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Ep. 36: How to Build the Year’s Best Soundtrack

If you watched the 2017 Emmys, you may have noticed that the category of “Music Supervisor” was added to the awards slate. The acknowledgement represents a growing appreciation for television soundtracks, and the idea that a well placed song can have as much impact on a show’s style and tone as the cinematography or the costume design. Beyond that, thanks to incredible soundtracks on shows like Issa Rae’s 'Insecure', Aziz Ansari’s 'Master of None', and Donald Glover’s 'Atlanta', television...


Ep. 35: Judy Greer on Becoming the Industry’s Most Prolific Character Actor

This week, Rob and Geoff sit down with Judy Greer, one of Hollywood’s best and most prolific character actors. With over 120 acting credits in the last 20 years, Greer has built a portfolio of incredible characters with roles in 'The Descendants', 'Arrested Development', and 'Married'. She recently directed her first film 'A Happening of Monumental Proportions'. Greer talks about what attracts her most to a project, what she’s learned working with great filmmakers like Spike Jonze,...


Ep. 32: Jim Carrey on Characters, Comedy, and Existence

This week on TIFF Long Take, Rob and Geoff lose their minds as they sit down with one of their childhood idols, Jim Carrey. The legendary comic is the subject of Chris Smith’s new documentary 'Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond - the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman with a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton', an exploration into Carrey’s intense adoption of Kaufman’s persona during the making of the 1999 film 'Man on the Moon'. Carrey talks about his earliest comedic...


Ep. 27: Netflix vs. Disney: What Their Breakup Says About the Future of Streaming

Last week, at the Television Critics Association press tour, Disney made the surprising announcement that it will be removing its entire catalogue from Netflix by the end of 2019. The decision was viewed by many as the beginning of a change in the way that we view content, and has got many wondering what this means for Netflix — and for viewers. To get the answers, Rob and Geoff sit down with IndieWire’s Editor-at-Large, Anne Thompson. The three discuss how other major studios are reacting...


Ep. 25: The Perks and Pains of Being a Hollywood Outlier

Director Stella Meghie has had quite a year. In 2016 her debut film ‘Jean of the Joneses’ premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews, and just over twelve months later she had her first big financial hit with with the studio film ‘Everything, Everything’. It’s an impressive trajectory for any young director, but when you consider how grossly underrepresented black women filmmakers are in Hollywood, Stella’s ascent seems even more significant. In fact, Stella is the...


Ep. 23: Is There Room for Censorship in Modern Film?

Throughout film history, censor boards have often come into conflict with artists looking to push boundaries, from Howard Hawks to Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But in the current digital age, where so much content is unfiltered and readily available, do censor boards still have a role to play in the films we watch? To get the answer Rob and Geoff sit down with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, the co-directors of the documentary ‘An Insignificant Man’. The film, which documents the journey...


Ep. 21: How to Get a Script Made in 2017

Every day, thousands of aspiring screenwriters around the globe are putting the finishing touches on what they're sure will be the next Citizen Kane. But is a good script really enough to get your film made in the current climate? To get the answer Rob and Geoff sit down with one of Europe's foremost development gurus, Isabelle Fauvel. Isabelle talks about how she's made a career out of being brutally honest (8:05), why she thinks the industry places far too much emphasis on "well-written"...


Ep. 20: Star Wars: Is there Room For Risk in the Empire?

Back in July 2015, sci-fi and comedy nerds alike rejoiced at the news that directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) would be helming the latest Star Wars Anthology film focusing on the origins of a young Han Solo. It was a marriage that seemed destined for greatness, and so it came as great shock to many last week when the two filmmakers left the project after 5 months of shooting. To get the scoop on Lord and Miller's departure, and what it means for the Star...


Ep. 19: How The New York Times Ranked a Century of Cinema

Last week, The New York Times sent the internet into a frenzy with their list of ‘The 25 Best Films of the Century So Far’. To get the story of how you even attempt to compress 17 years of cinema into an essential 25 films, Rob and Geoff sit down with one half of the duo behind the list, NYT Chief Film Critic, A.O. Scott. A.O. discusses why he and his partner, Manohla Dargis, thought the time was right to reflect on this century’s best films (4:05), the surprising controversy that comes...


Ep. 18: Why Edgar Wright Chose Originality Over IP

In the last few years, more and more successful indie filmmakers like Colin Trevorrow, Ryan Coogler, and, most recently, Patty Jenkins, have moved over to the world of “Intellectual Property” to make their mark with a major film franchise. While this might be a smart move career-wise, it's becoming increasingly rare to see A-list filmmakers telling original stories. One director rejecting this trend is today's guest, Edgar Wright, whose latest film, 'Baby Driver', comes on the heels of an...


Ep. 17: What Happend to Summer Blockbusters?

Since JAWS was released in 1975, summertime has always been known to movie lovers as "Blockbuster Season". But with diminishing box office returns, exhausted film franchises pushing out 5th and 6th sequels, and more people staying at home for a night of Netflix, we're starting to wonder, is the age of the Blockbuster coming to close? To get more insight Rob and Geoff sit down with film writer Adam Nayman (The Ringer, The Globe and Mail). The three talk about the origins of the "modern...


Ep. 16: What Hollywood Could Learn from Telugu Cinema

Telugu, or "Tollywood" cinema is a regional Indian film industry that, until recently, lived in the shadow of the countries' thriving "Bollywood" industry. That's all changed though with the release of BAAHUBALI 2: THE RETURN, a new Telugu film that was been shattering box office records, both in India and around the world, grossing over $20 Million in the US alone (a staggering number for an Indian film). To get the scoop on Telugu Cinema's rise to supremacy, Rob and Geoff sit down with...


Ep. 15: Has Prestige TV Become Boring?

We constantly hear from fans and critics that we're living in a "golden age of television". But are A-List stars, esteemed filmmakers, and massive budgets really leading to better TV? To find out Rob and Geoff sit down with writer and critic Eric Thurm (Esquire, GQ, The A.V. Club). Eric does his best to define "Prestige TV" (3:35), wonders if critics and audiences have an unfair bias towards shows on traditional networks (7:10), and discusses why giving TV creators total creative freedom...


Ep. 13: What the Cannes Lineup Says About the Future of Film

Before Geoff heads out for Cannes, he and Rob sit down with Owen Gleiberman, Chief Film Critic at Variety, to talk about how this year's slate of films is pushing the boundaries of what people expect from the highly influential, but famously traditional festival. The three discuss the impact of bringing Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE and David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS to the festival (3:30), the significance of increasing the number of female filmmakers represented in the lineup (11:25), and why...


Ep. 12: Debunking the Myth that 'Black Films Don't Travel'

The myth that "Black Films Don't Travel" is one that has existed in Hollywood for decades, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. But with the recent international success of films like MOONLIGHT, HIDDEN FIGURES, CREED, and STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, what is keeping this antiquated idea afloat in 2017? To find out, Rob and Geoff sit down with Tre'vell Anderson, Film Reporter at the Los Angeles Times. The three discuss the myth's origins (2:10), why film studios consistently under...


Ep. 10: Remembering Jonathan Demme

Today we remember legendary filmmaker Jonathan Demme who passed away this morning at the age of 73. Jonathan was the genius director behind classic films Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense, and Rachel Getting Married, among many others. Rob had the pleasure to sit down with Jonathan at last year's festival where the two discussed the art of the concert film (2:25), bringing a documentary approach to narrative filmmaking (12:40), and why musicians make such great actors (17:20).


Ep. 9: How ESPN Grew Into an Oscar Winning Film Studio

In the last few years, ESPN, a television channel known for 'SportsCenter' and 'Monday Night Football', has evolved into one of Hollywood's most respected film studios, developing acclaimed projects like the '30 for 30' film series, and the Academy Award winning 'O.J.: Made in America. To discuss this unlikely transformation, Rob and Geoff sit down with the studio's Manager of Development and Production, Jenna Anthony. Jenna talks about the '30 for 30' origin story (4:10), explains how...


Ep. 8: Breaking Down Hollywood Sexism by the Numbers

It's no secret that Hollywood has a gender bias problem, with males representing about 2/3 of all onscreen roles, and close to 96% of all directors. But how did things get this bad, and more importantly, what can be done to solve this crisis? To get the answers Rob and Geoff speak with Dr. Stacy Smith and Dr. Katherine Pieper of the University of Southern California. Both have done extensive research on what they call Hollywood's "epidemic of invisibility". The four discuss the data behind...


Ep. 7: What "The Jon Stewart of Egypt" tells us about Satire in the Age of Trump

In just a few short years, comedian Bassem Youssef, often referred to as "The Jon Stewart of Egypt", went from being Egypt's biggest television star, pulling in 30 millions viewers a show, to living in political exile. But what does his unprecedented popularity, and subsequent cancellation tell us about the impact and importance of modern satire? To find out, Rob and Geoff sit down with Sara Taksler, Senior Producer at The Daily Show, and director of TICKLING GIANTS, a documentary on...


Ep. 6: Animated Films Must Evolve to Stay Relevant

2016 was a massive year for animated films with the genre representing 5 of the top 10 grossing films in the US. But are heightened financial expectations squashing creativity within the imaginative form? To get the answer Rob sits down with veteran animated filmmakers, Director Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind, Boss Baby) and Producer Ramsey Ann Naito (Boss Baby, South Park). The three discuss the challenge of making films that will appeal to both kids and adults (2:20), what they...