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Ep 391: Damani Baker / Matthew Newton

Ep 391: Damani Baker / Matthew Newton

Damani Baker (Still Bill) stops by to discuss his new documentary, The House on Coco Road, a moving personal and historical account of how he and his family were caught up in the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. The result is a fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad.

Then Australian transplant, filmmaker Matthew Newton, discusses his new feature, From Nowhere, about three undocumented Bronx teenagers who work toward graduating from high school while also struggling to secure their papers to stay in America. A most timely film indeed. Matthew’s film opens theatrically in NYC at Village East Cinema on Friday, February 17th.

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Ep 390: Larry & Jack Fessenden / Kenneth Eng

Ep 390: Larry & Jack Fessenden / Kenneth Eng

Kenneth Eng has made a documentary about his father’s story called My Life in China. Yau King Eng fled China’s Cultural Revolution in 1966. After risking his life to get to America, he started a family in Boston. But when his restaurant went bankrupt and his wife mom sick, he began to feel like he’d failed at the American Dream. My Life in China is a story of migration passed down from father to son; the film attempts to retrace the precarious steps Ken’s father took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American? The film has recently streamed on America Reframed and is currently available on iTunes.

Jack Fessenden, 17 years old, has been making short films for years now. Making them is an understatement. He writes, directs, acts, edits, and scores them. Stray Bullets is Jack’s feature debut and stars himself, his Dad Larry Fesssenden, James LeGros, and Kevin Corrigan. Beginning on Friday, February 10th, Stray Bullets, a crime caper, will enjoy a theatrical engagement in about 10 cities around the US including at the Village East in NYC and at the Laemmle in LA. It will also be available on various digital platforms.

All music in this episode is by Morricone Youth from their new vinyl album Mad Max (Country Club Records/Light In The Attic/ Revolver USA), a frantic and high-powered original live re-score for George Miller’s classic 1979 Australian dystopian action film.

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Ep 389: Poet Nick Flynn

Ep 389: Poet Nick Flynn

The writer Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, My Feelings) is the sole guest on this episode. In addition to talking about his life, his experiences after the movie adaptation of his memoir, and his marriage to the actress Lili Taylor (Episode 199), Nick reads  some passages by William Blake, a poet who […]

Ep 388: Asghar Farhadi / Jessie Auritt / Michael Rossato-Bennett

Ep 388: Asghar Farhadi / Jessie Auritt / Michael Rossato-Bennett

[8 mins. 15 secs.] Jessie Auritt calls in to the show to discuss her new documentary, Supergirl, about a 9-year old Orthodox Jewish powerlifter, which is having two screenings at Slamdance, one on Saturday, January 21st, 10:30 AM & a second on Tuesday, January 24th, 9:30 pm. Check the Slamdance website for tickets and more details.

Just after that [20 mins. 15 secs.] Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (The Past, A Separation) stops by to discuss his latest film called The Salesman. The film, which is being distributed by Amazon Studios & the Cohen Media Group, and will have its theatrical engagement in New York City and Los Angeles beginning Friday, January 27th, then will roll out to more cities in the coming weeks. The film is about an Iranian couple who must contend with a violent disruption in their lives. The film is also Iran’s official Oscar entry in the foreign language category.

Last up, [46 mins. 20 secs.] Michael Rossato-Bennett (Alive Inside) returns to the podcast with a plea for help with his Kickstarter campaign. Michael’s new project is called Brian’s Songs and is about his best friend who secretly wrote 300 songs just before being struck by ALS. Since Brian’s physical self is fading, his best friends have come to together to make an album of his hidden songs and document the process.

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Ep 387: Jay Rinsky / Jen Ponton / Raafi Rivero

Ep 387: Jay Rinsky / Jen Ponton / Raafi Rivero

[5 mins.] The Little Cinema is an immersive film series founded by audio visual artist CHNNLS aka Jay Rinsky —my first guest— with the support and partnership of House of Yes. The series is dedicated to using cinema as raw creative material to incorporate and blend live performance into it in new creative ways. For the premiere of Little Cinema’s 2nd year, they will be reprising the first event they last year: the David Bowie movie Labrynth. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 17th. Tickets are available.

[29 mins. 14 secs.] Actress Jen Ponton appears in the new movie Love on the Run directed by Ash Christian. The film is currently available for streaming on various platforms including iTunes. Jen talks about taking a deliberate direction with her acting career and much more.

Last up is filmmaker Raafi Rivero who recently directed a film called 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? which is currently in the film festival circuit and was produced, in part, by our friends at Reel Works.

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Ep 386: Kirsten Johnson

Ep 386: Kirsten Johnson

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) is the guest on the first episode of the new year. The film has been short listed for an Oscar in the documentary category. It’s currently screening in NYC at the IFC Center. Tickets are currently available.

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Ep 384: Lizzie Borden

Ep 384: Lizzie Borden

Filmmaker Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames, Working Girls) is the sole guest for an extended conversation.

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Ep 383: Charles Burnett / Clay Liford

Ep 383: Charles Burnett / Clay Liford

[23 mins. 109 secs.] The legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, The Glass Shield) graces the podcast for a career spanning conversation. Burnett was in New York City this past September when the Film Society of Lincoln Center screened a restored version of To Sleep With Anger and made it something of a retrospective. This was recorded from his hotel room. But before that [10 mins.] we have a brief phone conversation with Filmwax Radio friend, the filmmaker Clay Liford about his new feature, Slash. The film which according to the New York Times is a “sweet coming-of-age film”, has a weeklong theatrical release at the IFP’s Made in NY Media Center as part of their Screen Forward series. Clay and friends will be at the first screening tonight, 7:00pm, at the theater which is located at 30 Jay Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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

Ep 382: Sam Pollard / Bill Straus

Ep 382: Sam Pollard / Bill Straus

In the first segment [9 mins. 40 secs.] filmmaker Sam Pollard returns to the podcast. Sam has a new documentary called Two Trains Runnin’, narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. Two Trains Runnin’ is currently enjoying a theatrical engagement at the Metrograph Theater in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The conversation was recorded at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

Then [41 kins. 30 secs.] sales agent & film producer Bill Straus visits the podcast to discuss about his approach to the business. If you are in need of a sales agent for your film, feel free to reach out to Bill at bill@bridgeindependent.com.

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Ep 380: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern / Michael Sragow / Adam Irving

Ep 380: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern / Michael Sragow / Adam Irving

Episode 380 [5 mins.] welcomes back Breakthru Films’ filmmakers Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern to the podcast. Their latest film is called Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing which covers the fateful day of the 2013 Boston Marathon and its aftermath. The documentary is currently on HBO. Also in this segment are two of the survivors from that devestating blasts, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.

Then in the second segment [23 mins. 50 secs.] I am joined by one of the programmers for the new streaming service FilmStruck, the result of a joint venture between The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies. You can take advantage of a two week trial subscription at the moment and enjoy countless Criterion films as an abundance of ancillary content.

Last up, Adam Irving, the director of a new documentary, Off The Rails. The film follows Darius McCollum, a man singularly obsessed with the New York City subway system. McCollum, who has Asperger’s, has illegally commandeered countless subway trains, buses and other transit vehicles over decades of his life. The rest of the time he remains incarcerated.

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