Crispin Glover’s diverse acting career includes films that have reached iconic status (Back to the Future), critical acclaim (River’s Edge), and box office success (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle). He reunites with Beowulf scribe Roger Avary in the stylized crime thriller Lucky Day, and during our conversation he talked about his acting career, reuniting with the Oscar winning Avary (Pulp Fiction), and the secret to coexisting with peacocks!
Filmmaker/producer Jason Winer (Modern Family, Arthur) has a ton on his plate this days with the release of his indie romantic comedy Ode to Joy and the fall release of NBC’s Perfect Harmony (he’s an executive producer and also directed the pilot). During our interview, we talked about the inner workings of Ode to Joy, a New York set feature that is headlined by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, Black Panther) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland)
Written and directed by Casey Affleck, Light of My Life centers on Rag (Anna Pniowsky), an 11-year-old who has spent most of her life traveling with her father (Casey Affleck). A pandemic has led to a near extinction of women, and her father will go to all lengths to ensure Rag’s survival. My interview with Pniowsky, whose credits include the Hulu series PEN15 and the upcoming feature Judy Small, is below.
Directed by Stéphane Brizé, At War (En Guerre) centers on the decision to shut down a factory that is obviously met with disapproval from its 1100 employees. Laurent Amédéo (Vincent Lindon) is the leader of the workers who will do everything it takes to keep the plant alive. Brizé shoots his feature in an arresting style sans sacrificing the truth, and in our interview he explains why, in cinema, the truth has been a foundation of his work.
Filmmaker Rick Alverson’s The Mountain is a sublime piece of cinema that will frustrate some viewers while pulling others into its narrative. I fell into the latter category, and was intrigued about what Alverson had to say about his film and challenging cinema’s oftentimes predictable narrative stylings during our interview.
Director Annabel Jankel’s diverse career includes forays into feature films (D.O.A., Super Mario Bros.) and music videos. During our phone conversation Jankel discussed her latest feature Tell It To The Bees and elaborated on several of her favorite films. Jankel’s love for cinema is evident by the rich visual tones and lived in performances from Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger in Tell It To The Bees. Our chat is below!
Director Daniel Adams‘ satire An L.A. Minute centers on Ted Gould (Gabriel Byrne), a bestselling novelist who, despite living in the lap of luxury, is frustrated by his life’s work and is in need of a spark. A chance encounter with a performance artist named Velocity (Kiersey Clemons) may inject some long forgotten humanity in the now jaded millionaire, but this is Los Angeles, and things can absolutely turn on a dime. During our discussion with Adams, he talked to us about the evolution of his narrative and why, even though it was written over 20 years ago, it’s a very timely (and in my opinion, refreshingly uncompromising) tale.
Austin Pendleton’s fulfilling acting journey includes memorable work in both film and television, and even if the name doesn’t ring a bell you’ve undoubtedly seen one of his movies. His latest is Sunset, an ambitious indie drama about a nuclear strike which may obliterate the United States East Coast. During the phone interview, Pendleton had a ton to talk about, including his work on Catch-22, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, and the resonant short Calumet (which can be seen on Amazon Prime). Check out our exclusive Q&A with Pendleton below!
Since her successful run on The Voice (Season 9), Siahna has continued to hone her singer-songwriter skills. With her recently released 6-song EP Untouchable, the jazz and soul loving songstress is adding a bit of pop flavor to her repertoire. My audio interview (apologies for quality as it was a phoner) with Siahna, as well as the transcription, is found after the jump!