Ep 376: Melanie Lynskey & Linas Phillips • Keith Maitland


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.

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