September 17, 2019
This week we return to the Sundance Film Festival to bring you this fascinating conversation with documentarian Irene Taylor Brodsky. Her new film "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements" follows her son as he learns Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 while adjusting to a cochlear implant. The film is a deeply personal exploration of deafness as experienced by Brodsky's son as well as her two parents. Fearless and generous filmmaking at its finest.
"Moonlight Sonata" is now playing in select theaters, but will eventually air on HBO. Be sure to follow the film on Twitter @VermilionFilms, and you can follow the podcast @ITMODCast. You can also follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.
September 10, 2019
This week we head back to the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Va to partake in the annual GenreBlast Film Festival. As always, the experience offers a unique insight into the craft and selling of a film. We were very grateful to sit down with actor/producer Jerry G. Angelo to discuss his latest performance as the nightmarish serial killer at the center of "Artik." The film just landed on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, and you will not want to miss it. Angelo cuts a mean figure, but we found him to be nothing but charming, informative, and generous with his time. We discuss the headspace required to inhabit such a brute and the challenges of capturing a character with a limited budget equalling limited time.
You can follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork and @theturtledork. While you're hanging out on Twitter, you can also follow Jerry @JerryGAngelo.
September 3, 2019
From the moment we met Clay McLeod Chapman at the Chatanooga Film Festival, we knew we wanted to have him guest on the show. The man is a master storyteller cracking his way through every medium imaginable: books, children's literature, comics, podcasts, and film. We are in awe of his talent, and we're desperate to make him our new BFF. We spoke to Chapman the week after his "Absolute Carnage" spin-off comic "Separation Anxiety" hit the stands, and we dive deep into his new horror novel "The Remaking" due out on October 8th from Quirk Books. Chapman wears his influences on his sleeve, and he's all-too-happy to discuss them while we fawn at his feet.
Please follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass. You should also track Chapman and his many adventures @claymcleod, and be sure to pre-order "The Remaking" wherever fine booksellers reside.
August 28, 2019
This week we're lucky enough to have both the director and star of "Frances Ferguson" joining us in The Dork Cave. Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless have a unique creative relationship; having workshopped the hero of their story well before having a story for her to fill. In this conversation, we explore the joys and challenges of spearheading a production, the method of balancing the comic with the tragic, and the nervous excitement of finally unleashing your story upon the world. Put this empathetic oddball character piece on your radar, and make sure to follow the film on Instagram at francesfergusonfilm.
Of course, you can also follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork and @WBDass.
August 21, 2019
This week it's Red State vs. Blue State as we dive into the exceptional, satirical slasher "Tone-Deaf" from writer/director Richard Bates Jr. We here at ITMOD are massive fans of Bates' previous work, and we're happy to report that "Tone-Deaf" is easily one of our favorite films of the year. What a treat it is to talk to Bates about his new film as we discuss the influences behind it, the challenges of casting the picture, and the way he balanced a variety of genres to produce this rad mash-up.
Be sure to check out the film when it lands in theaters this Friday, and follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast. If you're feeling extra generous, you can even follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass.
August 14, 2019
How do you like your superhero cinema? Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry? Dorks! There are more than 31 flavors out there!! You do not have to settle for the three tastes you've been spoon-fed for decades. Thankfully, fellow comic book nerds Zach Lipovsky & Adam B. Stein are here to serve up a radically new scoop of superhero cinema for folks craving a little variety. Their new film "Freaks" is a fascinating spin on marvelous mutants, and you will not want to miss out when it drops on September 13th. Fresh from the Fantasia Film Festival, we chat with the directors about the joys of updating spandex theatrics for modern audiences, the challenges faced when casting their script, and the thrill of working with Bruce Dern.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and follow the hosts @MouthDork and @WBDass.
August 6, 2019
This week, we're back with some remote coverage of Fantasia Festival 2019. While Brad and Lisa were jet-setting to Comic-Con (and chatting with Jason Mewes!), Billy caught up with Jovanka Vuckovich and Munro Chambers for their film "Riot Girls," a punk-rock romance set in an apocalyptic world ruled by teenagers.
We dig into what made the queer romance at the heart of "Riot Girls" the story that had to become Vuckovich's first feature. You might have seen her work in "XX," where she directed the segment "The Box." She was also the editor-in-chief for Rue Morgue Magazine for nearly seven years.
Chambers, who plays the lead villain, got his start on "Degrassi," but has gone on to star in a number of genre film favs like "Turbo Kid." He also stars in "Harpoon," whose director Rob Grant we interviewed during our time at the Chattanooga Film Festival. We dive into the emotional costs of portraying acts of violence and the surprises of working with younger actors.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and follow the host @WBDass. "Riot Girls" goes wide on September 13. Be sure to check it out!
July 31, 2019
We return from the San Diego Comic-Con International with this wild conversation starring the one-and-only Jason Mewes! Breaking out from his iconic role as the chattier half of Jay and Silent Bob, Mewes makes his directorial debut exploring his own life in the meta-comedy "Madness in the Method." The film features a bevy of character actors playing twisted versions of themselves: Kevin Smith, Vinnie Jones, Dean Cain, Terri Hatcher, and Danny Trejo. Mewes is a warm and genuine human being and was very generous with our psychologically invasive questions.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.
July 23, 2019
Our time with The Overlook Film Festival must finally come to an end, but damn - we go out with a bang! This week we're chatting with legendary independent filmmaker Larry Fessenden about his Frankenstein obsession and how he's worked it, yet again, into a film. "Depraved" transplants the mythology of Mary Shelley to a modern realm of nightmares that include dive bars, dumpster laboratories, and psychopathic entrepreneurs. We dig deep into why Fessenden can't shake the tale of Frankenstein's monster, and how his new status as a cinematic guru keeps him hungry for his own art.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass. More importantly, make sure that your butts are at the theater on September 13th when "Depraved" is unleashed upon the world.
July 11, 2019
We're back with another essential conversation from the Overlook Film Festival. This week, we're delighted to have Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, & Tananarive Due on the podcast to chat their film "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror." Recorded just moments before the three producers took the stage to introduce the film to a jam-packed audience, we had a conversation exploring why they are still compelled to tour the film despite its immediate access on Shudder. From there we discuss the genesis of the project, their delight at its reception, and what films we should all be putting on our movie queue.
Be sure to follow our guests on Twitter @GraveyardSister, @MeansColeman, & @TananariveDue. Follow the podcast on Instagram & Twitter @ITMODCast and follow our hosts, @MouthDork & @WBDass.