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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.