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A podcast from the point of view of two cinephiles who are dedicated to following a film before the release and after. Chris Maynard and Michael Denniston host.

A podcast from the point of view of two cinephiles who are dedicated to following a film before the release and after. Chris Maynard and Michael Denniston host.
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Tucson, AZ

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A podcast from the point of view of two cinephiles who are dedicated to following a film before the release and after. Chris Maynard and Michael Denniston host.

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English


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Paige Goldberg Tolmach - WHAT HAUNTS US

11/11/2017
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With the daily breaking news about mogul Harvey Weinstein and the growing charges of sexual harassment that has now permeated his life and the nation as a whole, this film is even more important. WHAT HAUNTS US tells the real story behind a town whose silence lead to the suicides of a disturbing number of victims. This film is a cautionary tale for parents and their children and a horrifying example of what happens when one stays quiet about sexual abuse/molestation. WHAT HAUNTS US tells...

Duration: 00:34:21


Steve Holleran - FIRE CHASERS

11/7/2017
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This docuseries takes viewers into the heart of devastating wildfires in California. Due to factors that include climate change and altered vegetation patterns, the number of infernos that erupt during fire season are on the rise, leading to lives being lost and millions of dollars worth of damage being done. "Fire Chasers" follows members of Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department as they battle the blazes that threaten wildlife, natural terrain and potentially thousands of...

Duration: 00:44:51


Sam Pollard - MAYNARD

11/7/2017
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He was Obama before Obama, Maynard Holbrook Jackson became the first black Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia in 1973 and this film is an exploration into a man who had dreams and ambitions to be a public servant for his people seeing that it was the next logical step in the journey that had been started by Dr. King, and so many others who had blazed the trail during the years of horrific segregation. Maynard interviews include President Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Vernon Jordan, Ambassador Andrew...

Duration: 00:19:06


Victoria Negri - GOLD STAR

11/6/2017
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After dropping out of music school, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event. Today my guest is the writer, director, and star of GOLD STAR Victoria Negri. I had her on to discuss the film, how her...

Duration: 00:56:56


Mark Grieco - A RIVER BELOW

11/3/2017
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Deep in the Amazon, the population of the indigenous pink river dolphin is dwindling. Docile and easy to catch, this near-mythical animal is being hunted to extinction and used as bait for scavenger fish. But two activists are each working tirelessly to raise awareness and protect the species. On the one hand a marine biologist and on the other a famous TV star, each has their own very different approach to their one common goal. As the battle to save the pink river dolphin intensifies,...

Duration: 00:57:04


Richard Armitage - SLEEPWALKER

10/29/2017
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SLEEPWALKER is the latest film from director Elliott Lester. Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster goes to her university's sleep research center for help. When she wakes up after her first night of being monitored, the world she lives in seems to have changed in subtle, Twilight-Zone-esque ways. In fact, every time she goes to sleep now, she wakes up in a slightly different version of her world. With the help of sleep researcher Dr....

Duration: 00:41:10


Jeff Hasler - JANE

10/20/2017
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Today I had the chance to chat with Jeff Hasler the executive vice president of production and development for National Geographic Studios, he is responsible for original scripted and non-scripted television, including the documentary series Chain of Command and the feature film documentary, JANE. He has previously held positions in network and production companies, serving as SVP of development for Optomen Productions US, leading the development team in creating and selling programming;...

Duration: 00:35:55


Xavier Gorbet - BRAD'S STATUS

9/28/2017
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Xavier Grobet is a cinematographer known for his work on Focus (2015), Monster House (2006) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) I had him on the show to discuss his latest collaboration with writer/director Mike White, Brad's Status. We also discuss the challenges in working with handheld cameras, how he lays out the visual strategy for each film, and (of course) how to create a convincing shot of adolescents snorting cocaine.

Duration: 00:30:32


Vincent Sabella - ELIZABETH BLUE

9/20/2017
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After being released from a mental hospital, where she was coping with her schizophrenia, Elizabeth is now living in a studio apartment with her fiance, Grant. With the love and support of Grant and the help of her new and determined psychiatrist, Elizabeth is doing her best to navigate through life. Haunted by daily voices, hallucinations, failing medications and her cold and seemingly unsupportive mother, Elizabeth attempts to regain control of her mental stability.

Duration: 00:45:31


Derek Herbert and Andrew Barcello on TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY

9/15/2017
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Today my guests are director Derek Herbert and producer Andrew Barcello. I asked them on the show to discuss their film TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY. Kane’s story reveals struggles and horrific experiences that encapsulates his complex life. It is the story of his dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada; to his adolescence on a small military island; through his near-death burn accident; and his ultimate rise to the unforgettable horror icon,...

Duration: 00:35:48


Jeff Kopas - BLOOD HONEY

8/29/2017
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Today our guest on the show is Jeff Kopas, writer/director behind the new film BLOOD HONEY. For more information on the film and where you can see it go to https://www.bloodhoneymovie.com/ Summoned by her dying father, Jenibel Heath (Shenae Grimes-Beech), after a decade away, reluctantly returns to her beautiful island home, a remote fly-in hunting and fishing lodge. Waiting for her is bitter family dysfunction and the nightmare of her last childhood memory: the suicide of her mother....

Duration: 00:28:57


Trevor White - A CROOKED SOMEBODY

6/30/2017
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Michael Vaughn’s minister father always told him: Better to be an honest nobody than a crooked somebody. But Michael doesn’t see the harm in giving people the closure they need with the dead and travels town-to-town professing his abilities as a spirit medium. One night, Michael is kidnapped. With a knife to his throat, Michael suddenly sees the opportunity of a lifetime in his psychologically unstable captor’s desperation to make contact with the other side. Intent on saving his...

Duration: 00:19:31


Leena Pendharker - 20 WEEKS

6/24/2017
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20 WEEKS follows a new couple in their thirties, who after learning that their baby has a very serious health issue in utero after the 20 weeks scan, must decide whether or not to move forward with the pregnancy. It's a drama about how prenatal and genetic testing can now contribute to the choices people face in their pregnancies. Today my guest on the show is the writer/director of 20 WEEKS Leena Pendharker. We talk about her inspiration for the film, pregnancy, family life, and...

Duration: 00:25:17


Michael Price of THE SIMPSONS and F IS FOR FAMILY

6/15/2017
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Today our guest on the Following Films is Michael Price. He is a writer and producer, best known for his Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning work on The Simpsons. Price is a writer and co-executive producer of the ABC series Teacher's Pet. He served as a script consultant on The Simpsons Movie and wrote the acclaimed Lego Star Wars special, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. He works at Lucasfilm writing and producing Lego Star Wars Franchise. Other television shows he has written for...

Duration: 00:39:25


Lea Thompson - THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN

6/12/2017
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THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN is an upcoming film directed by actress Lea Thompson and stars her daughters, Madelyn Deutch (who also wrote the screenplay) and Zoey Deutch. I had Lea on the Show today to discuss her film, the beauty of creating art with your children, how the protracted process of giving birth is like making an indie film, and the type of film Woody Allen would make if he were a 20-year-old girl. THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN will be having its world premiere at the LAFF...

Duration: 00:33:09


Sam Patton on DESOLATION

6/8/2017
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DESOLATION is a film about a mother who takes her son and her best friend on a trip into the remote wilderness to scatter his father's ashes; they must confront their fears when a lone hiker begins following them. Today on the show my guest is Sam Patton, a producer, and director whose feature film debut DESOLATION will be playing at LAFF on Jun, 21st at 9:30 PM at the ArcLight Culver City 4. I had Sam on the show to discuss his film, George Lucas, Chinatown, and how film snobs like...

Duration: 00:48:52


FUTURE '38 interview w/ Jamie Greenberg

6/3/2017
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FUTURE '38 was an Audience Award winner at Slamdance this year and will be having its New York premiere on June 8th at the Art of Brooklyn Film Fest. It's a hilarious, screwball comedy and sci-fi throwback to the golden era of cinema about a time-travel adventure which presents the exotic future-world of 2018 A.D., as imagined by the film-makers of 1938. The film stars Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Robert John Burke, Ethan Phillips and Sean Young with a special appearance by Neil deGrasse...

Duration: 00:37:33


BAD REPUTATION interview with Jim Hemphill

5/13/2017
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Filmmaker Jim Hemphill started as a critic, writing for Film Quarterly, the Chicago Reader, and Cinefantastique, among other publications, while attending the film school at USC. After graduation, he found work as a script reader for directors David Fincher and Ron Shelton before moving on to direct his feature debut, the award-winning horror film "Bad Reputation." His second movie, "The Trouble with the Truth," received a theatrical release in late 2012 and garnered positive reviews from...

Duration: 01:07:48


TILT director Kasra Farahani

4/28/2017
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All seems normal with Joseph and Joanne. Joanne is pregnant with their first child. Life in their little urban house is cozy and familiar. But something is off about Joseph. He doesn’t seem excited about the baby. Work on his documentary is becoming increasingly untethered. As Joseph struggles to maintain the routines of his domestic life, his mask begins to slip. Late at night, while Joanne thinks he is working, Joseph prowls the streets of Los Angeles, deliberately courting danger....

Duration: 00:40:00


THE ENDLESS w/ Jinx from the Scream Addicts Podcast

4/24/2017
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THE ENDLESS is the latest film from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. It's the story of two brothers who return to deal with the cult from which they fled a decade ago, only to find that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs. I had "Jinx" from the Scream Addicts podcast on the show to discuss THE ENDLESS, his podcast, collecting horror films, and guilty pleasures. THE ENDLESS premiered at this years Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews. This was one of...

Duration: 01:27:58

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