Film Roundtable was to created as space for artists in the industry to talk openly and freely about what is present for them at this unprecedented moment in time. Most of us have found ourselves, until just recently, in a sort of worldwide, collective pause. We have had an abundance of time to be quiet, to go inside ourselves, to listen, but most importantly to imagine the change we want to see in our own lives and careers as well as for the collective as a whole. A quality of life greater not just for ourselves but for all. As image makers, many of us with voices that are heard around the world, to really begin to envision how we use our platform, our art, to create change for a greater good; a kinder and more just world.
Creative Director + Production Designer Ethan Tobman
1:02:18Film Roundtable is happy to welcome back Creative Director + Production Designer, Ethan Tobman. He is hosted and interviewed by Film Roundtable co-founder, Erin Wile. Ethan shares the story of his journey from NYU to indie films in the 90s' golden age to helping shape the visual landscapes of global icons like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Explore the trajectory of his career, including designing a restaurant after working as the production designer on the film, The Menu. Ethan shares the secrets of finding his joy as he continues to push creative boundaries.Enjoy!!
Cinematographer James Friend, Interviewed by Visual Artist + Cinematographer Bradford Young
1:23:39Film Roundtable is welcoming for the first time, Cinematographer James Friend. James is the 2023 recipient of the Academy Award + the BAFTA for Best Cinematography on Edward Berger's All Quiet on the Western Front. He is hosted and interviewed by Visual Artist + Cinematographer Bradford Young. James shares the story of his path to success, marked by relentless hard work, a passion for learning everything about lighting, and a determination to shoot every opportunity that came his way. He also emphasizes the crucial role of perseverance and the unwavering support of his family throughout his career.Tune in to hear James Friend's insights on the art of lighting and the intricate deconstruction of removing it. This episode offers a glimpse into the world of a talented cinematographer and the dedication it takes to excel in the film industry.Enjoy!!
Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, Filmmaker Arthur Jafa and Director of Design, Akin McKenzie, moderated by Cinematographer Shawn Peters
1:25:00In our latest episode we are joined by two acclaimed artists, multidisciplinary visual artist, filmmaker Arthur Jafa and director of design, Akin McKenzie. The emotive and intuitive cinematographer Shawn Peters hosts this discussion where we explore a design process intent on channeling ancestral vibrations. In this fascinating conversation they discuss the human pattern through history, the relationship of continuity, praising the shadows, the art behind The Woman King and the moving image as a tool to destigmatize. Enjoy!!!
Director + Writer Savanah Leaf + Cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes, moderated by Erin Wile
1:22:06Film Roundtable is very excited to welcome, for the first time, Director + Writer Savanah Leaf along with one of our most favorite guests (and recent Emmy nominee for Dead Ringers!!) Cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes, ASC.In this episode we get to talk in depth about their latest partnership on the newly released film, Earth Mama. We hear about how they originally connected and what continuously inspires them to keep working together. They share their experience collaborating on this incredibly touching and unique film (a MUST see!!!). And they set a wonderful example of what a truly creative alliance is for a director and a DP.The film was shot in the Bay Area, Savanah's hometown, with mostly non-actors and the idea for this feature length film was birthed from a short documentary Savanah wrote and directed. Earth Mama premiered at Sundance earlier this year and then at MOMA's New Director's Series in NYC. It opens in theaters in LA + NY Friday, July 14th. Enjoy!!
Director/Cinematographer Rachel Morrison + Cinematographer Rina Yang, moderated by Erin Wile
1:07:54Film Roundtable is welcoming back to the show two of our most favorite guests and all around just magical and inspiring artists; Director/Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, ASC and Cinematographer Rina Yang, BSC. In this episode we discuss Rachel + Rina's most recent collaboration on the upcoming film, Flint Strong. We talk about Morrison’s first outing as a feature director, Yang’s transition into long form and the burning question in everyone’s mind - what it is like for a DP to shoot for a DP?You have to listen to the episode to find out the details and more, but this is a great example of trust, in both artistic collaboration and believing that everything works out exactly as it should.Enjoy!!
Cinematographers Mandy Walker ASC ACS, Natasha Braier ASC ADF & Polly Morgan ASC BSC, moderated by Matthew Woolf
1:02:44Film Roundtable is very excited to welcome back to the show, Mandy Walker, ASC ACS, Natasha Braier ACS ADF, and Polly Morgan ASC, BSC.In this insightful and in-depth conversation, all 3 talented and trailblazing female cinematographers engage in a personal, collaborative, and honest discussion. Amongst the many great topics discussed, they reveal how they have learned to navigate the challenges of getting the job done maintaining respect, and creating a positive team spirit.Breaking down aspects of their latest films, Elvis, She Said, and Woman King, they talk about their prep process, how it’s evolved, and how to deal with “How am I going to do that?!” Moments.They also talk about how the landscape has changed in the industry highlighting how production is becoming more aware that opportunities need to continue to be given to women and people of color.One of the greatest takeaways that have turned out to be extremely timely in light of Mandy Walker becoming the 1st woman in history to win the ASC award for best cinematography, is that a balance in the industry is finally starting to form thanks to the strength, courage, and persistence of these and other heroines before them.
Artist Terence Nance and Artist + Producer Tamir Muhammad, moderated by Erin Wile
1:29:31Film Roundtable is welcoming back two pioneering instigators and our dear friends who we love to have on the show; Artist Terence Nance and Producer, Artist, and founder of Populace, Tamir Muhammad. In this episode we talk about Terence + Tamir's years of partnership. Most recently, the second season of Random Acts of Flyness, now on HBO. We chat about the expansiveness of season 2 as well as the deep level of collaboration and devotion being held by all involved in the project. Tamir share's with us how he holds the and/both while working in partnership within the studio system, with a project as creatively uninhibited as this one, and at the same time keeping Terence's artistic vision whole and safe. We discuss what it means to speak our truth and what allows us to feel free in our expression. And we spend some time discussing the differences between healed and unhealed Kings and Pirates. If you know you know :)Enjoy!!
Cinematographers Jamie D. Ramsay SASC & Larkin Seiple moderated by Matthew Woolf
1:38:17Film Roundtable is thrilled to welcome acclaimed cinematographers Jamie D. Ramsay SASC and Larkin Seiple.In this in-depth conversation with Matthew Woolf they talk about their careers, ambitions, and sacrifices and their approach to color, tone, and camera tests on their recent respective movies, Living, and Everything Everywhere All At Once.One of the great takeaways from this rich conversation is how cinematography can help art become more compelling and hopefully leaving the audience with a more memorable emotional experience.
Self Distribution: Producer Elizabeth Woodward + Executive Producer Sean Glass, Moderated by Kyle Greenberg
1:10:52Film Roundtable is thrilled to be joined this week by Elizabeth Woodward and Sean Glass, Producer and Executive Producer of the newly released (self distributed!)You Resemble Me, and Kyle Greenberg, Head of Marketing and Distribution for Utopia. You Resemble Me, the debut feature by filmmaker Dina Amer, tells the story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a women who was falsely accused of being Europe’s first female suicide bomber.In this candid conversation moderated by Kyle, Elizabeth and Sean discuss self distributing You Resemble Me, and how that has impacted their perception of the contemporary landscape of film and exhibition. You Resemble Me is open now (November 18) nationwide on 80 screens, after already being extended at New York’s Angelika and LA’s Laemmle Noho, and receiving the highest per screen average in its opening weekend.Check out this conversation wherever you listen to podcasts and also available to watch on our Youtube Channel.
Director Dina Amer and Actress May Calamawy, moderated by Sean Glass
1:17:33Film Roundtable is thrilled to be joined this week by Filmmaker Dina Amer, the writer / director / producer of the newly released debut feature, You Resemble Me and Actress May Calamawy, co-star of Hulu’s Ramy and Disney+Marvel’s Moon Knight. You Resemble Me tells the story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a women who was falsely accused of being Europe’s first female suicide bomber.In this candid conversation with You Resemble Me executive producer Sean Glass, Dina + May discuss telling stories that feel realistic and emotional to their experience, even if that doesn’t check the boxes of mainstream society. You Resemble Me opens at New York’s Angelika November 4th, LA’s Laemmle Noho November 11th, and expands nationwide November 18th. Check out this conversation wherever you listen to podcasts and also available to watch on our Youtube Channel.