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Ep 357: Penny Lane / Brendt Barbur
by Adam Schartoff
June 20th, 2016

Penny Lane (Our Nixon) returns to the podcast to discuss her latest documentary feature, Nuts! which opens at Film Forum on Wednesday, June 22nd and in other cities. Also on the podcast is the founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival, Brendt Barbur. The festival will take place from June 22nd through the 26th at the Anthology Film Archives.

Ep 356: Morgan Neville / Jeff Krulik & John Heyn
by Adam Schartoff
June 16th, 2016

[10 min. 55 sec.] Morgan Neville returns to the podcast to discuss his latest documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, currently in theaters. [32 min. 30 sec.] And with the 30th anniversary of the classic documentary short Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the filmmakers Jeff Krulik & John Heyn visit the podcast while the host was at SxSW this past March. Music on this episode provided by Lane Arye form his album Thunder Echoes. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.

I Watch Films, You Can Too! Strange Stories: Pickled, Tickled, and True.
by Dominic Davis
June 15th, 2016

Here are the only-in-reality, so-strange-they-could-not-be-made-up, true-life tales that will have your mind spinning for days.

Ep 355: Leon Gast / Beth B / Bill Plympton
by Adam Schartoff
June 8th, 2016

Twenty years ago Leon Gast made an Oscar winning documentary about Muhammad Ali called When We Were Kings. With the death of the iconic former heavy weight champion, Leon calls in for a chat about his friend. Also on this episode, filmmaker Beth B (Exposed) discusses a new documentary she has made about her mother, the artist Ida Applebroog, called Call Her Applebroog. The film will have a theatrical engagement at The Metrograph in Lower Manhattan beginning Friday, June 10th as well as a retrospective of much of her earlier work. Lastly, animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin’) returns to the podcast to chat about his latest feature film, a mockumentary, called Hitler’s Folly. You can stream Bill’s film off his website, www.plymptoons.com today. Filmwax Radio is part of the ShowBriz Studios podcast network and presented by Rooftop Films. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free download and trial membership by going to www.audibletrial.com/filmwaxradio.

I Watch Films, You Can Too! They’re back! Alumni Filmmakers Part 1
by Dominic Davis
June 6th, 2016

We loved their work so much that we invited them back to show a new film.

Ep 354: Bill Genovese & Jim Solomon (The Witness)
by Adam Schartoff
June 4th, 2016

This episode of the podcast focuses on the new documentary about Bill Genovese’s search for the truth behind the story of his beloved sister, Kitty Genovese. The story Kitty’s gruesome murder in 1964 in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens is, of course, a seminal part of New York City’s history. Joining me in this special segment is Bill and director of The Witness, Jim Solomon.

Flashback: Romance is in the Air at Rooftop Films
by Noah Koch
June 2nd, 2016

Our definition of “romance” is a bit… unique.

Ep 353: Will Allen, Vera Cheiffo & Philippe Coquet / Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery, Ido Haar & Kutiman
by Adam Schartoff
May 27th, 2016

In this episode of the podcast we meet with the teams of two outstanding documentaries. Up first, Holy Hell which had its New York premiere at Rooftop Films a few days ago and which hits theaters on Friday, May 27th. For a full list of screenings and theatricals, visit their website. Guests include filmmaker & former cult member Will Allen along with two other former members Philippe Coquet and Vera Cheiffo. In 1985, Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. A recent film school graduate, Allen began to chronicle the group’s activities that centered on their leader, a mysterious individual they called The Teacher, or Michel. Over time, the group’s dark side began to surface, until finally, a shocking allegation against The Teacher tore the group apart – all in front of Allen’s camera.

Then we welcome the team behind the new festival hit documentary Presenting Princess Shaw (Magnolia Pictures) including the film’s subjects Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery and musical genius, Kutiman, as well as director Ido Haar. The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. Presenting Princes Shaw opens theatrically on May 27th as well.

Ep 352: Filmwax Radio Live with Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker
by Adam Schartoff
May 24th, 2016

Filmwax Radio Live presented by DCTV. Special guests are the documentary filmmaking team of Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Kings of Pastries). Their latest film, Unlocking the Cage, follows the story of animal rights lawyer Stephen Wise and his quest to obtain persons’ rights for particular species of animals including chimps, whales and elephants. This film follows Wise through a period of legal battles. The conversation at DCTV was recorded live in front of an audience and included the film’s trailer and a clip from the film. We did not screen the film as it is about to enjoy a theatrical premiere at Film Forum on Wednesday, May 25th.

I Watch Films, You Can Too: Summer Music
by Dominic Davis
May 24th, 2016

Check out some of the awesome audio landscapes we’ll explore this summer.

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