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Interview: Zoe Lister-Jones, “Band Aid”

Interview: Zoe Lister-Jones, “Band Aid”


More spillover from this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, boys and girls! In this chapter of my post-fest follow-up, I present to you my interview with Zoe Lister-Jones, actress, writer, singer, filmmaker, playwright, and probably a host of other nouns denoting profession that I am unaware of. (Chef? Basketball player? Deep sea fisherwoman? Vigilante superheroine?) … Continue reading

Interview: Demetri Martin, “Dean”

Interview: Demetri Martin, “Dean”


Ehhhhhhhhhh! Remember that time I told you I liked Dean, that movie directed by that guy Demetri Martin? Well, call me biased, but I happened to interview him this year via Independent Film Festival Boston, where the film happened to screen. What a happening! Let me be blunt: I had a great time talking to Martin, … Continue reading

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”


Last October, I was given the opportunity to have a sit-down with Patrick Ness, author (ish) of the low fantasy, young adult novel A Monster Calls, and to talk with him about the experience of adapting his own novel (ish) from page to screen. (“Ish” meaning: Ness was contracted to write it, but author Siobhan Dowd, who … Continue reading

Interview: Daniels, Swiss Army Man

Interview: Daniels, Swiss Army Man


Speaking of Swiss Army Man: I interviewed Daniels, AKA Daniel Scheinert & Dan Kwan, AKA the directors of the movie! I did this for The Playlist. I also would not classify this as an “interview” so much as “a half hour of me geeking out at these guys, who probably thought I was just super weird … Continue reading

Interview: Ira Sachs, “Little Men”

Interview: Ira Sachs, “Little Men”


I didn’t put Ira Sachs’ Little Men on my top ten of the year thus far list, but if I’d revisited it before seeing Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, it might have ended up at least in the ten slot, and possibly higher. It’s one of the films in 2016 that comes as close to perfect as possible, … Continue reading

Interview: Penny Lane, “Nuts!”

Interview: Penny Lane, “Nuts!”


Nuts!, documentary filmmaker Penny Lane’s latest venture, is the kind of movie that needs to be seen to be believed. People say that about a lot of movies, or a lot of television shows, or performances, or whatever, and in most cases they’re just saying it to say it. In the case of Nuts!, it’s 100% … Continue reading

Interview: Anna Rose Holmer, “The Fits”

Interview: Anna Rose Holmer, “The Fits”


My love for Ann Rose Holmer’s extraordinary debut, The Fits, is well documented as of my report from Independent Film Festival Boston. So naturally, I took the opportunity to chat with her about the film as the greatest of honors. I won’t bore you with a lead-in. This is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done … Continue reading

Interview: Josh Kriegman, “Weiner”

Interview: Josh Kriegman, “Weiner”


The general rule about formatting interview questions is that they have to be short. They have to be short so that the answers are longer than the questions. You see variations on this rule all over the place, and in some instances and settings you’ll that rule be treated as more of a guideline, as … Continue reading

Interview: Karyn Kusama, “The Invitation”

Interview: Karyn Kusama, “The Invitation”


I trust in my critical faculties to interpret the films that I watch, and for good reason, because my critical faculties are pretty fucking awesome, but there is something to be said for having my eyes opened by the perspectives of other people. In the case of The Invitation, which I clearly dug, “other people” means … Continue reading

Interview: Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha”

Interview: Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha”


There’s a whole lot to like about Trey Edward Shults’ debut film, Krisha, which I’ll be writing a few paragraphs about later this week (mini review round-up, incoming); it’s made with incredible verve, it’s so personal that it blurs the line of reality and art, and the performances are all outstanding. But the most exciting thing about … Continue reading