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…"State of Pride: Interview with Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, and Raymond Braun"
Running with Beto goes behind the scenes of Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign as he sought to defeat Ted Cruz in Texas. As far as political documentaries are concerned, this film doesn’t break any new ground. It may be fascinating to watch but this is the extent. Even the film’s relevancy needs to be questioned in the sense of whether this is because of the senate race or presidential campaign. Last year, O’Rourke was…"Running with Beto goes Behind The Scenes"
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…"Frances Ferguson with Bob Byington, Kaley Wheless"
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…"Hillary Pierce talks The River and The Wall"
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…"SXSW 2019: Janice Engel talks Raise Hell"
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. …"SXSW 2019: Talking Bluebird with the Filmmakers"
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. …"SXSW 2019: Talking The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash"
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. …"SXSW 2019: Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas talk Olympic Dreams"
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…"SXSW 2019: Kelly O’Sullivan talks Saint Frances"
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…"SXSW 2019: Flavio Alves, Carlie Guevara talk The Garden Left Behind"