Following Films Podcast
BORN GUILTY Director and Writer Max Heller
May 23, 2018 06:57 PM PDT
BORN GUILTY is the story of a lonely and frazzled New York social worker (Rosanna Arquette) who can’t resist the urge to intervene in her son Marty’s life. Meanwhile, Marty (Jay Devore) is trying to be creative in his advertising career and manage a romantic relationship at the same time, on top of constantly talking his mother off the ledge. When Marty’s free- spirited Aussie pal Rawl (David Coussins) shows up, Marty hires Rawl to see Judy and “restore her to health” — any way it takes. Director Max Heller’s heartfelt, ensemble comedy is filled with wry, sly, funny and sexy connections reminiscent of Nora Ephron, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, The Farrelly Brothers and Rob Reiner’s romantic concoctions.
BORN GUILTY is currently available on iTunes. For more information on the film go to:LOST IN AMERICA Director Rotimi Rainwater and Producer Mike C. Manning
May 16, 2018 10:29 AM PDT
LOST IN AMERICA is a feature documentary on the issue of youth homelessness in America, following the director Rotimi Rainwater, a former homeless youth, as he travels the country to shine a light on the epidemic of youth homelessness in America- highlighting issues like: human trafficking, the foster care system, youth rejected because of their sexuality, domestic violence, abuse, and more. It also examines what many organizations, politicians and other public figures are doing (or not doing) to help these youths.
Featuring interviews with Jewel (was homeless, EP on the film), Rosario Dawson (EP on the film), Jon Bon Jovi (founded the JBJ Soul Foundation in NJ to help homeless families), Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan and Rebecca Gayheart, the project has captured the attention of dozens of organizations and members of Congress that have since become involved.
More than a film, Lost in America is a movement. It started with one man’s journey to shine a light on the realities of youth living on the streets. It then spread to a group of filmmakers who formed a team dedicated to telling the story of this important journey. Now, this movement is spreading across the country to thousands who are standing with us make sure this light shines bright.
On today's episode of the podcast, I had the chance to chat with Director Rotimi Rainwater and Producer Mike C. Manning about LOST IN AMERICA. For more information on the film go to the official website http://www.lostinamericafilm.com.
This interview was recorded over a conference call, so occasionally you will hear some background noise while Rotimi is preparing a Mother's Day meal and Mike's dogs are playing in the background. I thought about editing out the noise but in the end decided to go with a more honest representation of our conversation.... or I'm lazy. Yeah, it's definitely the latter, I'm lazy and decided to go with the easier representation of our conversation.Episode 58: Yeardley Smith on ALL SQUARE
March 08, 2018 10:57 PM PST
In ALL SQUARE John (Michael Kelly) is a small town bookie having a hard time collecting on outstanding debts. After a one night stand with an ex-girlfriend, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with her 12-year old son, Brian, and develops a plan to recoup the money owed to him by taking bets on Brian’s Youth League Baseball games.
The film also stars Josh Lucas, Tom Everett Scott, and Yeardley Smith.
I had Yeardley on the show to discuss her work on ALL SQUARE as both a producer and star, we also discuss her role as Lisa Simpson in THE SIMPSONS, and her work in films like MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN, and AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
ALL SQUARE will be having its premiere at this years SXSW, for dates and showtimes go to https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/119595Episode 57 - HOLY AIR Director and Star Shady Srour
February 12, 2018 07:35 PM PST
Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth – member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what’s better to sell in the Holy Land other than the very air that Virgin Mary breathed during her annunciation? But in order to, as one priest tells Adam during confession, bring such product into the market he needs to find allies from the three cultures ruling over Nazareth – the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and the Catholic church officials. In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise, can the Holy Air be Adam’s salvation or is it just an illusion?
Today I had the chance to speak with the director and star of HOLY AIR Shady Srour. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Cube Tracker. The Cube Tracker is a small Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use-app that helps you find everyday items quickly. For more information about the Cube Tracker go to cubetracker.com.
HOLY AIR is currently available on VOD.Jameson Brooks Interview Writer / Director of BOMB CITY
February 06, 2018 08:02 PM PST
Jameson Brooks is a writer, director, and editor originally from Amarillo, Texas and a former BMX and skateboard enthusiast. I had Jameson on the show to discuss his feature debut BOMB CITY.
The film is a crime-drama, about the cultural aversion of a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent clique leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice.
The film is based on a true story and opens in theaters on Feb 9th, to see if it will be playing at a theatre near you or to find it on demand go to bombcityfilm.comJennifer Allcott writer and star of KATE CAN'T SWIM
February 05, 2018 08:13 PM PST
Today my guest on the show is the co-writer and star of KATE CAN'T SWIM Jennifer Allcott.
Kate is almost thirty, almost engaged, almost settled in her career as a writer—but deeply dissatisfied. When Kate’s best friend Em returns from Paris with a surprising new lover in tow, Kate and her boyfriend Pete spend a weekend in upstate New York with the new couple. As Kate struggles with her suspicions about Em’s new lover, dormant feelings about her own life arise. Confronting new personalities, old promises and sexual fluidity, Kate must decide to stay on her current path or burn it all down and forge a new one.
KATE CAN'T SWIM can be purchased on iTunes.Gordon McAlpin Writer/Director of MULTIPLEX 10
February 03, 2018 05:54 AM PST
MULTIPLEX 10 centers around the lives of the movie-loving and customer-weary staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas. Kurt is an usher, pining for that special someone to share his love of horror movies. The newest hire, Jason, is a film snob who just needs a freakin’ job. Despite their differences, the two come to realize they have a little common ground in their shared—but very different—love of cinema.
Today my guest is Gordon McAlpin, the co-writer and director of Multiplex 10. A short film that is currently available on Vimeo On Demand. To view the short go to http://vimeo.com/ondemand/multiplex10PLEASE STAND BY Writer Michael Golamco
January 25, 2018 07:16 AM PST
Michael Golamco is a screenwriter best known for his work on GRIMM and the upcoming Randall Park film THE ACHIEVERS. Today I had the chance to chat with Michael about his work on the film PLEASE STAND BY that stars Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, and Patton Oswalt.
PLEASE STAND BY tells the story of Wendy, a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition. The film will be in theatres and on demand Friday, Jan. 26th.Chris Parrish on THRILL RIDE, KING OF QUEENS, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
January 23, 2018 09:37 PM PST
Mason Parrish once asked his father, writer/director Chris Parrish, if they could make movies together when he grows up. Chris said, "Of course." Making Thrill Ride, the award-winning family-adventure movie from Mason's Movies and distributed by Gravitas Ventures, is Chris' way of keeping that promise. The film is available on DVD, streaming, and video-on-demand via Amazon, iTunes, Target.com and pay-per-view.
Thrill Ride is a Mason's Movies Production, named after writer-director Chris Parrish and co-producer Ilisa Parrish's son, Mason Parrish, who passed away at age ten in 2011 from a rare form of pediatric brain cancer. Mason thought of the idea for Thrill Ride and he and Chris began brainstorming. Neither were big athletes. Fathers and sons play catch, but for Chris and Mason their catch was pitching ideas to each other for stories. They kept doing that even after Mason was diagnosed with brain cancer. The disease "took away so much from Mason," said Chris. "But it never took away his creativity."
Proceeds from the film go to The Mason Parrish Foundation, a 501c3 charitable corporation with the goal of supporting pediatric brain tumor research and providing handicapped-equipped vans for families facing this devastating diagnosis. It's a great cause, please support it.Isabel Oliver Marcus on THIS IS US
January 20, 2018 11:39 AM PST
Isabel Oliver Marcus was the “redheaded mystery girl” in the Season 2 opener of THIS IS US and as such received a lot of attention for her character and the mystery connection to Jack’s death.
The music on today's episode is from a synth-based musician who goes by the name Simon Psychosis, you can find more of his work at https://simonpsychosis.bandcamp.com.
Editorial Note: The first couple minutes of the audio from my interview with Isabel were corrupted so the conversation starts midstream where Isabel is talking about what the auditioning process was like for THIS IS US.
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