• Patiparn Boontarig + First Film Screening In Seattle

    I talk with film director Patiparn Boontarig about his debut film, SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE. Described as a "tender, atmospheric debut...set in a coastal town in southern Thailand", the reviewer wrote that the film "uniquely tackles climate change, tradition, identity, and LGBT love."

    I felt the same way -- it's a gorgeous meditation best seen in a theater. And if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you can on July 10th -- the podcast is hosting its first film screening at the Beacon Cinema that night.

    In this episode, Patiparn and I talk about his deeply personal story and the filming of his debut feature; the genre of climate films; what it's like to be a filmmaker in Thailand; and what's next for him.

    We do agree -- it's best to see SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE in a theater.

    If you are an alumni guest of the podcast and wish to attend for free, please reach out to firstgopod@gmail.com for the code.

    Links:

    July 10th, 2024 Seattle Screening of SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE (https://lu.ma/p592rce0)

    LG OLED Movie Club Interview of Patiparn Boontarig (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNvQoVCiU8k&t=3s)



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    S2E36 - 17m - May 28, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017).

    Director: Sean Baker

    Screenplay: Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch

    Cast: Brooklynn Prince; Willem Dafoe; Bria Vinaite

    SYNOPSIS

    Set in the shadow of the most magical place on Earth, 6-year-old Moonee and her two best friends forge their own adventures, while Moonee's struggling mom and a kindhearted motel manager protect the kids from the harsh reality that surrounds them.

    Watch The Episode: https://youtu.be/WNw_njqdD4c?si=48lbYuQLTWX21OHh

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    S2 - 3m - May 27, 2024
  • Sierra Urich

    I talk with filmmaker Sierra Urich about her film JOONAM, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2023 and has gone on to win several awards as well as nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

    In this episode, we talk about the deeply personal film she made; how to make a documentary film stand out in the crowded doc landscape; the fact that making Sundance is only the start of your journey, not the end; what you should be doing at any film festival you attend; and the importance of making a story that's true to you rather than trying to figure out what to sell.

    Sierra engaged with the tough questions, and what emerges from this conversation is an extraordinarily thoughtful examination of what it's like as a documentary filmmaker today.

    Check the link to the film on Instagram for screening times and locations.

    Sierra's Indie Film Highlight: Camden International Film Festival; True/False Film Fest

    Links:

    JOONAM Website

    JOONAM on Instagram



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    S2E35 - 33m - May 24, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: OWNING MAHOWNY (2003)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: OWNING MAHOWNY (2003).

    Director: Richard Kwietniowski

    Writers: Gary Stephen Ross; Maurice Chauvet

    Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Minnie Driver; Maury Chaykin

    SYNOPSIS

    A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

    Watch The Episode: https://youtu.be/rFd0xWRsMFQ

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    S2 - 2m - May 19, 2024
  • Anne Thorens

    What happens when your complex short film DIAGONALE hits 50 million views on YouTube (well -- now 58 million and maybe much higher when you're reading this)? Anne Thorens will tell you...and the story is incredible.

    Over the objections of some crew members, Anne made the story SHE wanted to make and the result is the most watched short in the history of Short of the Week. In this episode, we talk about trusting yourself; how to film intimate relations; the market for short films; Swiss filmmaking; and when to expect a feature from Anne. I absolutely cannot wait to see that film.

    If you ever needed a pod episode as an indie filmmaker to help you trust yourself, this is it.

    Anne's Indie Film Highlight: OLGA (2021) dir. by Elie Grappe; THE LAND WITHIN (2022) dir. by Fisnik Maxville; LAST DANCE (2022) dir. by Delphine Lehericey

    Watch On YouTube now: https://youtu.be/wv3Xx704A10

    Links:

    DIAGONALE (2019) dir. by Anne Thorens

    Anne Thorens' Instagram



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    S2E34 - 19m - May 17, 2024
  • Morgan Chen

    I talk with filmmaker Morgan Chen about his amazing life story -- from Oregon to Atlanta, and now about an upcoming documentary -- SCHOOL OF THE OPEN -- in New Hampshire. It's a journey you won't want to miss.

    In this episode, we talk about his unique and powerful journey; his style of documentary filmmaking; his excitement (with trepidation) for hybrid docs and AI; the underlying values that underpin his upcoming feature doc; and what's next for this visionary, thoughtful filmmaker.

    Morgan's Indie Film Highlight: THE WAR ROOM (1993) (https://boxd.it/1tWa); Errol Morris (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001554/)

    Links:

    Morgan Chen Productions (https://www.morganchenproductions.com/)

    Morgan Chen's Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/speedomorgan/)



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    S2E33 - 36m - May 14, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: TWO LOVERS (2008)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: TWO LOVERS (2008).

    Director: James Gray

    Writers: James Gray; Ric Menello

    Cast: Joaquin Phoenix; Vinessa Shaw; Gwyneth Paltrow

    SYNOPSIS

    Following a broken engagement, sometime photographer Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) moves in with his parents in Brighton Beach. He soon becomes involved with Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), an honest and sensible young woman. They appear to be a perfect match, then Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow) enters the picture. Beautiful but manipulative, she wraps him around her finger, even though she has a rich, married boyfriend.

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    Watch on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/g-rX9TpRFVU



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    S2 - 2m - May 12, 2024
  • Joshua Caldwell (Re-Release)

    If your film makes it to number one on Netflix, you get a re-release of your podcast episode. Congratulations to Joshua on the success of this film.

    From 2023: I talk with Joshua Caldwell, director of MENDING THE LINE. We talk about making films in high school, the film school of just making films, and how he brought MENDING THE LINE to life in an industry that doesn’t fund military and veteran films.

    How did he do that? What choices did he make to appeal to the widest audience? Every director who wants to film post traumatic stress scenes should listen to the care Joshua gives the topic in his film. It's a must-listen.

    We talk short films, film school, crowdfunding, and what he calls live environment filmmaking.

    In an uncertain environment for emerging filmmakers, he offers hard-won lessons in the trenches of independent film.

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    Links:

    • Watch MENDING THE LINE on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/81768966)
    • MENDING THE LINE (https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/mendingtheline)
    • Joshua Caldwell Website (https://www.meyd-ent.com/)
    • Joshua Caldwell, 6k Filmmaker Site (https://www.6kfilmmaker.com/enroll)


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    S2E32 - 53m - May 7, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: EX MACHINA (2014)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: Ex Machina (2014).

    Director: Alex Garland

    Screenplay: Alex Garland

    Cast: Alicia Vikander; Oscar Isaac; Domhnall Gleeson; Sonoya Mizuno

    SYNOPSIS

    Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

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    Watch on YouTube now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEPqEti32KE&t=2s



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    S2 - 2m - May 5, 2024
  • Lola Aikins

    I talk with South African filmmaker Lola Aikins, who is currently crowdfunding for her film NALEDI on Kickstarter through May 27, 2024.

    Lola is a one of a kind artist -- literally, I mean, 1 out of 7 billion type artist -- who is blazing a trail in independent film in the medium of animation and bringing people along with her. In this conversation, we talk about her start; how she looks for representation in front of AND behind the cameras; her challenge to Christopher Nolan; how the next big filmmaker for a studio project should be African; animation in film; the role of short films in her career; how she comes up and develops new ideas; and when you can expect to see NALEDI.

    I don't think you can aurally tell the difficulties we had in recording this episode -- Riverside kept wanting me to refresh -- but that's because Lola is the ultimate game time filmmaker; she didn't miss a beat.

    You should be able to tell easily, though, how excited I was to hear her story. I think you will be, too.

    Lola's Indie Film Highlight: Uzo Ngwu (https://uzongwu.com/)

    Links:

    NALEDI's Website (https://www.naledimovie.com/home)

    NALEDI Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aosv/naledi-animated-short-film)

    NALEDI's Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/naledifilm/?hl=en)



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    S2E31 - 50m - May 3, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: 5 TO 7 (2014)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: 5 TO 7 (2014)

    Director: Victor Levin

    Written by: Victor Levin

    Cast: Anton Yelchin; Berenice Marlohe; Olivia Thirlby; Glenn Close; Frank Langella

    SYNOPSIS

    A young writer (Anton Yelchin) begins an affair with an older woman (Bérénice Marlohe) from France whose open marriage to a diplomat (Lambert Wilson) dictates that they can meet only between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Watch The Indie Film Highlight On YouTube: https://youtu.be/E1ZHf2geN2M



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    1m - Apr 29, 2024
  • Peter Kimball

    Peter Kimball is an inspiration for many reasons -- and not just for what you might think. For me, it's helping people feel seen -- some of his films, for instance, feature an all-Deaf cast and are entirely in American Sign Language -- without explaining why. Because it doesn't need explanation. It's bold only because more people aren't willing to do it, but I'm lucky enough to talk with one guy who is.

    We talk about how he got his start; the state of documentary and independent film; how an academic career is a way forward for filmmakers and what he thinks the strengths (and weaknesses) of current students are; and how (and why) he makes such original, bold choices.

    Peter's Indie Film Highlight: STAY AWAKE (2022) (https://boxd.it/w7zg) dir. by Jamie Sisley; THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS (2020) (https://boxd.it/oiN8) dir. by Robert Machoian

    Links:

    Don't Matter Media (https://www.mybrotherisdeaf.com/home)

    Peter's Faculty Profile (https://www.american.edu/soc/faculty/pkimball.cfm)

    Washington, DC's Filmmaker of the Month February 2024 (https://entertainment.dc.gov/release/fotm-february-2024)



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    S2E30 - 31m - Apr 26, 2024
  • Jason Adam Maselle

    I talk with filmmaker Jason Adam Maselle, the graduate winner of the 2024 First Run Film Festival. The First Run Film Festival is hosted "by the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. It is the longest continuously running film festival in New York City, dedicated to showcasing the advanced work of NYU graduate and undergraduate film students."

    His award-winning film, PUNTER, is phenomenal but so is his own story -- growing up in South Africa and betting on himself by applying to NYU Tisch. The bet paid off, with his films being shown in as diverse locations as SNY and now taking home the top prize at his school's film festival.

    PUNTER is a great film for several reasons: he establishes his characters within two minutes, the place of South Africa soon after, and the story is free from the stereotypical portrayals that we are all so used to seeing.

    In this conversation, we talk about Jason's journey; what it's like to win at the First Run Film Festival; how best to describe South African cinema; the ruthlessness required to create a wonderful short film; the role of stereotypes in film; casting kids in film -- and getting the absolute best performance out of them; what the process of shooting in South Africa was like; the role of short films in independent film; and what's next.

    And we both agree -- chess is a sport. What a fun time.

    Jason's Indie Filmmaker Highlight: Oliver Hermanus (https://letterboxd.com/director/oliver-hermanus/)

    Jason's Indie Film Highlight: ABOUT ELLY (https://boxd.it/18Ry), dir. by Ashghar Farhadi.

    Links:

    Jason Adam Maselle's Website (https://jasonadammaselle.com/)

    PUNTER on First Run Film Festival's Website (https://tisch.nyu.edu/first-run-film-festival/more-2024/Punter)



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    S2E29 - 41m - Apr 23, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING (2023)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING (2023)

    Director: Rachel Lambert

    Screenplay: Stefanie Abel Horowitz; Kevin Armento; Katy Wright Mead

    Cast: Daisy Ridley; Dave Merheje; Bree Elrod; Megan Stalter

    SYNOPSIS

    A lonely and socially awkward woman tries to make a connection with a friendly new co-worker who takes her out on a date..

    Watch The Indie Film Highlight On YouTube: https://youtu.be/OEChI8H7Sp8



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    2m - Apr 22, 2024
  • 'A THOUSAND SUNS' Creators (Live)

    In the first First Time Go live episode -- it streamed on YouTube -- I talk with the creators of 'A THOUSAND SUNS'. I was joined by:

    MacGregor (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2021435/)

    Tim Hyten (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2719211/)

    Ruairi Robinson (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1099711/?...)

    Tyson Wade Johnston (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4098234/?...)

    We talk about how this series and model got started and the authentic nature of the films; the role shorts play in a director's career and whether this can be a new model; AI in filmmaking; episode specific questions; and what's next for these ultra-talented filmmakers. If MacGregor is to be believed, expect them to be living in Iceland and making 200 more.

    Those kind of jokes made this a fantastic way to record an episode. I look forward to having more live episodes.

    To watch on YouTube, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=851mSkRXRis&t=611s

    Tim's Indie Film Highlights: BURNING (2018) https://boxd.it/hHUa; THE DEATH OF DICK LONG (2019) https://boxd.it/kIoA

    Ruairi Robinson's Indie Film Highlights: TANYA'S ISLAND (1980) https://boxd.it/2dbE; COME TRUE (2020) https://boxd.it/iG90; THE WAILING (2016) https://boxd.it/9fLy

    Tyson Wade Johnston's Indie Film Highlight: LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL (2023) https://boxd.it/zo6G

    Links:

    1K Suns Website (https://www.1ksuns.com/)

    Blackmilk Studio (https://www.blackmilk.studio/)



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    S2E28 - 38m - Apr 20, 2024
  • Cara Yeates

    I talk with Cara Yeates about her new film, GONE BEFORE YOUR EYES, and her tremendous career spanning film festivals, one woman shows, running her own production company, and making gorgeously moody films.

    In this episode, we talk about the intentionality behind her films, including GONE BEFORE YOUR EYES; balancing corporate work and creative work; the financial viability of short films; festival strategy; and the benefits of owning a production company. If you feel like we have a lot of Canadian and Canadian-Americans on the show, there's a good reason for that -- they are creating valuable, unique art. The beautiful filmmaking of Cara Yeates is no exception.

    Cara's Indie Film Highlight: Totem dir by Lila Aviles (https://www.limerenciafilms.com/en/archivos/61)

    Links:

    GONE BEFORE YOUR EYES Website (https://www.gonebeforeyoureyes.com/)

    Cara Yeates' Website (https://www.carayeates.com/)

    Trigger Creative (https://www.triggercr.com/)



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    S2E27 - 27m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: JESS + MOSS (2011)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: JESS + MOSS (2011).

    Director: Clay Jeter

    Screenplay: Clay Jeter; Debra Jeter; Will Basanta; Isaac Hagy

    Cast: Austin Vickers; Sarah Hagan; Haley Parker; Haley Strode

    SYNOPSIS

    Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12, are second cousins in rural Western Kentucky. Over the summer they go on a journey exploring deep secrets and hopes of a future.

    Watch The Indie Film Highlight On YouTube:https://youtu.be/rTLt7PYcshc

    Watch JESS + MOSS On Mubi: https://mubi.com/en/us/films/jess-moss



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    1m - Apr 15, 2024
  • Kim Steele

    In the works is a film I've been looking for my entire life -- a climate romcom. And it couldn't be in better hands.

    In this episode, I talk with Kim Steele, a narrative climate storyteller with an amazing background in acting, filmmaking, and Broadway theater. We talk about utilizing LinkedIn for filmmaking connections (who knew?!); the transition from Broadway; the importance of climate films -- but in an engaging way and the need for a Bechdel test for climate; the benefits of seeking nontraditional financing in indie films; filmmaking in Georgia and the value of networking laterally; and what's next for this trailblazer in filmmaking.

    I'll spoil it: the climate romcom...and I can't wait.

    Kim's Indie Filmmaker Highlight: Yellow Dot Studios (https://yellowdotstudios.com/)

    Links:

    Kim Steele's Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heykimsteele/)

    "Now There's a Bechdel Test for Climate Change in Film" https://www.indiewire.com/news/business/bechdel-test-climate-change-film-good-energy-1234958880/)



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    S2E26 - 21m - Apr 12, 2024
  • Erik Barmack

    If you love the easy accessibility of international TV shows and films, part of the plaudits go to my guest for this show, Erik Barmack. Among other roles, he served as vice president of international originals at Netflix and now runs his own production company, Wild Sheep Content. We get the story behind Wild Sheep and his rise to prominence in international productions; how he keeps a hand on the pulse of global TV and moviemaking; what kind of pathways people take to wind up working with his company; and what's next for Wild Sheep Content, a firm that has the reputation and background to make an outsized influence on what viewers enjoy over the next decade.

    Erik's Indie Film Highlight: THE NAKED DIRECTOR (https://www.netflix.com/title/80239462), dir. by Masaharu Take; Pepe Bojorquez (https://m.imdb.com/name/nm1349821/); Felix Herngren (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0379773/)

    Links:

    Erik Barmack's Biography (https://www.wildsheepcontent.com/who-we-are)

    Wild Sheep Content (https://www.wildsheepcontent.com/)



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    S2E25 - 26m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Indie Film Highlight: 45 YEARS (2015)

    Every Sunday, I'll post a quick video -- and podcast -- about an indie film from at least a year ago. Today's film: 45 YEARS (2015).

    Director: Andrew Haigh

    Screenplay: Andrew Haigh

    Cast: Charlotte Rampling; Tom Courtenay; Geraldine James

    SYNOPSIS

    Kate Mercer and her husband are excitedly planning a party to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. However, one week before the celebration, a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As the party nears, there might not be a marriage left to celebrate.

    Watch The Indie Film Highlight On YouTube: https://youtu.be/mLXpuSJZw30

    Watch 45 Years On Mubi: https://mubi.com/en/us/films/45-years



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    1m - Apr 7, 2024
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