Conversations from the Telluride Film Festival: FIRST REFORMED

This conversation between Eric Kohn of Indiewire, writer/director Paul Schrader, and actor Ethan Hawke took place following a screening of FIRST REFORMED at 2017’s Telluride Film Festival. Spoilers follow. ERIC KOHN: Paul, first of all, anyone who’s seen your films knows that a lot of what’s going on here is very personal to you. Just how personal is this setting and the things that we see you working through here? PAUL SCHRADER: Not that personal. I didn’t have to do much research to do. But you try to find a metaphor, whether that be a cab driver or a drug dealer or a small … Continue reading Conversations from the Telluride Film Festival: FIRST REFORMED

On the dangers of being polite — a conversation about THE INVITATION with Karyn Kusama

Utilizing a production budget of roughly $1 million and a single location — a mid-century house high in the Hollywood Hills — The Invitation is a slow-burning, dread-inducing exploration of pain and adult relationships. Theatrically distributed by Drafthouse Films earlier this year and recently released on Netflix, The Invitation was the centerpiece of last year’s Stanley Film Festival. Following the screening, I had a chance to speak with director Karyn Kusama about how The Invitation relates to the horror genre, the genesis of the project and why politeness might be our civil undoing. Warning: spoilers follow. Michael Casey: What does the … Continue reading On the dangers of being polite — a conversation about THE INVITATION with Karyn Kusama

“I am spinning gold!” — A conversation with Adam Devine on MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

Adam Devine is a clown, and a successful one at that. Whether he is chaos incarnate on the big screen in the his latest movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, or just an actor doing junket interviews in The Sink’s backroom, he’s going to bring the funny. Question: How much of the movie was improvised on set? Answer: “36% I would say,” Devine replies matter-of-factly. “If we’re talking improv, I got to give you stats.” The co-creator, writer and star of Comedy Central’s Workaholics has come into his own with a few big screen supporting roles under his belt … Continue reading “I am spinning gold!” — A conversation with Adam Devine on MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

Once upon a dream — An interview with Disney animator Kira Lehtomaki

“I was three years old when I saw Sleeping Beauty,” Disney animator Kira Lehtomaki says, “When Briar Rose was dancing and singing in the forest with the animals, I said, I want to do that!” Lehtomaki certainly isn’t the first child to watch a Disney movie and find enchantment, but she is one of the few who stuck with it and found a way to turn that dream into a reality. “By the time I got to kindergarten, I remember — I still have the paper actually, because I’m a hoarder and I keep everything — they had a little worksheet [that … Continue reading Once upon a dream — An interview with Disney animator Kira Lehtomaki