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Filmwax Radio turns 10 this week. In order to celebrate I’ve invited back the podcast’s first ever guest, filmmaker Zachary Levy (first interviewed on September 14, 2011). We get a chance here to both reminisce and to catch up. [26 mins. 49 secs.] First time on the podcast, filmmaker Rachel Boynton (“Our Brand Is Crisis”) with her latest documentar…
 
[5 mins. 51 scs.] “Answered Prayers” was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece, an epic portrait of New York’s glittering jet-set society. Instead, it sparked his downfall. Through never-before-heard audio archives and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, “The Capote Tapes” reveals the rise and fall of America’s most iconic gay …
 
[8 mins. 21 secs.] The actor Pat Healy (“Cheap Thrills”, “Take Me”) makes his first (of many) appearances on the podcast. Pat’s latest film is called “We Need to Do Something” about a family who is seeking shelter from a storm, but finds themselves trapped for days with no sign of rescue and untold evils lurking just beyond the walls in this wildly…
 
[6 mins. 9 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Jeremy Workman (“The World Before Your Feet”) returns for his 6th visit to the podcast, this time to discuss his latest film, a hit at SxSW 2021, “Lily Topples the World“. Jeremy’s documentary follows domino artist and YouTube sensation, Lily Hevesh, over the course of the 3 years and becomes as much a coming…
 
[6 mins. 37 secs.] Actor Udo Kier returns to discuss “Swan Song“. Udo had been on Episode 660 back in March of this year with director Todd Stephens at their SxSW Film Festival premiere. Now the comedy is in theaters and streaming on various platforms. Kier portrays retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sa…
 
[10 mins. 58 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Melissa Haizlip is the guest. Melissa discusses her recent documentary, “Mr. Soul!” Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was “Mr. Soul!”. Melissa’s uncle, Ellis Haizlip, ensures the Revolution will be televised with “SOUL!”, America’s first “Black Tonight Show.” From 1968 – 1973, SOUL! provided expanded imag…
 
[6 mins. 18 secs.] The team behind the new documentary “Val” about actor/artist Val Kilmer. I speak with the co-directors Leo Scott & Ting Poo, as well as with Val’s adult children Mercedes and Jack Kilmer who, in addition to participating in the documentary, also helped produce. Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial actors has been documenting…
 
[5 mins. 30 secs.] Filmmaker Braden King (“Here”) is the guest. Braden’s new dramatic feature is “The Evening Hour“. Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger) maintains an uneasy equilibrium in his declining Appalachian mining town, looking after the old and infirm in the community while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts to help make ends meet…
 
[6 mins. 25 secs.] Jamila Wignot (“Town Hall”) returns to Filmwax with her new documentary, “Ailey” about the eponymous dance company founder and choreographer. Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. “Ailey” traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulte…
 
[5 mins. 18 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”) returns to Filmwax for his 5th visit. He returns to discuss his latest documentary feature “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” which opens theatrically today, Friday, July 16th. Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain…
 
[3 mins. 58 secs.] Washington Post journalist DeNeen L. Brown is the guest in this first segment. She discusses her involvement in Dawn Porter’s recent documentary, “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” which can be streamed on Hulu. The documentary follows DeNeen as she chronicles the discovery of a mass grave in Tulsa Oklahoma and investigates t…
 
[6 mins. 40 secs.] Beth B returns to the podcast after several years to discuss her latest documentary, “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over” which is currently enjoying a theatrical at New York City’s IFC Center as well as virtually. Beth B’s film is a deep dive into the life and work of the fearless musician and performer Lydia Lynch that echoes t…
 
[7 mins. 25 secs.] Moby is on Filmwax Radio to discuss Rob Gordon Bralver’s documentary “Moby Doc” which is currently in theaters and streaming on various platforms. The film is a surrealist biographical documentary narrated by Moby as he reflects on his turbulent personal life and iconic music from underground punk bands to chart-topping solo arti…
 
[7 mins. 48 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Nancy Buirski (“By Lumet”, “The Loving Story”) makes her 3rd appearance on the podcast to discuss her latest film, “A Crime on the Bayou“. Synopsis: the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument b…
 
[5 mins. 38 secs.] First time on the podcast, as part of Filmwax’s 2021 Tribeca Film Festival coverage, filmmaker Bo McGuire. Bo’s first feature length documentary, “Socks on Fire” won the Grand Jury Award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival but finally gets a public screening this time around. In fact, “Socks on Fire” is the closing night film on…
 
[6 mins. 52 sec.] Iconic music artist Sergio Mendes is in the first segment. He’s the subject of a new documentary currently on PBS called “Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration“. Join the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian musical artist for a celebration of his life and career. As relevant today as when he exploded on the scene with his group, Brasi…
 
[5 mins. 2 secs.] The author Noah Isenberg (“We’ll Always Have Casablanca”) returns with his latest book, “Billy Wilder on Assignment” (Princeton University Press). Before Billy Wilder became the screenwriter and director of iconic films like Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot, he worked as a freelance reporter, first in Vienna and then in Weima…
 
[4 mins. 22 secs.] Introducing Ralph, the new spokes-bunny of the global campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics. #SaveRalph​​ is a powerful stop-motion animation short film produced by Humane Society International, featuring an all-star multinational cast including Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo…
 
[4 mins. 40 secs.] After a 75 year-old immigrant mother gets fired without cause from her lifelong job as a hotel housekeeper, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but that of an entire generation. Th…
 
[5 mins. 8 secs.] Craig Zobel (“Compliance”, “The Hunt”) returns for his 3rd visit to the podcast. He’s directed the full 7 episode HBO Original Series “Mare of Easttown” of which 3 episodes have already posted/aired. As her life crumbles around her, a small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) investigates a local murder. The se…
 
[4 mins. 28 secs.] Filmwax friend David Schwartz returns to the podcast. David is the programmer for New York City’s Paris Theater. He also recently edited a book of interviews with the filmmaker David Cronenberg called “David Cronenberg Interviews” as part of a series of such books published by the University Press of Mississippi.The book is avail…
 
[4 mins. 15 secs.] The actor Kevin Corrigan (“Grounded For Life”, “The King of Staten Island”) makes his 4th appearance on Filmwax. This is his first time flying solo with me. He has championed many filmmakers and projects in the past, but this time we are just hanging out and chatting about things we love. Don’t miss this fun albeit long-winded co…
 
[4 mins. 25 secs] The Associate Director of the Atlanta Film Festival & Creative Conference, Cameron McAliister, makes his first appearance on the podcast. The 45th annual festival runs from Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 2nd. There are 188 films (features and shorts) which will be screened at drive-ins and in socially distanced in-person…
 
[6 mins.] Author Glenn Frankel (“High Noon”, “The Searchers”) returns to the podcast with his latest book “Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021). Frankel’s book tells the story of a modern classic that, by all accounts, should never have become one in the firs…
 
[4 mins.] Singer songwriter Matthew Sweet (“Girlfriend”, “100% Fun”) visits the podcast for the first time to discuss his brand new album “Catspaw” which he recorded almost entirely on his own in the summer of 2019 in his Nebraska home with only the help of his drummer Ric Menck. On this great episode we discuss Matthew’s career and being creative …
 
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