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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Haskell Wexler - Oscar Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker

Haskell received Oscar nominations for his work on the documentary The Living City; the short film T Is For Tumbleweed and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and won Oscars for his work on Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Bound For Glory

Haskell has worked on several films with John Sayles including Matewan, The Secret of Roan Inish, Limbo, and Silver City.

Haskell has dierected and filmed a number of important documentary films to his credit, including The Bus, Interviews With Mee Lie Veterans, and Introduction to the Enemy, co-directed with Jane Fonda.

Haskell created the groundbreaking neo-documentary style film, Medium Cool about a TV news camera find himself becoming personally involved in the violence which erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention

Haskell more recently directed the documentary Who Needs Sleep? about sleep deprivation in the film industry and shot Bringing King to China about a young American teacher in Beijing, whose failed protests against the Iraq war drive her to produce a play in China about Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Direct download: HaskellWexler.mp3
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Unique Travelling and Niche Film Festival Discussion (Special Episode)

We discussed a variety of unique film festivals that play around the US and around the world.

This includes traveling short film festivals, traveling niche or novelty film festivals, and animation festivals.

While only scratching the surface, we hope to give an insight into the great depth of film programming available locally and globally, and to remind you to keep an eye out in case one of these festivals or films heads to a cinema near you.

The film festivals discussed on the show include:

Traveling Short Film Festivals:

The Manhattan Short Film Festival, The Oscar Shorts, Tres Court (Very Short), Short Short Story Film Festival

Niche and Novetlty Film Festivals:

Bicycle Film Festival, REEL Rock Film Tour, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Found Footage Festival, Free Range Film Festival, United Film Festivals

Animation Film Festivals traveling:

Spike and Mike Festival(s) of Animation, The Animation Show, Animation Block Party, Ottawa Film Fest, Tricky Women, Womanimation!

Not Touring Animation Festivals:

Annecy, Animafest Zagreb (Trickfilm), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Red Stick

Direct download: TravelingFilmFestival.mp3
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Andre Ovredal - Norwegian Director and Writer - TrollHunter - On DVD and Streaming for Halloween

Andre made a name for himself as one of Norway’s most successful directors of commercials with almost two hundred commercials for clients in Norway and abroad to his credit, as well as directing award winning short films. 

Andre’s latest work is the feature, TrollHunter, a thrilling documentary style film that is both darkly comedic and suspenseful. 

Filmed in the countryside of Norway, TrollHunter tells the story of a veteran hunter and fed-up government employee as he reveals the world of beasts known only to Norwegians in stories from their childhood and the students and the audience eventually believe his unlikely tales.

TrollHunter is great for screening on Halloween and is available on DVD and streaming.

Direct download: AndreOvredal2.mp3
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Ruben Ostlund - Swedish Director and Writer

Ruben directed films on skiing in the late 1990s, some of them now world-famous. After a documentary work in 2000 he made his award-winning feature debut, The Guitar Mongoloid, in 2004. 

Ruben's feature film Involuntary was selected for Cannes 2008 and has since been in major festivals worldwide and Sweden´s nominee for Best Foreign Language Oscar that year.  Involuntary is a series of stories exploring different perspectives on the power of a group over the individual.

Ruben’s short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His next feature, Play, premiered in Cannes 2011.

Incident by a Bank is about an attempted bank robbery and follows the thought process of two confused witnesses, the filmographer and the producer.

Play is an astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008, using an elaborate scheme called the "little brother number" or "brother trick", involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence.

Direct download: RubenOstlund.mp3
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Diego Velasco - Venezuelan Director and Writer - The Zero Hour

Diego has worked as a Director of Photography on numerous projects including Tony Bravo and Mutiny, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival

In 2001, Diego was hired to direct the Latin American sitcom, Planeta de 6, for the Venezuelan television network Televen. The show was nominated for an INTE Award for Best Television Comedy. 

Diego was selected to participate in Fox Searchlab, a program created in order to further the careers of up and coming filmmakers. Day Shift is the result of this collaboration.

Diego co-wrote and directed his first feature film, The Zero Hour, a gritty, fast-paced heist thriller, that was the highest grossing Venezuelan film in history, Set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike.

Direct download: DiegoVelasco.mp3
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