EP 478: Vera Farmiga • Tommy Avallone • Amir Motlagh

[3 mins. 22 secs.] More coverage from SxSW 2018 on this episode. First up, a conversation with the team behind a new dramedy called Boundaries including director Shana Feste and actors Vera Farmiga and Lewis MacDougall. Laura (Farmiga) is a well-meaning single mother who is forced to drive her estranged pot-dealing father, Jack (Christopher Plummer), from Texas to California, with her troubled son Henry (MacDougall) along for the ride. While Jack uses Henry and the road trip to help him distribute his copious supply of marijuana, Laura finally confronts Leonard (Bobby Canavale) – her dead-beat ex-husband. The film will open theatrically in the near future thanks to distributor Sony Pictures Classics.

[32 mins. 38 secs.] Then, the team behind a new documentary about one of the world’s most beloved comic actors, Bill Murray. The film is called The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons From a Mythical Man. Filmmaker Tommy Avallone joins me to discuss his journey in finding meaning in Bill Murray’s many unexpected adventures with everyday people, rare and never-before seen footage of the comedic icon partipating in stories previously presumed to be urban legend. Whether it be singing karaoke late at night with strangers or crashing a kickball game in the middle of the afternoon, Bill Murray lives in the moment and by doing so, creates magic with real people. Avallone is joined by two of his producers: Derrick Kunzer & Max Paolucci.

[49 mins. 17 secs.] Last up, Los Angeles based filmmaker Amir Motlagh, a DIY filmmaker if ever there was any. Mr. Motlagh will be showing two of his recent feature films, MAN and Three Worlds. He’ll be screening a double feature of those two films for an audience hosted by the the Chicago Filmmakers organization this Saturday, April 21st. Check the website for further details.

Music on this episode is by Peter Gabriel.

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Ep 477: Dick Cavett & Robert Bader • Jeremy Workman & Matt Green

Documentary filmmaker and their subjects occupy this SxSW 2018 Edition of the podcast. First up, is filmmaker Robert Bader and one of the subjects of his new documentary, Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, which premiered at SxSW. We sit with Bader and, returning to the podcast, none other than Dick Cavett (he was last on Episode 252). In this conversation, as shown in great detail in the documentary, Cavett and Bader recall the story of the great friendship between the Nebraska-born talk show host and world champion boxer.

Then returning to the podcast for his 4th visit, filmmaker Jeremy Workman is back (Workman as appeared on Episodes 250, 379 & 467) with a new film and the film’s main subject, Matt Green. The World Before Your Feet had its world premiere at SxSW and we talked in Austin. For over six years, and for reasons he can’t explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City – a journey of more than 8,000 miles. From filmmaker Jeremy Workman and Executive Producer Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feet is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of one man’s unusual personal quest and the unexpected journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues. Check Matt Green’s remarkable blog which not only captures his journey but also gives much sociological perspective to this great city.

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Ep 476: Chloé Zhao & Brady Jandreau • Trish Adlesic • John Hyams, Isiah Whitlock Jr. & Harris Yulin

[6 mins. 12 secs.] First up, Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) discusses her second feature film, The Rider, along with her lead actor Brady Jandreau who plays a variation of himself in this dramatic hybrid film. After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy (Jandreau) searches for a new purpose. The film, which had its world premiere at Cannes 2018 and went on to screen at the TIFF, the New York Film Festival, Telluride, Sundance, and SxSW,  is being distributed Sony Pictures Classics. It opens Friday, April 13th at the Angelika Film Center & Landmark at 57 West in NYC and at The Landmark in Los Angeles, before going national in the coming weeks.

[30 mins. 55 secs.] Next up, half the filmmaking team behind the new documentary, I Am Evidence, Trish Adlesic is in this segment. The film, which premieres on HBO on Monday, April 16th 8PM, tells the story of four survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that so often, the system is broken.

Last up, a conversation from SxSW 2018 in Austin, Texas, I’m joined by some of the director and two cast members from a new dramatic film called All Square. Joining me is filmmaker John Hyams along with two stellar actors: Isiah Whitlock, Jr., (Pete’s Dragon, Cedar Rapids) and the legendary Harris Yulin (“Doc”, Scarface). Hyams’ film is about a down-on-his-luck bookie (Michael Kelly) who befriends an ex-girlfriend’s son and begins taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community. The film also includes Pamela Adlon & Josh Lucas among its outstanding cast. We’ll be keeping up with  All Square as it continues its trajectory.

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Ep 475: Criterion Now’s Aaron West • Filmmaker Matt Ogens

[2 mins. 48 secs.] The host of an exceptional podcast, Criterion Now, Aaron West is the first guest. I was recently on an episode of Aaron’s podcast and then he returned the favor. The podcast is a great one-stop spot for all your Criterion news, with great conversations by some of the geekiest cinephiles around […]

Ep 474: Lynne Ramsay • Joe Berlinger Returns

[4 mins. 10 secs.] Filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin) makes her first appearance on the podcast. Her latest film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and which is being distributed by Amazon Studios, is called You Were Never Really Here. A traumatized veteran (Phoenix), unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. The film opens Friday, April 6th. Check the official website for details about local listings. Filmwax friend Zefrey Throwell sits in during this segment and contributes some questions.

[30 mins. 52 secs.] Then, Filmwax Radio friend Joe Berlinger returns to the podcast for his third visit. Joe has curated a series of screenings at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, South Carolina (4/5—4/8) on the subject of True Crime. The film block is called Crime & Punishment and includes a number of Berlinger’s own films as well such classics on the subject as Titticut Follies, In Cold Blood and The Thin Blue Line.

Music on this episode is from the new album Walk Like a Stranger by the musical artist Escondido, currently available where music is sold and streamed.

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Ep 473: Andrew Dosunmu Returns • Andrew Haigh & Charlie Plummer

[3 mins. 41 secs.] Andrew Dosunmu returns to the podcast. He was last on Episode 161 with his previous feature Mother of George. He’s back with a new feature called Where is Kyra? which premiered at Sundance last year and which stars Michelle Pfeiffer & Kiefer Sutherland in very different roles. Pfieffer plays Kyra, a fragile woman who is already stressed from a fast-paced world when her mother dies and she must find a means for survival while hiding her struggles from her new boyfriend (Sutherland). The film will have a theatrical engagement at the Quad Cinema in NYC beginning Friday, April 6th as well as other cities. Check your local listing for further details.

[38 mins. 21 secs.] I saw Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete at SxSW last month. We were lucky to talk to Andrew (Weekend, 45 Years) while in Austin as well as his lead actor, Charlie Plummer (King Jack, All The Money In The World) and my colleague Zefrey Throwell. Charley (Plummer), a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home. The film, which is being distributed by A24 and which opens on Friday, April 6th, also stars Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny & Steve Zahn in supporting roles.

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Ep 472: Lynn Shelton Returns • Sam Pollard Returns

[8 mins. 15 secs.] Returning to the podcast for her second visit, director Lynn Shelton; Lynn was was last on Episode 160.  On this episode the Washington State native discusses her latest project, a drama called Outside In which stars Edie Falco & Jay Duplass (who is also credited as co-writer). The film, which is being distributed by The Orchard and which opens tomorrow, Friday, March 30th at the Quad Cinema in NYC and at the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles, is about an ex-convict (Duplass) who tries to readjust to life in his small town and forms an intense relationship with his former high school teacher (Falco). The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and recently had its US premiere at SxSW where I saw it. Lynn will be at the Quad where, following the 7:10 Friday night screening, she will do a Q&A moderated by Ira Glass. Outside In will go on digital platforms beginning April 3rd.

[41 mins. 17 secs.] Then filmmaker Sam Pollard returns for his third visit to the podcast (he was on Episodes 232 & 382) to discuss three —count ’em THREE!— new documentaries, including Acorn and the Firestorm (which he co-directed with Filmwax Radio friend Reuben Atlas), Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, and Maynard. The former of the three, Acorn and the Firestorm is about to have a theatrical engagement in NYC at the Metrograph Theater, beginning on Friday, April 6th. When two young conservatives posed as a pimp and a prostitute in a sting to expose ACORN’s business practices, it was a harbinger of the current political climate of fake news and intractable partisanship in politics.

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Ep 471: Annette Insdorf

Film scholar, author, professor and interviewer Annette Insdorf, is the guest. Insdorf has a new book called “Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes” published by Columbia University Press. She will also be hosting the next installment of her interview series, Reel Pieces, at the 92nd Street Y, a conversation with actor Andie MacDowell on Wednesday, March 28th, 7:30 PM. Some tickets are still available.

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Ep 470: Joshua Leonard • Mike Ott

Actor & filmmaker Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project, Humpday) is in the latest Steven Soderbergh film —a thriller shot on an iPhone— called Unsane. The film stars Claire Foy who plays Sawyer Valentini, a young woman who relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her (Leonard) for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Things only get creepier from there. The film, which is being distributed by Bleecker Street Media and Fingerprint Releasing, opens this Friday, March 23rd in NYC and LA.

Then indie filmmaker Mike Ott (Actor Martinez, Littlerock) calls in from Berlin to discuss his particular style of filmmaking, and his love of movies.

Music on this episode of the podcast is by the artist Bonomo from his album Phases. Please check out his website to learn more about this exceptional artist and how to purchase his music. The tracks include Home, Water, and Baby’s Alright.

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Ep 469: Lloyd Kaufman Returns

Lloyd Kaufman co-founded Troma Films with Michael Herz back in 1974. Troma is now the longest operating indie film studio in existence. I first got the notion to invite Kaufman on to the podcast when I saw him speak at the opening night festivities of the Queens World Film Festival back in 2011 where he accepted an award. Since than we’ve feuded extensively over Twitter. But for the sake of our mutual audiences we decided to lay rest to the Toxie/Waxie wars and come together for a follow-up conversation lo these past 5 1/2 years. You can hear Lloyd way back on Episode 56 where we recorded his first appearance at his Manhattan home. But in the 400 episodes that have elapsed, Kaufman has only gotten crankier and funnier as he continues to disrupt the worlds of film & media.

Incidentally, the 8th annual Queens World Film Festival is taking place right now. Tickets are available for many of the screenings that will continue to run through the 25h of March. Please check it out and support great local film festivals like this one!

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