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Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 6, Episode 2: “The Septien Podcast”

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Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 6, Episode 2: “The Septien Podcast”
Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 6, Episode 2: “The Septien Podcast”

Hello Demons!

Our first of order of business—can you find the moment where I flubbed the original recording and had to do a hard audio edit? If you can, the winner gets to buy me a Brooklyn Lager at Grassroots during Happy Hour!

But more importantly, after we discussed basketball, we brought Michael Tully back to talk in depth about his—technically—third feature, Septien, which opens tomorrow at BAMcinemaFest and in New York and Los Angeles on July 6. So there’s a whole bunch of technical stuff we could go into—technically I work for Tully doing HammerToNail on VOD stuff every month, we’ve had Tully on this podcast almost three times prior, etc etc. But let’s face it, to ignore Septien as a film is to bury one’s head in the sand and claim there’s nothing interesting playing this summer. But first and foremost, what went into Septien? We tackle that, along with The Land of Bad Ideas, which will be on the film’s DVD.

As always, if you see us at the bar or BAM buy us a drink!

Sundance Film Festival 2011: Septien

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Sundance Film Festival 2011: <em>Septien</em>
Sundance Film Festival 2011: <em>Septien</em>

An appealing little oddball of a movie, Septien is ironic yet genuinely sweet. Writer-director Michael Tully’s hipster Southern gothic starts slow, its long takes giving us plenty of time to adjust to the laconic rhythms of a family farm that’s home to two brothers who get paid by the government not to work the land. Amos (Onur Tukel) spends most of his time in the barn, making cartoonish paintings that serve up an American goulash of football, sex, and violent death. Wilbur (Jim Willingham), the brothers’ sweet but slow former farmhand, lives outside in a tractor tire and spends his days like Of Mice and Men’s Lennie, stroking his kitty or digging up buried treasures. Ezra (Robert Longstreet) plays mom, cooking, cleaning, and clucking over the others.

Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 5, Episode 6, “Vadim Rizov vs. His Overwhelming Failure”

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Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 5, Episode 6, “Vadim Rizov vs. His Overwhelming Failure”
Lichman and Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Season 5, Episode 6, “Vadim Rizov vs. His Overwhelming Failure”

Hello Maryland!

This episode was recorded a scant two weeks ago, way back when the Claire Denis retro was winding down at IFC Center. I was in town to celebrate Thrashgiving and get down with all my friends—coincidentally when the Golan/Globus series was about to start at Lincoln Center.

But who cares about that? They’re all over. So instead: for this podcast we grabbed Michael Tully, writer-director-Terps fan (and now, Park City bound for Sundance 2011) to open up about his beloved team the night before they played in the Coaches Versus Cancer series at the Garden. But we also go over the $13 cost of Tully and Vadim’s cinephilia while ignoring any four-hour long Taiwanese films. Mainly we marvel at U.S. Go Home’s use of pop music along with the film festival standard of—as Tully describes it—“the 90-minute thing.” And in return, we remember a simpler time when Kelly Reichardt made THE SLOWEST CREDITS SEQUENCE EVER for Wendy and Lucy just to eke into “feature-length” status—not to mention a surprising addition to this trope from Wes Craven.

We do go into the art of dealing with your independent film, talk a bit about how Putty Hill’s recent sound woes and background music can be the unofficial knee capper of most independent film.

HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 9 (27), “The Heeb Film Festival Podcast, or Get Off My Ass, Death!”

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 9 (27), “The Heeb Film Festival Podcast, or Get Off My Ass, Death!”
HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 9 (27), “The Heeb Film Festival Podcast, or Get Off My Ass, Death!”

Shalom, Wisconsin!

We finally managed to get Eric Kohn on the podcast after food poisoning (mine) and poor planning kept him off. And what great timing as he’s curated the third annual Heeb Film Festival this weekend at 92nd St. Y’s new location in Tribeca. Best of all, it starts Saturday with a screening of Silver Jew, directed by Michael Tully, who’ll attend a Q&A afterwards. But before all that, he’s here!

Shocking, I know!

Eric discusses the films playing at Heeb and Michael talks a bit about Silver Jew (which is on DVD, too). We also chat about Revolutionary Road expectations, Gran Torino, and I use my demonic powers to predict the death of a certain director after my success with Paul Newman.

Till then, this is Episode 9, “The Heeb Film Festival Podcast, or Get Off My Ass, Death!” If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, go to the Heeb Film Fest! Purchase your tickets here. And if you happen to see Vadim or myself at the bar, buy us a drink!

(Also, Onion, you totally have yet to hire me for Decider. How lame will it be when the guy you picked over me is referencing these podcasts? Super lame. And go to the Heeb Film Fest! And we love Kino International! Forever ever!) John Lichman

 

Lichman & Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Episode 14, “We’ve Got Vadim’s Number: An Armond White Tale” with Michael Tully & James M. Johnston

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Lichman & Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Episode 14, “We’ve Got Vadim’s Number: An Armond White Tale” with Michael Tully & James M. Johnston
Lichman & Rizov “Live” at Grassroots Tavern: Episode 14, “We’ve Got Vadim’s Number: An Armond White Tale” with Michael Tully & James M. Johnston

Hey Faithful Listeners.Wowie zowie. We finally finished our massive three-part Episode 13—and just in time! Or, not. See, we recorded Ep. Tavern a while ago and what? Wait, do you mean “Episode 14”? No, see, your faithful producer and all-around damn handsome co-host had a slip of the tongue extending from alcohol, M. Night Shyamalan, and a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence.

OK, really, it was the liquor that did me in.

That aside, Episode 14 is really “Episode Tavern” and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Mainly because it was the day before The Happening was unleashed onto the public in one of the saddest opening weekends known to man. But for the occasion we had Michael Tully (who is still not the pole jumper) and James M. Johnston (the director) join us to discuss The Happening, the IFP labs, and our first ever vegan sponsorships—by a reverend!! (Listen through the entire podcast to get yourself a free soda-pop, listener!)

Of course, due to a slight lag in publishing, Michael’s initial enthusiasm was finally a bit crushed, but that is why you have to hear his soul be pounded with such delicious glee!

So listen through and be amazed. And join us later this week (or next) when our guest is Salon’s (and Vadim’s and my former advisor) Andrew O’Hehir (Ep. 15) , followed by the Benten Films guys (Ep. 16), and more fun guests to come.

Until then, if you see either Vadim or myself at a bar, buy us a drink! We’re overdue. And if you need to know, Vadim looks like Vadim and I look like an evil John Cusack. JL