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Following Films: John Pogue on ERASER REBORN

  Today I’m joined by John Pogue (The Quiet Ones, Deep Blue Sea 3)  to discuss his latest film ERASER REBORN. ERASER REBORN is the next chapter to Eraser (1996) the Chuck Russell directed action thriller that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a U.S. Marshall assigned to “erase” the identity of a witness he is assigned to protect. U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard specializes in “erasing” people – faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the last 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, a crime boss’ wife who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up. Double-crossed and fueled by adrenaline, he needs to be at the top of his game, or he’ll be the one who’s erased. Permanently. The film stars Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters) as Mason Pollard, Jacky Lai (V-Wars) as Rina Kimu

Following Films Podcast: Richard Armitage interview on SLEEPWALKER

SLEEPWALKER is the latest film from director Elliott Lester. Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster goes to her university's sleep research center for help. When she wakes up after her first night of being monitored, the world she lives in seems to have changed in subtle, Twilight-Zone-esque ways. In fact, every time she goes to sleep now, she wakes up in a slightly different version of her world. With the help of sleep researcher Dr. Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. But when they finally succeed, it’s revealed that Sarah’s world is not what she thought at all. Today my guest is one of the stars SLEEPWALKER, Richard Armitage. Tonight we talk about his work on that film as well as his work as Thorin Oakenshiled in The Hobbit Films, as John Proctor in The Crucible, and his upcoming films Ocens 8 and the Julie Delpy directed film My Zoe. Sleepwalker is Now Available on Digital HD and

Following Films Podcast: Tribeca 2022 - So Yun Um on LIQUOR STORE DREAMS

  Director and liquor store baby, So Yun Um and her father have never seen eye to eye on anything, especially not her career choices. Although his liquor store has provided her financial stability to dream big, there’s tension between father and daughter, and how their Korean culture and store have had a complicated past within a Black community. So goes on a journey to unpack this tension as well as the generational divide between her and her father.  In contrast, in the wake of his father’s passing, Danny Park quits his dream job at Nike and returns home to help his mother run the family store on Skid Row. Unlike So, he’s inexplicably drawn towards home, with a dream of uniting the Black and Korean communities at his store. He’s immediately determined to create a path different from his father’s but soon realizes the insurmountable weight of being a small business owner.  LIQUOR STORE DREAMS is a portrait of two second-generation Korean Americans trying to create their own future by

Following Films Podcast: Tribeca Film Festival 2022 - Josh Leong on CHICKEN

  Today I'm joined by director Josh Leong to discuss his live-action narrative short, CHICKEN. The film was inspired by the true stories of real children he first met while volunteering in NYC juvenile detention centers in the summer of 2021. This topical film will screen in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, featuring a real prison chick-hatching program, that the filmmakers partnered with. Screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival will be held on Sunday, June 12th at 5:45 pm and Monday, June 13th at 5:45 pm. The film is produced by Denyvi Rose, Nadera Herbert-Bey, Catherine Nguyen and Josh Leong – all NYU students. The stunning cinematography was created by Luc Ung. HERE  for tickets, for both in-person and virtual screenings 

Following Films Podcast: Dan Mirvish on 18 1/2

 Today I'm joined by Dan Mirvish to discuss his latest film, 18 1/2. "18½" acclaimed cast is led by stars Willa Fitzgerald (Amazon’s “Reacher”) , John Magaro (“First Cow”),  Vondie Curtis Hall (“Harriet”),   Catherine Curtin (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”), Richard Kind (“Argo”),  Sullivan Jones (“The Gilded Age”), Alanna Saunders, Claire Saunders, and the legendary voices of Ted Raimi (“Spider-Man”) , Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), and Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead”) as President Richard Nixon. The film "18½" humorously crafts its own narrative into the notorious gap in Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Taking place in 1974, "18½" is about a fictional  White House transcriber finds the only copy of the infamous 18½-minute gap in Nixon's Watergate tapes but her attempts to leak it to the press run afoul of hippies, swingers and nefarious forces.

Following Films Podcast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes on CORDELIA

  Today I'm joined by Antonia Campbell-Hughes to discuss her latest film, Cordelia.  Cordelia meets her mysterious London neighbor Frank (Johnny Flynn) for the first time and quickly becomes suspicious of his motives. She begins to unravel and sink back into past traumas with Frank around, making her paranoid and dangerous.

Following Films Podcast: Director Carey Williams and Writer KD Davila on EMERGENCY

Today I’m joined by Director Carey Williams and Writer KD Davila to discuss their Amazon original film EMERGENCY Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), are both seniors in college about to embark on an epic night of Spring Break parties. Sean has the whole night planned out, including every party they will hit on their “legendary tour.” Kunle is down, yet mostly concerned with finishing up his mold experiment in his lab, as his acceptance to Princeton is hinging on the results. They return to their apartment to pre-game, yet find that their roommate, Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), left the door open. As they enter with trepidation, Sean and Kunle discover a drunk, semi-conscious White female they don’t know on the floor and an oblivious Carlos, who didn’t hear her come in over the videogame blaring in his ears. Kunle wants to call the cops but Sean vehemently opposes the idea concerned how it will look when the cops show up (two Black men, one Latino man and a p

Following Films Podcast: Sara Tomko on Suicide for Beginners

Sara Tomko is an actor, singer, producer & poet currently residing in Los Angeles.  She moved from the east coast in 2007 to pursue film & television.  Her most notable roles are The Cave Woman on HBO’s Season Two opener of The Leftovers, a recurring guest star as Suzanne on Amazon Prime’s Sneaky Pete and she is currently starring as Asta Twelvetrees on SyFy’s Resident Alien.  Sara has a film production company with her husband, Theodore Pederson, called In The Pocket Productions.  They produced a short film that premiered in July 2018 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 called Girls, Girls, Girls: Or As Tammy Withers Away and are working on their first feature, an arthouse horror, to be filmed in 2023. Today I'm joined by Sara Tomko to discuss her latest film, SUICIDE FOR BEGINNERS. The film is currently available on VOD. 

Following Films Podcast: Keoni Waxman on THE RAVINE

  Today I'm joined by Keoni Waxman (The Hard Way) to discuss his latest film, THE RAVINE. The film stars Eric Dane (“Euphoria"), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), Peter Facinelli (The Vanished), Byron Mann (The Big Short), Leslie Uggams (Deadpool) and Kyle Lowder (“Days of Our Live”).  In THE RAVINE, when an unspeakable crime rocks a peaceful community, family and friends are left to wonder if they overlooked the murderer among them or if there might be more to the story. Inspired by true events, this haunting thriller stars Eric Dane, Teri Polo, Peter Facinelli, and Leslie Uggams.  Cinedigm will release THE RAVINE in theaters and on Demand and Digital May 6, 2022.

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 RTΓ‰ One thriller drama series Smother, which also starred Dervla Kirwan, Niamh Walsh, SeΓ‘na 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