Category Archives: Q&A

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T – Q&A with Lake Bell & Mike Birbiglia

September 6, 2017

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T opened at the Angelika New York on September 1, and its versatile Director, Writer and Star Lake Bell (IN A WOLD) stopped by for a Q&A, and brought along her friend – equally talented filmmaker and comedian Mike Birbiglia (DON’T THINK TWICE).

The two discuss the film’s writing, acting and couples’ chemistry within the film, storm chasing, home births, marriage, character inspiration, and how Bell’s personal life and relationship influenced the direction of the film.

Bell also mentions the scents she carried around with her throughout the filming process, and how she used them to switch between her various roles on set. As her own Director, Bell also chats about how she used a stand-in for herself during the rehearsal process.

Curious? View the full Q&A here:

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T is an ensemble comedy following three couples stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.

Now playing at Angelika New York, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Only Living Boy in New York – Q&A with Director Marc Webb

August 14, 2017

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK’s opening weekend was met with a Q&A with Director Marc Webb, in which he discusses the process of discovering the screenplay written by Allen Loeb, and how it stuck with him over several years after reading it for the first time. He also discusses the film’s nods to THE GRADUATE, the film’s music, and the casting.

The 11th Commandment, as Webb calls it, is “Thou shalt make a movie with Jeff Bridges,” and it becomes clear why, as Webb shares the fantastic experience of working with such an iconic actor. Webb also the discusses working with Kate Beckinsale and Pierce Brosnan, and the joyous experience of this 28-day film shoot.

The film truly is a love letter to New York, and as such, Webb discusses the romantic ideas he had of the City prior to living there, and how those are portrayed within the film.

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK follows Thomas, a college graduate, adrift in New York City, trying to find his place in the world. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Beckinsale). Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.

Check out the full Q&A here:

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK is now playing at Angelika NYC, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Mosaic, and opens Friday 8/18 at Angelika Carmel Mountain.

A Ghost Story – Interview With Director David Lowery

August 2, 2017

If there is one film that has everyone talking this year, A GHOST STORY is it. If you’re a cinephile, then you have most definitely heard about the already infamous “pie scene”. We had the pleasure of interviewing director David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON) at our Dallas location to discuss his latest work of meditative art.

David, who is based in Dallas, shares how he relied heavily on the city’s film industry and landscape to shoot the film. Lowery also revealed the ease in which he cast his friends Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for the lead roles (Affleck, without question, agreed via text).  Both actors starred as a couple in a previous film directed by Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) and so it was that existing chemistry he chose to draw upon for A GHOST STORY.

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The director also gives some insight and describes why his decision to keep long scenes in the film was essential in order to put an emphasis on the passage of time, a prominent theme throughout,  as well as “teaching the audience how to watch the film”.

Watch the full interview here:

A GHOST STORY is now playing at Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Watch the trailer below!

Acclaimed Director David Lowery returns with a singular exploration of legacy and loss in this Sundance Film Festival Official Selection that Indiewire calls “brilliant and profound.” Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

Q&A with MENASHE Director Joshua Weinstein

July 31, 2017

Joshua Z. Weinstein’s MENASHE, largely based on the life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, is the story of a kind grocery store clerk, Menashe, who is trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife passes away. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, the film ultimately sheds new light on this notoriously private community, and is a life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son.

The Angelika New York opened this film on July 28th, and was pleased to have Director Joshua Weinstein in attendance on opening day for a Q&A.

Weinstein discusses the Hasidic community, the film’s conception, the casting of Menashe and the actor who played his son, the use of the Yiddish language in the film, obstacles they encountered throughout the filming process, film festivals, and the importance of authenticity.

View the full Q&A here:

Check out additional clips on our YouTube channel here.

MENASHE is now playing at Angelika New York, opens August 11 at Angelika Mosaic, and August 18 at Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

THE BEGUILED – Q&A with Director/Writer Sofia Coppola

June 27, 2017

The Angelika New York was honored to have acclaimed Academy Award winning director/writer of THE BEGUILED, Sofia Coppola, in attendance for a Q&A on the film’s opening night.

Met with resounding critical acclaim and a Best Director win at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, THE BEGUILED is a film Indiewire describes as being “told with surgical precision and savage grace.”

Sofia chats about the casting process, working with the film’s incredible actors (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning), the film’s poignant moments, sound and visual intricacies, the writing process and more.

Watch the full Q&A here:

The film unfolds at a Virginia girls’ school during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world. When a wounded Union soldier is discovered and taken in, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an dark, unexpected turn of events.

THE BEGUILED is now playing at the Angelika New York, and opens Friday (6.30) at Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Plano.

If you’re in NYC, you can also catch a glimpse of two of the film’s gorgeous costumes, worn by Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, in the cafe at Angelika New York!

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THE HERO – Q&A with Brett Haley & Sam Elliott

June 19, 2017

Brett Haley’s moving new feature THE HERO debuted this month at the Angelika New York, with opening weekend Q&As from Haley and the film’s leading man Sam Elliott.

After its premiere at the Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festivals, THE HERO was met with resounding critical acclaim, and Rolling Stone raved, “Sam Elliott is perfect. The moment we begin referring to him as a canon-worthy dramatic actor has officially arrived.”

Check out the full Q&A here:

THE HERO is currently playing at Angelika New York,  Angelika Plano, and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

THE TRANSFIGURATION – Q&A with Filmmakers and Cast

April 19, 2017

Director/Writer Michael O’Shea’s THE TRANSFIGURATION made its debut at the Angelika Film Center in NYC, and was met with Q&As opening weekend featuring filmmakers and cast members including O’Shea, Producer Susan Leber, actors Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Larry Fessenden and more! We were proud to have such a crowded stage, as the filmmakers, cast and crew discussed the making of this Cannes Film Festival and SXSW selected film.

Michael O’Shea states that the film’s plot was inspired by a friend’s child, who was being bullied for their love of vampires. From there, it grew into something much greater – an exploration of life, death, mortality, and transformation.

If you missed out, you can view the full Q&A here:

If you’re in New York, this is your last call! The film’s final day at the Angelika NYC is Thursday, 4/20.

In the DC area? You’re in luck! THE TRANSFIGURATION opens Friday, 4/21, at the Angelika Pop Up.

Q&A: 20th CENTURY WOMEN with actor Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup stopped by the Angelika Film Center in NYC to discuss his latest role in the Golden Globe nominated film, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN.  While some actors get caught up with stardom and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the Tony Award winner reminds us that there are those who possess humility and are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share their art. “To be able to work is a real privilege as an actor,” Crudup says, “and to be able to work with people who are inspired and capable and creative is exceptional and to have it happen several times in  row is… really lucky.”  Talk about luck, this year Crudup also appears alongside Natalie Portman in JACKIE, another  film that is racking up the nominations this awards season.

In the Q&A clip below, Crudup reminisces about his earlier films such as the cult classic ALMOST FAMOUS. He also shares his on-set experience filming 20TH CENTURY WOMEN alongside director Mike Mills, and one of this year’s Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress, Annette Bening, whom he describes as “gloriously collaborative.”

Check out the trailer!

20TH CENTURY WOMEN is now playing at Angelika NYC and opens this week at Angelika Carmel, Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano and Angelika Mosaic

 

 

Q&A: Manchester By The Sea at Angelika NYC

December 27, 2016

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is easily one of the best films of the season so we know you’ve all seen it, right? Right? Oh boy. manchester by the sea

No biggie, it’s only been nominated for Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture: Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama – Casey Affleck; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Michelle Williams; Best Director Kenneth Lonergan; and Best Original Screenplay.

Not to mention its Critics Choice Awards wins for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Best Young Actor/Actress Lucas Hedges.

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This is a must see for any film lover. Yes, you’ll need tissues and yes, you’ll cry — but it will totally be worth it. Before you let the waterworks go, check out this lighthearted Q&A with the stars of the film Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, along with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. The three playfully interacted about the making of the film and give a glimpse into the  powerful story that they brought to life on the screen.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is now playing at Angelika NYC, Angelika Carmel, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Plano

 

MOONLIGHT Q&A – Director Barry Jenkins says “This movie is therapy”

October 27, 2016

They say that the “eyes are the windows to the soul” and that appears to be Director Barry Jenkins’ secret weapon for his latest work, the masterfully crafted film MOONLIGHT which premiered last Friday at the Angelika Film Center in NYC.

MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. When casting actors to portray the lead character, whose story is told at different ages over three defining chapters of his life,  Jenkins looked to the eyes. “I felt that if I could find these actors with same feeling in their eyes, you wouldn’t see the rest of them, you would see what’s in here [points to eyes].” Though the three actors may not have the most obvious physical resemblance, they all share an expressive and soulful look that embodies the character of Chiron. Jenkins did not allow the three actors to meet during filming to preserve the individuality the character possessed at each stage of his life.

Jenkins, along with supporting actor André Holland and the film’s composer Nick Britell, sat in for a Q&A at the Angelika Film Center in NYC to share a few more gems from MOONLIGHT’s creative process. Push play to sit in on the conversation.

MOONLIGHT is now playing at Angelika NYC!
Opening this Friday 10/28  at Angelika Mosaic