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43 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Vanessa Block (Pig)
Vanessa Block produced and co-wrote the simmering story of Pig, in which Nicholas Cage plays a man who goes into the big city of Portland in search of his beloved truffle pig.We talk about how her background in chemistry and pre-med led her to the Congo, and making the Oscar shortlisted documentary "The Testimony." We also talk about the misimpression that some audiences had about Pig, and what our presumptions say about us as moviegoers.And she tells us where to get the best salted baguette in Portland. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Greg Sorvig (Heartland International Film Festival)
The Heartland International Film Festival, like every film festival, weathered a very hard 2020 for the entire film world. But this year, it comes roaring back with one of the greatest lineups you'll find anywhere in the world.We talk with Greg Sorvig about how he and the Heartland team brought films like Spencer, King Richard, Belfast and The French Dispatch home to Indianapolis — and explains a little bit about the festival's history with the great Jimmy Stewart. And we talk about the festival's emphasis on a human touch. If you want to reach out to him directly, he doesn't mind. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Alan Taylor (The Many Saints of Newark)
Director Alan Taylor had a unique challenge making the Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark: He had to make a film that worked for the millions of Sopranos fans worldwide, and for people who may never have seen a frame of the HBO series. He talked with us about his first days working for Sopranos mastermind David Chase, Ray Liotta's very Sopranos performance, and the "fucking jaw-dropping" opening of The Many Saints of Newark.This one is filled with spoilers.Photo: Alessandro Nivola, Michael Gandolfini and Alan Taylor on the set of The Many Saints of Newark. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Dan Delgado (The Industry)
Dan Delgado is the host of The Industry, a documentary podcast focused on lesser-known or forgotten movie history. On every episode he tells stories of Hollywood's weirdest decisions — and has a special place in his heart for the industry heroes who tried, and usually failed, to make something great.On this special crossover episode of MovieMaker and The Industry, Dan talks about his VHS-shaped 1980s childhood, and how it led him to create the curious world of The Industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (Beckett)
Beckett stars John David Washington as an American tourist traveling with his girlfriend, played by Alicia Vikander. When things take a turn, he's caught up in intrigue he doesn't understand. Director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, our guest in this episode, is well aware of the conventions of stories like this — and subverts them repeatedly.We talk about how Beckett got its name and came to be, Washington's very specific line readings, and Filomarino's professional dynamic with Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), a producer of Beckett. Filomarino also explains why he isn't too worried about the future of cinema. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Diego Ongaro and Daniel Vecchione (Down With the King)
Down with the King stars rapper Freddie Gibbs as a rapper named Money Merc who disappears for a while to a rural farmhouse to work on his new album. But even as he saws lumber and butchers pigs, he can't escape the pressures of the rap game. Our guests on this episode, director Diego Ongaro and cinematographer Daniel Vecchione, explain how they achieved the documentary-like feel of the film — and how they created a seemingly packed concert scene while following strict COVID-19 protocols. (Vecchione gives a shout out to BlackMagic Pocket Cinema 6K cameras with anamorphic lenses.)They also talk about how Freddie Gibbs brought his character to life, and the cinematic allure of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, where they shot the film.Down With the King premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in July. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
James Gunn (The Suicide Squad)
James Gunn is the director of the highly anticipated, very well-reviewed The Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman and many more. It will almost certainly be one of the biggest films of the weird summer of 2021.But he can remember working on scrappy New York productions where he had to choose between yelling and being yelled at. And a childhood outside St. Louis, Missouri that he would change if he could. We talk about Gunn's being fired and rehired from Guardians of the Galaxy, whether it's harder to shoot low-budget movies or blockbusters, and how briefly meeting Joe Strummer of The Clash had a huge impact on the way he relates to passionate fans. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Should You Move to Calgary?
Calgary is sleek and modern enough to double for any city in the world, but surrounded by pristine plains and mountain ranges that drew productions like The Revenant and Brokeback Mountain. It has a film-friendly local government, bustling production schedule, and it's one of MovieMaker Magazine's Top 10 Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. It may also be the most livable city in the Western Hemisphere — it was in the Economist Intelligence Unit's top 5 cities in the world for a decade, and was the top Western Hemisphere city for two. All that, and it wants people to move there. So: Should you? We get into it this episode with a man who says yes: Luke Azevedo, Calgary's film commissioner and Vice President of Creative Industries for Calgary Economic Development. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Manjari Makijany (Skater Girl)
Manjari Makijany's film Skater Girl is about an Indian girl named Prerna (the excellent newcomer Rachel Sanchita Gupta, pictured), who crosses paths with a woman named Jessica (Amrit Maghera) visiting from the UK. Prerna's life path soon changes from housework to practicing ollies at a new skatepark.Before she could make the film, Makijany first had to build a real skatepark. It remains today in the Rajasthan village where the film takes place.To make the film — and build the skatepark — Makijany had to convince some powerful men that she was the one calling the shots. Not her husband, or father, or any other male authority figure. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Michael Waldron (LOKI)
Michael Waldron, creator of the Disney+ series Loki, got his big break as an intern for Dan Harmon — when he started a softball team that would get him more face time with the creator of Community and Rick & Morty.Things have gone well since — besides running Loki, he's writing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and a secret Star Wars project led by Marvel chief Kevin Feige. He also created the upcoming Starz wrestling drama Heels.His influences range from Nora Ephron to Quentin Tarantino, and he traces Loki's mix of love and nihilism, in part, to a comic strip: Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Iliza Shlesinger (Good on Paper)
If you're a fan of Iliza Shlesinger from her standup specials — including Elder Millennial and Unveiled — you'll love her new Netflix film Good on Paper, which she wrote, executive produces, and stars in.You might also like Good on Paper if you've ever dated a compulsive liar.Shlesinger talks about the journey from dating a very dishonest person to making a movie about it, the moment when the whole thing almost fell apart, and how she finally got one of those rare fuck yeah moments in Hollywood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Sabrina Doyle (Lorelei)
Sabrina Doyle, who grew up working class in London, was determined to create a blue-collar fable with her debut Lorelei —a film that avoids both idealization and tragedy. Pablo Schreiber plays a biker who gets out of prison and reunites with his ex, played by Jena Malone. She has three kids now, none of them his. The couple wonder what became of their youthful dreams of getting out of their small Oregon town and heading to Los Angeles.Doyle elicits excellent performances from Schreiber and Malone, and also stellar work the three young actors who play her children: Parker Pascoe-Sheppard, Amelia Borgerding and Chancellor Perry.Lorelei is finally appearing before an audience at Tribeca after in-person screenings were delayed last year, and is expected in theaters and on VOD soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | May 25, 2021
Jessica Hester and Derek Schweickart (COAST)
In Coast, directed by Jessica Hester and Derek Schweickart, a teenage girl (Fatima Ptacek) sees a way out of her small Central Coast town when the singer in a band invites her out on the road. The film, inspired by screenwriter Cindy Kitagawa's teenage years in Santa Maria, Calif., explores all she would leave behind. With a great cast that includes Cristela Alonso, Melissa Leo and Ciara Bravo, Coast may give you hope about the future of live music. We also talk with Hester and Schweickart about how to get Joy Division songs in your movie, get the rights to a Kurt Vonnegut story for $5, and direct a film with someone you love. And they tell us how Bruce Dern helped get their movie rolling.You can learn more about Coast here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | May 14, 2021
Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown)
Mare of Easttown has gotten an almost uniformly positive response, which is a new experience for director Craig Zobel — his films sometimes make people lose it.His film Compliance sparked anger at Sundance, other film festivals, and screenings nationwide. And last year's The Hunt was denounced by none other than Donald Trump. But he really wants people to see each other as people, and hopes his stories — including Easttown — help them do that. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | May 11, 2021
Darren Lynn Bousman (Spiral: From the Book of Saw)
Darren Lynn Bousman had been fired from a string of assistant jobs and even told he would never work in Hollywood again when he came up with a Jigsaw-level plan to break into movies. By age 25, he had made Saw II — which opened at No. 1 at the box office. Then he repeated the feat with Saw III, and again with Saw IV.The Kansas native decided he'd done all he could with the franchise. And then he got a call that Chris Rock wanted to meet him.The result is the new Spiral: From the Book of Saw, a film that delivers all the nasty machinations that Saw fans love while also delivering a crackerjack detective story full of mystery and twists. It's a story almost as wild as the way Bousman broke in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | May 7, 2021
David Oyelowo (The Water Man)
Actor David Oyelowo is acclaimed for his roles in projects like Selma and Les Miserables, but his directorial debut, The Water Man, is a kid-focused fantasy drama that draws from influences like Stand by Me and The Goonies. The much-praised film tells the story of a boy named Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) who sets off in search of a possibly mythical being who may be able to heal his leukemia-stricken mother (Rosario Dawson). Alfred Molina and Maria Bello also play key roles, and Oyelowo plays Gunner’s father.Our special guest interviewer this episode is Will Gluck, who recently directed Oyelowo in Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, and asks incredibly incisive questions about the role of a director, when to listen to notes and ignore them, and trusting the audience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Adam McKay (Death at the Wing)
Adam McKay's new podcast, Death at the Wing, investigates why so many young basketball stars he loved in the '80s and '90s died suddenly and tragically. He was surprised, again and again, by how drugs, tragedy, and the Reagan Revolution defined a decade of basketball. We also talk about his upcoming series about the Showtime-era Lakers, the next season of Succession, and his upcoming comedy, Don't Look Up, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as scientists trying desperately to be heard.Death at the Wing is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Karla Murthy and Jad Abumrad (The Place That Makes Us)
Youngstown, Ohio was once a booming steel and mining town, but now epitomizes the kind of post-industrial US city dominated by unemployment and poverty. In her new documentary, The Place That Makes Us, director Karla Murthy shows us a new generation of people who have refused to give up on Youngstown and are staying put so they can build a brighter future there. They're rebuilding houses, bringing in business, and cultivating a community of local makers and creators and artists. We talk to Murthy (who is also a journalist and has worked as a correspondent for several PBS newsmagazines) and her husband/creative partner Jad Abumrad (creator and host of Radiolab), who executive produced the film. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Yasmin Fedda (Ayouni)
Yasmin Fedda's harrowing documentary Ayouni tells the stories of two men who were "disappeared" in Syria. When a person is disappeared, they have been forcibly taken by military, police, or militia forces who do not admit to having them. Bassel Khartibal was an open internet activist who was arrested, kept in a secret prison, and ultimately killed. Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is an Italian Jesuit priest who led an interfaith group out of a Syrian monastery and became an activist against oppression—his current whereabouts are unknown. The film follows Noura, Bassel's wife; and Machi, Father Paolo's sister, as they search for answers about their loved ones. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Oliver Hermanus (Moffie)
Moffie, the outstanding fourth film from South African Director Oliver Hermanus, portrays a teenager (Kai Luke Brummer) who is forced to serve in the South African Army in 1981, during the last days of apartheid.Though he is white, he is still hated: He's secretly gay, in a time and place where homosexuality is a crime.We talk with Hermanus about growing up under apartheid, the quietly haunting middle sequence in the film, and how he really wasn't trying to critique Stanley Kubrick or the volleyball scene in Top Gun. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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