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    YARN | Interview w/ Heather Millard & Þórdur Bragi Jónsson

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

    The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colorful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

    For this interview TV Host Vickie Howell sits down at SXSW FILM 2016 to chat, YARN the documentary with co-directors/producers Heather Millard & Þórdur Bragi Jónsson (Thordur Jonsson). Enjoy!

    Robert Gordon (Best of Enemies) | SXSW INTERVIEW

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

      I suspect that on paper, the documentary Best of Enemies might sound like a real bore. Here you have the story of a series of televised political debates between two public intellectuals, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, from 1968 and an examination of its roots and impact. At this point, if you’re still awake and reading this, I’ll go on […]

    Julien Temple (The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson) | SXSW Interview

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

    A stunning memoir of Wilko Johnson as he faces the final months of his suddenly abbreviated life, Julien Temple’s The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson gives the undeniably influential British musician the opportunity to document his intelligent philosophies life and death. Staying true to the punk ethos of living today as if there will be no tomorrow, Johnson opts to enjoy every single moment of his final months. Whether it be keenly observing the world around him or performing on stage, Johnson’s unwavering stoicism is nothing but commendable. We chatted with Temple shortly after his documentary’s premiere at SXSW 2015 to talk about death and punk rock, but not the death of punk rock.






    Justin Schwarz (The Discoverers) | Interview

    Thursday, May 29th, 2014

    After The Discoverers — quite inexplicably — did not premiere at a top tier film festival, I was certain that it would be buried in the relentless onslaught of straight-to-VOD indie film releases. But after a very long and fruitful regional film festival lifespan, Schwarz was determined to get this elegantly visual film into theaters with the help of a Kickstarter campaign for distribution funding. I sat down to chat with Schwarz shortly after The Discoverers’ very successful opening weekend at the Cinema Village (NYC). The Discoverers opens at the ArcLight Cinemas (LA) on May 30th and will expand to other cities in the not-so-distant future.






    Jeremy Saulnier & Macon Blair (Blue Ruin) | Interview

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014

    Not afraid to infuse some playfulness into the narrative of Blue Ruin, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier utilizes some classic narrative tropes — some more preposterous than others — from thrillers and horror flicks. All the while, with Macon Blair as his muse, Saulnier studiously re-imagines the revenge fantasy genre. For one, Saulnier’s opinion of Blair’s antihero protagonist is blurred beyond recognition, allowing the audience to come to their own conclusions about this character. While it is nearly impossible to not feel some semblance of sympathy for Dwight, it is equally difficult not to severely judge his actions. In Blue Ruin, revenge is, at its emotional core, clumsy and irrational. Steering clear of expository dialogue, Saulnier never allows Dwight to explain his actions; the true crux of Blue Ruin is Blair’s face, specifically his eyes, which allow for us to gaze directly into Dwight’s soul. We sat down with Saulnier and Blair to discuss the unconventional aspects of this atypical revenge-fantasy flick that is sure to make quite a few Top 10 lists once December 2014 rolls around.






    HELLION | SXSW Interview

    Monday, March 17th, 2014

    A feature length expansion of her 2012 short film, Kat Candler’s Hellion is a wrenching, slow-burn tale of a family in free-fall. Hollis (Aaron Paul) isn’t much of a father to his two young sons, Jacob (Josh Wiggins) and Wes (Deke Garner). He’s damaged goods, stumbling through a cloud of depression and despair to reengage with life after the sudden unexpected death of his wife. He works long days at one of the many oil refineries that pollute his East Texas town, spends his evenings self-medicating with beer, leaving his boys to generally fend for themselves. (Linc Leifeste’s Full Review)

    We sat down with writer/director Kat Candler at SXSW Film for this conversation:






    JOE | SXSW Interview

    Monday, March 10th, 2014

    A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green (PRINCE AVALANCHE, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, UNDERTOW, ALL THE REAL GIRLS), the film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid played by Tye Sheridan (MUD, TREE OF LIFE) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.

    From a screenplay by Gary Hawkins (THE ROUGH SOUTH OF LARRY BROWN), JOE is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Facing the Moon), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude. Shot on location in Texas, the film features Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter and Ronnie Gene Blevins leading a cast made up of a mix of indie actors and non-actors cast off the streets of Austin, Texas.

    Associate Editor Linc Leifeste sat down with director David Gordon Green and star Nicolas Cage prior to the SXSW Film premier for this conversation:






    Will Forte (NEBRASKA) | Interview

    Monday, January 6th, 2014

    NEBRASKA – After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

    “Will Forte, physically, I believed could be the son of Bruce Dern and June Squib (who play’s Woody’s long-suffering wife, Kate). and then I just believe him as a guy I would know around Omaha or meet in Billings. He has a very, very believable quality. And I also think for the character of David he is capable of communicating a certain wide-eyed quality toward life and also damage – like he’s been damaged somehow, somewhere.” -Alexander Payne (director)

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    Below, Vickie Howell Campbell sits down with her old friend Will Forte to have a conversation about his experience in Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA:






    David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) | Interview

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

    Linc Leifeste: Were you born in Texas? David Lowery: I was born in Wisconsin. Waukesha, Wisconsin. My mom was born and raised in Fort Worth and then she moved to Wisconsin when she got married. I was born there and then coincidentally my dad got a job in Dallas so we moved back to Texas, […]

    Geoff Marslett (Loves Her Gun) | Interview

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    Geoff Marslett’s Loves Her Gun studies the fine line between rational and irrational fear, as well as what it means to feel safe. Allie believes that it is better to be feared than to fear, but the philosophy of adopting the role of the aggressor is obviously not a feasible survival strategy for our society at large. Not everyone can be an aggressor; there will always be victims and many of them will be innocent. So, Loves Her Gun contemplates the role that guns should play in our society. In the wrong hands, the power of a gun can give someone too much control. The Constitutional right to bear arms is not intended to take away the safety and freedom of others; it is certainly not intended to make gun-owners the judge, jury and executioner. I sat down with writer-director Geoff Marslett and discussed Loves Her Gun over some burritos on the eve of the film’s first post-SXSW screenings in Austin. The film’s distributor Devolver is hosting two screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane on Wednesday (December 11, 2013) as well as several other upcoming screenings around the United States (including a theatrical run in New York City starting on January 10, 2014). The film will also be available on VOD.






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