Episode 31: DF4Q with Max Silver

Max Silver wrote and directed the great short Trunk Space, and you can watch that film and hear his Discover Film interview about it by clicking right here.  After the interview, I kept the tradition alive of having the filmmaker answer the DF4Q.

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 30: Max Silver

Trunk Space is one of those shorts you watch and think, “I really really really hope these filmmakers get to make a feature film.  Soon.”  Honestly, the best part about working at a film festival is seeing great work from young people that puts the big-budget Hollywood movies to shame.

In this podcast, I got to talk to Max Silver who wrote and directed Trunk Space.  Max has walked a fascinating path to get where he is today.  I’m glad he shared it with us… but

BEFORE YOU LISTEN, WATCH THE FILM!

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Episode 29: DF4Q with Caroline O’Brien & James Medeiros

It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

You’ve watched Puppet Life and listened to the great interview with the team that brought that great film to the screen.  Now find out the great films that inspired them!

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 28: James Medeiros & Caroline O’Brien

Every once in a while you see a comedy that is so smart, subversive and entertaining that it makes you forget the creators are dealing with the most sensitive political subjects in the world.  Puppet Life is one of those films.

We showed Puppet Life at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival, and being a fan I wasn’t surprised at all that the team behind it gave an incredibly fun Q&A. James Medeiros and Caroline O’Brien wore so many hats on this film that the best title for them is “filmmakers.”  If you want to get technical, James wrote, produced, and performs in the film.  Caroline produced and stars in the film.  But the truth is that their collaboration has a long history, and they made the film together.

I wanted to include these two on Discover Film from its inception, but we had to wait until they both in the United States to do it.  Thankfully, they were both in Los Angeles and took the time to come record a podcast.

But… BEFORE YOU LISTEN, WATCH THE FILM!

 

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Episode 27: DF4Q with Chris Fiore

It’s the Discover Film Four Questions… or DF4Q.

I thought Chris was going to be the first documentarian to answer the DF4Q, but in his podcast interview I found out that he’s an award winning screenwriter and fine artist as well as a documentary filmmaker.  Basically, Chris is an artist.  No wonder his DF4Q is such a good listen.

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 26: Chris Fiore

Chris Fiore directed and produced the documentary short Goodwoman, which won a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion L.A. in 2016.  I wanted to know how he had the tools to make such a great film.  The truth is that it is often hard to fill the documentary categories at a film festival, because precious few combine a worthy subject with quality filmmaking.

You should watch Goodwoman right now, because it is a GREAT documentary.  Then you should listen to the podcast and find out how a fine artist turned into a filmmaking pro.


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Episode 25: DF4Q with Todd Wiseman Jr.

It’s the Discover Film Four Questions… or DF4Q.

Based on his film Army of God, I had a feeling Todd was going to have excellent taste in films.  He didn’t let me down.  In fact, his pick for favorite movie of all time is a film that challenges to make my top three whenever I think about it.  And make sure to check out Todd’s film Army of God.

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 24: Todd Wiseman Jr.

Todd Wiseman Jr. is a very busy guy.  I first saw his film Army of God when the jury selected it to screen at Film Invasion L.A. in 2016.  He couldn’t come out from NYC for the festival, so I didn’t really “meet” him until we got on the phone for this podcast interview.  It turns out that in addition to being a very talented filmmaker, he’s a principal behind Man With A Cam and Hayden 5 Media.

As interesting as this other work is, I wanted to focus on Army of God because it is one of the few films I’ve seen on the festival circuit that combined extremely courageous storytelling with extremely professional filmmaking.

And, let me say this in advance… regardless of your politics, this film represents a valid, intelligent perspective in a compelling way.  That is what filmmaking is about!

 

Be sure to also listen to Todd’s DF4Q in the next Discover Film podcast.

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Episode 23: DF4Q with Preston Peterson & Jason Boesch

Preston Peterson & JasoIt’s the Discover Film Four Questions… or DF4Q.

n Boesch co-wrote and co-directed West Virginia Stories, a feature film that I consider much better than what is playing at the local multiplex.  I couldn’t wait to hear their answers for the DF4Q.

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 22: Preston Peterson & Jason Boesch

I met filmmaking team Preston Peterson & Jason Boesch when their film West Virginia Stories won a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion L.A. in 2016.  Along with the other feature films that have been included in the Discover Film podcast, West Virginia Stories is a movie that I consider much better than what is playing at the local multiplex.

I was chatting with a festival board member about films, and West Virginia Stories came up.  I wanted to know if it had gotten distribution yet, and it turns out that at this very moment it is being shopped at AFM.  I figured this was as good a time as any to talk with Preston & Jason.

It’s my hope that West Virginia Stories will be released soon.  Until then, you can enjoy its trailer.

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Episode 21: DF4Q with Paulina Lagudi

Paulina Lagudi has been on both sides of a movie camera for a few years now, and in this DF4Q podcast she shows that great filmmakers also have great taste in movies.

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover Film Four Questions.

  • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
  • Name a film you think is underrated
  • Name a film you think is overrated
  • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

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Episode 20: Paulina Lagudi

Paulina Lagudi wrote and produced This Is How, an absolute audience favorite at Film Invasion Los Angeles 2016.  Most of the filmmakers who have come in for a Discover Film interview have surprised me, but perhaps none more than Paulina.  From her birthplace and background to her path behind the camera, Paulina surprised me every step of the way.

You can watch This Is How right now – and THEN you should listen to the interview.

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