Filmwax Radio Episode 427 brings back two friends to the podcast. The first, Ramona Diaz (Imelda, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey), is back with a new documentary about the world’s busiest maternity ward called Motherland. The film also takes us into one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Motherland, which premiered at Sundance, is currently screening at Cinema Village in New York City and opens at the Laemmle Monica Center on September 22nd before going wider. A POV broadcast is also scheduled for later this fall.
Up next, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School) returns to discuss his latest documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. With this film, Wiseman turns his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film opens at Film Forum in New York City, on Wednesday, September 13th, for a 2-week run before opening widely. Also, there’s a couple of days left of the second installment of a complete retrospective of Wiseman’s films at Film Forum. There will be a third installment some time in 2018.
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In the first segment, documentary filmmaker Sharon Shattuck discusses her new film, From This Day Forward, which is about growing up with a father who self identifies as a woman. The film will have its broadcast premiere on POV on October 10th. In the second segment I am joined in the studio by the Leiser Brothers, Eric & Jeffrey; the two make films which include beautiful animation and are experimental in nature. We are also joined by Brooklyn native & film curator, Curtis John, who talks about his series at the Luminal Theater.This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.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.
Guests on this episode include founder of UnionDocs, Christopher Allen; The Overnighters filmmaker Jesse Moss; and Seeds of Time filmmaker Sandy McLeod.
Filmmaker Dan Schechter (Supporting Characters) returns to discuss his new movie, Life of Crime, an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel and starring Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fischer & yassin bey (aka Mos Def).
Filmmaker/parents Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster are the guests. There new documentary, American Promise, opens in theaters on Friday, October 18th.
International filmmaker Claire Denis whose latest film, Bastards, just premiered at the New York Film Festival; and Angad Bhalla, the filmmaker of the documentary Herman’s House, are the guests.
Filmmaker and Brooklyn resident Bernardo Ruiz, whose new film Reportero deals with the subject of journalists following the drug wars in Mexico, is the guest.
As if you needed another reason to get excited about summer, POV has announced the documentary lineup for their 25th anniversary season on PBS. This year they’ll be showing another excellent selection of films, including a number of Rooftop Alums.
Matt Porterfield’s acclaimed and beautiful film Putty Hill played at our Kickstarter Film Festival last summer. Now it’s playing at Cinema Village in NYC. Go see it this weekend.