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A Year of Rooftop Films
by Noah Koch
January 3rd, 2017

With 2016 behind us we wanted to share some of the highlights from our past season with you.

Ep 385: Keith Miller & Chris Poindexter / Amos Poe
by Adam Schartoff
December 23rd, 2016

The creative team behind the new comedy web series Brooklynification Chris Poindexter and Keith Miller joins us. Then veteran New York filmmaker Amos Poe stops by for an extended conversation about his career.

Ep 384: Lizzie Borden
by Adam Schartoff
December 16th, 2016

Filmmaker Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames, Working Girls) is the sole guest for an extended conversation.

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Ep 383: Charles Burnett / Clay Liford
by Adam Schartoff
December 9th, 2016

[23 mins. 109 secs.] The legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, The Glass Shield) graces the podcast for a career spanning conversation. Burnett was in New York City this past September when the Film Society of Lincoln Center screened a restored version of To Sleep With Anger and made it something of a retrospective. This was recorded from his hotel room. But before that [10 mins.] we have a brief phone conversation with Filmwax Radio friend, the filmmaker Clay Liford about his new feature, Slash. The film which according to the New York Times is a “sweet coming-of-age film”, has a weeklong theatrical release at the IFP’s Made in NY Media Center as part of their Screen Forward series. Clay and friends will be at the first screening tonight, 7:00pm, at the theater which is located at 30 Jay Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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

Ep 382: Sam Pollard / Bill Straus
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.

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Ep 381: Richard Sandler
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.

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

Ep 380: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern / Michael Sragow / Adam Irving
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.

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

Ep 379: Anna Biller / Alex Lehmann / Jeremy Workman, Sam Cullman & Ben Rosen
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.

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Ep 378: Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley / Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum / Tomas Leach
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.

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

Ep 377: Su Friedrich / Steve Cossman
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.

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