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Ep. 39: Why Documentaries Mean More in the Age of Trump

On the first anniversary of Donald Trump's election victory, Rob sits down with documentarian Greg Barker to discuss how documentaries fit into a "post-truth" world. Greg’s new film, 'The Final Year', looks back on the last year of Barack Obama's administration. The two talk about why the Obama years already feel like ancient history (3:15), why Greg wanted humanize the foreign policy process (5:20), and how he ended up with a film that even Trump supporters will enjoy (7:00). Greg also...


Ep. 38: Why Horror Ruled Hollywood in 2017

In a year where the domestic box gross fell nearly 11% from the year before, horror films have not only managed to survive, but thrive. The genre has raked in over a billion dollars in 2017, and propelled by films like ‘It’, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Split’, has accounted for nearly 12% of all box office returns this year. To find out how horror became Hollywood’s most popular (and bankable) genre, Geoff sits down with two great appreciators of the art form, ‘Faculty of Horror’ podcast co-host,...


Ep. 37: Can Bad Data Kill a Film?

Over the last decade, ratings aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB have surpassed individual critics as the most influential arbiters of taste in the film world. And while many of us trust these sites to curate our moviegoing experience, most don’t fully understand how these hugely persuasive scores are calculated, or where the data informing them is coming from. To get the full picture, Rob and Geoff sat down with Walt Hickey, Chief Culture Critic at FiveThirtyEight.com. Hickey...


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. 30: How Sales Agents Became the Champions of Indie Film

If you’ve spent time at a film festival, you’ve probably heard the term “sales agent” tossed around. And while the title sounds very impressive, few of us know exactly what this mysterious person actually does, or how they contribute to the life of a film. To figure it out once and for all, Rob and Geoff sit down with one of the best sales agents in the business: Vice President of Celluloid Dreams, Charlotte Mickie. Mickie talks about her somewhat accidental entry into the film industry,...


Ep. 29: What have we learned from Summer 2017?

It’s been a strange few months for film. Box-office revenues are down 13% from last summer, Game of Thrones hijacked the cultural conversation, and despite a few great original stories, studios continued to shovel the vast majority of their money towards franchises and sequels. So where does film go from here, and what lessons can we gather from this confusing period? To find out, Rob and Geoff sit down with IndieWire’s Tom Brueggemann. Brueggemann explains why the international market...


Ep. 28: Cameron Bailey on the Evolution of Film Festivals

It’s no secret that the digital age has shaken the film world dramatically and film festivals are no exception. Audience's viewing habits are evolving, and with dramatic rise of online content and on-demand viewing, Rob and Geoff are wondering if film festivals still occupy the same role as they did, even a few years ago? To get the answer the two sit down with TIFF’s Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey. The three chat about the allure of film festivals is in an age where less people are...


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. 26: Karina Longworth on the Woman Who Changed Film Forever

In 1949, starlet Ida Lupino changed film history when she stepped behind the camera to direct her first film, ‘Unwanted’. Now, nearly 70 years later, Rob and Geoff sit down with Karina Longworth, host of the incredibly popular podcast ‘You Must Remember This’ to talk about Lupino’s story, struggles, and influence on a profession that is still, sadly, overwhelmingly male. The three talk about Lupino’s rise to Hollywood stardom (7:20), the hurdles she overcame to get in the director’s chair...


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. 24: The Biggest Challenges Facing Emerging Filmmakers

Any filmmaker will tell you that the journey to getting their first feature made is full of ups and downs. But what exactly are the biggest challenges facing aspiring filmmakers and how can we make things easier and more accessible for future generations? To learn more, Rob, and special guest host Chandler Levack, sit down with director Ashley McKenzie, whose debut film ‘Werewolf’ garnered a tonne of attention and admiration at last year’s TIFF. Ashley talks about her long path to getting...


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. 22: Has 'Game of Thrones' Transcended Television?

This Sunday, Lords and Ladies of the realm will be gathering around their televisions, raising a goblet, and whispering in unison, “ Valar Morghulis.”. Game of Thrones mania is at an all-time high, and it has Rob and Geoff wondering,: by reaching such an unprecedented level of fandom, has the series transcended its medium and become more than just another TV show? To get the answer they sit down with New York Magazine’s renowned film critic, Matt Zoller Seitz. Matt talks about how Game of...


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...


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