Ep 376: Melanie Lynskey & Linas Phillips • Keith Maitland

Nov 04, 2016

[10 mins. 55 secs.] Writer/director/actor Linas Phillips & actor Melanie Lynskey with their film "Rainbow Time" produced by the Duplass Brothers. Todd (Timm Sharp) grew up under the strange shadow of his older, mentally-challenged brother, Shonzi (Phillips). As kids, Shonzi forced Todd to make action movies. As adults, Todd is pressured to share love life details, even showing Shonzi a sex tape he made with an old girlfriend to help him cope when family tragedy hits. When their dad suffers a heart attack, Shonzi, now 40, moves in with Todd and his new girlfriend (Lynskey). Shonzi wants desperately to be included in their relationship like old times.

[41 mins. 30 secs.] Then I welcome "Tower" filmmaker Keith Maitland for the 2nd segment. August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. "Tower" combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Zipcar.com.

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