Sundance 2019: Carlen May-Mann talks The Rat

Writer-director Carlen May-Mann spoke with Solzy at the Movies ahead of her new short film, The Rat, premiering during the Sundance Film Festival. Congrats on the world premiere of The Rat during Sundance!  How excited are you to bring your short film to the mountain? Carlen May-Mann:  I’m beyond excited to be bringing THE RAT to Sundance! I think I’ve finally stopped waking up every morning convinced that it was all a dream — it…

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Marco Beltrami talks scoring A Quiet Place

Film composer Marco Beltrami took some time yesterday evening to talk to Solzy at the Movies about his shortlisted score for A Quiet Place.  Oscar nomination voting comes to an end on January 14, 2019.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce Oscar nominations on January 22, 2019. Congrats on A Quiet Place making it into the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Score. Marco Beltrami:  Oh, thank you.  Thank you so much.…

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Kendall Goldberg talks When Jeff Tried To Save The World

Writer-director Kendall Goldberg joined Solzy at the Movies in an interview to discuss her recently released film, When Jeff Tried To Save The World. Congrats on the release of When Jeff Tried To Save The World.  How did it feel to be able to bring this film home to Chicago just before the film is available for audiences everywhere? Kendall Goldberg:  Thank you!  It was an incredible feeling, but also slightly difficult to put into…

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Josh Hopkins talks Mail Order Monster

Actor Josh Hopkins spoke with Solzy at the Movies about the family drama, Mail Order Monster, and the Kentucky Wildcats. You play Roy Pepper in Mail Order Monster.  What was it about this character that appealed to you in reading Paulina Lagudi and Marc Prey’s script? Josh Hopkins:  He’s a good hearted guy in a difficult situation. There are a lot of emotions competing  for his attention. He’s still dealing with a lot of family…

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Jason Reitman talks The Front Runner

Writer-director Jason Reitman spoke with members of the Chicago press during the press tour for his new film, The Front Runner.  I had the opportunity to sit down with the Oscar-nominated director in a 20-minute roundtable interview with four other Chicago area film journalists.  While Hugh Jackman and the Gary Hart story were discussed, what follows are the two questions that I asked of the Juno and Up in the Air director. Congrats on the…

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Matt Atkinson talks Room for Rent

Writer-director Matt Atkinson spoke with Solzy at the Movies last week ahead of the release of the Hitchcockian comedy, Room for Rent. Congrats on the upcoming VOD release of Room for Rent. Matt Atkinson:  Thank you so much. How did you get the idea for this Hitchcockian comedy? Matt Atkinson:  My parents—years ago when I still lived at home, I think this was sort of right at the end of high school, I was moving…

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Ruth Carter talks Career Achievement Award

Two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter was on hand Saturday night at the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival to receive a Career Achievement Award.  The presentation came during the the annual Black Perspectives Tribute following a conversation with Regina Taylor. Prior to the presentation, I had the chance to talk with the costume designer on the red carpet.  Carter will surely be one of the top contenders during the Oscars for her work on Black Panther.…

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Felix Van Groeningen talks Beautiful Boy

Felix Van Groeningen sat down with Solzy at the Movies during a roundtable interview to discuss his new film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.  The film tells the story of a father and son, David and Nic Sheff. With having two books being the source material, how easy was it to weave these two narratives together and still tell a coherent story? Felix Van Groeningen:  What helps is that it’s two points of…

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Mimi Plauché talks Chicago Int. Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about this year’s film festival.  While we spoke about some of the challenges that come with programming a festival, Mimi tells me the names of films that might be under the radar. Last year saw your first festival since the promotion from programming director to artistic director.  With the promotion, you’ve become one of the very few women…

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Eva Vives talks All About Nina

Writer-director Eva Vives took some time on Thursday to speak with Solzy at the Movies ahead of All About Nina‘s release in theaters this weekend. Congrats on the release of All About Nina. Eva Vives:  Thank you so much. How are you doing? I’m doing well. I’m enjoying somewhat of a breather between TIFF and the Chicago International Film Festival. Eva Vives:  You got sick after Toronto like everyone else I know. I came back…

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