Writer/director Matt Osterman joins Jeremy for a F45 podcast about making films with a science and sci-fi angle to them. From working on Sportsfan with Jon Stewart, to the Blue Zones project with Dan Buettner, and his own features Ghost From The Machine (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu) and the recent 400 Days (SyFy), starring Brandon Routh, Caty Lotz, Dane Cook, Ben Feldman, and Tom Cavanagh.
The hosts of Film45, Jeremy Wilker and Rick Vaicius, have an end-of-year chat about Flyway, Sound Unseen, the film culture in The North, and going to Sundance once again.
Just a quick note to say we’ll be recording some new content while attending the 2015 Flyway Film Festival starting today! Have a great film-related week and weekend.
[update: yeah, so, that didn’t happen much. still, a great time was had by us and all other attendees]
Filmmaker, producer, editor, assistant (and more) Jason Schumacher chats with us about his features, shorts, and the state of filmmaking here in The North. His most recent short film, Sad Clown, is a must-see film and his last feature, The Telephone Game, is getting VOD release this month. Jason is working on the forthcoming feature film, Twin Cities, with David Ash, a documentary about competitive skydiving called Beyond The Thrill, and he’s also a board gamer in his free time.
The IFP MN grand re-opening gala celebration is this coming weekend, August 21-23rd with food, drinks, special guests, gala party, open house, gallery opening and much more! Friday and Sunday are free, but get your tickets now for Saturday night!
At the recent Documentary Summit MSP here in the Twin Cities, Jeremy sat down with Jan Selby, from Quiet Island Films, to chat about her career path and her socially-impactful documentary films. Her doc about veterans and peace, “Beyond The Divide,” has had a great festival run and will be broadcast in the fall and she’s already at work on her next doc on Montessori education, currently titled “Building The Pink Tower.”
IFP MN Docuclub (facebook group)
We visit with documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson and learn all about her approach and work in the doc arena, including the projects on ‘green’ energy, Green Green Water, and forgiveness, Risking Light. Dawn is the owner of Emergence Pictures and a member of the Twelve Plus collaborative. She will be one of several filmmakers providing their insights and expertise at the upcoming Documentary Summit at MCAD on July 24-25th.
Mark your calendars for IFP MN‘s new facility grand opening celebration weekend, August 21-23rd 2015.
Documentary Summit MSP
Jeremy sits down with Kevin Pontuti, professor at UW Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, to learn more about the 2015 Summer Cinema Intensive (an 8-week college-credit hands-on filmmaking course) and the normal degree offerings for students enrolling at Stout (digital cinema, animation, sequential/comic art). Plus, the wooded river-side setting can’t be beat!
UPDATE: Norah just won the Best MN Doc award at MSPIFF! Congrats!
This episode we sit down and chat with producer-director Norah Shapiro about her new documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, which just had its local premiere at MSPIFF 2015 (after the world premiere at DOCNYC!). Does starting off as a public defender make for a good filmmaker? And what does local moonshine have to do with any of this?
MSPIFF 2015: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll.
This documentary about Cambodia’s lost music scene is incredible on many levels besides the infectious music: the fashion, the burgeoning culture scene, the growing independent country in the thick of the 1950s… If you could travel back in time this is definitely a must-see destination. Sadly, the Vietnam war and the Khmer Rouge brought it all to a halt and even drastically and brutally regressed the country into a prison/labor state that outright killed many artists. That any of this art and music and people survived is a minor miracle. Go see this film and celebrate their passion.
MSPIFF 2015: If you’ve got some pre-teens or teens in your house, they might enjoy this mild thriller about a young boy who discovers a camera with a usb stick attached to it. Upon loading of the usb stick onto his computer, a 3d/VR game appears that lures him into a hard bargain: if he plays and loses the game, a girl dies. But this isn’t just a video game, there are real-world results.
The live action portions are fine but the CGI looks like a basic video game (which I guess it is, so probably completely intentional). My young kids thought it was great, but adults may find the plot and peril somewhat thin and the graphics merely adequate.