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.
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In this episode, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Edition, there are 4 segments including Danielle Katvan, director of the short film The Foster Portfolio, Joe Berlinger with a new documentary Intent To Destroy, Josephine Decker & Zefrey Throwell with Flames, and Oren Moverman with The Dinner.
[5 mins. 30 secs.] Anna Biller, director of The Love Witch is up first. The film opens in Brooklyn today at the Alamo Drafthouse and at the Nitehawk Cinema and is about Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch who is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, then picks up men and seduces them. The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Labs.
After that, [54 mins. 50 secs.] filmmaker Alex Lehmann discusses his two new films, both executive produced by the Duplass Brothers. The first is a narrative film called Blue Jay, a comedy romance starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson and is being distributed by The Orchard. We also discuss Alex’s new documentary, Asperger’s Are Us about a Boston-based comedy group of the same title. Both films are currently available for streaming on iTunes & other digital platforms.
Last up [1 hr. 35 mins. 10 secs.] is a discussion about a new documentary omnibus film called True New York. The film comprises of 5 award-winning short documentary films and the amazing characters who call New York City home. Tied together with stunning New York City timescape footage, the shorts include: C-Rock (directed by Jordan Roth), Taxi Garage (Joshua Z Weinstein), One Track Mind (Jeremy Workman), A Son’s Sacrifice (Yoni Brook), and Black Cherokee (Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen). In this segment I am joined by Jeremy Workman, Sam Cullman & Ben Rosen. True New York is distributed by First Run Features and available on DVD or streaming on iTunes.
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In this episode I welcome filmmakers behind two new indie films: Linas Phillips’ Rainbow Time and Keith Maitland’s Tower. I also chat more about my recent visit to the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and my thoughts about Barry Jenkins’ new film, Moonlight. Writer/director/actor Linas Phillips (Manson Family Vacation) and actress Melanie Lynskey (HBO’s Togetherness). Todd (Timm Sharp) grew up under the strange shadow of his older, mentally-challenged brother, Shonzi (Phillips). As kids, Shonzi forced Todd to make action movies. As adults, Todd is pressured to share love life details, even showing Shonzi a sex tape he made with an old girlfriend to help him cope when family tragedy hits. When their dad suffers a heart attack, Shonzi, now 40, moves in with Todd and his new girlfriend (Lynskey). Shonzi wants desperately to be included in their relationship like old times. Rainbow Time opens today at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and at the Arena Theater in Los Angeles.Then I welcome Tower (Kino Lorber) filmmaker Keith Maitland for the second segment. On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand what had happened. Archival footage is combined with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way to illustrate the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors. Among the film’s re-enactors is Filmwax Radio friend Chris Doubek. The film opens in Chicago today at the Music Box, in San Francisco at the Alamo Drafthouse Mission among other cities, this after already enjoying a recent successful theatrical engagement at Film Forum in NYC. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com. Earn $25 of free driving credit at joinzipcar.com/filmwaxradio.Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.
[10 min. 55 sec.] Morgan Neville returns to the podcast to discuss his latest documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, currently in theaters. [32 min. 30 sec.] And with the 30th anniversary of the classic documentary short Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the filmmakers Jeff Krulik & John Heyn visit the podcast while the host was at SxSW this past March. Music on this episode provided by Lane Arye form his album Thunder Echoes. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.
The first guest is filmmaker Dennis Hauck whose first feature, Too Late, is currently in theaters and continuing to open around the country, in theaters where film is projected. Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo August 31st) is next; his new feature film, his first English language film is called Louder Than Bombs and opens in theaters today, April 8th. Gabriel Mascaro’s second feature, Neon Bull, opens at the Elinor Bunin Munro Film Center today as well.
In this episode dedicated to the memory of Haskell Wexler & David Bowie, guests include actor/director Ross Partridge discussing his new film, Lamb, now in theaters & on Amazon; also filmmaker Alison Bagnall who discusses her dramedy, Funny Bunny, now available on iTunes.
In the first segment, the team behind the new dark comedy, Manson Family Vacation including actors Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips with director J. Davis; filmmaker of the new documentary Left on Purpose which will be screening at DOC NYC next month, Justin Schein; and the filmmaker Joshua Bishop with the subject of his new feature doc, Made in Japan, Tomi Fujiyama.
Guests include the creative team behind The Mend including filmmaker John Magery, actress Mickey Sumner & co-producer Myna Joseph; and two of the filmmakers behind Digging for Fire, actor Jake Johnson & returning to the podcast filmmaker Joe Swanberg.
The guests on this episode of the podcast include two good Jewish boys, actor Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight, 7 Chinese Brothers) and filmmaker Nathan Silver (Stinking Heaven, Uncertain Terms). This episode is sponsored by Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival.