Archives for Chewin’ the Fat

INTERVIEW: Filmmaker Aaron Michael Thomas, Creator of BY ANY MEANS, a Documentary About Black Flag

There’s no shortage of Black Flag-centric and related media. Whether it’s Stevie Chick’s 2009 biography Spray Paint the Walls, Henry Rollins’ own Get in the Van, Barred For Life (an examination of Black Flag tattoos) or even the 1981 documentary about L.A. punk, The Decline of Western Civilization, the band has been put under a microscope in all sorts of ways, by all sorts of people. Which makes it sort of weird that there isn’t any singular, all-defining Black Flag documentary, considering just how many documentaries — and punk rock documentaries in particular — there are nowadays. Aaron Michael Thomas
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SEQUENCE BREAK Director Graham Skipper Chats with Cinepunx

Graham Skipper’s directorial debut is up on Shudder now! If you aren’t sure whether you should check it out, trust me when I tell you you that it’s a great and goopy blend of body horror and techno-horror. Our very own Nick Spacek covered the film last week, so you don’t need to take my word for it. I had the chance to catch up with Graham over the weekend to chat about the film and what else he’s up to: Hey Graham, I feel like we’re old friends now. Talking about your film on my podcast a few months
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Mining THE ARCHIVE: Exploring Vinegar Syndrome’s New Brick and Mortar Store [+ Interview With Brandon Upson and James Neurath of Vinegar Syndrome]

  In the seaport city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, nestled unassumingly in a strip of buildings on an ordinary stretch of road, you’ll find The Archive. It’s a nondescript storefront in an ordinary location, unremarkable from the outside. Open the door, however, and you’ll enter a genre film wonderland. The Archive is a brand-new movie, music and culture shop from the team behind Vinegar Syndrome, film restoration and distribution company and stalwart champions of cult and exploitation home video. This past weekend, they celebrated the store’s soft opening, and I was on-hand to check it out. Photo courtesy of The Archive
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Killer Musings, Part 2: Interview With Mink Stole

For over 50 years, Mink Stole has been a regular member of Dreamland, the close-knit and dedicated team of actors and production crew who have worked tirelessly to help bring the work of cult filmmaker John Waters to life. From the early, bare bones 8mm and 16mm shorts and infamous “trash trilogy” Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, to the pop-culture phenomenon-launching Hairspray and everything before, after and between, Mink Stole won the hearts of cult film fans with scene-stealing ease. On May 9, Serial Mom, Waters’ wickedly funny 1994 send-up of true crime, gets the deluxe collector’s edition
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Actor/Director Graham Skipper

With a name like Graham Skipper, you’d expect a fun interview. Most folks know Graham from his roles on camera in Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye and Beyond the Gates, and on stage in the hit Los Angeles production of Re-Animator: The Musical. But – get this – he directs too! His new feature, the sci-fi romance Sequence Break, world premieres April 6th at the ridiculously loaded Chattanooga Film Festival. Graham took the time to chew the fat with me about his influences, why musical theatre rocks, and what horror film wrecked his 13-year-old self. What are your thoughts on
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT (ATLFF Edition) with Actor Matt Fahey

The 2017 Atlanta Film Festival kicks-off Friday and I figured – what better what to initiate coverage than with the first in a series of special ATLFF “Chewin’ the Fat” conversations. www.atlantafilmfestival.com My favorite aspect of film festivals is being introduced to talented folks I’d never heard of before. Such was the case with actor Matt Fahey, and his performance in Tamlin Hall’s Holden On (world premiering at ATLFF) made me stop and say, “I gotta chew the fat with him.” He grew up in rural Connecticut, shot this film in rural Georgia, and took the time to talk with Cinepunx about those correlations, building
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Editor Michael Felker

2017 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for editor Michael Felker. He’s had one flick, the genre-bending Get the Girl, already released in theatres and on-demand. His next film, the Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson time travel sci-fi-thriller, The Endless, world premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival next month. Add to that his working on his own material and this just seemed like an opportune time to chew the fat. Known primarily for his collaborations with Moorhead and Benson, Felker is a proud FSU graduate and has an extensive love of cinema, which we discuss (or chew) in depth.
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Ryan Spindell

Anyone who follows the annual horror festival circuit is likely familiar with the name ‘Ryan Spindell.’ From TriBeCa to Fantastic Fest, Spindell’s short films have been screening and winning awards at festivals across the globe. His most recent short, The Babysitter Murders, has just finished its festival run after successful outings pretty much everywhere that matters. In short – he’s pretty much got this short film thing down. I’ve known Ryan for a few years and he was kind enough to answer some of my ridiculous questions from his Los Angeles dojo. He’s a horror dork, an impressive visual artist, and
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Jackson Stewart

Filmmaker Jackson Stewart grew up terrified of horror films, but ended up creating one of the most talked about indie horror flicks of 2016, Beyond the Gates. A faithful throwback to 1970’s Italian horror and 1980’s board game horror (yes, that was a sub-genre), the film stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, The Guest) and is now available to purchase in the U.K., though horror nuts in the States will have to wait until May 2nd, unless your player knows no regions! I first met Jackson at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival last year. My
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