“Val” Interview | Director, co-writer Aaron Fradkin, and star Misha Reeves | The Filmcraziest Show

“Val” Interview | Director, co-writer Aaron Fradkin, and star Misha Reeves | The Filmcraziest Show

In the new Dread Central horror film Val, a criminal named Fin (Zachary Mooren) tries to evade cops by breaking into a mansion in a wealthy neighbourhood. This mansion happens to be owned by high-class escort Val (Misha Reeves), and Fin finds himself in a strange situation where nothing is what it seems. The film is currently playing in select theatres, and will be available On Demand this coming Tuesday, October 5.  For my podcast/video podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the film's co-writer and director Aaron Fradkin, as well as one of the film's stars Misha Reeves, who plays the titular Val.

“Bad Candy” Interview | Writers, Directors Scott B. Hansen, Desiree Connell | The Filmcraziest Show

“Bad Candy” Interview | Writers, Directors Scott B. Hansen, Desiree Connell | The Filmcraziest Show

For my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the minds behind Bad Candy. They are Desiree Connell and Scott B. Hansen, who share directing duties, as well as writing duties.  In our conversation, we touch on the vignette shooting and how they don’t personally consider it an anthology film and adding to the Halloween resurgence and playing by Halloween rules.

“Creation Stories” Interview | Director Nick Moran | The Filmcraziest Show

“Creation Stories” Interview | Director Nick Moran | The Filmcraziest Show

At the height of Britpop, the founder and head of Creation Records, Alan McGee (played by Ewen Bremner in the biography Creation Stories) was at the height of his career, discovering bands like Oasis that would heavily influence the 1990s, and music from there on. Nick Moran's film tells the story of the rebellion of the age, [...]

“Black Conflux” Interview | Actress Ella Ballentine | The Filmcraziest Show

“Black Conflux” Interview | Actress Ella Ballentine | The Filmcraziest Show

For Black Conflux, I was able to speak with actress Ella Ballentine about her layered and memorable performance as Jackie. In the interview, we talk about how Ella picks her projects, workshopping the character, singing for a scene in the film, watching her films, working with Ryan McDonald, some advice and more in between.

“The Mire” Crowdfunding Interview | Director Adam Nelson, Screenwriter Chris Watt, Producer Tom Byrne | The Filmcraziest Show

“The Mire” Crowdfunding Interview | Director Adam Nelson, Screenwriter Chris Watt, Producer Tom Byrne | The Filmcraziest Show

Up until this point for my podcast, I’ve watched every film or TV series that I’ve covered. For this episode, we talked about a film that hasn’t been created yet with a project called The Mire, described as a contained thriller which explores the darkest sides of manipulation set in Portsmouth, in the U.K.

I spoke with the upcoming film’s director Adam Nelson, the film’s screenwriter Chris Watt and the film’s producer Tom Byrne, as they are currently trying to crowdfund the last bit that they need to be able to start filming in October 2021. In the podcast, we also talk about one of Adam and Tom’s other projects, a segment called Toilet Humor in the anthology film I Am An Addict.

“Frank & Zed” Interview | Writer, director Jesse Blanchard | The Filmcraziest Show | Fantasia Film Festival

“Frank & Zed” Interview | Writer, director Jesse Blanchard | The Filmcraziest Show | Fantasia Film Festival

Back at last October’s first edition of the Nightstream Film Festival, I was able to watch the wild puppet horror film Frank & Zed, written and directed by Portland filmmaker Jesse Blanchard. I loved it a lot as a love letter to the horror genre and monster movies, and I loved seeing all the effort that went into a puppet film of nature, especially with the climactic Orgy of Blood.

I spoke with Jesse at that festival, but as our conversation came at the very end of the festival, we thought it best to hold the conversation for either its release (On Demand or what have you), or its next big festival stop. It’s now playing at the Fantasia Film Festival – available On Demand through Wednesday, August 25 – and I’m super excited to unveil our conversation.

“Lift Like a Girl” Interview | Director Mayye Zayed | The Filmcraziest Show

“Lift Like a Girl” Interview | Director Mayye Zayed | The Filmcraziest Show

Featured image: 14-year-old Zebiba lifts weights at a competition in the documentary Lift Like a Girl. (Photo courtesy of Route 504 PR.) In the new documentary Lift Like a Girl, a 14-year-old female weightlifter named Zebiba trains in Alexandria, Egypt, on a street corner that looks like an abandoned construction site. This doesn’t look like the spot [...]

“Leylak,” “Shock Docs: The Devil Made Me Do It” Interview | Costume Designer Alexandra Engelson | The Filmcraziest Show

“Leylak,” “Shock Docs: The Devil Made Me Do It” Interview | Costume Designer Alexandra Engelson | The Filmcraziest Show

Featured image: Isabella Haddock as Rank in Leylak. (Courtesy of Alexandra Engelson.) The triple threat is something you might hear often in the film industry – commonly the star, writer and director of a film. However, my guest today on The Filmcraziest Show, Alexandra Engelson, is a unique triple threat. She wear many hats, most commonly [...]