Category: Interviews

Horrortown Down Under: Kiah Roache-Turner Talks Wyrmwood and the Horror Genre

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...

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Horrortown’s Last Great Magic Trick With Adam Robitel

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...

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Stumbling Into the Genre: Patrick Brice Talks Creep

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...

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A Found Footage Revolution: An Interview With Adrian Tofei

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...

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Redefining Horrortown With Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

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...

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

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...

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A Conversation With Listening Director Khalil Sullins

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...

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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....

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Whatever It Takes: An Interview with The Big Flip Filmmakers

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...

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Beyond the Circle with Aaron Hann & Mario Miscione

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...

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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...

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The World’s Most Famous Guitarist: An Interview with iOTA (Mad Max’s The Doof Warrior)

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...

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I Didn’t Expect That From Her: An Interview with the Director and Star of The Milkman

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...

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Start Small, See Where It Goes: An Interview with Erin Davis, Director of The Land

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...

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Emotional Archaeology: An Interview with Brent E. Huffman, Director of Saving Mes Aynak

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...

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