Flyway Pubcast #8 – Alex Johnson [Two Step]

 
Two Step is another Axe Award winner this year; this time it’s for best narrative feature. It’s a relationship and class drama that collides with a crime and home invasion angle. It’s really rather thrilling thanks in large part to the excellent cast but also due to writer/director Alex Johnson.

Matt Gamble and I discuss the nature of typical home invasion films and the amount of violence in films today. The alcohol, deep freeze temperatures and late night time begins to affect our judgement and speech but nonetheless it’s an entertaining and interesting discussion. Congrats to Alex and his film; have a listen below…


 
 

http://rowthree.com/audio/Flyway2014/flyway14_NAME.mp3 (use for below then delete this line)

 
 

 


 
Relevant Links:
Official site
IMDb
Facebook
@TWOSTEPFILM
@lachima

 

Indie Memphis
Stockholm Film Festival
Cucalorus

 

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…
(out takes at the end).


 
 

 
 

 


 
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

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: Dead Snow 2

 

 

It must’ve been the easiest elevator pitch ever…

 

“Nazi zombies…[pause for effect]…in the snow.”

 

The film I’m referring to, of course, was Dead Snow and it delivered on its premise…A field full of dead German WW II soldiers are awakened and then begin to spill the blood of a group of young adults all over fresh pristine snow. It was funny, gory and even a little bit scary. With an audience, it was a thing of beauty from the first zombie hand breaking through the cold white crust to the last open-ended moments where the sole-survivor realizes he may not yet be out of the woods. Which brings us to the sequel…

Though I guess they didn’t have to do an elevator pitch this time around (since the first film was somewhat successful), I suspect it would have gone something like this:

 

“More Nazi zombies plus Russian zombies plus more zombies, more offensive humour, more gore, more outlandish situations, more, more, more.”

 

Note there were no pauses for effect there. As a matter of fact, to give the same sensation as watching the movie, you shouldn’t have any pauses at all while you say that sentence (preferably delivering the entire pitch all in one fell swoop without taking a breath). Dead Snow 2 (subtitled “Red vs. Dead”) piles ridiculous onto ridiculous onto a mound of bodies and doesn’t wait for you to catch up with the story. It’s a pretty straightforward tale anyway: the Nazi zombies want revenge on the town that killed them and now that they have a purpose (and a tank), the only way to stop them is through a rival army of zombies. The chosen horde here is a set of Russian soldiers that had been put to death by these very same Nazis now laying waste to small Norwegian towns.

Would you like to know more…?