Alexandra McGuinness, ‘Lotus Eaters’ writer/director, talks filming in black & white

Alexandra McGuinness in black-and-white
Alexandra McGuinness in black-and-white

Lotus Eaters is a new film that has just opened in limited release in New York City and Los Angeles, from writer/director Alexandra McGuinness (Brendan Grant is the co-writer of the script).  She talked with TailSlate recently about the film and films in general:

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Ramaa Mosley, ‘The Brass Teapot’ director, talks humor and ‘Close Encounters’

Ramaa Mosley, director of 'The Brass Teapot'
Ramaa Mosley, director of ‘The Brass Teapot’

The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angaro, will open in limited release on April 5th. Ramaa Mosley directed the film, from a screenplay written by Tim Macy. Mosley and Macy collaborated on a comic series that became the screenplay. Tail Slate sat down with Ms. Mosley recently to talk about her film.

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Shannyn Sossamon talks ‘The End of Love’, doing comedy and ‘Amadeus’

Shannyn Sossamon in 'The End of Love'
Shannyn Sossamon in ‘The End of Love’

On March 1stThe End of Love will open in limited release.  Written, directed and produced by its star Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs the World and For a Good Time, Call), it also stars Amadeus (A Knight’s Tale andOur Family Wedding). TailSlate had the opportunity to discuss the film, among other things, with the beautiful actress.

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Mark Webber talks ‘The End of Love’, his 2nd effort as writer/director

Mark Webber writers, directs and produces 'The End of Love'
Mark Webber writers, directs and produces ‘The End of Love’

On March 1st, The End of Love will open in limited release.  Written, directed and produced by its star Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs the World and For a Good Time, Call) and also starring Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale and Our Family Wedding), the film is about trying to pick up the pieces of a life shattered by a tragic loss.  It also stars Webber’s real-life son, Issac Love.  TailSlate sat down with both Webber and Sossamon recently to talk about the film, among other things. First up is The End of Love‘s writer/director.

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Marshall Lewy talks ‘California Solo’, and working with Robert Carlyle

'California Solo' writer/director Marshall Lewy
‘California Solo’ writer/director Marshall Lewy

California Solo is a simple, quiet tale about a musician who escapes his troubled past by disappearing in the farm lands of Northern California. But you never really move forward unless you face the decisions you’ve made in the past.

It is the sophomore effort from writer/director Marshall Lewy. The New York-born filmmaker discusses with Tail Slate his latest film and what it was like working with its star, Robert Carlyle, the Once Upon a Time star for whom he wrote the part.

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‘Hellbound?’ writer/director Kevin Miller teetered on brink of ‘atheism’

Kevin Miller on the set of 'Hellbound?'
Kevin Miller on the set of ‘Hellbound?’

Kevin Miller didn’t set out to be a documentary filmmaker.

“I wanted to be a big studio screenwriter, but now when I see what those guys are having to do in order to get their films made, I’m glad I ended up going in this direction.”

Those who enjoy quality documentaries should feel similarly.

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Novelist Stephen Elliott: ‘Screenwriting is definitely easier than writing a novel’

Stephen Elliott goes from novelist to screenwriter for 'About Cherry'
Stephen Elliott goes from novelist to screenwriter for ‘About Cherry’

Stephen Elliott never set out to be a writer. Seven books later, he’s become a respected author and the editor-in-chief of his own online magazine, The Rumpus.

He never set out to become a filmmaker, either. Now Elliott’s promoting his directorial debut, About Cherry, a film he also co-wrote.

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Meet the Joe in ‘Craigslist Joe’

Joseph Garner travels the nation in Craigslist Joe
Joseph Garner travels the nation in Craigslist Joe

Joseph Garner directed the new documentary Craigslist Joe which will open on August 2nd.  He had a home, a job, money, friends and family and he left them all behind for 31 days in December with a plan in mind.  He would depend on Craigslist to provide for all his needs except what he took with him.  A backpack, a laptop computer, a cellphone, the clothes on his back and a toothbrush.  His 31 day journey was documented by one cameraman who travelled with him as he journeyed out into the cyber-community.  I got a chance to sit down and ask him about his experiences, his movie, and some other thoughts on film and life:

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