in a dramatic feature called Max Rose in which he plays the titular character, an octogenarian who is recently widowed and has learned secrets about his marriage that change his entire perspective. I speak to the film’s director, Daniel Noah. The film is being distributed by Paladin and will be screening at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in NYC as of Friday, September 2nd. The film’s cast also sports Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Kerry Bishé, Dean Stockwell, Mort Sahl, Illeana Douglas, Rance Howard, and Lee Weaver. A special thanks to the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Film program for sponsoring this episode. Visit vcfa.edu/film for more details. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.
John Turturro (Barton Fink, The Night Of) finally appears on Filmwax Radio to discuss a new film, Mia Madre which opens 8/26. Also, the creative team behind the new indie film White Girl, director Elizabeth Wood & cinematographer Michael Simmonds. This episode is sponsored by audible.com & The Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA film program. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studio podcast network & presented by Rooftop Films.
In a new kibitzing session, [11 mins.] Bushwick Film Festival founder Kweighbaye Kotee and actor Theodore Bouloukos join me in the studio. [1 hr. 7 mins. 30 secs.] After that, an interview with British filmmaker Simon Rumley. We met up at SxSW 2016 to discuss his latest film, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word.
The director of a new indie comedy Hunter Gatherer is in the first segment along with his actor Andre Royo (The Wire). The film is having a screening at Rooftop Films on Thursday, August 11th at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Both Royo & Locy will be in attendance. After that I am joined by filmmaker Merete Mueller who talks about her new short, Dangerous Curves, which recently screened at Rooftop Films as well. This episode is sponsored by casper.com. Receive $50 toward and any mattress purchase by going to caspertrial.com/filmwaxradio. Also sponsoring this episode is the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Film program. Visit vcfa.edu/film for more details. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.
Henry Jaglom is on the podcast to talk about his latest film, his 20th feature, called Ovation. His partner in life and creative work, Tanna Frederick (who is also the star of Ovation) joins us, as does their editor, Ron Vignone. The film recently had a successful Los Angeles run and is scheduled to have a NYC theatrical this Fall. This episode is sponsored in part by Warby Parker. Get a free 5-day home try-on by visiting www.warbyparkertrial.com/filmwaxradio. 5 days, 5 pairs, 100% free. Also sponsoring this episode is the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Film program. Visit vcfa.edu/film for more details. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.
Penny Lane (Our Nixon) returns to the podcast to discuss her latest documentary feature, Nuts! which opens at Film Forum on Wednesday, June 22nd and in other cities. Also on the podcast is the founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival, Brendt Barbur. The festival will take place from June 22nd through the 26th at the Anthology Film Archives.
Twenty years ago Leon Gast made an Oscar winning documentary about Muhammad Ali called When We Were Kings. With the death of the iconic former heavy weight champion, Leon calls in for a chat about his friend. Also on this episode, filmmaker Beth B (Exposed) discusses a new documentary she has made about her mother, the artist Ida Applebroog, called Call Her Applebroog. The film will have a theatrical engagement at The Metrograph in Lower Manhattan beginning Friday, June 10th as well as a retrospective of much of her earlier work. Lastly, animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin’) returns to the podcast to chat about his latest feature film, a mockumentary, called Hitler’s Folly. You can stream Bill’s film off his website, www.plymptoons.com today. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.com/filmwaxradio.
Ep 353: Will Allen, Vera Cheiffo & Philippe Coquet / Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery, Ido Haar & Kutiman
In this episode of the podcast we meet with the teams of two outstanding documentaries. Up first, Holy Hell which had its New York premiere at Rooftop Films a few days ago and which hits theaters on Friday, May 27th. For a full list of screenings and theatricals, visit their website. Guests include filmmaker & former cult member Will Allen along with two other former members Philippe Coquet and Vera Cheiffo. In 1985, Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. A recent film school graduate, Allen began to chronicle the group’s activities that centered on their leader, a mysterious individual they called The Teacher, or Michel. Over time, the group’s dark side began to surface, until finally, a shocking allegation against The Teacher tore the group apart – all in front of Allen’s camera.
Then we welcome the team behind the new festival hit documentary Presenting Princess Shaw (Magnolia Pictures) including the film’s subjects Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery and musical genius, Kutiman, as well as director Ido Haar. The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. Presenting Princes Shaw opens theatrically on May 27th as well.