Michael Lehmann talks Airheads at Cinepocalypse

Filmmaker Michael Lehmann spoke with Solzy at the Movies in a phone interview prior to Thursday night’s screening of Airheads to close out Cinepocalypse. Airheads will screen as the closing night selection of Cinepocalypse in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.  How honored are you to be screening a 35mm print of the film? Michael Lehmann:  I am really jazzed about it.  I think that it’s a great way to see a movie.  Obviously, it…

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State of Pride: Interview with Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, and Raymond Braun

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman were joined by activist Raymond Braun in discussing the YouTube documentary, State of Pride. Both Epstein and Friedman are coming off of an Oscar nomination for End Game.   It was Friedman’s first Oscar nomination.  Epstein previously won two Oscars for Best Documentary, Features in 1985 and 1990. State of Pride is currently available to watch on YouTube. How thrilling is it to premiere State of Pride at SXSW? Jeffrey…

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Frances Ferguson with Bob Byington, Kaley Wheless

Filmmaker Bob Byington and actress Kaley Wheless spoke with Solzy at the Movies about Frances Ferguson during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. I sat down with the duo on the first Friday of SXSW before things became crazy.  David Krumholtz, who co-stars as a group therapist, was supposed to join us but he wasn’t able to make it in time because of a flight delay. The two of you came up with the story for…

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Matthew Glave talks Funny Story

Matthew Glave spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone last week about the upcoming lesbian dramedy Funny Story. While Sundance gets most of the attention during January in Park City, Slamdance takes place on historic Main Street.  When I read about Funny Story last year, I knew it was one of those films that I needed to cover.  I had the opportunity to meet with the cast and crew on the red carpet…

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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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