Episode 81: Four Questions with Sarah Prikryl

This DIF4Q is with Sarah Prikryl.  Sarah’s documentary short film Family: A Love Story took home a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2018. It is without a doubt one of the most wonderfully documentaries you could have caught on the festival circuit, and now it is available online.  (Watch it right now!)

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • 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 Sarah’s DIF4Q answers:

  • Favorites: Princess Bride, Amelie, Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind, Clue, Sleepless In Seattle, It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Underrated: Force Majeur
  • Overrated:  Love Actually
  • Seek Out:  The Act of Killing

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Episode 80: Sarah Prikryl

Jeff Howard, Jesse Mackey & Sarah Prikryl at Film Invasion Los Angeles 2018

The documentary Family: A Love Story took home a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2018.  It is without a doubt one of the most wonderfully documentaries you could have caught on the festival circuit, and now it is available online at IndieBoom.

When you hear this interview with director Sarah Prikryl you get to find out that the process which brought this documentary to screen is as heartwarming as the documentary itself.  And Sarah’s path from actor to photographer to director has set her up perfectly to be one of the most talented filmmakers to come through the doors of Film Invasion Los Angeles.

But BEFORE you listen to the interview, you should watch this terrific short documenter.  For now you have to settle for the link above to the main IndieBoom page, but if I get an update link I’ll make sure it takes you directly to the film.

And… I just saw that IndieBoom allows an embed of the video… so here it is!

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Episode 79: DIF4Q with Heather Hillstrom

Heather Hillstrom with her lead actor Jason Eftimoski at Film Invasion Los Angeles 2018

Heather Hillstrom took home the Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles 2018 for her short film The King In The Ring.  Anytime I see a film that great at the festival I immediately start thinking about interviewing them for the podcast and finding out their favorites and not-so favorites when they answer the DIF4Q.

By the way, if you want to see The King In The Ring you can watch it right here!

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • 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 Heather’s DIF4Q answers:

  • Favorites: The Magnificent Ambersons, Carrie, Holy Motors
  • Underrated: The Great Wall
  • Overrated:  Blade Runner
  • Seek Out:  Tape

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Episode 78: Heather Hillstrom

At Film Invasion Los Angeles in June, 2018, Heather Hillstrom’s short film The King In The Ring took home a Grand Jury Prize.

This is one of those films that people will never forget.  I’m certain that in five or ten years, I can refer to this film and anyone who saw it will know what I am talking about.  It is that good and that memorable.

Heather sat for a great Q&A at the festival, so I was excited to have her come do a podcast and give us the full story.  She doesn’t disappoint.  In this interview you get to hear exactly what path she took to become the filmmaker she is today.

And look at her with the huge H on her shirt in front of my Ikea cabinets.  Could she look any cooler?  Nope.  She could not.

But BEFORE you listen to the interview, you should watch this terrific short film.  That way you’ll recreate the festival experience where you see the film and then hear from the filmmaker afterward.

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Episode 77: DIF4Q with Joe Petricca

Joe Petricca at SOFF 2017.

When I interviewed Joe Petricca on this podcast about his career and his short film A Meditation, I found out exactly why his film won awards.  Joe has spent 25 years in academia at the American Film Institute while working as a professional screenwriter on the side, always with an eye on filmmaking again.  It would have been shocking had A Meditation not turned out so well.

And it would be just as shocking if his DIF4Q didn’t impress.

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • 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

Joe is a lifelong lover of cinema, so I knew his answers were going to be great.  What were they?  (I list them now so that people can search this website for who mentioned which films.)

  • Favorites: The Magnificent Ambersons, Carrie, Holy Motors
  • Underrated: The Great Wall
  • Overrated:  Blade Runner
  • Seek Out:  Tape

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Episode 76: Joe Petricca

Joe Petricca’s short film A Meditation took home the Audience Award at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  Winning this award was no surprise, as A Meditation is one of those short films that completely engages its audience from start to finish.

Joe gave a great Q&A at the festival but, just like his film, it left me wanting more and that is exactly why I do this podcast.  Joe took the time to come by and we talked for a really, really long time.  But this podcast represents when we talked about Joe and his work.  It turns out I also recorded us talking about Los Angeles neighborhoods, home ownership, travel, favorite European cities, and everything else that concerns people in our age bracket.  Anyhow…

But BEFORE you listen to the interview, you should watch this terrific short film By Clicking Here.  That way you get the film festival experience of watching the film and then hearing bow the filmmaker got it to the screen.

Harold Perrineau in “A Meditation.”

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Episode 75: DIF4Q Kevin Nielsen

Kevin Nielsen wrote and directed the award winning film See Yourself Out, which is a film you watch on this here website!  Kevin’s film has so much to it.  The filmmaking is spot-on, the acting is wonderful, and the short film he wrote is poignant, funny, and tragic all at the same time.  Needless to say I was very curious to hear his answers to the DIF4Q.

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • 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

What were Kevin’s answers?

  • Favorites: Barry Linden, There Will Be Blood, In Bruges
  • Underrated: Bully
  • Overrated:  Blade Runner
  • Seek Out:  Tape

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Episode 74: Kevin Nielsen

Kevin Nielsen wrote and directed the award winning film See Yourself Out.  As you can see from the laurels on the video embed below, this film cleaned up on the festival circuit.  And part of that great festival run includes getting a Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.

When you watch See Yourself Out you will understand why this film took home so many awards.  It’s a mature, intelligent film that packs an emotional wallop.  So watch it.  Watch it now and AFTER you watch it listen to the interview with Kevin.

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Episode 73: DIF4Q with Varun Raman & Tom Hancock

Varun Raman & Tom Hancock made the brilliant short film Transmission.  It was a standout at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  Even though they live in the UK, we hopped on Skype for a few hours to record an interview and a DIF4Q.

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • 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

What were Tom & Varun’s DIF4Q answers?  Some they did as a team, some on their own.

Varun:

  • Favorites: Underground (dir. Emir Kusturica), Network, Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights
  • Underrated: Birth, The Tenant
  • Overrated: too classy to name any
  • Seek Out: Assholes (dir. Peter Vack), Drib

Tom:

  • Favorites: Underground (dir. Emir Kusturica), Network, Inglorious Basterds, Doctor Strangelove
  • Underrated: Adam Sandler (in general)/Punch Drunk Love
  • Overrated: too classy to name any
  • Seek Out:Assholes (dir. Peter Vack), Drib

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Episode 72: Varun Raman & Tom Hancock

Transmission.  Transmission is a film that you MUST SEE.  This film is a brilliant work of art from Varun Raman & Tom Hancock; a young team out of Manchester, England (though they’ve moved since) who studied film on their own, wrote a pile of scripts and then managed to put together a team and a cast to make something special.

They weren’t able to attend the Sherman Oaks Film Festival when we screened Transmission in 2017, but the joy of running this podcast is that it gave me a reason to get on Skype and chat with this amazing filmmaking team for a few hours.  

Besides being a pair of promising artists, Varun and Tom are also incredibly good guys.  Talking to them was like hanging out with friends.  I have no doubt that you will love listening to this podcast and hearing how they got their film made and what they plan to do next.

But first… watch Transmission and then listen to the interview.

Seriously… you MUST WATCH THIS FILM… watch it on the biggest screen you can find.. and click the heart in the corner to “like” it.

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