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

Occultober – Day 28 – The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror
There’s something about those 70s horror films – the steady creep, the look and feel of their surroundings and, as exemplified by the original The Amityville Horror, the pace. This particular film grabs you early and then ever so gradually reels you in with only a very few slow spots (e.g. that sex scene between James Brolin and Margot Kidder went on a bit longer than I was comfortable with…). And to be honest, not much happens for most of the movie…But it still manages to keep you just a little bit nervous throughout and always waiting for the next incident. It’s that compounded and built-up dread that is almost its own reward and forces an engagement with the story and characters. It also hopefully pays off towards the end…In this case, the ending sort of gets away from the film a bit and it sputters just when it should be vrooming, but when a movie can build the tension this well (and throw in a bleeding stairway too), that can be forgiven.

After its release, the movie became the largest grossing independent film ever and held the record for a good 4-5 years afterwards. Short of the lovely job it does in building up that fear throughout, the reasons are pretty obvious. The film (and its book) purport to be about a “true story” of a family living in a possessed house which tries to make them leave (“GET OUT!!”). The occult was certainly a trendy thing at the time and with a storyline that feels so relatable (big rambling old houses do seem rather spooky…), you can understand how word of mouth spread as many people wondered if their own house’s bumps and creaks during the night may be similarly attributable to restless spirits and demons.

I put off seeing this box office winner until just recently as I had always assumed it would be a fairly tedious affair with much mumbo-jumbo. Instead it’s quite intriguing…And though there certainly is a bunch of mumbo-jumbo spewed (with a whole lot of gusto from both Rod Steiger and Helen Shaver), just like many of the occult practices and beliefs, it’s all in service of tightening its grip on its audience. Not so great if that’s done to suck in unsuspecting people to believe in demonic acts, but perfect for a horror movie.

Would you like to know more…?

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