General Magic: The Most Important Dead Company

The filmmakers and principal subjects of General Magic sat down with Solzy at the Movies during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. During the first half, I was joined by co-directors Matt Maude and Sarah Kerruish.  In the second half, Marc Porat, Andy Hertzfeld, Megan Smith, and Joanna Hoffman would join me. General Magic is said to be the most important dead company in Silicon Valley.  Marc Porat and Andy Hertzfeld co-founded the company with Bill Atkinson…

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Hillary Pierce talks The River and The Wall

Producer Hillary Pierce joined Solzy at the Movies during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to discuss the award-winning documentary, The River and The Wall. What was so important about making The River and The Wall? Hillary Pierce:  We felt like it was really important to give a voice to the river and everyone that lives along it including the wildlife.  In this national conversation, there’s just a lot of talk from a lot of people…

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Clare Cooney talks Runner

Clare Cooney spoke with Solzy at the Movies about short film Runner now that the award-winning short is being released online. Runner is making its way to the internet after a lengthy film festival run.  What was the genesis of the project? Clare Cooney:  I actually had the idea when I was, fittingly, on a run. It was a gorgeous day and I had music pumping in my headphones and I was feeling free, powerful,…

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SXSW 2019: Janice Engel talks Raise Hell

Janice Engel sat down with Solzy at the Movies during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to discuss Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins. While I was hoping to schedule this interview when the film premiered at Sundance, scheduling didn’t work out.  I spoke with Janice Engel on the Tuesday following the Texas premiere. What was it that drew you to tell Molly Ivins’ story? Janice Engel:  What drew me to Molly’s story…

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SXSW 2019: Talking Bluebird with the Filmmakers

Brian Loschiavo, Erika Wollam Nichols, and Jeff Molyneaux spoke to Solzy at the Movies about Bluebird during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. When Bluebird was announced for the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, the title immediately grabbed my attention.  Unfortunately, the film would premiere after I returned to Chicago.  I decided to look into pre-premiere interview opportunities because I had a strong interest in covering the film.  One, I watched Nashville regularly before the series ended. …

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SXSW 2019: Talking The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Director Thom Zimny and producers John Carter Cash, Ryan Suffern, and Frank Marshall spoke with Solzy at the Movies about The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The interview took place on the Sunday that followed the world premiere of The Gift. SXSW is known for both film and music.  How thrilling is it to premiere the documentary at the festival? Frank Marshall:  It’s sort of meant to be. …

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SXSW 2019: Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas talk Olympic Dreams

Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas spoke to Solzy at the Movies about Olympic Dreams one day after the romantic comedy premiered at SXSW. Unfortunately, actor-producer-writer Nick Kroll had an earlier flight and wasn’t available. How thrilling is it to premiere Olympic Dreams during SXSW? Alexi Pappas:  We’re honored and thrilled to premiere Olympic Dreams at SXSW because so many of our mentors and people we admire have told us about SXSW but we’ve never been. …

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SXSW 2019: Kelly O’Sullivan talks Saint Frances

One day following the world premiere at SXSW, writer-actress Kelly O’Sullivan spoke to Solzy at the Movies about the crowd-pleasing Saint Frances. Unfortunately, Saint Frances director Alex Thompson wasn’t able to make the interview because of complications with parking in Austin.  It was a thrill to attend the world premiere and be able to support Chicago filmmakers on the ground during the SXSW Film Festival. How did you come up with the idea for Saint…

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SXSW 2019: Flavio Alves, Carlie Guevara talk The Garden Left Behind

Director Flavio Alves and actress Carlie Guevara joined Solzy at the Movies to discuss The Garden Left Behind during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. This interview got a bit crazy.  Not in a bad way mind you but more so because a fire alarm went off while it was taking place.  This was definitely a first to say the least.  Anyway, we did the final minutes of this interview outside of the hotel.  I would…

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Aaron Kunkel, Lance Bass talk The Boy Band Con

During the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, director Aaron Kunkel and fomer N’SYNC singer Lance Bass spoke to Solzy at the Movies about The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story. How honored are you to premiere The Boy Band Con at SXSW? Lance Bass:  So honored.  I’ve always been obsessed with this festival.  I’ve never been able to come to it because I told myself I will never go to SXSW until I have a film…

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