IFFBOSTON 2021 VIRTUAL Q&A: STRAWBERRY MANSION’S ALBERT BIRNEY AND KENTUCKER AUDLEY

Had a great time talking to Strawberry Mansion directors Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley in this virtual Q&A for the Independent Film Festival Boston. We discussed their movie’s nightmare scenario in which advertisers insert product placement into your dreams, the duo’s love of analog aesthetics and why sometimes it’s not such a bad thing to fall asleep during a movie. IFFBoston, 05/14/2021

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IFFBOSTON 2021 VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: STATE OF LOCAL CINEMAS

Honored I was asked to moderate this IFFBoston panel discussion about the state of local arthouse cinemas featuring friends Ian Judge from the Somerville Theatre, Ned Hinkle from the Brattle and Katherine Tallman from the Coolidge Corner Theatre. We discussed Covid-19 closures and coping methods, as well as what audiences can expect from the New Normal.IFFBoston, 05/08/2021

LESLIE EPSTEIN’S HILL OF BEANS: A NOVEL OF WAR AND CELLULOID

“If you have an historical imagination, and that’s what the book demands — in fact, it’s what every work of art demands, in fact, it’s what life demands — if you have an historical imagination then (a) you won’t rename Abraham Lincoln high school, right? And (b) you’ll be open to this book and other books that try to deal honestly with the times that they’re writing about.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/26/2021

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STORIES FROM TOMORROW: CASEY AFFLECK AND THE WORLD TO COME

“You transform pain into other things as you go through life. That was all him working through it. I like stories about storytellers and I like stories within stories. Obviously, I wrote and directed a movie that starts with a twelve-minute bedtime story. I love that. I know that other people don’t love it as much as I do, so I have to be careful about it.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/17/2021

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A CONVERSATION WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN

My November conversation with the legendary Frederick Wiseman is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s satellite programming for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Discussing his latest masterpiece City Hall, the filmmaker reflects on the heroism of local government and the madness of Donald Trump. Also, I got to tell Fred about Four Seasons Total Landscaping.Coolidge Corner Theatre, 01/29/2021

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THE ARTERY LIVING ROOM LIVESTREAM: BETWEEN THE LINES

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On The ARTery Living Room Livestream I sat down for a virtual chat with my old friend Ed Siegel to discuss Joan Micklin Silver’s great 1977 Boston newspaper comedy Between The Lines, our experiences starting out at alt-weeklies much like the one depicted in the movie and why this film still feels relevant more than forty years later. – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/22/2020

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IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS

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“There are all kinds of ways a ‘bad’ cultural object can be redeemed. What’s amazing about Showgirls is that it ticks nearly every box: it’s been reclaimed as camp, as kitsch, a grist for the academic mill, as auteurism, as ideology, as a fun night out with friends, as everything. Maybe this resurgence is simply a case of an idea whose time has come.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/15/2018

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SKATING ON THAT BRESSONIAN ICE: PAUL SCHRADER AT IFFBOSTON

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Last night living legend Paul Schrader brought his stunning First Reformed to the Independent Film Festival Boston. Starring Ethan Hawke as a pastor struggling with his faith, the movie feels like a culmination of the obsessions with which this filmmaker has been wrestling onscreen for more than four decades. Some edited highlights from his Q&A moderated by critic Jason Gorber:

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FORGOTTEN FLOWERS: SOFIA COPPOLA AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

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Just shy of a year after winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for her brilliant remake of Don Siegel’s The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola dropped by the Harvard Film Archive for a special screening and a wide-ranging Q&A with HFA curator Haden Guest. Some edited highlights of the conversation:

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FROM COBAIN TO GOODALL: BRETT MORGEN FINDS THE LIGHT WITH JANE

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“I’m seeing a shot of Jane sort of being composed looking out somewhere. And then at end of the shot, before it flares out, I see her look over to the camera and start smiling. I instantly recognize what’s happening, in that she’s breaking down that fourth wall and we’re going to be able to tell this love story in a rather unique manner.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/03/2017

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