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Listen: Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson Wonder If Indie Filmmakers Can Survive the ‘Transformers’ Age

Listen: Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson Wonder If Indie Filmmakers Can Survive the 'Transformers' Age

In the latest edition of “Screen Talk,” Indiewire’s new podcast, chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson look at the big picture of art and commerce in the industry.
Thompson shares some details from her panel at the Palm Springs Film Festival, concluding that the experience showed how “people perceive the film industry as this Mecca.” After touching on whether or not it’s a good thing when talented filmmakers tackle studio projects, they delve into the challenges for indie filmmakers working in the shadow of Hollywood tentpoles like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which Kohn found frustrating because “it shows you just how hard it is to make great movies now.” (Read more of his thoughts on that topic here.)
From there, they delve into Steven Soderbergh’s decision to hire indie directors Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan for his new 13-episode series based on “The Girlfriend Experience” and what it means for the broader migration of filmmakers to the TV arena. Then, they offer their picks among the week’s new releases: Thompson likes “Begin Again,” while Kohn endorses “Snowpiercer.” 
Finally, the duo conclude with their regular “Nikki Watch” segment on the ongoing exploits of Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke, whom Thompson defended against allegations in a recent Deadline article earlier this week.

Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. And be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk.

Listen to the podcast below (it will be available in the iTunes store shortly).

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