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January 23, 2020 74 min

[8 mins. 20 secs.] The filmmaker Lynne Sachs makes her 3rd visit to the podcast; she appeared on Episode 328 with her husband Mark Street & again on Episode 515 with cast members from her film “Tip of My Tongue”. She’s back to discuss her most personal film yet, something she’s been working on most of her life, a film about her father Ira Sachs, Sr. Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 a...

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[6 mins. 26 secs.] Filmmaker Hal Hartley returns to the podcast once again to discuss his latest successful Kickstarter campaign as well the new feature that it is helping to fund. Also, Hartley’s entire oeuvre of features is currently the subject of retrospective at the Metrograph in New York City. Hal was there last weekend doing a Q&A and will be back on Saturday, February 1st after the 7:30PM screening of “Fay Grim” to do a...

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[5 mins. 6 secs.] Filmmaking brothers Michael & Thomas Matthews make their first appearance on the show. Their latest feature film, “Lost Holiday”, is available on various streaming platforms including Amazon, Google Play & YouTube. Margaret (Filmwax friend Kate Lyn Sheil) and Henry (Thomas Matthews) are back home in Washington DC for the holidays. At a Christmas party of old high school friends, Margaret discovers that her...

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February 13, 2020 93 min

[4 mins. 15 secs.] The actor Louis Cancelmi (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Billions”) is the guest. Louis recently portrayed the character Sally Bugs in the new Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman”. We discuss his getting cast in that role, working on the set with Marty, Al and Bob, and much more. Louis may also be seen in the recent “21 Bridges” as well as the upcoming indie “Inez & Doug & Kira”. Louis lives north of New York City w...

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February 20, 2020 45 min

[5 mins. 10 secs.] The author of a new book “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood” (Flatiron Books, 2020) about the making of the classic movie, Sam Wasson is the guest.

“Chinatown” is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s tell...

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[4 mins. 48 secs.] The director of the arthouse streaming service Ovid, Jonathan Miller is the guest. In addition to founding Ovid, Miller has been the President of Icarus Films, a distributor of independent films, for many years. Get a free one-week trial of Ovid right now or just subscribe for the very low price of $6.99 a month (or for the annual rate of $69.99).

[36 mins. 13 secs.] Every year, hundreds of children in pre-K thro...

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[13 mins. 28 secs.] On this episode of the podcast we celebrate book culture through the prism of a new documentary called “The Booksellers“. Director D.W. Young and producers Judith Mizrachy & Dan Wechsler (himself a rare bookseller and a subject in the film) join us for a discussion about the film and about the subculture of rare booksellers and collectors.

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part bus...

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[8 mins. 50 secs.] James Mockoski, head of production and archives at American Zoetrope. Award-winning New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures is bringing Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” back to theaters. The 1974 thriller, starring Gene Hackman and winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, opens March 20 at New York’s Film Forum and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in L.A., with newly struck 35mm prints ...

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March 19, 2020 40 min

[9 mins. 19 secs.] Filmmaker Sally Potter (“Orlando”, “The Party”) makes her second appearance on the podcast. Her latest film, “The Roads Not Taken“, premiered last Friday, March 13th, in both NYC and Los Angeles. We will stay in touch about this film regarding how you may see it over the coming weeks and months.

Sally Potter’s film follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), as she gra...

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[9 mins. 28 secs.] The filmmaker Craig Zobel (“Compliance”, “Z for Zachariah”) returns to the podcast. He was last on Episode 53 with actor Ann Dowd back in 2012. He’s back with his third feature “The Hunt“, a thriller/acton/comedy starring Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz and Filmwax Radio friend Macon Blair amongst its cast. The movie has been the subject of some controversy when it was first pulled from festivals and t...

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[7 mins. 7 secs.] The founder & CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf, calls in to discuss the current crisis that arts organizations like his are facing at the moment. The Winery was supposed to open a new location in New York City on Pier 57 and another major facility up in the Hudson Valley this very week. Everything is up in the air, including the very future of this concert/wine/food business. Visit City Winery’s website to kee...

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Old friends of the podcast, Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky (“Battle for Brooklyn”, “All the Rage”) return. Together Suki & Michael (often with David Beilinson) have made a trove of underground (and sometimes above ground) feature films; films that have won awards at countless film festivals internationally, screened in countless theaters and stream on various SVOD platforms. Michael & Suki have started a nightly watch p...

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April 3, 2020 51 min

[6 mins. 50 secs.] The actor, filmmaker and author of the newly published book “The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood”, Naomi Jones McDougall is the guest. Informed by the journey of her own career; by interviews with others throughout the film industry; and by cold, hard data, Jones deconstructs the casual, commonplace sexism rampant in Hollywood that has kept women out of key roles for ...

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[10 mins. 35 secs.] The cinematographer, director, and now author Barry Sonnenfeld is the guest. Barry’s memoir, “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker” (Hachette Books, 2020) is available where books are sold. Sonnenfeld’s outrageous and hilarious memoir traces his idiosyncratic upbringing in New York City, his breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers, and his unexpected career a...

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April 24, 2020 46 min

[6 mins. 10 secs.] The filmmaker & activist Jeff Gibbs returns to the podcast. He was on the podcast last summer when his documentary, “Planet of the Humans” premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival. Not such a surprise as that festival was founded and is largely programmed by Michael Moore who is also serves as Executive Producer on Jeff’s film. The documentary dares to say what no one will—that we are losing the battle to...

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May 1, 2020 50 min

[8 mins. 16 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau (“Five Came Back”, “Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking”) appears for the first time on the podcast. His feature documentary, “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind” explores actor Natalie Wood’s life and career through the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. The film features previously unseen home movies, photographs, diar...

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[5 mins. 50 secs.] The filmmaker Luigi Campi makes his first appearance on the podcast. His feature film, “My First Kiss and the People Involved” is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Sam (Bobbi Salvör Menuez) is a silent young woman living in a group home. She shuns human contact and retreats in a world of her own – until her caregiver Lydia (Liza Thorn) suddenly goes missing. As Sam sets out to find Lydia, a shock...

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May 15, 2020 60 min

[5 mins. 22 secs.] The actor Yolonda Ross (“Whitney”, “The Bad Batch”) returns to the podcast. She was last on Episode 173 with the filmmaker John Sayles. Yolonda is back to discuss the upcoming third season premiere on June 21st of the hit series “The Chi” in which she stars. This Showtime series takes place in Chicago’s South Side where the smallest and simplest of decisions can have life or death consequences for the residents. ...

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May 19, 2020 79 min

Remembering Filmwax Radio friend Lynn Shelton (1965-2020). On this episode I pay tribute to the talented filmmaker who tragically died this past weekend from a blood disorder. I met Lynn in 2012 at the theatrical premiere of her film “We Go Way Back”. Shortly after that in the summer of 2012 I screened her second feature, “My Effortless Brilliance” in my film series and had actor Sean Nelson & DP Ben Kasulke there. Lynn called ...

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May 22, 2020 75 min

[10 mins. 43 secs.] The filmmaker Dan Sallitt (“The Unspeakable Act”) returns to the podcast; he was last on Episode 41. Dan’s new feature called “Fourteen” and once again stars actor Tallie Medel as Mara who, along with friend Jo —in their twenties— have been close friends since middle school. Jo (Norma Kuhlinh), the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less...

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