Episode 90: Ryan Larkin

Ryan Larkin & Jeff Howard… recording a podcast.

The short film STUCK didn’t just win a Programmer’s Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival, it also won the prestigious IBM Watson Award at the AT&T Createathon 2018 competition.  And the filmmaker behind STUCK is writer, director and producer Ryan Larkin.

I mention this during the interview, but Ryan is the only filmmaker so far to have a film be an Official Selection at Film Invasion Los Angeles in June and have another film be an Official Selection at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in the same year.

Ryan has an exciting new project in the works, Let’s Make A Horror Movie.  You can learn all about it on his YouTube page for thinkFAST Productions.

But…

Before you listen to the podcast you should definitely watch STUCK … right now!

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Episode 89: Oscar Predictions Podcast (Second Annual)

Welcome to the second annual Discover Indie Film “Oscar Predictions Podcast”!  Sure, we mainly do this to entertain ourselves.  But if you’re the kind of person who wants to listen to four film lovers discuss and predict this year’s Oscar winners, then THIS podcast is for YOU.

This year we had:

Heather Hillstrom (The King In The Ring)
Caroline O’Brien (Soapy Medium, Puppet Life 1 & 2)
James Medeiros (Puppet Life 1 & 2)
Jeff Howard (Programmer SOFF & FILA

We hope you enjoy!

 

Episode 88: Four Questions with Lorenzo Sterzi

Lorenzo Sterzi of Montreal, Quebec, wrote, produced and directed the fantastic short film The Blogger.  In fact, he even acts in it as an angry Italian businessman.  You should watch his film RIGHT HERE as well as listen to his interview.

In addition to his interview, Lorenzo answered the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

What are the 4Q’s?

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Here are Lorenzo’s answers:

  • Favorites: Underground (1995), The Great Beauty/La grande bellezza (2013) .
  • Underrated: Cloud Atlas
  • Overrated:  Pulp Fiction
  • Seek Out:  The Bubble (2006)

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Episode 87: Lorenzo Sterzi

Lorenzo Sterzi lives in Montreal, so no picture of him with Jeff at the mic

Lorenzo Sterzi’s film The Blogger played at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2018.  One of my personal favorites for its originality and vision, I must confess that I was disappointed when at the last minute work kept him from flying from Montreal to Los Angeles for the festival.  These are the moments I log it in my head that I have a podcast and will still get a chance to “meet” a filmmaker such as Lorenzo when I invite him to be interviewed on here.

He didn’t disappoint!  Besides being a delight to get to know over Skype, Lorenzo gave a GREAT interview.  And when he lived in Los Angeles for a year he happened to live right in my area.  Not that this effects you, but I’m glad that he and I will be able to hit The Cheesecake Factory together when he visits Los Angeles again.  Looking forward to it!

Now… The Blogger is a GREAT film that you should absolutely watch BEFORE hearing the the interview.

And you can watch it right here!

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Episode 86: Matt K. Turner

Matt K. Turner at Film Invasion Los Angeles 2018.

Matt K. Turner wrote, produced and directed RFLKTR.  This sci-fi masterpiece starring Breeda Wool took home a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2018.

RFLKTR is a visually stunning film with an airtight, world-building screenplay and a brilliant acting performance.  If you manage to watch it with a great audio system you’ll notice that the sound design is at a level you never hear with an indie film.  In fact, it even features some terrific costume design.

But guess what?  You don’t get to see it yet.  Sorry.  Matt is holding onto it for the time being.  For now you’ll have to settle for the still photo below.

Even though I knew that Matt didn’t have plans to release the short anytime soon, I wanted to bring him on the podcast.  At the Film Invasion Los Angeles Q&A we got to learn a little about Matt’s history, but it left me wanting to know more.  After all, he made such a great film and there’s a lot that other filmmakers can learn from him.

Spoiler alert: one of the most important things young filmmakers can learn from Matt K. Turner is PATIENCE.

Enjoy the interview and check out this still photo.

Still photo from RFLKTR. Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Short at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2018.

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Episode 85: Four Questions with Laura Holliday & Anna Baumgarten

Anna Baumgarten & Laura Holliday came by to answer the Four Questions.

Director Laura Holliday and writer/producer Anna Baumgarten collaborated to make Disfluency, a brilliant film (watch it now!) that cleaned up the awards a Film Invasion Los Angeles 2018.  After the interview about their backgrounds and their film, they took the time to answer the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

What are the 4Q’s?

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Here are Laura’s answers:

  • Favorites: Election, Rushmore, Mean Girls
  • Underrated: The Florida Project
  • Overrated:  Vice
  • Seek Out:  They Came Together, Hello My Name Is Doris

Here are Anna’s answers:

  • Favorites: Kiki’s Delivery Service, Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Underrated: Eighth Grade
  • Overrated:  Superhero Movies
  • Seek Out:  Hard Candy

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Episode 84: Anna Baumgarten & Laura Holliday

Anna Baumgarten & Laura Holliday at DIF HQ.

Disfluency.  There is so much to say about this short film.  From writer/producer Anna Baumgarten and director Laura Holliday, Disfluency tackles sexual assault and the aftermath with the perfect mix of realism, understanding, and maturity.  But the filmmaking here is so good that I jumped on a soapbox at Film Invasion Los Angeles and insisted that the Q&A focus on how well written and directed this film is.

By the way, at FILA 2018 it won the Filmmakers Award for Outstanding Short Film as well as Best Director for Laura Holliday.  And as you can see by all the laurels on the video below, Disfluency received accolades throughout its festival run.  We had a great Q&A with Anna and Laura at FILAI think I may have mentioned the podcast to them back then.  Maybe I didn’t, but it’s a good story.

This is a loooong interview.  After all, we had two filmmaker’s histories to cover.  But don’t worry, it’s also a fun interview.  Laura and Anna started in sketch comedy and their ability to play off of each other shows throughout the interview.

But… SPOILER ALTER.  WATCH THE FILM FIRST.

Disfluency is superb in every way.  You really just need to watch it.  So do that right now!

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