Ep 498: Mike Maggiore • Dan Mirvish • Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui & Pamela Keogh

[3 mins. 55 secs.] A brief call from Film Forum programmer Mike Maggiore regarding the current renovations and addition of a 4th screening room at the esteemed NYC arthouse cinema, Film Forum. The cinema will re-open on Wednesday, August 1st, after being closed for three months. Mike fills us in on upcoming programming which includes a Jacques Becker retrospective, a theatrical of a new 4k restored print of the classic documentary Atomic Cafe, and Nico, 1988.

[18 mins. 40 secs.] This segments celebrates a terrific new documentary, McQueen, about the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who started his career in his teens before gaining notice as designer for Givenchy and launching his own label, which continues to this day. He took his own life in 2010. We’re joined by the film’s director Ian Bonhôte, co-director & writer Peter Ettedgui, and my friend author, fashion writer & contributor to Vanity Fair, Pamela Keogh. McQueen which is being distributed by Bleecker Street Media, is currently screening at the Landmark at West 57th and at the Angelika Film Center NYC, at the Arclight in Hollywood and at the Landmark in LA. The film opens in San Francisco this Friday, July 27th, and in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Minneapolis on August 3rd.

[45 mins. 38 secs.] Slamdance co-founder & filmmaker Dan Mirvish is in this segment. We discuss the upcoming 25th Slamdance Film Festival as well as new comedy Dan recently directed, from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning author & cartoonist Jules Feiffer called Bernard and Huey. The story about two old friends (David Koechner & Jim Rash) who reconnect after 30 years apart, and the women who complicate their lives. The film also stars Richard Kind, Sasha Alexander & Mae Whitman, and is available on various VOD platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

The music on this episode is presented by The Jayhawks off their new album Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, available now for download and physical media.

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Ep 497: Legendary Cinematographer Ed Lachman

[4 mins. 19 secs.] Finally, the legendary cinematographer Ed Lachman does the Filmwax Radio podcast. Ed has shot too many films to mention so other than The Lords of Flatbush and Desperately Seeking Susan, let’s stick to the results of his collaborations. He shot several films with Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl including the Paradise Trilogy and Import Export. He shot all of Todd Haynes films since Far From Heaven which includes I’m Not Here and Carol. He show two movies with Todd Solondz including Life During Wartime and Weiner-Dog. Oh yeah, he also shot Robert Altman’s last movie, A Prairie Companion. Myriad others. Lovely man.

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Ep 496: Milford Graves & Jake Meginsky • Paul Rutan, Jr.

[6 mins. 51 secs.] A new documentary called Milford Graves Full Mantis directed by Jake Meginsky is currently screening at the Metrograph in New York City. The film is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creative process and relentless curiosity. We have both Graves and Meginsky on the podcast. Please check out the schedule and see this exceptional documentary. The film will open theatrically on the West Coast on July 27th.

[35 mins. 50 secs.] Then Paul Rutan, Jr. who has been restoring hundreds of films for many years, including all of the The Beatles films, discusses the 4k restoration for the 50th Anniversary re-release of Yellow Submarine. This is currently screening at the IFC Center and many other theaters around the country. Check the website for screenings and other details.

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CherryPicks Comes and Takes Rooftop

While CherryPicks is about the critical end of the female gaze, our ultimate mission is to diversify voices all along the creative spectrum. We asked some of the filmmakers involved in Rooftop Films’ screening Come and Take It, a series of unbecoming short films by and about bold women, to explain why diversity in criticism […]

On Set @ Fort Greene Park

“Fort Greene yesterday was crowded with people who sought, beneath the blue canopy of heaven and in the freedom of the fields, to worship ‘nature and nature’s God.” -Walt Whitman, June 8, 1846 Fort Greene Park sits upon a hill which was formed when the Wisconsin ice sheet receded from Long Island. This ice-age hill […]

Ep 495: Gus Van Sant • Bo Burnham & Josh Hamilton

[11 mins.] The great filmmaker Gus Van Sant (To Die For, Milk) visits Filmwax Radio (for the first time) to discuss his exceptionally moving new movie, based on John Callahan’s memoir Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot. After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing Oregon slacker John Callahan (Joachin Phoenix) intends […]

Ep 494: Kimberly Reed • Iyabo Boyd

Documentary filmmaker Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) makes her first appearance  on the podcast. Her new film, Dark Money, is a political thriller which examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM). The film will have a theatrical engagement in New York City at the IFC Center beginning Friday, July 13. Both Kimberly and subject John S. Adams will be at various Q&A’s. For screenings near you, check the full schedule.

Iyabo Boyd was last on the podcast in August of 2012 on Episode 51. Iyabo’s back and she’s about and she has a new short film she’s excited about. Check out the Kickstarter campaign for the project which is called Me Time — A Feminist Sex Comedy. In our conversation we discuss the project, a highly personal work, in greater detail as well as how to get a short distributed and exhibited.

Music on this episode is by the artist Olivia Chaney from her new album Shelter (Nonesuch Records, 2018). Tracks showcased here include IOU, Roman Holiday and Shelter.

Filmwax Radio is presented by Rooftop Films. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher & Youtube.