CINEPUNX Episode 64: Talking TAKE SHELTER, MUD, and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL With Brenden “Bear” Hubbard

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Greetings both faithful and irresolute listeners to a new and wonderful episode of CINEPUNX! On this episode we welcome a very special guest, BRENDEN HUBBARD! Brenden is unique as he is both a working tour dog and a working producer whose films have won numerous awards. Rarely have we had a guest who fulfills our reason for existing so completely, and with Brenden I fell like we have a really unique view into the independent film world. Often, as film fans, when we discuss film making we discuss directors as if they are solitary artists pulling a film out of nothing. As romantic as this image is, it is not the reality. Every film is a collaboration, and many would not exist without the on the ground work of people like Brenden. Bear has been an important part of every process of various films, in both pre and post production and on set. In a sense, he is a real working man of film making, and that experience we hoped would be worth exploring.

Brenden decided we should explore the work of director Jeff Nichols, focusing specifically on TAKE SHELTER, MUD, and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. There is some difference of opinion as to his films, but generally we decide Nichols is a significant creative force that should be taken seriously. We also discuss some of Bear’s work, and some things we have seen recently. It is a great episode and Brenden was an awesome guest. THANKS MAN!

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Liam O'Donnell is co-creator and co-host of the Cinepunx podcast and Editor in Chief of the Cinepunx website. Liam has written about film, music, politics and faith for a variety of publications in real life and online. Despite his advanced age he can be seen moshing in the greater Philadelphia area, usually to a cover song. He can be seen sitting in the audience at the newest comic book film, the retro drive-in screening of a Fulci film, or catching a series of Jodorowsky films. Liam has worked in social services, events planning, arts curation, education, community organizing, faith communities, and scooping ice cream. He has worked with festivals like This Is Hardcore Fest and The Awesome Fest. Despite all these things, Cinepunx is definitely the coolest thing he has ever done.
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