Blaxploitation Corner: A Q&A with Josiah Howa...

Last February, Audiences Everywhere celebrated Black History Month by taking a deep dive into the Blaxploitation movement of the 70s, with a countdown of the 10 best Blaxploitation films, a retrospective on Pam Grier’s career, and an analysis of Blaxploitation’s legacy and impact on film in For a Time We Were There. Within those pieces, I examined a world of black power where crime, justice, stardom, and some of the best soundtracks to ever be featured in motion pictures collided in a way that provided insight into the only black film boom in history, and it’s contemporary influence. This year, I had the pleasure of discussing...

THE LION: An Interview with Benjamin Scheuer

THE LION begins without introduction. This one-man musical is simply staged – Benjamin Scheuer, his suit, and six guitars—each characters in their own right—tell the autobiographical, coming-of-age story of now thirty-something Scheuer’s relationship with his father, first love, family discord, and devastating medical diagnosis. The musical is written and performed by Scheuer; he’s charming, witty, and poised, and, most of all, generous with his story. He’s a brilliant lyricist, the kind who doesn’t waste a word. Music, the thing that binds him to his father, is his  tool for forgiveness, redemption, and clarity, and in listening to his...

A Horrortown Deconstruction: An Interview With Rod...

Beginning in the last week of October, Audiences Everywhere will be continuing its Horrortown series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror. When we decided to reboot our Horrortown interview series, I wanted to make sure we added a little flavor to the perspective within our ongoing conversation. So naturally, Rodney Ascher is a name I immediately circled in blood red. Somehow, my plans panned out as I recently had the honor of speaking with Mr. Ascher about his films Room 237 and The Nightmare, his inspirations, and his...

A Horrortown Humorist: An Interview with Jason Kra...

Beginning in the last week of October, Audiences Everywhere will be continuing its Horrortown series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror. If you’ve surfed through Netflix’s horror selection recently, you’ve likely come across the film He Never Died. If your taste is refined or your sense of good film quality is intuitive, you’ve also watched it. If that’s the case, then you know there’s something exceptional about the film’s director, Jason Krawczyk. The film is quickly surpassing...

Horrortown’s Haunted House Experts: Bobby Ro...

Beginning in the last week of October, Audiences Everywhere will be continuing its  Horrortown series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror. The Houses October Built is a found footage movie that saw theatrical release initially in 2014 and served as the directorial debut of Bobby Roe. Alongside his childhood friend, creative collaborator, and co-star Zack Andrews, their horror film examined some of the surreal and frightening world and profession of operating and working as performers in haunted house attractions across the...

AE Book Club: An Interview with Grady Hendrix

For September, the Audiences Everywhere Book club (#AEBookclub) chose Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism as their book. The novel, a tale of friendship between teenage girls and possession by the devil in the ‘80s, has proven to be a popular choice among members of the club. We sat down with/emailed the author to ask him a few questions about his book, career, and whether or not he has made a blood enemy out of Ikea. Sean Fallon (Audiences Everywhere): What inspired you to write My Best Friend’s Exorcism? Grady Hendrix: The title came first, to be honest. It just popped into my head one day like a bad idea. After that I realized that...

Two Bucks, a Bottle of Booze, and an Interview wit...

Cash Only is the third feature length motion picture from director Malik Bader, whose past work on the 2006 mock-documentary Street Thief cemented his status as a contemporary auteur of metropolitan crime. Violence and depravity wend their way throughout both forceful efforts on the big screen, but with Cash Only Bader has moved from the streets of Chicago to the dilapidated infrastructure of the dangerous Albanian underworld in Detroit. Featuring a screenplay written by lead actor Nickola Shreli, Cash Only combines taut spiritual revelation with a harrowing drama, and we were more than honored to speak with Bader about his latest...

Combating Stupidity: An Interview with Matt and Na...

Matt and Nathan Avant took us on a sci-fi trip through their world of linked conspiracy theories with Lunopolis, a film that we’d rank among the best narrative-driven sci-fi films of the 2000s, and one that made us feel smarter just by watching it. Now they’re back with a new project, and a new conspiracy: we’re all stupid. But there’s no malice meant by this line of thought. In fact, Matt and Nathan hope to heal us through comedy, and an awareness of our own individual and communal flaws. Blending philosophy and measured doses of horror and tragedy, Supastoopid is a docu-narrative comedy that relies on the visual humor of the YouTube...

Be The Battery of a New Model: An Interview with T...

In 2012, just as the movie and television worlds were becoming over-saturated with generic zombie material, a small, low budget movie hit the horror festival circuit by the name of The Battery. That film defied all odds to become, perhaps, the most celebrated zombie work within the horror community of the last few decades (including its inclusion in our list of the 100 Best Horror Films of the 2000s). Recently, the filmmakers behind The Battery — Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, and Christian Stella– announced that their second film project, Tex Montana Will Survive, has finished and that they are looking for support via...

A Horrortown Historian: Ted Geoghegan On We Are St...

Throughout the month of October, Audiences Everywhere will be publishing a series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror landscape. Our final interview in this series is a conversation with Ted Geoghegan, the director of this year’s exceptional breakthrough horror film We Are Still Here. In a way, Ted Geoghegan is the perfect person with whom to wrap up this amazing and insightful interview series. The initial thesis behind the Horrortown series indicated that we were seeking to investigate just what makes the...

A Brief Interview with John Rhys-Davies

To informed film fans, John Rhys-Davies’ name strikes up visions of treasure and magical rings spring to mind. This year at New York Comic Con 2015, Mr. Rhys-Davies sat on  a panel showcasing the upcoming MTV series The Shannara Chronicles, a fantasy television series based on Terry Brooks’ novel The Elfstones of Shannara. Afterward, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the legendary actor for a quick interview.  For the purposes of our discussion, I figured it would be prudent to discuss the role that first sent him into fans’ hearts, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, where he played the role of Sallah, Dr. Jones’ trusted...

Horrortown Down Under: Kiah Roache-Turner Talks Wy...

Throughout the month of October, Audiences Everywhere will be publishing a series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror landscape. Next on the list, Kiah Roache-Turner, the director of the punk rock pre-apocalypse horror action film Wyrmwood. Horror is an odd genre for me. Movies like Alien and The Thing are among my favorite movies period, but the genre always has a few entries on the “Worst of the Year” category. Once in a blue moon, the genre will get an adrenaline shot to the heart and remind me why I put up...

Horrortown’s Last Great Magic Trick With Ada...

Throughout the month of October, Audiences Everywhere will be publishing a series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror landscape which we’ve dubbed Horrortown. Next up, Adam Robitel, filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed The Taking of Deborah Logan and co-writer of the upcoming Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.  Let me tell you a secret: Adam Robitel is a magician. He may not carry around a card that says so, and if asked he’d probably humbly admit that he’s more of an apprentice, but he practices magic...

Stumbling Into the Genre: Patrick Brice Talks Cree...

With just two actors, one handheld camera, and a deceptively simple story, Creep is a deliciously dark horror film with hints of black comedy and an ending you’ll be talking about for weeks. Creep is streaming on Netflix, and it’s 82 minutes of pure tension and uncomfortable laughs. I urge you to check it out. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick Brice, who directed, co-wrote, and acted in Creep. I hope you’ll enjoy the conversation as much as I did: … Schyler Martin (Audiences Everywhere): What kind of film did you set out to make with Creep? What did the filmmaking process look like? Patrick Brice: Going into Creep,...

Horrortown’s Backcountry With Adam MacDonald

Throughout the month of October, Audiences Everywhere will be publishing a series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror landscape. Up next, we have director Adam MacDonald who brought us the Canadian horror film Backcountry. MacDonald saw his feature directorial debut with Backcountry, an absolutely brutal and frighteningly realistic Canadian survival/horror film that truly hit home for me personally as a Canadian who certainly has his fair share of experience in the wilderness. What appealed to me about Backcountry is...

A Found Footage Revolution: An Interview With Adri...

I have watched a lot of horror films this past month. I have watched a lot of horror trailers, too. In preparation for all of my forthcoming October articles and in planning, researching, and being inspired by our Horrortown Interview series, I’ve inundated myself with contemporary horror.  So, yes, I’ve seen quite a few creepy horror movies and just as many terrifying trailers over the past few weeks. But nothing I have watched has left me feeling quite so chilled and uncomfortable as the trailer for Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, which I stumbled upon completely by chance. After a little curious research, I’ve decided this...

Redefining Horrortown With Justin Benson & Aa...

Throughout the month of October, Audiences Everywhere will be publishing a series of interviews with renowned horror directors in which we will discuss current and upcoming films, and also get the artists’ take on the contemporary horror landscape. First up, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed film Spring.  I am a huge fan of the complex horror novel House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. For a long time, like most of the book’s fans, I thought the book was unfilmable. I cringed at the idea of an attempted adaptation. Then, I watched 2012’s Resolution, the debut feature length...

Talking Star Leaf, Sci-Fi, and Comedy with Robert ...

Fans of the Gene Roddenberry-inspired Canadian television drama Earth: Final Conflict of the late 1990s may remember actor Robert Leeshock as the show’s featured protagonist, Liam Kincaid. Over the course of a career that has included work on television and film, as well as some time spent as a screenwriter, a stand-up performer, and a studio photographer, Leeshock has carved his own path to stardom as a veteran genre film and character actor of no small order. In his latest work, Star Leaf, the New Jersey native returns to the science-fiction genre under the direction of Richard Cranor, with whom Leeshock has developed some kind of a...

A Conversation With Listening Director Khalil Sull...

Khalil Sullins’ directorial debut, Listening, is a brooding, science-fiction marvel of the independent film movement that forces viewers to listen closely to its dialogue and pay attention to the real world implications of its seemingly fictional narrative. After studying the real life applications and study of nanotube technology, Sullins went about writing a script to study the implications of technologically aided telepathy and mind reading, and what such an ability would allow in human hosts, both individually and as a part of a bureaucratic whole. Last week, our very own Sean K. Cureton had the opportunity to forward a series of...

A Hero with Balls: An Interview with Bianca Bradey

From the start of our conversation, it’s pretty clear that Bianca Bradey is in good spirits. It’s early in the morning, the weather is nice, and she laughs as she recalls going out the night before. This is a huge relief for me. Going into this conversation less than a week from my introduction to Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, the delightful zombie film in which Bianca stars, I am in some ways more intimidated by my interview subject than I have ever been. My nervousness is informed by Bianca’s onscreen performance as Brooke, a tough-as-nails zombie apocalypse survivor. Brooke falls in with a long line of horror heroines, of which there seem...

Whatever It Takes: An Interview with The Big Flip ...

Currently, over 40% of American wives out-earn their husbands and the existing income gap is expected to be wholly flipped by 2028, a startling statistic given the familiar standard structure of 20th Century American families.  The Big Flip is certainly a fitting label for this transition and it also happens to be the title of a new documentary from Director and Producer Izzy Chan. Chan uses her documentary to document the lives of four families who have found themselves participating in this increasingly typical financial family structure.  I had a chance to speak to Chan and her Photographer-in-Chief Paige Green about their intentions,...

Beyond the Circle with Aaron Hann & Mario Mis...

Circle made its world premiere on May 28th at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Uptown Cinema Seattle, Washington. I was in attendance for that premiere, and I witnessed as a crowd stuck around, undeterred by technical difficulty, fixated to a tense and thrilling film experience. Recently, I had to a chance to talk to the filmmakers behind the movie, Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione. You can read the interview below and see my review of their film here. … Teaira Lacson [AE]: Can you give us a little background on yourselves? Where did you grow up and how did you begin filmmaking? Did it all begin with The Vault? Aaron: Well,...

Interview: Voice Actor Ben Diskin

Anime Expo is in full swing this weekend in Los Angeles, California. It’s a large gathering of nerds, anime, and all things smelly (blame Los Angeles, not the cosplayers), and I was lucky enough to grab an interview with Ben Diskin to talk about his fantastic iteration of the Eddie Brock character in Spectacular Spider-Man, his role in the seminal Cartoon Network program CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, voice acting in general, and other nerdy goodness. We tried to make it as non-awkward as possible. Did we succeed? Find out below: DC: First off, thank you for sharing this time with me. BD: You’re welcome. That’s what we’re...

The World’s Most Famous Guitarist: An Interv...

If you haven’t already, go watch Mad Max: Fury Road and don’t read this interview. Stop reading. If you continue beyond this point, you will impede your enjoyment of one of the greatest characters in cinema history. That is not overstatement. I do not want to ruin this, one of movie history’s most delightful theater experiences, for anyone. Now, for those of you in the know, it shouldn’t be hard for us to all agree on some superlative designation for The Doof Warrior, Fury Road‘s flame-throwing battle guitarist. Greatest non-speaking character of the current decade?  Cinema’s effort to correct the...

I Didn’t Expect That From Her: An Interview ...

There is nothing alarming about Amber Langston or Jordan Price. The two girls are both well spoken, funny, and good-spirited.  They’re also both formal and polite to a charming degree. They respond with such immediate kindness that, for a moment upon meeting them, I thought maybe that they had already received training from an expert Public Relations specialist. A few minutes of speaking with them and I realized that this assumption was not true. The two young Western Kentucky University students are just exceptionally sincere and nice. These pleasant personalities make it all the more shocking to watch the eerie and unsettling short...

Start Small, See Where It Goes: An Interview with ...

In North Wales there’s a place called The Land. It’s a place where children can climb trees, crawl through cardboard boxes and plastic tubes, swing on ropes across tiny rivers of mud, and even start fires. No, this isn’t some vision of a world gone mad, but a real place where children take risks, learn their limits and push boundaries. The adventure play movement operates under the notion that loose objects, instead of fixed playground structures, are essential to a child’s growth and development. At The Land, children’s complex emotions and desire for active play lives are encouraged. It’s play taken seriously. I had the pleasure of...

Emotional Archaeology: An Interview with Brent E. ...

Mes Aynak, once a central location on the Silk Road, is now one of the greatest archaeological wonders of the world. With artifacts discovered from China, India, and Iran, the site’s preservation is unlike any other. What lies beneath its ancient ruins has the potential to change not only Buddhism but also Afghanistan’s place in the history and culture of the world. Following the efforts of Qadir Temori and a team of archeologists, Saving Mes Aynak brings attention to their struggle to protect and save the site in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. What should be a 20 year project is under threat by the Chinese company MCC whose...

It’s Always Bad Until It’s Good: An In...

When it was released, Mistaken for Strangers was met with very high praise from critical sources.  Beyond that (and perhaps more importantly) there was also a distinct and measurable undercurrent of critics and audiences developing a very personal connection to the film.  Predictably, some of that personal reaction came from fans of the massively popular band The National, whose tour is the subject of the film.  Still others related heavily to the pressures of imbalanced sibling rivalry. I connected with the film for an entirely different reason. When I selected the out-of-nowhere rock documentary for my list of the best films of 2014, I...

Finding the Good: Overburden Takes on Mountain Rem...

There’s an old joke about a couple from Pennsylvania who die in a car crash and find themselves at the gates of heaven. When it is confirmed that they are of pure of soul, Jesus meets the couple at the pearly gates to give them their welcome tour. He shows them the walls of jasper, the streets of jewels, and the entire gold city. At the end of his tour, he asks if there are any questions. “Just one,” the couple says, “Who are the people in the cages over there?” To which a slightly annoyed Jesus replies, “Oh, those are the West Virginians. If we let them out, they try to sneak home on the weekends.”...

Just Talk to Me: An Interview with the Director an...

Displacement Welcomed, a short film written and directed by Evan Kidd, was an official selection at the Viewster Online Film Festival in Zurich Switzerland. The story follows Skylar, who has returned home from abroad to find that her father is missing and Norma, a homeless woman traveling with a few precious possessions. I was given the opportunity to speak with Evan and the stars of the film, Avery Hobbs and April Vickery, about the tough subject matter of the film, their outlook on female roles in mainstream movies, and the valuable lessons they have learned throughout the making and marketing of Displacement Welcomed. — Travis Losh...

When the White Man Gets Back on the Plane: An Inte...

We Are the Ones premiered at the Montreal International Black Film Festival and makes its U.S. premiere this weekend at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS. The film captures the remarkable efforts of Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, Ajak Abraham, and Francis Gai, three surgeons in an area of South Sudan dealing with violent tribal conflict, each from very different backgrounds, who are using medicine to bring their patients closer to peace.  This week, I was given the opportunity to speak with the films Co-Directors/Co-Producers Michael Skinner and Jon Micheal Shink about the complexities of capturing this story, the harsh reality of South...

Reel Q Film Festival: Interview with Mitchell Leib

Reel Q , the Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival, is currently in progress and celebrating its twenty-ninth year of showcasing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered writers, directors, actors, and their work. Featured by Pittsburgh Magazine as as the best way to sample films from various cultures, the Reel Q festival continues to be a staple of the Pittsburgh cultural and cinematic experience. Located at the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh’s beloved Cultural District, the festival runs all this week with closing night being Saturday, Oct. 18. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Reel Q organizer and Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film...