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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