Flyway Pubcast #7 – Kristjan Knigge [The Right Juice]

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Easily the most entertaining interview we’ve ever had at Flyway, Kristjan Knigge is the director of The Right Juice. He’s also from Amsterdam which of course requires Matt Gamble and I to talk geography and world history rather than actual film making. Kristjan was gracious enough to educate the stupid Americans about the difference between The UK and Great Britain, Portugal, Christopher Columbus, Ireland, Anne Frank, The Netherlands and the “north bit”. I guess we might as well talk about the true discoverers of America too.

Eventually we do get around to talking about the film, the actors involved, political and social threats and comparing his film to Polanski’s Chinatown. Other upcoming projects are also mentioned. Matt tries to get convince Kristjan to get into criticism rather than film making because he is very amusingly abrasive – as evident by his berating us for giving a competing film The Keystroke Award. Basically he’s a really great guy and clearly a very talented film maker. Despite the interruption by locomotive, it’s a fun interview. Buckle up for a drunken history lesson…
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Relevant Links:
Official site
IMDb
Facebook
Wikipedia

 

Flyway Pubcast #6 – Jan Selby [Beyond the Divide]

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Flyway isn’t just shorts and features, for the lovers of the documentary, there are plenty of those each year too. Matt Gamble and I sat outside in the freezing cold and had a chat with Jan Selby, the director of the Axe Award for best documentary feature, Beyond the Divide.

Beyond the Divide is Jan’s first feature film and it’s already made quite the impact internationally. She’s hoping it will make an even greater impression in classrooms across the country. We also talk a bit about her first time at Flyway and her experience with other festival goers. Have a listen below…


 
 

 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
Official site
IMDb
Facebook
@BeyondDivide
Instagram
Building the Pink Tower

 

Flyway Pubcast #5 – Rick Vaicius [Festival Founder and Director]

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Weven years and getting stronger! The Flyway Film Festival has gone from a little house with some movies to a really important cultural, social and professional event for a lot of people. From film makers to fans, the community at large to bloggers and critics, Flyway has most certainly struck a chord. Which is evidenced by its returning volunteers, film makers and audience members year after year.

Helping to make Flyway what it has become is greater than just one man, but you might find some people who disagree with that statement. It’s because Rick Vaicius is that man. He dreamed it. He booked it. And the people came. And they continue to show up; year after year.

So it’s with great pleasure that Matt Gamble and I got to hang out with Rick and drink all of his organic vodka, local microbrews and wines. Over said drinks we discussed the festival and what pains Rick and his family endure over the year to eighteen months to make Flyway a reality. Plus there’s a vicious rumor that Rick doesn’t like genre movies. Say it ain’t so Rick!


 
 

 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
Flyway Official site
Minema Microcinema site
Flyway Facebook
Minema Facebook
@FlywayFilmFest

Flyway Pubcast #4 – Chad McLarnon [Bear with Me]

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Generally we try to stick with the interviewee and their projects and interests. This time, Matt Gamble and I spend a good chunk of this interview berating Gary King for being too good to come to Flyway anymore. Part of the reason the discussion devolves as such is because number one, free vodka and number two, Chad is the D.P. on Gary’s current project.

But we talk about the nature of shorts, how working as a D.P. helps get the feet wet for the director’s chair and what it’s like working with other directors and how to see their vision and hopefully recreate that vision.


 
 

 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
Best Part Productions
IMDb
Home page
@chadmcclarnon
@bestpartpro

Flyway Pubcast #3 – Jaime Carroll and Nick Coleman [Jane Then Gone]

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Arguably, shorts are just as important at Flyway Film Fest as are the features films. They come in droves and it’s hard to whittle down the choices to just a select few that make the cut. It’s even harder to pick “the best” one. Jaime and Nick were a last minute submission to the festival and not only were accepted to the fest, but won the coveted Axe Award for best narrative short.

Matt Gamble (from Where the Long Tail Ends) and I chatted for a bit with these two and talked experience of winning an award, being at such a giving and inclusive festival for film makers and possibly how to gain secret passwords to exclusive projects and series. Have a listen…


 
 

 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
IMDb
Facebook
@NickJColeman
@Jamie_Carroll
Meetup: The Series

Flyway Pubcast #2 – Matt & Kim Garland [Shorts Programmers]

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A couple of years ago, Matt and Kim were here at Flyway with their short film, Vivienne Again. This supernatural short was immediately and audience hit, hence, Matt and Kim are now working on finishing up the trilogy of the world they’ve created.

Take a listen to the discussion Matt Gamble and I had with this pair. There’s a method to the madness that can be programming short films and they give some hints to film makers about how to get accepted into festivals. They’re a fun couple and always bring energy to Flyway.

Be sure to take a look at some of the links below to see more about the shorts program at Flyway as well as the projects still in the works for Matt and Kim.


 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
previous Flyway interview
Flyway shorts program
Write, Direct, Repeat
Official site
Matt Facebook
Kim Facebook
@kim_garland
@garlandMatt

Flyway Pubcast #1 – Erica Anderson [Seed & Spark]

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One of the key ingredients to independent film making that the Flyway Film Festival likes to focus on each year is crowd sourcing. Through dollars as well as promotion. One of the more ingenious outfits that help audiences be a part of a film’s production is Seed & Spark.

Seed & Spark differs from other crowd sourcing platforms (e.g. IndieGoGo, Kickstarter) in a couple of key ways. Number one, they don’t support just anyone and everyone with an idea. Each project is reviewed on an individual basis and deemed worthy of appearing on the site. On top of that, contributors and users can actually view the films they’re helping to fund (and others) on the site’s streaming platform.

There are some other elements that make Seed & Spark a little bit more special too, and our guest, kicking off our series of pubcasts, is one of the founders of the project and director of crowdfunding, Erica Anderson. Matt Gamble and I sat down with Erica and she explains things a lot better than I can…


 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
Official site
Facebook
@seedandspark
@wingsofapig

Tribeca/Lionsgate Announce VOD Service

We had a long talk the other night about HBO breaking away from cable and moving to their own subscription-based service. CBS recently announced something similar with their “CBS All Access” service (anyone need an instant “Twin Peaks” fix?). Is this the way TV and movies are moving for good? Obviously Netflix is here to stay, but what I mean is, with all of these off-shoots, rather than paying a hundred bucks a month for cable, will we be shelling out a hundred bucks a month (or more) for several different streaming platforms? Though in my utopia there would be one service with everything I could possibly want and I’d be willing to pay a premium price for it. But it’s unlikely this will ever happen and with Hulu and Amazon and Netflix already going strong, the future seems to be an ala carte selection of various video on-demand services that you’ll have to navigate to separately. But I digress…

The latest “media conglomerate” seems an unlikely pairing at first whisper since when I think Tribeca Film Fest I think of artier, more thoughtful dramas and Lionsgate conjures thought of people having their limbs sawed off while evil clowns stand by laughing. But of course those are both generalizations and not altogether true. The Tribeca/Lionsgate VOD service has been dubbed “The Tribeca Short List.” Possibly a little misleading to some as some sort of shorts program; but no, this will be a highly curated list of titles from festivals around the world as well as critically acclaimed and prestigious films from the Lionsgate and Tribeca. The list of titles are to be replenished and refreshed each week.

Launching in early 2015, this sounds like a way to see the newest The Hunger Games movie as soon as possible while at the same time making it possible to hunt down all of the festival titles you heard about on podcasts and blogs, but know will never see the light of day (or the darkness of the cinema). In other words, depending on the launch titles announced and price point, I’m kind of digging this idea; count me in!
Would you like to know more…?