Ep 199: Lili Taylor • Jytte Jensen & Dennis Lim • Eliza Hittman • Matt Wolf


One of the hardest working actors in indie films today, Lili Taylor (Say Anything, The Conjuring) stops by Filmwax Radio to discuss her latest film, The Cold Lands. Directed by actor/director Tom Gilroy, the film follows eleven year old Atticus whose mother (Taylor) dies unexpectedly; he then follows her instructions and flees the authorities to survive on his own in the woods of The Catskill Mountains. It’s a beautiful minimalist story that feels light on the surface but will stay with you for a long time after you leave the theater. For further details of screenings around the country check out this link.

(At 32 mins) The 43rd season of New Directors/New Films runs from March 19th through the 30th. There is, as always, an exceptional international line-up of great films. Programmers Dennis Lim from the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jytte Jensen from MoMA stop by to discuss highlights form this year’s slate. Tickets are currently available for purchase.

(1 hr 7m) Filmmaker Eliza Hittman was on Filmwax Radio Episode 153 with her two leading ladies last summer. Now Eliza is back on the podcast as her film, It Felt Like Love —her feature debut—  is about to enjoy its theatrical engagement at the IFC Center in New York City, on Friday, 3/21. It opens in L.A. the following Friday, 3/28 in L.A. at the Downtown IndependentCheck here for further details about screenings. The story unfolds during an uneventful summer in Brooklyn, when lonely Lila develops an unhealthy fixation on an older thug. Deluded and awkward in her romantic pursuit, she soon finds herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation.

(1 hr 34m) That conversation is followed by a segment with filmmaker Matt Wolf whose new feature film, Teenage, will having its theatrical thanks to Oscilloscope. The documentary is is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Inspired by Jon Savage’s book and set to a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), Teenage is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of “coming-of-age.” Matt’s movie opens in New York City on Friday, 3/14 at the Landmark Sunshine. The film will open in L.A. on Friday, 3/21 at the Laemmle NoHo 7. It goes wider at that. Check out this link for all scheduled screenings.

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