Episode 414 includes [5 mins. 30 secs.] a conversation with the Brooklyn-Based filmmaker Kirsten Tan regarding her first feature film, Pop Aye (Kino Lorber), which opened at NYC’s Film Forum yesterday and will screen at least through next Tuesday, July 4th (unless the film has nearly as much success as Manifesto which just finished after a 5 week run at the theater). Instead of taking place in a car with Seth Rogan & Barbra Streisand, this road movie dramedy is about an aging architect and his elephant, Pop Aye, who go by foot in the Thai countryside.
Next up, [26 mins. 26 secs.] Sierra Pettengill returns to the podcast. She was last on Episode 174 with her then Town Hall co-director Jamila Wignot. This time she’s joined by her current co-director, Pacho Velez. Together they have made an exceptional archive documentary called The Reagan Show (Gravitas Ventures). The film opens tomorrow, Friday, June 30th at The Metrograph in downtown NYC and at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA.
Last up, [54 mins. 25 secs.] filmmaker Lara Stolman with her new documentary, Swim Team (Argot Pictures), which follows a group of autistic New Jersey teenagers who comprise a competitive swim team. The film will have theatrical run beginning July 7th at the IFC Center in NYC and at the Laemmle Monica in California beginning July 21st (as well as other select cities).