Screen Talk, Indiewire’s weekly podcast hosted by deputy editor and chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson, came to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival this week. On Wednesday, Indiewire partnered with Airbnb for a live recording of the latest episode, which took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Airbnb Haus on Main Street.
Introduced by Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper, the episode opened with Kohn and Thompson discussing this year’s festival buzz and their different approaches to prioritizing films over the course of the chaotic proceedings. Taking a cue from the Airbnb Haus’ theme of “strangers meeting strangers,” they reflected on the value of meeting new filmmakers and encountering fresh visions in the festival environment.
Then, they spoke with Crystal Moselle, the director of “The Wolfpack,” which is currently playing in the festival’s U.S. documentary competition and was recently picked up by Magnolia Pictures. Moselle explained how she found the fascinating subjects of her movie, which revolves around a group of siblings forced to remain indoors for most of their lives while learning everything about the world from the movies.
Finally, the hosts welcomed standup comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, whose documentary “Call Me Lucky” is also screening in competition. Goldthwait discussed the intentions behind his project, which focuses on outspoken political activist and comedian Barry Crimmins, as well as the role that Robin Williams played in getting the project off the ground. Goldthwait, who considered Williams his best friend, also discussed why he treasures his longtime friendship with the late actor. Later, Goldthwait elaborated on his newfound affinity for the independent film community. The episode concluded with an audience Q&A.
Screen Talk is now available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn
on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on iTunes and be sure to let us know if
you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming
editions of Screen Talk.