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Richard Armitage - SLEEPWALKER
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October 29, 2017 03:20 PM PDT
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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. Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. But when they finally succeed, it’s revealed that Sarah’s world is not what she thought at all.

Today my guest is one of the stars SLEEPWALKER, Richard Armitage. Tonight we talk about his work on that film as well as his work as Thorin Oakenshiled in The Hobbit Films, as John Proctor in The Crucible, and his upcoming films, OCEANS 8 and the Julie Delpy directed film MY ZOE.

Sleepwalker is Now Available on Digital HD and On Demand

Jeff Hasler - JANE
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October 20, 2017 01:06 PM PDT
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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; and as SVP, production and development for Discovery Channel, where he was responsible for managing the development and production of all programming for the broadcaster, as well as providing content for Discovery’s International outlets, including such brand-defining shows as “Man v. Wild,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Dirty Jobs,” “Future Weapons,” “Cash Cab,” “Into the Wild,” “Storm Chasers,” “Life” and the channel’s annual “Shark Week” event. He was also responsible for commissioning films for Discovery’s feature documentary division, Discovery Films.

JANE is currently playing in theatres nationwide. To find out if the film is playing near you visit the official website janethemovie.com

Xavier Grobet - BRAD'S STATUS
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September 28, 2017 01:51 PM PDT
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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.

Vincent Sabella - ELIZABETH BLUE
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September 19, 2017 09:49 PM PDT
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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.

Derek Herbert and Andrew Barcello on TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY
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September 15, 2017 02:42 PM PDT
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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, Jason Voorhees, in the Friday the 13th movies and the Friday the 13th video game. With powerhouse performances in over 100 movies, Kane has killed more people on screen with his hands than anyone in history. He further solidified his iconic killer status by becoming Victor Crowley in the cult-classic Hatchet trilogy.

For more information about the film and how you can see it go to www.kanehoddermovie.com

Jeff Kopas - BLOOD HONEY
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August 29, 2017 09:31 AM PDT
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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. Soon, Jenibal finds herself burdened with selling off the family lodge, against the wishes of her family and friends. In a harrowing passage through guilt, loyalty, and devastating memories, Jenibel navigates an obstacle course of personal torment that pushes her psyche to the breaking point. What begins as a journey of forgiveness, devolves into a fatal nightmare and a struggle to maintain not just her sanity, but her life.

Trevor White - A CROOKED SOMEBODY
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June 30, 2017 07:56 AM PDT
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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 floundering career, Michael sets out to become a celebrity TV psychic by solving the mystery of a high-profile crime in the national spotlight.

A CROOKED SOMEBODY recently had its debut at the LAFF. The film is a throwback to the independent thrillers of the 90's that hooked me on films at an impressionable age. Today my guest on the show is the director of A CROOKED SOMEBODY Trevor White.

Leena Pendharker - 20 WEEKS
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June 23, 2017 11:14 PM PDT
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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 filmmaking. It was a pleasure to chat with Leena about her wonderful film that just had its world premiere to wide acclaim at this year's LAFF.

For more information about the film go to their official website 20weeks-movie.com

Michael Price of THE SIMPSONS and F IS FOR FAMILY
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June 15, 2017 07:41 AM PDT
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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 include What About Joan?, The PJs, Teen Angel, Homeboys in Outer Space, The Newz and One Minute to Air.

Price co-wrote and co-produced the Bill Burr Netflix series F Is for Family in 2015 on. The show is an Animated sitcom that draws from Burr's standup and the absurdness of political correctness and is currently running its second season.

He grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Montclair State University, where he earned a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts, and Tulane University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing for the theater.

Big thanks to David over at The Unwriteable Rant for setting me up with this interview.

Lea Thompson - THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN
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June 11, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
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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 on June 16th at 9PM. For more information go to https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

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