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Ep 425: Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau / Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane

Episode 425 celebrates two new documentaries hitting theaters in New York City on Friday, September 8th. [4 mins. 10 secs.] First up, the filmmaking couple Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau discuss their film Trophy, an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa. The film aims to unravel the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities. The film is being distributed by The Orchard and financed in great part by Impact Partners.

[34 mins. 14 secs.] The other documentary is a gorgeous film out of Ireland called School Life (a.k.a. In Loco Parentis). Filmmaking couple Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane follow two inspiring teachers working at the only boarding school in Ireland for children ages 7 to 12 are followed for a year, as they begin to prepare for the end of their tenure. The film, which is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures and which also opens on Friday, September 8th, is true vérité at its finest.

Music on this episode of the podcast is by Steely Dan as a tribute to the recently deceased Walter Becker.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts film program. Visit vcfa.edu/film for further details.

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Ep 421: Janicza Bravo & Brett Gelman / Cathy Moriarty, Danielle McDonald & Geremy Jasper / Adam Reid

[5 mins. 20 secs.] In this jam-packed episode of the podcast I first welcome back long-time friend of Filmwax, filmmaker and commercial director, Adam Reid, who appeared way way back in Episodes 15 & 38 with his feature film, Hello Lonesome. Adam is back to discuss the Kickstarter campaign for his latest project, Barry & Joe: The Animated Series which is where Barack Obama and Joe Biden are sent back in time by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves.

[39 mins. 45 secs.] When I was at the Maryland Film Festival this Spring I was fortunate enough to see a dark comedy called Lemon. The film concerns Isaac’ Lachman (guest Brett Gelman) whose blind girlfriend walks out on him, as his life goes into free fall. We follow Isaac as he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” attends the Passover Seder from hell, and attempts to woo a new flame. Gelman, who co-directed and stars is joined by his partner Janicza Bravo, director of Lemon. The film, which is being distributed Magnolia Pictures and which also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long, opens in Los Angeles, on iTunes, Amazon Video and on demand on Friday, August 18th, then in NYC on Friday, August 25th.

[1 hr. 8 mins. 55 secs.] Last up, the team behind the Sundance 2017 break-out hit, Patti Cake$: filmmaker Geremy Jasper, and actors Danielle McDonald and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull). In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, the film which is being distributed by Fox Searchlight and opens wide August 18th, chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.

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

Ep 353: Will Allen, Vera Cheiffo & Philippe Coquet / Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery, Ido Haar & Kutiman

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.

Ep 350: Rebecca Miller / Terence Davies

Ep 350: Rebecca Miller / Terence Davies

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.

Ep 338: Atom Egoyan / Ben Dickinson

Ep 338: Atom Egoyan / Ben Dickinson

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.

Ep 322: Christopher Abbott & Josh Mond / Gregg Turkington & Rick Alverson

Ep 322: Christopher Abbott & Josh Mond / Gregg Turkington & Rick Alverson

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).

Ep 315: Atom Egoyan / Doug Tirola / AD Calvo

Ep 315: Atom Egoyan / Doug Tirola / AD Calvo

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.

Ep 303: Sean Baker & James Ransone / Jeff Lipsky

Ep 303: Sean Baker & James Ransone / Jeff Lipsky

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.

Ep 296: Andrew Bujalski & Kevin Corrigan

Ep 296: Andrew Bujalski & Kevin Corrigan

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.

Life Itself is Love

Life Itself is Love

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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