Ep 444: Ira Deutchman

Episode 444 includes an hour-long conversation with the indie film pioneer, Ira Deutchman. Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and, in their respective times, helped define the independent film business. He was also a co-founder of Emerging Pictures, the first digital projection network in the United States and a pioneer in delivering live cultural events into movie theaters.

Currently Deutchman is an independent producer, and a consultant in marketing and distribution of independent films. Among his clients are Istituto Luce Cinecitta, for which he promotes Italian cinema in the U.S. He is also a Professor of Professional Practice in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where we sat for this conversation.

Among the over 60 films he acquired and released at Fine Line were Jane Campion’s “An Angel at My Table,” Gus van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” and “Death and the Maiden,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” and the award-winning “Hoop Dreams,” which in its time was the highest grossing non-music documentary in history.

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Ep 443: Sheila Nevins

[5 mins. 55 secs.] The president of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins, is the sole guest on Episode 443 of the podcast. Sheila, who has been at the esteemed network for some 35 years, is now the author of a book called You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales (Flatiron Books, 2017). The book is not only available as conventional physical media but also as in audio format either by download or on CD. There is a host of celebrity names —almost all friends of the author— reading the various chapters including Gloria Vanderbilt, Lena Dunham, Alan Alda & Audra McDonald, to name just a few.

In this episode Sheila and I discuss writing the book, some small controversies that have surrounded it, her time at HBO, but perhaps most importantly of all, about her life and growing up. And for 90 minutes (edited down from our 3 hour plus conversation), you will get a sense of what this woman is like: funny, at times insecure, always intelligent & down-to-earth.

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Ep 442: Patrick Brice • Leah Meyerhoff, Shruti Rya Ganguly & Myna Joseph • Tiffany & Jayce Bartok

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[7 mins. 24 secs.] First segment, returning to the podcast filmmaker Patrick Brice (The Overnight, Creep) discusses Season 2 of the HBO series Room 104 & his follow up to Creep, Creep 2, which is currently on iTunes and other VOD platforms. The film once again stars Mark Duplass as the serial lovers everyone loves to… everyone loves! And co-stars Filmwax Radio friend Desiree Akhavan.

[22 mins.] Then I’m joined by filmmakers Leah Meyerhoff (I Believe in Unicorns), the founder of Film Fatales, plus Shruti Ganguly and Myna Joseph, for a thoughtful conversation on gender parity in the work place, and all that is currently taking place in the film industry at the moment. First in a series.

[1 hr. 1 min. 55 secs.] Lastly, I welcome Tiffany Bartok, the director of a wonderful new documentary, Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story, which will be having its New York City premiere at DOC NYC next Thursday, November 16th at the SVA Theater. The 7:15 screening has sold out but there are still some tickets available for the 9:45 screening as this episode drops. Tiffany is joined by her husband,  Jayce Bartok (Fall to Rise), who produced the film and who is returning to the podcast for his second visit. Moving to New York City from small town Louisiana in the early 1980s, Kevyn Aucoin found acceptance as a gay man and success in the fashion world. Developing an often overlooked profession into an influential art form, Aucoin became the go-to makeup artist for — and fast friends with — supermodels and celebrities until his tragic death at the age of 40. Director Tiffany Bartok offers an intimate look at a legendary figure who made people beautiful.

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Ep 441: Lois Vossen • Nick Ebeling & Satya de la Manitou

[6 mins. 40 secs.] Lois Vossen, the Executive Producer of Independent Lens, is the first guest. A new season of the PBS documentary series begins tonight with a 10:00 ET broadcast of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. We discuss the history if the series and what’s coming up in the new season.

[55 mins.] Then I’m joined by Satya de la Manitou who, along with his old friend & confidante, Dennis Hopper are the subjects of Nick Ebeling’s new documentary Along for the Ride. Director Nick Ebeling also joins us. Method actor, filmmaker, art collector, and all-American madman—the many sides of Dennis Hopper are explored in Nick Ebeling’s remarkable documentary, which draws heavily from the testimony of Hopper’s burly biker buddy and right-hand man Satya De La Manitou. Moving through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent self-immolation of The Last Movie, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of film biography with a freewheeling style that’s only appropriate to its anarchic subject. The film is currently screening in NYC at the Metrograph and will be screening theatrically in LA and elsewhere as of December.

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Ep 440: Gilbert Gottfried, Dara Gottfried & Neil Berkeley • Jeff Deutchman

[4 mins.] Finally we’ve gotten Gilbert Gottfried on the podcast! And why not? There’s a new documentary about Gilbert called… Gilbert, which premieres today, 11/3/2017. at the IFC Center in NYC. Also joining the comedian is his wife, Dara Gottlieb as well as the director of the film, Neil Berkeley. The film follows Gilbert over a period of time giving us the opportunity to see him at home with Dara and their two kids, as well as his traveling to gigs and performing his unique style of comedy. The film also takes a look back at his life and his career, and is helped along by such comedy luminaries as Richard Belzer, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Dick Van Dyke, Arsenio Hall, Jeff Ross, and others. Don’t miss this thoroughly entertaining and often times moving documentary, or this episode for that matter.

Then, [33 mins. 15 secs.] in the second segment, I welcome VP of Acquisitions at Neon, and the producer/curator of the new documentary 11/8/16, Jeff Deutchman, to the podcast. On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump’s unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. With 11/8/16, producer/creator Deutchman’s second installment in his election film series, viewers are afforded a uniquely cinematic look at the chaotic glory of American democracy from sea to shining sea. Some of the filmmakers involved include past Filmwax guests Martha Shane, Alma Har’El, Vikram Gandhi & Bassam Tariq. The film opens today, 11/3/2017, at the Cinema Village in NYC, at the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles, and other select cities, as well as streaming on most popular digital platforms.

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Ep 439: Larry Fessenden, Barbara Crampton, Glenn McQuaid, Et Al

Larry Fessenden returns to the podcast to celebrate Halloween, and more importantly, the release of the 4th season of his horror audio plays, Tales From Beyond the Pale. Joining the Maestro are friends and collaborators, filmmaker & Tales co-creator Glenn McQuaid, actor Barbara Crampton, and two contributing writers, April Snellings and Clay McLeod Chapman. The new edition includes 10 plays with an array of great actors lending their voices including Martin Starr, Joshua Leonard, and Pat Healy to name a few. Purchase Volume 4 off the Tales website as digital downloads or physical media. Tales is a production of Glass Eye Pix.

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Ep 438: Griffin Dunne Returns • Zack Norman & Neil Cohen

In the first segment [7 mins.] we celebrate the lost artifact cum cult comedy Chief Zabu with its two co-directors, Neil Cohen and funny man & character actor Zack Norman. The two discuss the history of their comedy which was made 1986, shot but never completed until now. Chief Zabu is an audacious low-budget socio-political comedy about Ben Sydney (Allen Garfield), a delusional New York real estate developer who dreams of getting political power.The sublime cast also features legends Allan Arbus, Ed Lauter & Zack Norman, among others. We will be having a screening (hosted by Filmwax’s Adam Schartoff) at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday, November 2nd at 9PM which will include a Q&A moderated by Schartoff and some stand-up comedy by Zack Norman. Tickets are still available but in limited supply! Come and join us for the fun.

In the 2nd segment, [1 hr. 14 mins. 33 secs.] Filmwax Radio welcomes back filmmaker & actor Griffin Dunne (After Hours, I Love Dick) for a conversation about his new documentary film about his Aunt Joan which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. The film is having a theatrical run at the Metrograph in NYC and will be available on Netflix on Friday, October 27th. Dunne will be at various Q&A’s this weekend. Check the Metrograph website for tickets and further details.

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Ep 437: Alex Smith • Luke Korem & Richard Turner

First up [4 mins. 0 secs.], half the filmmaking team behind the dramatic thriller, Walking Out, Alex Smith (Winter in the Blood, The Slaughter Rule) returning to the podcast; he last appeared with his filmmaking partner & twin brother, Andrew J. Smith on Episode 235. Walking Out is currently screening in various theaters around the country and also available for streaming on iTunes. Once a year, fourteen-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (Matt Bomer), in the remote mountains of Montana. There, the two embark on their annual hunting excursion, during which the taciturn Cal attempts to connect with his smartphone-addicted son. But when a terrifying turn of events leaves Cal critically wounded, it’s up to the teenage David to summon enough strength for both of them. Infused with a deep reverence for the rugged beauty and harsh realities of the Montana landscape, Walking Out is both a tense survival saga and a disarmingly moving father-son tale. Featuring Bill Pullman.

Then [27 mins., 48 secs.], I’m joined by the director of the documentary Dealt and the film’s subject, card mechanic (or close-up magician) Richard Turner. One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand. What they may not even realize – and what makes his achievements all the more amazing – is that he is completely blind. Charting Turner’s colorful life from his tumultuous childhood to the present, Dealt reveals how through determination and force of will, he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to rise to the top of his profession. It’s both a tantalizing, up-close look at the secretive world of magic and a candid, awe-inspiring portrait of a man who lives beyond his limitations. Check out the FIlmwax Radio Facebook page for some of Turner’s sleight of hand, just for the podcast.

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Ep 436: Todd Haynes Returns • Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady Return

In the first segment [8 mins. 22 secs.], award-winning documentary filmmakers Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, Detropia) return to the podcast (they were last on Episode 49!) to discuss their latest film, One of Us, which is being released by Netflix. Produced over three years, the film take a deep and moving look at the lives of three individuals who have chosen to leave the hugely insular world of Hasidic Judaism. The film follows Etty, a mother of seven, as she decides to leave a violent marriage and divorce her husband; Ari, a teenager on the verge of manhood who is struggling with addiction and the effects of childhood abuse; and Luzer, an actor who, despite having found success in the secular world, still wrestles with his decision eight years earlier to leave the Hasidic community. The film will run on the company’s streaming platform internationally, and also have a theatrical run in select cities including at the IFC Center in NYC as of October 20th.

Next [47 mins. 18 secs.], the podcast is happy to welcome back one of its favorite filmmakers, Todd Haynes (Poison, Carol). Todd is back (he was last on Episode 329) with a brand new film, Wonderstruck, which was adapted from Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name by Selznick himself, and is being distributed by Amazon Studios & Roadside Attractions. Ben and Rose are children from two different eras, both deaf, who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry. The film is playing theatrically around the country beginning on Friday, October 20th.

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Ep 435: Monihan Returns

The guest on this episode is Monihan (Le Voz de Los Silenciados), who returns for his 2nd visit to the podcast. The last  time he was on, Episode 283, a segment on Fandor’s FIX Shorts back in 2015. Monihan returns with his second feature film, From Sea to Shining Sea, a comedy hybrid of a road movie. The film is about two friends, one a pasty white filmmaker named Monihan, the other a chocolate complected Dutch man named Robert Boerleider. Together, in Monihan’s mother’s beater, the two document their coast to coast journey across today’s tumultous USA. The film has its Brooklyn premiere this Sunday, October 15th, 3:15 at the Syndicated Theater at the Bushwick Film Festival.

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