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The GAR! Podcast: The Interviews

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Usually every Friday at this time Biff Bam Pop! presents the newest episode of The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind, an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week however, GAR! is on a short hiatus. In its place we’re featuring some of the interviews that you might have missed before GAR! came to Biff Bam Pop!. Stay tuned for some of the previous guests of The GAR! Podcast, after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny Interviews Actor Stephen Hill

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Atlantic City was the place to go for fun on the beach and for its famous boardwalk, but this strip of beach has a rich history that goes way beyond the Miss America Pageants and its famous diving horse. When a good friend and fellow writer Uriah Young asked if I would be interested in interviewing an actor who would be in the fifth and final season of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” which is loosely based the book written by Nelson Johnson, my reply was, “Holy salt water taffy!”  I would love to introduce the talented actor, Stephen Hill, to our followers of Biff Bam Pop!. Read the rest of this entry

TIFF 2014: Interview with Day 40’s Sol Friedman

So Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Russell Crowe was a huge hit, grossing over $350 million so far this year. Seems like people respond to the story of God pressing the reset button on a wicked old civilization, drowning every living thing on Earth in a forty-day deluge save for a faithful family and the animals they take aboard their ark. Clearly, Mr. Biblical God has no sense of proportion. Sol Friedman has his own take on the classic Noah story, in his scabrous animated short Day 40. Appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Short Cuts Canada Programme 5, it’s a laugh-out-loud reimagining of the story loosely told from the animals’ perspective. Darkly comedic, Day 40 is sort of a pencil-sketch Animal Farm meets Robot Chicken, and boy does it go to some crazy places in its brief 6-minute runtime. Catch the sort-of-not-safe-for-work-but-not-really trailer and my interview with Friedman, after the jump.

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TIFF 2014: Interview with Entangled’s Tony Elliott

The eerie Entangled imagines living in two realities simultaneously.

Who hasn’t fantasized about living a different life, bifurcated, one where you could make a whole new set of choices and see where they lead? But still live your own life, because what’s the value in the difference if you can’t compare? Of course we want it all, to be able to say definitively “this grass really is greener.” Part of the Short Cuts Canada programme on at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tony Elliott’s short Entangled realizes that dilemma in a clever and tense slice of sci-fi thrillerdom. Entanglement is the typically strange quantum concept that two particles anywhere in the universe can become linked, regardless of distance, and what happens to one will also affect the other. The director cut his teeth as a screenwriter, most recently working on the hit series Orphan Black. In Entangled, Erin (Christine Horne) is forced to care for her catatonic lover Malcolm (Aaron Abrams) after a quantum experiment goes very wrong. Determined to find the cause, she runs the experiment again on herself. What she discovers is literally mind-bending, and forces her to question how far she will go for love. Catch my interview with Elliott and the trailer for Entangled after the jump:

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TIFF 2014: Interview with Indigo’s Amanda Strong

In my continuing series on the Short Cuts Canada Programmes, today we look at one of the most visually striking films in the series, Amanda Strong’s Indigo. Filmed entirely in stop-motion, the hand-crafted figures in this dreamlike short are inspired by Native mythology. A confined woman finds herself liberated by grandmother spider, while her memories are projected in an effort to restore her spirit. Following its own archetypal images and logic, the film doesn’t conform to a straightforward narrative, but conveys a striking journey through several different coloured worlds in its nine-minute run-time. Strong has made several short films, each with an intense, dark visual style. Indigo was also selected for the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner, and last year the National Post included her in its feature “Six emerging aboriginal artists in Canada who are inspiring change.” Catch my interview with her and the trailer for Indigo after the jump:

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TIFF 2014: Interview with Sleeping Giant’s Andrew Cividino

Andrew Cividino’s short film Sleeping Giant perfectly captures the uneasiness of growing up

Sometimes a short film is its own thing. Sometimes it’s a calling card, a director’s notice that this great story could be even more as a feature. The Short Cuts Canada programmes at TIFF give lots of opportunity to check out cool films from up-and-coming directors. Andrew Cividino is one of them. A graduate of the Ryerson University film program in Toronto, he’s made four short films. Sleeping Giant is his first at the festival, and the short is already being made into a feature. Following a boy Adam and his misadventures with a pair of local boys on Lake Superior, their dynamic changes with the arrival of pretty young Taylor. The film captures the competitiveness of kids and the uneasiness of those awkward tween years. Catch the trailer and my interview with director Cividino after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny’s Interview with Actor Brandon Fobbs, Part Two

Brandon Fobbs & Norman Reedus

Brandon Fobbs and Norman Reedus

Hello, my little zombie snacks, and especially those of you who watch “The Walking Dead.”  We are back again with the second half of Brandon Fobbs’ interview and touching base with the character that he played on season four of “The Walking Dead”.  When we left off in part one, Brandon was telling me how he got involved with the show.  Read more after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Steampunk Granny’s Interview with Brandon Fobbs

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I love meeting people and I love interviewing them. A good friend and fellow writer, Uriah Young, who knows that I’m the zombie queen at Biff Bam Pop, ask me if I would like to interview an actor who had a part in season four of “The Walking Dead.” Was I interested my little zombie snacks? Hell yes! I was! Join me now as I introduce a very talented actor, Brandon Fobbs. Read the rest of this entry

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