Scott Haze, Mully
The final 2015 Virginia Film Festival podcast interview was with Scott Haze. With producer James Moll, the Charlottesville native talks about his transition from local actor to documentary film director. Listen here.
Reconquest of the Useless
In Werner Herzog’s 1982 adventure film, Fitzcarraldo, the eccentric explorer Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald has the crazy idea of hauling an old steamboat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle. Thirty years later, young filmmakers Sam Pressman, Harley Adams, and Luke Wigren set off to the Peruvian jungle on the trail of Herzog’s classic to find if some traces of the film still lingered there. Here they talk about their resulting documentary Reconquest Of The Useless. Listen to the podcast here.
Bill Plympton is considered “the king of indie animation”. His 10th independent feature film Cheatin’ screens Saturday at 7:30 PM in the Newcomb Hall theater. Bill will also teach a master class to UVA students. His message is that anyone can become a successful independent animator. Listen here.
Gary Springer, Publicist to the Stars
Publicist Gary Springer talks about four films that he brought to this year’s Virginia Film Festival: Lady in the Van, with the great Maggie Smith; Reconquest of the Useless, a documentary following up on Werner Herzog’s 1982 Peruvian film adventure Fitzcarraldo; The Looking Glass,with esteemed British actress Dorothy Tristan; and Price of Love, a hard-hitting look at life on the streets in Ethiopia. Listen here.
Jason Mann, The Leisure Class
Director Jason Mann’s film The Leisure Class was the winner in this season Project Greenlight on HBO. Jason stops by to talk about the making of the film and the challenges of being a documentary film subject himself. The Leisure Class screened Friday November 6 in the new Violet Crown cinema. Listen here.
Jack of the Red Hearts
Screenwriter Jennifer Deaton, Director Janet Grillo, and young star Taylor Richardson stop by to talk about Jack of the Red Hearts, a loving story about a family impacted by autism. Taylor Richardson is originally from Virginia and, prior to this film, spent two years on Broadway as Annie. Listen to the podcast here.
Jim Sadwith, Coming Through The Rye
Writer and Director Jim Sadwith talks about his film Coming Through The Rye, his personal story of a young boarding school student who writes a stage adaption of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye, then sets out to find the elusive novelist (Chris Cooper). Listen here.
Inspired To Ride
Sean McCord speaks with Mike Dion, the director of Inspired to Ride. This documentary about the ultra-endurance Trans-Am bike race was distilled down from over 2,000 hours of footage as cyclists crossed the country from Oregon to Virginia. Find out why many cyclists have shirts that read “It’s Mike Dion’s fault” The film will be released on iTunes and other digital outlets on November 13. Listen here.
Sean McCord speaks with Mark Rozzo, Sam Erickson, and Matthew Amster about their film Hallowed Ground which made its film debut at the Virginia Film Festival on Friday at the Southern. The film is a documentary about the “sacred American space” that is Gettysburg. How do people who are drawn there think about the Civil War battle that defined the space and the history of the United States? That’s the topic the film explores. Listen here.
Actor For Hire
Sean McCord speaks with Marcus Mizelle, the director of Actor for Hire, which screened on Friday at the Violet Crown. This was the 21st stop for the film on the festival circuit and Mizelle and actors Jesse O’Neill and Jandres Burgos talked about the challenges and excitement that comes with bringing an idea to life and sharing it with the world. The film started off as a web series that became a feature film. Listen here.
Documentary filmmaker Betsy Cox discusses the fortuitous circumstances that led to this affecting look at D.C. students who were promised college scholarships in 1988 at age 12, and where there lives are now. She promises that it is not what you expect. Listen here.
Virginia actor Devin Druid stars in Louder Than Bombs, a compelling story of three men brought together after the untimely death of the family matriarch. Fans of the FX series Louie may recognize Devin as teenage Louie from a memorable two-parter this last season. In this podcast, Devin talks about acting on his first feature film and also working with Louis C.K. Listen here
Our first podcast of 2015 is a conversation with Executive Director Jody Kielbasa and Programmer Wesley Harris on the new Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, recorded on November 1 at WPVC. Listen here.
Our first podcast of this year’s festival is with our own Jody Kielbasa and Wesley Harris, the Director and head Programmer of the Festival. Listen to them speak on WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call here!
Actor Paul Wilson talks with Sean McCord about how his participation in Big Stone Gap helped him and his brother Patrick Wilson reconnect with a Southwest Virginia ancestor. Big Stone Gap screens tonight at the Paramount Theater. Listen here! For more information, see the Charlottesville Podcasting Network website.
University of Virginia fourth year student Alex Rafala talks with Sean McCord about his film Farewell Old Stringy, a short film made in Charlottesville that tells the story of a funeral for an imaginary friend. How do short films like this get made? Alex clues us in. His work will debut on Sunday at 1:30 at the Dickinson Center at the Piedmont Virginia Community College. Listen here!
Documentary filmmaker Eduardo Montes Bradley speaks with Sean McCord on his films on poet Rita Dove and civil rights pioneer Julian Bond. Montes Bradley’s documentaries on the pair “confronts the audience with a unique opportunity to observe the 20th century through the eyes of two of its key witnesses.” They will screen Saturday at 1:00 at the Downtown Regal and will be followed by a discussion with Bond and Dove. Listen here!
Documentary filmmaker Richard Robinson speaks with Sean McCord on his film Song of the Cicadas. Based on an idea from David Rothenberg’s Bug Music, Song of the Cicadas explores the metaphors evoked in comparing the incarceration of American Political Prisoner Timothy Blunk (Resistance Conspiracy Case) with the 17 year period spent underground of the Magicicada. Filmed in an historic prison during a Cicada emergence, Song of the Cicadas forms a poetic critique on the politics of incarceration and the surveillance aspects of media. Listen here!
Documentary filmmaker and musician Beth Harrington talks about her film “The Winding Stream”, a look at the original Carter Family and how they transformed to the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle. Johnny Cash makes one of his last appearances in the film, mere weeks before his death. This is a story about music, family, and with deep roots in Virginia. The film will screen at the Dickenson Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College on Saturday at 7:45 pm. Listen here!
In 2006, four young African-American lesbians in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City are violently and sexually threatened by an aggressive man on the street. They react in self-defense, stabbing the persistent man, warranting charges and court convictions. Director Blair Dorosh-Walther and producer Giovanna Chesler talk about their film “Out in the Night” with CPN’s Sean McCord. Together they take a look at the lives of the four women convicted of manslaughter and the media circus that surrounded the “Gang of Killer Lesbians.” The film will be shown Saturday November 8th at 5:00 p.m. at the Regal 1 theatre on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Listen here!
Virginia native Christopher C. Rogers is the co-creator of Halt and Catch Fire, a television show that captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980′s. Rogers talks with Sean McCord about how the show went from idea to airing on AMC. The pilot will screen tonight at 7:30 pm at the Downtown Regal followed by a discussion. Listen here!
Jeff Preiss is the director of Low Down, a feature about the life of a 1970′s era jazz pianist who puts his heroin addiction and music ahead of his daughter. The film is based on the memoir of the same name as Amy-Jo Albany. Preiss talks with Sean McCord about why he made the picture and what he loves about making movies. Listen here!
Connor Hurley is the director of Skook, a film about a woman whose boyfriend leaves her to join the Occupy Wall Street movement. When she returns to spend the holidays in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania, and unexpectedly falls in love. Hurley talks with Sean McCord about how the film got made and what it means to him and his generation. Skook screens Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Downtown Regal. Listen here!
Producers and writers Giorgio Litt and Thom Canalichio and star Richard Warner talk to CPN’s Sean McCord about their short film Waking Marshall Walker, an exploration of life’s possibilities when all otherwise seems lost. The film screens as part of the Short Narrative Films program on Sunday at 1:30 PM in the PVCC Dickinson Center. For more information visit the Virginia Film Festival web site. Listen here!
Podcaster Sean McCord talks with Mitch Levine, director, writer, producer moderator, and festival consultant. In addition to all those hats, Mitch brought a short film that he directed, In Confidence, based on a short play developed at the world-renowned Actors Studio. In Confidence screens at 12:30 on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Downtown Mall Regal 1 before the feature Karate Tango. Listen here!
Erica Arvold is a local casting director and producer. CPN’s Sean McCord talked to Erica about a panel she is hosting on Saturday “ON FILMMAKING: Industry leaders and their approach in the Mid-Atlantic”, as well as a film she co-produced “Wish You Well” and the Adrenaline Film Festival. The event takes place at 11:00a.m. Saturday at 416 East Main Street on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and is free and open to the public. Listen here!
CPN’s Sean McCord talks with Karen Spiegel, the producer of “Wish You Well”, a story about familial bonds and sacrifices in rural Virginia. From the novel and screenplay by Virginia writer David Baldacci. The film will be seen at 1:00pm, Saturday, Nov 8 at the PVCC Dickinson Center. Listen here!
Heather Waters is the president of the Virginia Production Alliance, an alliance of industry professionals that provides leadership and opportunity for the future of Virginia’s film and television community. Hear her talk about her panel from Saturday afternoon, “Frame It: The Future of Film, Television, and Media.” Listen here and read for more information here!
Detroit filmmaker Ted Houser talks to CPN’s Sean McCord about “R. Stern” his short film about an Afghanistan war veteran who goes searching for a missing friend. The film screens as part of the Short Narrative Films program on Sunday at 1:30 PM in the PVCC Dickinson Center. Listen here!
Marco Orsini is an international documentary filmmaker. His latest work is “Gray Matters”, a look at 20th century architect Eileen Gray who changed the way we live with furniture and within houses. Gray Matters screens Saturday at 6:45 in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Theater. Listen here!