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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 15 (33), “The Iron Mule Podcast”

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 15 (33), “The Iron Mule Podcast”

Hello Greenpoint!

We’re back again after our New Year’s Pubcast/Boys’ Party with a special ode to a newly reborn film festival, originally First Sundays, now The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Series, hosted by Jay Stern and Victor Varnado.

The duo came on, alongside Iron Mule “producer”/better-than-yours-truly-at-hosting Ray Privett, to talk the history of their rather epic local film series, the retiring of “Monkey” from audience participation shorts, and the horrors of YouTube deleting content they otherwise worked hard on.

We also talked the deaths of Khan, Number 6, and Batman; Left 4 Dead; Ray summing up the podcast in a hilarious nutshell; Victor’s short film Roboto Supremo—with Michel Gondry as the Mayor of Tokyo, natch—and my death.

Yes, it appears while talking during the podcast my body, pickled with various toxic fluids and stuffed with delicious Yakitori Taishi, finally started to break down. Or my eyes were watering. Or maybe I finally learned to cry at films. Who knows.

Join us next time as Matt Prigge (we explain how to say it) watches from the back of Grassroots while Vadim and I suffer from awful hangovers and talk Taken. Until then, if you see either Vadim or myself at the bar, buy us a drink per chance. We’re feeling much better now—and I’m not dead! John Lichman

John Lichman is a freelance writer in New York who once broke Digg. He will work for your pennies, scraps and list-making needs.

Ray Privett is Founder and President of Cinema Purgatorio LLC.

Vadim Rizov is a New York-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Onion A.V. Club and Paste Magazine, among others.

Jay Stern is a director/producer/writer and man about town.

Keith Uhlich is editor of The House Next Door.

Victor Varnado has a lengthy profile in The Village Voice. You should read it.