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.”

 

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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Episode 71: DIF4Q with Jonah Mazer

Jonah Mazer, Ethan Howard, & Jeff Howard at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair

Jonah Mazer is a director and cinematographer whose filmography keeps growing and growing… and he’s in High School.  His excellent short film Life After screened at Film Invasion Los Angeles in June 2018 and he approached me at that festival to ask if he could do some work for the next fest.  I took him up on it and he was a huge help at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival that November.  Jonah came on board the Sherman Oaks Film Festival team and was a great help.  And the jury also selected his newer short film I Am An Artist with its remarkable drone cinematography as an Official Selection at SOFF 2018.

But we had to have some fun, too, so he came in to record a DIF4Q podcast.

Also, if you want to see some of his work, check out Jonah’s YouTube and Vimeo.

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 Jonah’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: Baby Driver, Grand Budapest Hotel, Rear Window
  • Underrated: Okja (Netflix), Super Dark Times
  • Overrated: Dunkirk, Downsizing
  • Seek Out: Mister Nobody

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Episode 70: DIF4Q with Nate Hapke

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

Nate Hapke wrote and directed One More, a great short films that was an official selection at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  Nate works full time and he

To see One More, click here.

What were Nate’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: Philadelphia Story, Moonlight, Clue
  • Underrated: The Florida Project
  • Overrated: 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Seek Out: The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

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Episode 69: Nate Hapke

At the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017, we played one of my favorite blocks of all time and that block started off with the incredibly well-directed and touching One More.  At the Q&A I wasn’t surprised that this film came from a filmmaker as thoughtful and intelligent as Nate Hapke.

At the Q&A all we discussed was his film, but then he came in to record a podcast and I found out that this young man is one of the most dedicated and driven filmmakers I have yet to meet.  He averages more than one short film a year and that is while working full time on one of the best known television programs of all time, General Hospital.

Nate is the kind of filmmaker who has thought about every frame and every edit of his work, and when he came in for the podcast we talked for a looooong time.  And then, while we were holding the interview to wait for him to release One More online, a series of ridiculous hard drive issues lead to my losing the recording.  So, with the online release coming soon, Nate came in and we recorded another.  This means that when you listen to this podcast we don’t discuss his past nearly as much, and he focuses more on each of the films he has made.  Fair enough.

But first… watch One More and then listen to the interview.

Use this link to see more from Nate Hapke.

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Episode 67: Aletha Shepherd

One of my favorite films at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2016 was Safe Bet, a beautifully made film about a memorable evening in a young woman’s life.  Safe Bet was the brainchild of Aletha Shepherd, a Londoner living in Los Angeles who’s one of those people that never seems to stop working.

Aletha moved back to London and it took us a long time to coordinate when we could chat, but we worked it out.  And I’m glad we did!  Besides the fact that I want you all to see Safe Bet, it was great to learn more about Aletha and to hear what she was brewing.

As always… watch the film!  It is available on Amazon Prime right now.  To watch it, CLICK HERE or search for Safe Bet however you get to Amazon Prime.

 

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