Hello Faithful Non-Listeners!
We’re nearing the end of our first season of recording/drinking/merry-making at Grassroots, and what better way to help our way out than rape? Kidding—but our guests this week are Andrew Grant and Aaron Hillis (Village Voice, IFC News), the duo behind Benten Films, so of course we discuss their recent release, The Free Will, it being the technical first film that Benten went after before there even was a Benten. 10 minutes of rape-time goodness and the perils of international DVD licensing! We also get into a healthy debate about independent releasing, one or two awkwardly phrased questions by yours truly, and a wonderful debate at the very end!
Just to let you know, we are going on a brief hiatus two episodes hence to mainly recharge our batteries and to keep us from going crazy. Episode 17 features our Canadian pals Adam Nayman and Andrew Tracy, and helping us round out finale episode 18 should be, barring any unforeseens, Mike D’Angelo (Esquire, Las Vegas Weekly, the infamous Twitter) who isn’t too sure what the hell it is we do, but he’s willing to come on anyway!
As always, if you see either me or Vadim at the bar, please buy us a drink. Just no Blue Moon.
*Special Note: We are discontinuing the “Listen to the End, Get a Prize!” feature. It turns out people do listen to the end and have found our little trick. So ... thanks! We appreciate it.
*2nd Note: If anyone knows how we can talk Ed Koch into showing up, tell us below or contact Keith. Totally want him on to discuss Hellboy 2. JL
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John Lichman is a freelance writer who contributes to The Reeler, Primetime A&E and anyone with cash. He works odd jobs to afford his vices, sleeps on couches and can drink Vadim Rizov under a table.