Ep 404: Jonas Mekas / Jennifer Merin

Ep 404: Jonas Mekas / Jennifer Merin

Grandaddy of experimental film, Jonas Mekas is the guest in the first segment. He’s joined by the Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Rail, Phong Bui. The Anthology Film Archives, of which Jonas is one of the founders, is currently undergoing a capital campaign to raise money for a floor to the top of the building which will house a film archive library. This conversation took place at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village of New York City.

Also cultural journalist & avid film lover Jennifer Merin describes recent events regarding the theft of her family home in Queens.

Music on this episode the podcast is by American Nomads off their brand new album, Ghost Highway now available on iTunes, Amazon & Spotify.

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Ep 403: Philip Shane

Ep 403: Philip Shane

Filmmaker Philip Shane (Being Elmo) is the guest. We talk about film, film, film. Also, an appearance by filmwaxradio.com blogger Jon Hogan in the show’s intro.

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Ep 402: Cole Smithey & Mike Lacy

Ep 402: Cole Smithey & Mike Lacy

The co-hosts of the podcast, La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast) are the guests. Gen X veteran film critic Cole Smithey and Millennial filmmaker Mike Lacy copiously consume international culture and politics through the prism of a single film, and a different craft beer, every week. This week they stop by Filmwax Radio to talk podcast turkey. Don’t miss this extensive and entertaining conversation.

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Ep 401: Walter Hill / Dan Nuxoll

Ep 401: Walter Hill / Dan Nuxoll

Director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) is up first. The legendary filmmaker has a new movie which just hit select theaters called The Assignment. The film stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver & Tony Shalhoub, and is about a hit man (Rodriguez) who becomes a hit woman with help from a rogue surgeon (Weaver). Hill discusses the return to action movies as well as a look back at his career.

Artistic Director of Rooftop Films, Dan Nuxoll, makes his 5th visit to the podcast to discuss what the elimination of federal funding for the NEA & NEH might mean. Also a look forward to Rooftop Films’ 21st season which begins on Friday, May 19th.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Subscribe on iTunes. Also available on Stitcher, YouTube & Soundcloud.

Ep 400: Onur Tukel Forever

Ep 400: Onur Tukel Forever

Filmmaker and flim flam man, Onur Tukel returns to the podcast for his 8th visit! This makes Onur the most frequent guest on the show and certainly one of the most welcome. Helping me celebrate 400 shows, Onur discusses the making of his latest comedy, Catfight, which stars Anne Heche & Sandra Oh. The film, like most of his others, including: Richard’s Wedding, Summer of Blood, and Applesauce, is available for streaming on iTunes. But that barely scratches the surface. Onur and I also discuss love, sex, politics, censorship and much more. And we have a couple of guest cameos by Ariel Kavoussi (who also appears in Catfight) as well as actor Matt Hopkins. And if that weren’t enough —and after two hours you very well might think it is— the episode is capped off by an original song composed & performed by Onur to honor this auspicious 400th Episode of Filmwax Radio.

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Ep 399: Kim Snyder & Maria Cuomo Cole / Bruce Goldstein

Ep 399: Kim Snyder & Maria Cuomo Cole / Bruce Goldstein

The filmmaking team behind the documentary Newtown, director Kim Snyder & producer Maria Cuomo Cole, are the guests in the first segment. The documentary, which premiered at Sundance, is about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and how a small & resilient community pulled together to make something good come out of something very tragic. The documentary will have its broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens on April 3rd. It will also be available on various streaming platforms. Visit the Newtown website for more details about the film’s impact campaign against gun violence.

Then next, a long conversation with Film Forum repertory programmer, Bruce Goldstein.

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Ep 398: Daniel Clowes & Craig Johnson / Todd Berliner

Ep 398: Daniel Clowes & Craig Johnson / Todd Berliner

The first segment of this episode focuses on Wilson, a new indie comedy adapted from the graphic novel of the same name. Both director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) and the graphic novelist & film’s screenwriter Daniel Clowes appear on the podcast. Included on this episode are also some clips from the film’s press junket with both Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Wilson is being distributed by Fox Searchlight and premieres theatrically on Friday, March 24th nationwide. The film also stars Judy Greer, Isabella Amara & Margo Martindale in supporting roles.

Then in the second segment, we’re joined by the author Todd Berliner whose book, Hollywood Aesthetic: Please in American Cinema, published by Oxford University Press.

Music on this episode is by the inventor of rock ‘n’ roll music, the recently deceased Chuck Berry; with additional music by Jon Brion.

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What losing the NEA could mean for us

What losing the NEA could mean for us

Last Thursday, President Trump announced his federal budget plan, which proposed eliminating the NEA

Ep 397: Christophe Honoré / Josh Zeman / Josh Karp

Ep 397: Christophe Honoré / Josh Zeman / Josh Karp

[5 mins. 30 secs.] Josh Karp, author of the book Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind comes back on the podcast to discuss Netflix’s recent announcement that they would be financing the finishing of Orson Welles final film The Other Side of the Wind.

[15 mins. 15 secs.] Then we are joined by one of France’s filmmaking stars, Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, The Beloved). Honoré’s new film Metamorphoses, a contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s work of the same name, will be having a theatrical engagement at The Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, beginning on Thursday, March 23rd.

[40 mins. 10 secs.] Film producer Josh Zeman (Cropsey) stops by to discuss his documentary series, The Killing Season (Executive Produced by Alex Gibney), the first season of which ran on A&E and is now available for streaming on Amazon. The interview was recorded at the offices of Gigantic Pictures.

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Ep 396: Frank V. Ross Returns

Ep 396: Frank V. Ross Returns

Chicago-based filmmaker Frank V. Ross (Tiger Tail in Blue) returns to the podcast as a guest and co-host on the same episode! Tune in and find out how this came to be. Frank’s latest film, Bloomin Mud Shuffle, opens theatrically at Facets in Chicago on March 24th as well as on iTunes! The film follows Lonnie (Filmwax Radio friend James Ransone) whose life hasn’t changed much in the 16 years since he graduated high school. Still painting houses, still drinking too much, still hanging out with the same old friends. As far as he can see, his only hope for the future lies in taking his physical relationship with coworker Monica (Filmwax Radio friend Alexia Rasmussen) to the next level. The rest of the film’s cast includes such Filmwax Radio luminaries as Alex Karpovsky, Kent Osborne & Joe Swanberg, as well as Rebecca Spence & Natasha Lyonne. To view Frank’s earlier films subscribe to Fandor.

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