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 to do is give up alcohol. Encouraged by his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill), Callahan reluctantly enters a treatment program and discovers that he has a knack for drawing. The budding artist soon finds himself with a new lease on life when his edgy and irreverent newspaper cartoons gain a national and devoted following. The film also stars Jack Black & Kim Gordon in supporting roles. The film, which is being distributed by Amazon Studios, opens nationally on Friday, July 13th. Check your local listings and go see it!

[42 mins. 7 secs.] The team behind a great new movie called Eighth Grade appear in this segment. Kayla is a 13-year-old who must endure the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through her last week of middle school — and the end of one disastrous year of eighth grade. Guests include comedian Bo Burnham in his directorial debut, as well as actors Josh Hamilton (Kicking and Screaming), Elsie Fisher who plays Kayla, and Emily Robinson. The film is being distributed by A24. and opens wide on Friday, July 13th. Check your local listings.

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