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How Two Weeks Changed Every Aspect of the Film Industry — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Screen Talk, episode 282: After a two-week hiatus, the podcast resumes in a whole new world. Here's how the industry changed — and what might happen next.

A view of an empty movie theater at the Asta Narayan Pictures cinema in Kathmandu, Nepal, 19 March 2020. The Nepalese government has decided to close down public places such as movie theaters, gyms, night clubs, swimming pools, stadiums, and cultural centers from 19 March to 30 April 2020 as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.Coronavirus in Nepal, Kathmandu - 20 Mar 2020

Theaters around the world have emptied out

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When IndieWire recorded the last episode of Screen Talk, movie theaters were packed, a major film festival was at its halfway point, and the upcoming release calendar was packed. Two weeks later, after a brief hiatus, the podcast returns to a whole new world. The pandemic has forced theaters around the world to shut down, major festivals from SXSW to Cannes are canceled or postponed, and movies ranging from “No Time to Die” to “Black Widow” are off the calendar. So what happens now? In this week’s episode, Anne Thompson explains why she made a last-minute decision to cancel her post-Berlinale vacation and return home, and Eric Kohn explains the logic behind covering SXSW even though it didn’t happen. They also touch on the ramifications of the Cannes news, explore the radical shift to the distribution landscape, and explain how the new environment has impacted their own daily workflow.

Listen to the full episode below. 

Screen Talk is available on iTunesStitcher, and SoundcloudYou 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. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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