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Shonali Bhowmik: The Hike, Valley Girl

In this episode, Nashville native Shonali Bhowmik graces us with her humor and interesting stories. Shonali is one of the most charismatic people you will ever meet and is always working on a bunch of artistic endeavors. An incredibly thoughtful person of many talents, she has a network of friends and collaborators that surround her at all times. She's a frequent collaborator with us for the live podcast she hosts with Christian Felix called We Don’t Even Know, and is the director, lead...


Claudia de Candia: New York City Smells, Nights of Cabiria

Italian born actress, Claudia de Candia, presents New York City Smells, an experimental short shot with an international cast and crew. She shares her experience changing roles the day of the shoot and working with a director who does not speak her language. Then Claudia shares The Nights of Cabiria, a film by Federico Fellini, Italy’s most famous director and one of Claudia’s biggest influences. We discuss the work of Fellini and Italian actress Giulietta Masina, who married Fellini after...


Justin Joseph Hall: Long Distance, The Science of Sleep

Justin Joseph Hall presents Long Distance, a one-minute short he directed and released in 2016. The short features Isabel Restrepo and himself as a couple in a long distance relationship. He shares his choice behind excluding dialogue (hint: it has to do with him co-starring in it) and the spontaneity of its origins. The feature film is La science des rêves or The Science of Sleep, directed by Michel Gondry. Discussion centers around the use of foreshadowing and dream sequences in the film,...


Bruce Lithimane: Échappé, Postman Blues

Film buff, Bruce Lithimane, who is a creative director and cinematographer from Iowa, presents at Fourwind headquarters. Échappé was his choice for the short. Bruce takes us through the struggle with a camera rig and dance with ballerinas. Next he took us through the Japanese mixed genre feature, Postman Blues. It is a funny and sometimes disturbing flick that Bruce wants to rewrite into a modern Brooklyn based adaptation.

Gary Jaquez: Abuela's Luck, Children of Men

Gary Jaquez is a freelance Cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He shoots with Fourwind often. He was the Cinematographer on our last 2 short films. Gary chose to present Fourwind's latest release, Abuela's Luck. He takes us through wearing multiple hats and creative decision making on set. He also flips the table during the event discussion and asked other people present about their roles in Abuela's Luck. He then takes us through his hero Emmanuel Lubezki's famous Children of Men and...


Gladys Mae Murphy: Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Pumping Iron

An editor who was a part of post-production teams on multiple Oscar nominated documentary shorts, Gladys Mae Murphy, takes us through 2 films linked by her mentor, legendary editor Geof Bartz. Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall was the first film she presented, which was made by a small film team she was a part of and was nominated for an Academy Award. Gladys takes us through the director's toils of creating this film about how to handle death in prison. We then lightened...

Stephanie Gould: Dreaming, Mural Murals

Originally from Australia, Stephanie Gould, a post-production expert, brought to Feature & a short an impressionistic experimental film she shot in 8mm titled Dreaming. This piece in its debut was projected alongside a live dance performance, but for the podcast Steph replaced the live dance piece with a song by Akiva Zamcheck who performed a live soundtrack on the guitar. Shortly after a discussion we watched Mural Murals by Agnès Varda and enjoyed some Mexican pastries to accompany the...


Michael Fequiere: Kojo, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Michael Fequiere, a Brooklyn based filmmaker and photographer presented this month. The first presentation was Kojo: A Short Documentary directed by Michael about the gifted 12-year-old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. The feature presentation was 2008 Documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. Because the feature presentation was a Canadian production, the audience paired the film with shortbread cookies and Canadian beer. Michael's short films have screened in numerous...


Uta Seibicke: Last Christmas, Good Bye, Lenin!

Welcome to Feature & a short... there is only one condition for screening, the presenter must have been involved in one film, but not the other... Uta made Gluehwein. Uta, "...I was fortunate to have people help me, without getting paid... they're working people... he's worked in films for, like, 20 years. And he did that for me as a favor... I didn't cast my actors... one audition... I realized I don't want to do this... even the girl who was playing the woman... I am East German.

Steve Girard: Lisa Bass' Unreleased Short, Asphalt Watches

Director, Animator, and Actor, Steve Girard presented. One was an unreleased film by Lisa Bass that Steve played a minor part in. Steve brought director Lisa to the event and we discussed her film. Afterwards we watched a Canadian road trip animation feature called Asphalt Watches. We had burgers and drank beer and whiskey. To watch more of Steve's films check out his Vimeo page entitled "steveeatsworms."


Elizabeth Chatelain: Sundogs, Certain Women

Beginning with a summary of the podcast, our first episode features Elizabeth Chatelain who presents her short film Sundogs and Certain Women by Kelly Reichardt. The films both are about women in the plains in the West of the United States. Sundogs takes place in North Dakota and "Certain Women" takes place in Montana. We also talk about the food that we serve during these films for the event. To find more information about where to watch Sundogs, please follow Elizabeth Chatelain on...