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.
Film directors Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) and Terence Davies (Sunset Song) are the guests. The music on this episode is by Jim’s Big Ego from their album Stay. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.
Two friends of the podcast return for their second visits: Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) talks about Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Ben Dickinson (First Winter) talks about his new Creative Control. Both films open Friday, March 11th.
In this episode of the podcast: from the latest Borderline Films film James White, Josh Mond & his lead actor Christopher Abbott; also director of the new comedy, Entertainment, Rick Alverson returns to the podcast with his leading man, the comedian Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger).
Veteran director Atom Egoyan with his latest film screening at Vienna & Woodstock Film Festival; Documentary filmmaker Doug Tirola discusses his new National Lampoon doc, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead; and A.D. Calvo returns to update on his feature The Missing Girl.
The guests are Tangerine director Sean Baker and his lead actor James Ransone; and filmmaker/distributor Jeff Lipsky discusses his company Adopt Films and his new film Mad Women.
My guests on this Fandor-sponsored episode of the podcast are filmmaker Andrew Bujalski and actor Kevin Corrigan. Their new film, Results, opens in theaters & on VOD Friday, May 29th.
Last Monday, Rooftop Films had the pleasure of screening Steve James new documentary Life Itself for the film’s Indiegogo backers and special guests.
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