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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.
29 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Skye Fitzgerald (Hunger Ward)
Hunger Ward, from director Skye Fitzgerald, introduces us to two of the youngest victims of a humanitarian disaster in Yemen, brought on by a Saudi-led coalition and backed by the United States.The film takes us inside medical facilities where two heroic women struggle daily to rescue innocent children from desperate malnutrition.You can learn how to get involved — and give directly to the medical facilities — at HungerWard.org. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
David Fincher and Don Burt (Mank)
Director David Fincher and production designer Don Burt have collaborated since Zodiac. For their latest film, Mank, they talk about the process of deciding what to include and subtract from every scene.In Mank, that meant re-creating Hearst Castle, the realm of media baron William Randolph Hearst... and the guests Fincher describes as his "captives." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong)
Adam Wingard is the director of Godzilla vs. Kong, the best Godzilla or Kong movie in quite some time. Here are some highlights with timestamps:1:40: Adam Wingard rejects the premise of our first question ("Why is Godzilla such a dick?"3:30: He explains how those ridiculously fun action sequences were planned out.4:32: "Credibility is not necessarily... in terms of believing this is real, the highest priority. But we didn't want to do things that were so absurd that it would take people out of the movie."4:48: So, could Godzilla and King Kong fight on an aircraft carrier?7:10: How tall are Godzilla and Kong?9:00: "My main focus always was trying to make sure that this movie was as densely entertaining as possible and what that really amounts to is densely filled with monsters."15:00: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah22:00: Shoutout to Adam Wingard's cat22:39: The big reveal24:00: The decision to hint at the big reveal in the trailer27:49: Adam Wingard's initial reaction to the film streaming on HBO Max37:15: Face/OffIf you enjoy this you might also enjoy MovieMaker.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Should You Move to Mississippi?
Most people know Mississippi has great food, music, and tax benefits. But it also offers a wealth of other opportunities to moviemakers, including authenticity, diversity, reasonably priced homes, and the chance to be noticed. Mississippi Film Office Director Nina Parikh talks with us about the tremendous film community growth in places like Natchez, Mississippi's rich film history, and how she convinced Joel and Ethan Coen to shoot O Brother, Where Art Thou in her state, very early in her career. The story involves pie. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Craig Brewer (Coming 2 America)
Coming 2 America director Craig Brewer shot the last day of the joyful comedy on the John Singleton sound stage at Tyler Perry studios — 15 years after Singleton gave him his big break, and made him promise to always "hire some Black people."Brewer's other films include Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, the new Footloose, and Dolemite Is My Name. We talk with him about '80s movies that might not be green lit today, dodging the potential pitfalls of sequels, and being in the service of African-American culture. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Florian Zeller (The Father)
Florian Zeller's stunning debut film stars Anthony Hopkins as a father with dementia and Olivia Colman as his worried daughter. Zeller describes the film as a puzzle that can't be solved. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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