Archive for the ‘Filmwax Radio’ Category

by Adam Schartoff
December 3rd, 2016

In the first segment [9 mins. 40 secs.] filmmaker Sam Pollard returns to the podcast. Sam has a new documentary called Two Trains Runnin’, narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. Two Trains Runnin’ is currently enjoying a theatrical engagement at the Metrograph Theater in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The conversation was recorded at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

Then [41 kins. 30 secs.] sales agent & film producer Bill Straus visits the podcast to discuss about his approach to the business. If you are in need of a sales agent for your film, feel free to reach out to Bill at bill@bridgeindependent.com.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.com/filmwaxradio.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.

by Adam Schartoff
November 29th, 2016

Street photographer and filmmaker Richard Sandler is my guest on this episode of the podcast. His new book, The Eyes of the City, published by powerHouse Books, is currently available. Richard will be signing books at powerHouse Bookstore in DUMBO on Wednesday, November 30, 7—9PM.

This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker. Get a free 5-day home try-on by visiting www.warbyparkertrial.com/filmwaxradio. 5 days, 5 pairs, 100% free.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.

by Adam Schartoff
November 25th, 2016

Episode 380 [5 mins.] welcomes back Breakthru Films’ filmmakers Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern to the podcast. Their latest film is called Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing which covers the fateful day of the 2013 Boston Marathon and its aftermath. The documentary is currently on HBO. Also in this segment are two of the survivors from that devestating blasts, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.

Then in the second segment [23 mins. 50 secs.] I am joined by one of the programmers for the new streaming service FilmStruck, the result of a joint venture between The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies. You can take advantage of a two week trial subscription at the moment and enjoy countless Criterion films as an abundance of ancillary content.

Last up, Adam Irving, the director of a new documentary, Off The Rails. The film follows Darius McCollum, a man singularly obsessed with the New York City subway system. McCollum, who has Asperger’s, has illegally commandeered countless subway trains, buses and other transit vehicles over decades of his life. The rest of the time he remains incarcerated.

This episode is sponsored by casper.com. Receive $50 toward any mattress purchase by going to caspertrial.com/filmwaxradio.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.

by Adam Schartoff
November 18th, 2016

[5 mins. 30 secs.] Anna Biller, director of The Love Witch is up first. The film opens in Brooklyn today at the Alamo Drafthouse and at the Nitehawk Cinema and is about Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch who is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, then picks up men and seduces them. The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Labs.

After that, [54 mins. 50 secs.] filmmaker Alex Lehmann discusses his two new films, both executive produced by the Duplass Brothers. The first is a narrative film called Blue Jay, a comedy romance starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson and is being distributed by The Orchard. We also discuss Alex’s new documentary, Asperger’s Are Us about a Boston-based comedy group of the same title. Both films are currently available for streaming on iTunes & other digital platforms.

Last up [1 hr. 35 mins. 10 secs.] is a discussion about a new documentary omnibus film called True New York. The film comprises of 5 award-winning short documentary films and the amazing characters who call New York City home. Tied together with stunning New York City timescape footage, the shorts include: C-Rock (directed by Jordan Roth), Taxi Garage (Joshua Z Weinstein), One Track Mind (Jeremy Workman), A Son’s Sacrifice (Yoni Brook), and Black Cherokee (Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen). In this segment I am joined by Jeremy Workman, Sam Cullman & Ben Rosen. True New York is distributed by First Run Features and available on DVD or streaming on iTunes.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com. Earn $25 of free driving credit at joinzipcar.com/filmwaxradio.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.

by Adam Schartoff
November 15th, 2016

An episode dedicated to DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, currently taking place through Thursday, November 17th at the IFC Center, SVA Theater & Cinepolis in New York City.

Guests in the first segment include returning documentary filmmakers Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley (Battle for Brooklyn) with their new film, All the Rage. The film, co-directed by the above two along with filmmaker David Beilinson, and which had a sold out show this past Saturday, follows Dr. Sarno whose radical approach to back pain has caused him to be essentially ostracized by the medical community. Then I’m joined by returning filmmakers Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum with their new documentary, Letters From Baghdad. The film restores Gertrude Bell, a true original and the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, in history. The film had a sold out screening this past Saturday. Last up, returning to the podcast is filmmaker Tomas Leach with his new work, The Lure. That film, about a real life treasure hunt which took place in the Rocky Mountains, is having a screening today, Tuesday, November 15 at 3:00PM at the IFC Center.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.com/filmwaxradio.

Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.

by Adam Schartoff
November 12th, 2016

Guests include documentary filmmaker Su Friedrich discussing hew new film, I Can Not Tell You How I Feel, which will have a screening at BAM on November 17th. That is followed by a conversation with Steve Cossman, founder & Executive Director of Mono No Aware, a Brooklyn-based cinema arts non-profit. Mono No Aware is currently amidst its 10th annual Cinema Arts Festival which runs through December 3rd with events all over NYC. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen, may he rest in peace. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films.

by Adam Schartoff
November 4th, 2016

In this episode I welcome filmmakers behind two new indie films: Linas Phillips’ Rainbow Time and Keith Maitland’s Tower. I also chat more about my recent visit to the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and my thoughts about Barry Jenkins’ new film, Moonlight. Writer/director/actor Linas Phillips (Manson Family Vacation) and actress Melanie Lynskey (HBO’s Togetherness). Todd (Timm Sharp) grew up under the strange shadow of his older, mentally-challenged brother, Shonzi (Phillips). As kids, Shonzi forced Todd to make action movies. As adults, Todd is pressured to share love life details, even showing Shonzi a sex tape he made with an old girlfriend to help him cope when family tragedy hits. When their dad suffers a heart attack, Shonzi, now 40, moves in with Todd and his new girlfriend (Lynskey). Shonzi wants desperately to be included in their relationship like old times. Rainbow Time opens today at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and at the Arena Theater in Los Angeles.Then I welcome Tower (Kino Lorber) filmmaker Keith Maitland for the second segment. On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand what had happened. Archival footage is combined with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way to illustrate the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors. Among the film’s re-enactors is Filmwax Radio friend Chris Doubek. The film opens in Chicago today at the Music Box, in San Francisco at the Alamo Drafthouse Mission among other cities, this after already enjoying a recent successful theatrical engagement at Film Forum in NYC. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com. Earn $25 of free driving credit at joinzipcar.com/filmwaxradio.Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.

by Adam Schartoff
October 29th, 2016

After the intro (in which I talk about the new Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse NYC and Kenneth Lonergan’s new film Manchester By The Sea), at the 12 minute and 40 second mark, I am joined by filmmaker Teddy Collatos back for his 2nd visit on the podcast. Last time Teddy talked about his feature Dipso. This time he’s back with Carolina Monnerat, his wife and one of the lead actors in his new film Tormenting the Hen. The film is a drama about a couple who rent a place in the Berkshires so one (Dameka Hayes) can direct a local play. The other (Monnerat) with more time on her hands becomes caught up in a drama with the strange next door neighbor (Matthew Shaw). The film also stars Filmwax Radio friend Josephine Decker. The film was recently named IndieWire project of the week and is winding down on its Indiegogo campaign to raise money for post work. Please check out the campaign and consider contributing. This segment was recorded at the ShowBriz Studios where we were also joined by actress and film producer Fiona Graham for this segment. Here Fiona talks about re-locating from the UK to New York and about a short she recently produced and acted in, Muscle. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.com/filmwaxradio. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.

by Adam Schartoff
October 21st, 2016

Segments include [9 mins] a conversation with filmmaker Ti West (House of the Devil, The Inn Keepers) who discusses his new film, a western, called In A Valley of Violence. The film stars Ethan Hawke, John Travolta and Filmwax Radio friend James Ransom, and is distributed by Focus World. It premieres theatrically today. After that, [26 mins. 55 secs.] returning for his third appearance on the podcast, filmmaker Joel Potrykus (Ape, Buzzard) with his new film —currently in theaters and on demand— The Alchemist Cookbook. The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Lastly, [1 hr. 1 min.] recorded from the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, a conversation with the team behind a new documentary called Davi’s Way, which follows the character actor Robert Davi as he attempts to launch a tribute performance of Frank Sinatra’s famous 1974 concert, The Main Event, at Madison Square Garden. I’m joined by actor Robert Davi, documentary filmmaker Tom Donahue, plus two other subjects form the film, Stevie Guttman & Danny A. The film is still in the festival circuit and we’ll continue to keep audiences appraised of future ways to see it. This episode is sponsored in part by Warby Parker. Get a free 5-day home try-on by visiting www.warbyparkertrial.com/filmwaxradio. 5 days, 5 pairs, 100% free. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook. Subscribe on iTunes.

by Adam Schartoff
October 14th, 2016

Character actor extraordinaire, Tom Noonan, returns for another episode. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com. Earn $25 of free driving credit at joinzipcar.com/filmwaxradio. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. Like us on Facebook.

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