Summer 2016

Episode 46: Matt Feiner / Little Men

Matt Feiner (Thomas Breen photo)

Matt Feiner (Thomas Breen photo)

Topics

00:00 - 36:00 -- interview with Matt Feiner about Starman and The Girl in the Cafe
38:36 - 57:21 -- review of Little Men

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with Matt Feiner, the founder and owner of Devil's Gear bike shop and a New Haven-based visual artist, about two movies that he holds dear: 1984's sci-fi road trip movie Starman, and 2005's romantic comedy with a conscience, The Girl in the Cafe. On the second segment of the show, Breen is joined by Allan Appel and Lucy Gellman for a review of the new movie Little Men.

Video Links

STARMAN (1984) movie clip

Trailer for LITTLE MEN (2016)

Episode 45: Nick Palmer / Indignation

Nick Palmer (Thomas Breen photo)

Nick Palmer (Thomas Breen photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Nick Palmer
0:00 - 35:45 - interview with CT filmmaker Nick Palmer about Parable Media, "A Bottled Rose," and FTMA

Second Segment

Guests: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
37:34 - 56:22 - review of the new Philip Roth-adaptation INDIGNATION

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with CT filmmaker Nick Palmer about his work on the 2016 48 Hour Film Project New Haven, the Film and Television masters program at Sacred Heart University in Stamford, and a few of his short films to date, including "A Bottled Rose" and the promo-trailers for "To Live and Die in L.A." On the second segment of the show, Tom talks with Allan Appel and Lucy Gellman about the new Philip Roth-adaptation, Indignation, about the son of a butcher from Newark, New Jersey who struggles to adjust the goyish, repressed American heartland of Winesburg, Ohio.

Video Links

CT Filmmaker Nick Palmer's showreel

Trailer for INDIGNATION

Episode 44: The Land / Hip Hop Movies

The Land  by Steven Caple Jr.

The Land by Steven Caple Jr.

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Lucy Gellman
0:00 - 18:30 - review of THE LAND by Steven Caple, Jr.

Second Segment

Guests: Chef the Chef, Lucy Gellman
18:30 - 44:39 - discussion of hip hop movies over the past 30 years

Description

On this episode, host Tom Breen talks to Bridgeport-based musician Chef the Chef and WNHH Station Manager Lucy Gellman about Steven Caple Jr.'s "The Land" and how the hip hop movie genre has evolved and grown over the last 30-40 years.

Video Links

Trailer for THE LAND

Episode 43: 48 Hour Film Project New Haven

Russ D Martin and Li Martin (Thomas Breen photo)

Russ D Martin and Li Martin (Thomas Breen photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Russ D Martin, Li Martin
0:00 - 51:44 - interview with Russ D Martin and Li Martin about the 2016 48 Hour Film Project New Haven

Description

On this episode host Tom Breen talks to Russ D and Li Martin, a husband and wife who headed different teams in this year's 48 Hour Film Project New Haven contest, about the challenges, joys, and lessons learned while making films on a tight schedule.

Other Links

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/48_hour_filmmakers/

Episode 42: Rebecca Bombero / Wiener-Dog

Still from WIENER-DOG by Todd Solondz

Still from WIENER-DOG by Todd Solondz

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Becky Bombero
0:00 - 18:55 - interview with New Haven Parks director Becky Bombero about the Friday Flicks series

Second Segment

Guesst: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
20:45 - 45:45 - review of WIENER-DOG

Description

On this episode host Tom Breen speaks to Rebecca Bombero, director of the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, about a summer film series, and to New Haven Independent reporters Lucy Gellman and Allan Appel about Todd Solondz' new movie "Wiener-Dog."

related Links

2016 Friday Flicks Schedule

WIENER-DOG trailer

Episode 41: Caden Rodems-Boyd / Ace

ACE by Caden Rodems-Boyd

ACE by Caden Rodems-Boyd

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Caden Rodems-Boyd
0:00 - 51:34 - interview with 17-year-old New Haven-based filmmaker Caden Rodems-Boyd about his feature film debut, ACE

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with 17-year-old New Haven filmmaker Caden Rodems-Boyd about his feature film debut, a cyborg-buddy action flick called ACE. They talk about filmmaking style on a low budget, making movies as a high school student, and the inescapable influence of Quentin Tarantino on chatty, stylish, smart action movies.

Video Links

Trailer for Caden Rodem-Boyd's ACE

Episode 40: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / The BFG

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Lucy Gellman, Allan Appel
0:00 - 43:19 - reviews of THE BFG and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Description

On this episode, host Tom Breen talks to WNHH Station Manager Lucy Gellman and New Haven Independent Reporter Allan Appel about two new movies: Taika Waititi's "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison's adaptation of the beloved children's book "The BFG."

Video Links

Trailer for HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Trailer for THE BFG

Episode 39: Wheel to Sea / Free State of Jones

Wheel to Sea Productions

Wheel to Sea Productions

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: William Minter, Leah Russell
0:00 - 34:55 - interview due behind Wheel to Sea productions

Second Segment

Guest: Allan Appel
36:38 - 57:18 - review of FREE STATE OF JONES

Description

On this episode, host Tom Breen talks to filmmakers William Minter and Leah Russell about Wheel to Sea, a video production company that focuses on making videos about non-profits in the greater New Haven area. During the second part of the show, Breen talks to New Haven Independent reporter Allan Appel about "Free State of Jones," director Gary Ross' new release about medic and confederate deserter Newt Knight .

Video Links

A short video about Yaira Matyakubova of Music Haven, by Wheel to Sea productions

Trailer for FREE STATE OF JONES

Episode 38: Jordan Brower / The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Jordan Brower
0:00 - 52:02 - discussion of the Hollywood studio system's influence on early 20th century American lit with Jordan Brower, followed by a discussion of the THE GREAT GATSBY and its various movie adaptations.

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks about literature and the movies with Jordan Brower, a recent Yale PhD whose dissertation looks at the profound influence of the Hollywood studio system on the development of American literature in the early 20th century. Breen and Brower focus on one particular work of American modernist fiction, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, and discuss style and impact of the text side by side with its 1974 and 2013 movie adaptations.

Video Links

The Great Gatsby 2013 Scene - Gatsby & Daisy Meeting

Screne from the 1974 version of THE GREAT GATSBY

Episode 37: The Lobster / Yorgos Lanthimos Movies

The Lobster

The Lobster

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Lucy Gellman
0:00 - 48:29 - review of THE LOBSTER and discussion of the movies of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with Lucy Gellman about THE LOBSTER, a new dark satire from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Breen and Gellman also talk about Lanthimos' previous two films, DOGTOOTH and ALPS, as a way into some of the key themes this idiosyncratic filmmaker is interested in: artificial vs. genuine intimacy, oppressive social regimes, and absurdist takes on judgment and punishment.

Video Links

Trailer for The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos

Episode 36: Charles Musser / New Haven Documentary Film Festival

NHDocs

NHDocs

First Segment

Guest: Professor Charles Musser
0:00 - 38:04 - interview with Professor Charles Musser about the third annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival

Description

On today's episode, host Tom Breen talks with Professor Charles Musser about the third annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 12th and will be bringing 15 documentary features and 26 documentary shorts to the Elm City. A founder and co-director of the festival, Musser shares some thoughts on the films and filmmakers included in this year's line up, including Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, East Lyme middle school students, and many more.

Video Links

Trailer for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (2005) by Alex Gibney