Episode 523: Alex Emanuel

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Actor/Producer Alex Emanuel talks with host Jason Godbey about his indie feature, The Incoherents. We first met Alex and the team behind The Incoherents at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

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Remembering Alien

Review by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Forty years ago in the summer of ’79, Alien, a revolutionary science-fiction/horror film made its way out into the world, bursting on the scene much like its titular character burst out of the chest of an unsuspecting John Hurt. Memory: The Origins of Alien explores the ideology and influences that gave birth to Alien as well as the film’s production and its meaning. 

Documentaries about the origins of movies are nothing new. In fact, there are documentaries, video essays, reviews, books, etc. about Alien which have existed since its release. One need look no further than the various DVD and Blu Ray releases of Alien to find how it was made. This raises the central question to the making of this documentary: what is left to say about this film that hasn’t already been said? Memory explores the Greco-Roman myths and the Lovecraftian imagery that influenced the creators of Alien. 

Alien is the brainchild of Dan O’Bannon, H.R. Geiger, and Ridley Scott; each one a visionary in his own right. This documentary explores their influences and how they were able to conceive what some consider a perfect horror film in space that spawned a franchise that has lasted until this day. 

Another unique way Memory explores Alien is through its discussion about the themes of the film, themes that were perhaps unconsciously explored by its creators. Themes such as feminism, male rape, male pregnancy, and patriarchal guilt can all be seen in its imagery. It is a testament to the documentary that these themes aren’t usually referenced in other films about the Alien franchise. 

Memory: The Origins of Alien comes from the mind of writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe, who uses stark lighting and dramatic angles to interview his subjects, mimicking the style of the film they’re discussing. It’s easy to see this was a labor of love for Philippe whose filmography is largely comprised of movies about movies including 2017’s 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene and 2014’s Doc of the Dead.  

If you’re an a sci-fi fan, or a fan of movies in general, you’ll find something to love in Memory. It’s more than just the making of a movie. It’s a love letter to Alien and a gift to cinefiles. 

NYC Web Fest 2019

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In October, NYC Web Fest celebrated its sixth year at Stonestreet Studios in Manhattan. It is a delightful fest, quite intimate, but they have some great screenings, panels, and workshops.

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on writing for Digital and TV which included four very accomplished writers: Joanna Pickering, who is an actress and playwright; Misha Calvert, who created several web series including Step Into My Office, ; Cylla Sennii, who created the series Situationships on BET Digital; and Micharne Cloughley, who is currently a staff writer for Law & Order SVU

The festival encourages creators to submit by having a healthy number of awards. Festival winners included: 

Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Countdown — Nathan Breton

Outstanding Achievement in Sound:  Microaggressions  — Dicky Dahl

Outstanding Achievement in Music:  Play the Hits — CJ Ballesteros & Lauren Moon 

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography:   Just the Two of Us — Christophe Dalpé & Benoit Jones-Vallée

Outstanding Achievement in Writing:  Step Into My Office — Misha Calvert

Best Original Concept: Swipe — Martijn Winkler 

Best Supporting Actress: Barbelle –Nadine Bhabha 

Best Supporting ActorHype — Leroy Shingu 

Best Documentary/Reality: Yotsrim– Shachaf Dekel

Best Mystery/Thriller: Terreur 404 — Samuel Archibald & William S. Messier  

Best Dramedy: Tuesday Nights — Shiva Kalaiselvan & Joe Bandelli

Best Comedy: Dark Justice –– Mike Gerbino, Elisa Peebles, Travis Cannan, Che Holloway, Zahra Zubaidi 

Special Guest Star:  Tuesday Nights — Victor Williams 

Dynamic Duo: The Mom List –Elena Melener & Melody Fadness  

Best Actress: Home Turf — Sarah Cantin  

Best Actor: Darcy on House Arrest — Trevor Dow

Best Foreign Language:  Georges is Dead — Charles Grenier, Sarah Pellerin, Carolyne Boucher

Best International Web Series:  Sui Generis — Roberto Nascimento

I Love NY: The Rehearsal  — Jaclyn Bethany, Suze Myers, Alida Rose Delaney, Mikhail Makeyev

Best Short Film:  Girl, Sweetvoiced — Rebecca Shoptaw

Best Pilot: Vows  — Nazli Sarpkaya & Isabelle Pierre, Ginny Leise, Callie Hanau 

Best Director: Darcy on House Arrest — Heidi Weitzer 

Best Web Series: Home Turf — Mara Joly, Lou Bélanger, Rafael Perez, St Laurent TV, Sophie Samson

If you have a web series, this is a must-submit festival. For more information on NYC Web Fest, check out Episode 512 with Lauren Atkins, the festival’s founder. 

Episode 522: Justina Adorno

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Actor Justina Adorno talks with host Jason Godbey about acting and her roles on Grand Hotel and Seven Seconds.

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Jeff Annison, President of Legion M at NYCC 2019

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

By a strange quirk of fate, I was invited to New York Comic Con this year where I met and interviewed the President of Legion M, Jeff Annison. In this excerpt, Jeff talks about Legion M’s latest film, Memory: The Origins of Alien .

Legion M is the world’s first fan owned media company. Recently they were a part of making of indie films like Mandy and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot happen by partnering with filmmakers and fans. It’s a unique company that I’m sure we’ll be hearing from for years to come as they help reshape the world of entertainment.

Special thanks to Jordan Elizabeth Gelber and Terri Pinon for making this interview happen and thanks to Jeff Annison for being so generous with his time. Look out for the full episode, coming soon.

Bushwick Film Festival: Opening Night

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

This year’s Bushwick Film Festival kicked off with an evening at House of Yes in Brooklyn. Despite a torrential down pour, the night got underway without a hitch. Our own Lindsay Aster was there on the red carpet to chat with filmmakers Kylie Eaton and Cody Stokes about their films Dispel and The Ghost Who Walks. Dispel is a fantasy short film about a young girl who sees her mother as a monster from her favorite television show, and The Ghost Who Walks is an indie feature about an ex-con attempting to reconnect with his daughter.

The Bushwick Film Festival has been running for 12 years and has a lot to offer filmmakers who are looking to land a film on the festival circuit and network with industry professionals. I highly recommend it.

Look to this space for more film festival coverage throughout the year and subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast app. No Rest for the Weekend is now live on YouTube, iTunesPocket Casts, Anchor.fmSpotify, and Google Play. Please remember to like, rate, subscribe, and share. You can also send us your questions, and suggestions for topics, and let us know if you’d like to nominate a creator to be a guest on our show.

Episode 521: Simone Policano

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, actor/producer Simone Policano talks about her latest film, Auggie starring Richard Kind.

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