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Following Films Podcast: Michael John Warren on SPRING AWAKENING: THOSE YOU’VE KNOWN

  Today I'm joined by Michael John Warren to discuss SPRING AWAKENING: THOSE YOU’VE KNOWN 15 years after the smash, Tony-winning Broadway run of “Spring Awakening,” the original cast and creative team reunite for a spectacular, one-night only reunion concert to benefit The Actors Fund. Chronicling their whirlwind journey back to the stage, the film follows the players as they reconnect and rediscover the beauty and timelessness of the hit musical, sharing the show’s underdog origins, its path to Tony glory, the universal themes of teenage repression and angst, and the unconventional love story of breakout stars Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele. HBO Documentary Films’ SPRING AWAKENING: THOSE YOU’VE KNOWN , directed by Michael John Warren and produced by RadicalMedia (HBO’s “David Byrne’s American Utopia”), debuts TUESDAY, MAY 3 (9:00-10:23 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.


  Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, announced that OFFSEASON will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Friday, June 10, 2022. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Written and directed by Mickey Keating (Psychopaths), OFFSEASON stars Jocelin Donahue (Doctor Sleep), Joe Swanberg (The Rental, “Easy”), Richard Brake (3 From Hell, Mandy), Melora Walters (The Pale Door, “Pen15”) and Jeremy Gardner (After Midnight, The Mind’s Eye). Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized, in OFFSEASON, Marie (Donahue) quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange i

Following Films Podcast: Keith Maitland on DEAR MR. BRODY

  Today I'm joined by Emmy-Award Winner Keith Maitland (TOWER) to discuss his latest film DER MR. BRODY.  When hippie-millionaire Michael Brody Jr. publicly announced that he would be giving away his fortune in 1970, he and his wife became instant celebrities. They were mobbed by the public, scrutinized by the press, and overwhelmed by a crush of personal letters from across America responding to his extraordinary offer. DEAR MR. BRODY uses a mix of archival footage, psychedelic animation, stylized recreations, and interviews with the letter writers themselves, to offer a moving meditation on universal human struggles and needs, as well as a uniquely preserved snapshot of a year of American history that deeply resonates today. DEAR MR. BRODY will be streaming exclusively on discovery+ on April 28, 2022.

Following Films Podcast: Michael Surrey and Shawn Krause on SPIRE

  The newly formed animation company, Spire Animation Studios has created a new way to produce animated movies that is game-changing for filmmaking. Most recently, they have announced two new films in development, Century Goddess and Trouble with Danny McBride. Spire Animation has created a team of elite industry leaders to form their own ‘creative cadre’ to bring a new wave in animation. Together, animation pioneers including Michael Surrey (Creative Director of Story and Animation), Shawn Krause (Creative Director of Story and Animation), Ted Mathot (Creative Director of Development), Karen Disher (Creative Director of Development), Ricky Nierva (Production Designer) and Michal Makarewicz (Head of Character Animation) combine their decades of work from leading films including The Lion King,  Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up, Inside Out, Soul, Onward, and more to spearhead a new era of original and culturally relevant stories that resonate with audiences worldwide, rather than offer reb

Following Films Podcast: Noah Weisberg on Super Pumped, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and Home Decorating in a Pandemic

Noah Weisberg is an actor and director, known for Super Pumped (2022), Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020) and Modern Family (2009). I had Noah on the show today to discuss his role in Super Pumped. The Showtime limited series tells the “stranger than fiction” story about the rise of Uber. 

Following Films Podcast: Gigi Gaston on 9 BULLETS

  Today I’m joined by Gigi Gaston to discuss her film 9 BULLETS. 9 BULLETS stars Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones) as a former burlesque dancer turned author who suddenly becomes the guardian of her 11-year-old neighbor after he witnesses his parents’ murder. 9 Bullets will be in Theaters and On Demand April 22, 2022

Following Films Podcast: Timothy Armstrong and Savannah Lee May on A COWGIRL’S SONG

  A COWGIRL'S SONG is a coming-of-age drama that follows an aspiring but adrift teen singer who goes to live with her grandmother, once a country music legend, but has fallen on hard times after the death of her husband five years earlier. Together they overcome adversity and find redemption through their love of music. Today I’m joined by writer/director Timothy Armstrong and star Savannah Lee May to discuss their work on A COWGIRL’S SONG The film will be in theaters and VOD on  April 22

Following Films Podcast: Kiah Roache-Turner on WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE

Rhys lives in the zombie-infested wasteland. His job is to capture civilians and deliver them to what's left of the military. When Rhys captures a half-zombie-half-human named Grace, he comes to believe she is the key to ending the apocalypse. The latest feature from Australian filmmaking brother duo Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner, whose previous collaborations include their breakout feature debut WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD, which premiered at the 2014 Fantastic Fest and put them on the map internationally for their creative use of low-budget gore and highly effective horrific story, and the 2018 TIFF Midnight Madness premiere NEKROTRONIC. The two share co-writing credits while Kiah handles direction with energetic ease and Tristan produces. With a mix of new and familiar faces from the creative worlds of the Roache-Turner brothers , WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE stars Luke McKenzie (Wentworth, WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD), Bianca Bradey (WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD), Shantae Ba

Following Films Podcast: Hazel Doupe on You Are Not My Mother

Today I'm joined by Hazel Doupe. She is best known for her role as Frances, an Irish Traveller teen who idolizes boxing legend Muhammad Ali and trains herself to become a boxer in the 2018 film Float Like a Butterfly, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2021, Doupe portrayed Ingrid in the RTÉ One thriller drama series Smother, which also starred Dervla Kirwan, Niamh Walsh, Seána Kerslake and Gemma-Leah Devereux . I had Hazel on the show to discuss her latest film You Are Not My Mother. The film is currently in select theatres and on-demand.

Following Films Podcast: Will Smith Assaults Chris Rock - Aron Solomon Provides Legal Insight

Last night at the Oscars, in a truly unprecedented moment, Will Smith left his seat, walked on stage, and hit Chris Rock in the face. While many wondered for a second (including me) whether this all might have been staged, it clearly was not.  According to Aron Solomon, chief legal analyst for Esquire Digital, “The question that millions of people are asking today is whether Will Smith’s actions legally constituted assault and battery. While the Oscars are broadcast to a massive audience around the world, they are held in California where assault and battery are, by statute, two different crimes. It is clear that what happened at the Oscars was an assault under the California statutory definition.” Today I’m joined by Aron Solomon to discuss the legal ramifications of last night's Best Actor winner's impulsive reaction to a joke. Thanks to Aron for jumping on this call so quickly and thanks to Fort Worth for letting me use the song.   

Following Films Podcast: Donald Mowat on His Oscar Nominated Work in DUNE

 He's a Canadian, British, and naturalized American citizen. He started in amateur theatre and operatic societies as well as community cable television while still in high school. The first film was as an assistant makeup artist on "Joshua Then and Now" and continued working as assistant makeup on numerous projects including "Anne of Green Gables" 'The Fly" "The Believers" and "Frontier" While just in his twenties he was makeup department head on "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" winning a daytime Emmy nomination in 1988 and continued to department head several network miniseries and movies of the week.  He works extensively with out-of-kit techniques in casualty effects. His stellar credits as a department head and personal make-up artist in all aspects of feature film and television make-up from the period, corrective, casualty, beauty, and straight makeup, as well as tattoo cover, have been seen in countless

Following Films Podcast: Joey Ally on THE HATER

Today I'm joined by Joey Ally, writer/director/star of THE HATER. The film satrs Joey Ally, Bruce Dern, Meredith Hagner, Ali Larter, Ian Harding, Nora Dunn After losing her job on a U.S. Senate campaign, a liberal environmentalist returns to her conservative Texas hometown to regroup. Upon learning her childhood nemesis is running for state legislature, she creates an ​elaborate scheme to go undercover as his opponent on the Republican ticket with the ultimate goal of forcing a Democratic victory THE HATER is currently available on VOD.

Following Films Podcast: Voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, on Her New Audio Memoir I’m Still a 10-Year-Old Boy

Nancy Cartwright, the ultimate Simpsons insider, has given voice to the boy immediately recognizable as none other than Bart Simpson for more than 30 years. The Simpsons is the longest running scripted show of all time. In this audio memoir, Nancy traces The Simpsons' rapid rise to wild popularity, offers hilarious anecdotes about cast members and guest stars, and reveals what it’s like to be at the center of an American institution - one that reinvented the sitcom, rocked the networks to the core, and forever changed the face of television. Enhanced with multiple audio clips featuring celebrity cameos on The Simpsons, I’m Still a 10-Year-Old Boy is uniquely suited to the audio experience. Audio cameos included are by Danny DeVito, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Meryl Streep, Kirk Douglas, J.K. Simmons, and Beverly D’Angelo as well as Simpsons main characters. Created in 1989 by Matt Groening, The Simpsons is long-running (more than 30 years strong, with 706 episodes) and remains

Following Films Podcast: Jocelin Donahue on OFFSEASON, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, and DOCTOR SLEEP

  Today I’m joined by Jocelin Donahue to discuss her latest film OFFSEASON.  The film is about a woman who quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried after receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, She soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive. OFFSEASON will be In Select Theaters, On Demand and Digital: March 11 Thank you to Bookmans for sponsoring the show and Fort Worth for letting me use their song at the end!!!

Following Films Podcast: Bernardo Badillo on Emily the Criminal

Bernardo, a Latin performer of Mexican descent, started acting at his high school in Santa Ana, California, before receiving his B.A. in theater from UCLA, followed by the master’s program at the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. Throughout his education he trained under notable teachers such as Moctesuma Esparza, Jose Luis Valenzuela, Jacque Heim at UCLA and Ron Leibman, Barbara Poitier, and Susan Aston among others in New York. Since returning to Los Angeles, he has steadily worked in film, television, commercials, and print. Highlights from his TV career include recurring roles on FX Network’s “Snowfall,” where he was directed by John Singleton, USA Network’s “Queen of the South” as the right-hand man of a drug kingpin and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.”  He has also guest starred in hit series such as “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Dead To Me,” and “Insecure,” among others. Upcoming for Bernardo is a role in a new Hulu TV show titled “This Fool,” executive produced by Fred Armi

Following Films Podcast: John Ramsey and James A. Rota on STUDIO 666

  Studio 666 is an upcoming supernatural horror comedy film directed by B. J. McDonnell, with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, based on a story from Dave Grohl. Grohl stars in the film alongside his Foo Fighters bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee, while Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin co-star. Studio 666 also marks the first film to feature the Foo Fighters that is not a documentary: The band were previously the subject of 2011's Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and 2014's Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 25, 2022, by Open Road Films. Today I had the chance to speak with producers John Ramsey and James A. Rota about their work on STUDIO 666.

Following Films Podcast: Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long on GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS

Today I'm joined by Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long the co-directors behind GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris and Tara Perry star in this exciting new take on the southern ghost story. In post-Civil War Arkansas, a young doctor is mysteriously summoned to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover that the utopian paradise is filled with secrets and surrounded by a menacing, supernatural presence GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS is available wherever you rent movies

Following Films Podcast: Barbara Crampton on ALONE WITH YOU

  Today I'm joined by Barbara Crampton to discuss ALONE WITH YOU. As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face. In Theaters February 4, 2022 and On Demand, Digital and DVD February 8, 2022

Sundance 2022: Josh Korngut of Dread Central on PIGGY

Josh is writer, filmmaker and Dread Central’s managing editor. He also hosts ‘Development Hell’ on the DREAD Podcast Network where he unearths unmade horror films. Josh was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about the Sundance film PIGGY. We also talk about DEAD END, HELLRAISER, FRIDAY THE 13th, HALLOWEEN, LEPRECHAUN, horror in space and the delightful genre trash we both love. I had a great time chatting with Josh and hope to speak with him again. See the synopsis for PIGGY below: With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the tru

Sundance 2022: Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine on THE PANOLA PROJECT

Today I'm joined by Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine to discuss their Sundance documentary THE PANOLA PROJECT Highlighting the heroic efforts of Dorothy Oliver, who vaccinated nearly 99% of her small town of Panola, Alabama against COVID-19, THE PANOLA PROJECT chronicles how an often-overlooked rural Black community came together in creative ways to survive.