Episode 97: 2017 Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale (LIFFY)

Latin American filmmakers come to town for LIFFY. From left to right: Juan Gomez, Carlos Barba Salva, Luis Alberto García, Deyma D’Atri, and Jean Jean.

Latin American filmmakers come to town for LIFFY. From left to right: Juan Gomez, Carlos Barba Salva, Luis Alberto García, Deyma D’Atri, and Jean Jean.

Description

This week is the Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale (LIFFY), an annual celebration of contemporary Spanish and Portueguese-language cinema that takes place in downtown New Haven at the Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall St.

In this week's episode, host Tom Breen talks with a handful of filmmakers who have movies screenings at this year's festival, including Cuban filmmaker Carlos Barba Salva, Haitian/Dominican filmmaker Jean Jean, Cuban filmmaker Deyma D’Atri, Cuban actor Luis Alberto García, and Colombian filmmaker Claudia Fischer.

Links

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/film_fest_brings_latin_american_directors_to_town/

Episode 96: Trans Awareness Week / A Prophet

IV Staklo and Patrick Dunn

IV Staklo and Patrick Dunn

Description

Next week is Transgender Awareness Week, an annual grassroots celebration of trans culture and concerns that takes place in different communities throughout the country, including in New Haven.

The first segment of this episode is all about a trans film series that the New Haven Pride Center has organized to help celebrate Trans Awareness Week in the Elm City. Host Tom Breen is joined in the studio by two of the series’ programmers, Patrick Dunn and IV Staklo, to talk about the movies that will be playing, the different ways that trans people and issues are represented on screen, and the current state of the New Haven’s trans rights community.

On the second segment of the show, Breen joined by the Yale Film Study Center’s Archer Neilson to talk about Un prophete, a 2009 French film by Jacques Audiard that stars Tahar Rahim as a French Arab man learning to navigate the different languages, economies, cultures, and politics of a central French prison in the early 2000s. Un prophete is playing this Sunday at the Whitney Humanities Center on Wall Street as part of the Treasures from the Yale Film Archives series.

Other Links

New Haven Pride Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewHavenPrideCenter/

New Haven Trans Awareness Week schedule: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/713637/e3ad37a1d9/ARCHIVE

Episode 95: Loving Vincent / Nasty Women

Description

On the first segment of today’s show, host Tom Breen talks with Allan Appel and Lucy Gellman about LOVING VINCENT, a new animated film from directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman that gives the Citizen Kane treatment to the life of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh: through a series of flashbacks and second-hand stories, we see the rise and fall of the troubled and inspired life of this eccentric painter, focusing in on the final days of his life in the rural French town of Auvers.

Unlike most animated movies, this story is composed of tens of thousands of hand-drawn oil paintings by over one hundred contributing artists, all simulating the heavy brushstrokes and ebullient style of the movie’s namesake.

On the second segment of the show, Breen is joined by Lucy McClure, Debbie Hesse, and Trish Clark to talk about the Nasty Women Film Event, a screening night of locally made feminist films that will be taking place at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on Election day, next Tuesday, in honor of, or in defiance of, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election as president.

Other Links

Nasty Women Film Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1962381047383269/

Episode 94: Joe Fay / George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper

George A. Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS (1981)

George A. Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS (1981)

Description

Halloween is just around the corner, and so, on today’s episode, host Tom Breen bis joined by horror-flick aficionado Joe Fay to talk about the movies, styles, and legacies of two seminal horror filmmakers who both died in 2017: George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper.

But instead of retreading the familiar territory of these two directors’ best known and most influential works, Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead and Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Joe and Tom focus on two slightly deeper cuts, Romero’s 1981 Arthurian biker drama Knightriders and Hooper’s 1985 alien vampire flick Lifeforce.

Episode 93: Home Movie Day 2017 / Film Preservation

Description

It’s mid-October, which means that it’s just about time for Home Movie Day, an annual celebration of amateur films and filmmakers that takes place at the New Haven Museum this Saturday, October 21st, from noon to 4 p.m.

On today’s show, host Tom Breen is joined by Yale film archivists Brian Meacham and Molly Wheeler, who are the organizers of the New Haven instance of this international event, as well as by Yale University Art Gallery museum staffer Rachel Mihalko.

The four dive into the actual work itself that film and media archivists do: what are the tools and materials they work with, what are the challenges they encounter and the solutions they provide, and what is the broader social value of film and media preservation in the 21st century.

Links

Home Movie Day 2017 New Haven Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/140235409919658

Episode 92: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Description

On today’s review only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Independent reporter Allan Appel to talk about Blade Runner 2049, the new sci-fi-film-noir from director Denis Villeneuve that offers another look at the dystopian American future of uncanny androids and commercialized urban decay originally envisioned by Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner.

Episode 91: Battle of the Sexes / Columbus

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017)

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017)

Description

On today's review only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Independent reporter Allan Appel to talk about two new movies about young women torn between social expectation and personal ambition, who find both distraction and clarity in the art that consumes their lives.

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, the latest feature from directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, tells the story of a 1973 tennis match between 29-year-old tennis star Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone) and aging tennis veteran and self-proclaimed 'chauvinist pig' Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carrell).

And COLUMBUS, the directorial debut of filmmaker Kogonada, is an indie romance featuring a recent high school grad (played by Haley Lu Richardson) who is trying to understand just what exactly moves her so much about the many examples of high modernist architecture that exist in her otherwise unassuming, small Midwestern hometown of Columbus, Indiana.

Episode 90: 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Description

On today’s episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by Madison Art Cinemas’ founder and owner Arnold Gorlick to talk about their experiences at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which ran from September 7th to September 17th and featured almost 340 movies, many of which were making their world premieres.

Episode 89: Graphic Novel Adaptations / American Splendor

AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003)

AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003)

Description

In today's episode, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Review publisher Bennett Graff for a conversation about movie adaptations of graphic novels. In particular, they focus on AMERICAN SPLENDOR, a 2003 film from directors Shari Springer Brown and Robert Pulcini that brings to life Cleveland author Harvey Pekar’s decades-spanning autobiographical underground comic series of the same name.

Episode 88: Wind River

WIND RIVER (2017) by Taylor Sheridan

WIND RIVER (2017) by Taylor Sheridan

Description

On today's review only episode of the show, host Tom Breen and New Haven Independent reporter Allan Appel talk about WIND RIVER, a new murder mystery from writer-director Taylor Sheridan, whose previous screenwriting credits include SICARIO and HELL OR HIGH WATER, that takes place in a desolate, unforgiving stretch of the Wind River Northern Arapaho Reservation in western Wyoming.

Episode 87: Lady Macbeth

LADY MACBETH (2016)

LADY MACBETH (2016)

Description

On today’s review-only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Independent reporter Allan Appel for a discussion of Lady Macbeth, a new British film from director William Oldroyd about a young bride in 19th century northern England who chafes against the oppressive boredom, disrespect, and objectification of being a kept woman in a patriarchal society. As the movie’s title indicates, though, our young protagonist is not one to be content with a life of humiliation and immobility, and, once she finds an object of her own desire, she is willing to go to some pretty extreme lengths to attain it.

Episode 86: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017)

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017)

Description

On today's review-only episode of the show, I'll be joined by New Haven Independent staff reporter Allan Appel to talk about DUNKIRK, Christopher Nolan's new WWII action movie about the mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British troops from the beaches of a besieged French coastal city in the early summer of 1940. We'll talk about this movie's vision of courage, despair, and victory in defeat, as well as about how it compares to other landmark works in the WWII movie genre.

48 Hour Film Project New Haven

Note

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Due to a technical error, we accidentally deleted the recording of today's interview with with Trish Clark and Patrick Whalen about the 48 Hour Film Project New Haven. Fortunately, we've had Trish on the show before to talk about the 48 HFP... all the way back on Episode 1! Listen to the interview linked above to hear about the 2015 competition, and click on any one of the links below to learn more about this year's competition.

Links

http://www.48hourfilm.com/new-haven-ct

https://www.facebook.com/48HourFilmProjectNewHaven/

Episode 85: Baby Driver / Spider-Man: Homecoming

BABY DRIVER (2017)

BABY DRIVER (2017)

Description

On today’s review-only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by WNHH intern Sam Hadelman to talk about two new summer releases that follow eager young men who are cocky, talented, good-natured, and naive, destined for great professional success if they can only survive the immense personal danger that comes with their work.

Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER and Jon Watts’ SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING are two summer action movies replete with car chases, explosions, supervillains and extended fight sequences. One follows a youthful Atlanta getaway driver immersed in pop music, the other a frenetic Queens high school student eager to impress his superhero role models.

Episode 84: Josh Larsen / Movies Are Prayers

An interview with Filmspotting co-host Josh Larsen about his new book Movies Are Prayers.

An interview with Filmspotting co-host Josh Larsen about his new book Movies Are Prayers.

Description

On today’s very special interview-only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by Filmspotting co-host and Chicago-based film critic Josh Larsen to talk about Movies Are Prayers, Larsen’s new book about how movies can function as expressions of joy, lament, anger, and praise in ways that are strikingly similar to what is heard and felt during prayerful worship. 

As a practicing Christian and a seasoned film critic, Larsen brings a theological perspective to his understanding of movies that articulates the religious potential of cinema, not as an instrument for indoctrination, but as an artful expression of mankind’s deepest joys, pains, and uncertainties, directed towards God.

Links

Movies Are Prayers Amazon book page: https://www.amazon.com/Movies-Are-Prayers-Deepest-Longings/dp/083084478

Larsen on Film website: http://www.larsenonfilm.com/

Filmspotting podcast: http://filmspotting.net/

Think Christian website: https://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/

 

Episode 83: Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016)

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016)

Description

Today's interview-only episode of the show is all about TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT, a new documentary about an influential, often overlooked New York artist who was a pioneer in musical minimalism in the late 1950s, in experimental underground filmmaking in the 1960s, in pushing the democratic bounds of public access television in the 1990s and 2000s, and in many other areas of anti-authority creativity besides.

Host Tom Breen is joined by director Tyler Hubby and local filmmaker Brendan Toller to talk about Hubby’s new movie, which Toller will be screening at Lyric Hall in Westville on Thursday, June 29th, at 7 p.m. as part of a new documentary series he’s putting together for that venue.

Links

Tony Conrad movie website: http://www.tonyconradmovie.com/

Facebook event page for Tony Conrad screening at Lyric Hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411658772229151/

Danny Says website: http://dannysaysfilm.com/Danny_Says/Danny_Says.html

Episode 82: Father's Day Movies / Manual Cinema

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Description

In anticipation of Father’s Day this Sunday, the first segment of today’s show is all about movies and dads. Host Tom Breen is joined by certified dad and movie lover Nick Schupbach to talk about movie recommendations for Father’s Day, the different ways that dads and father-child relationships are portrayed on screen, and the experience of being a dad and sharing movies with your kids.

On the second segment of the show, Breen talks with composer Kyle Vegter and artistic director Julia Miller about Manual Cinema, a Chicago-based troupe of artists who create live performances that blend aspects of theater, cinema, and shadow puppetry. Manual Cinema is one of the featured artists at this year’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and we’ll talk all about their unique approach to creating “live cinema.”

Episode 81: Wonder Woman / The Wedding Plan

The Wedding Plan (2016)

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Description

On today’s review-only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Independent staff writer Allan Appel for a discussion of two new releases starring Israeli women whose characters brush aside the fatuous hindrances of patriarchy to realize miracles of female strength and ingenuity: the latest blockbuster comic book adaptation WONDER WOMAN and the Israeli romantic comedy THE WEDDING PLAN.

Episode 80: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand / The High School That Rocked

THE LIFE AND GARDENS OF BEATRIX FARRAND (2017) by Karyl Evans

THE LIFE AND GARDENS OF BEATRIX FARRAND (2017) by Karyl Evans

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with two Connecticut filmmakers who will be screening their new movies playing at this year's New Haven Documentary Festival.

On the first segment of the show, Breen is joined by six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans to talk about her new movie The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand, about a pioneering female landscape architect who lived and worked in New Haven for over a decade in the first half of the 20th century.

On the second segment, Breen talks with writer / producer Fred Cantor The High School that Rocked, a short documentary about how from 1966 - 1968 Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut hosted concerts by some of the biggest names in rock and roll, including The Doors, The Animals, Cream, The Rascals, and Sly & The Family Stone.

Links

NHDocs: http://www.nhdocs.com/

The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand trailer: https://vimeo.com/201694337

The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand Website: http://www.beatrixfarranddocumentary.com/

The High School That Rocked Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHighSchoolThatRocked/

Episode 79: NHDocs 2017 / Alien: Covenant

Description

On the first segment of today’s show, host Tom Breen talks with Yale film studies professor Charles Musser about the 4th annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival, which runs from June 1 through June 11 at the Whitney Humanities Center and the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library in downtown New Haven. Musser is a co-founder and co-director of the fest.

On the second segment of the show, Breen is joined by New Haven Independent staff writer Allan Appel for a review of Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in the four-decade-old sci-fi / horror series that finds a new ship, a new crew, and a new planet beset by the same old problems of merciless nature and technology, and big chomping mouths with rows upon rows of teeth.

Links

http://www.nhdocs.com/