Ep 660: Udo Kier& Todd Stephens • Nathaniel Kahn & Sabine Krayenbühl (SxSW)

Mar 19, 2021

[5 mins. 10 secs.] SxSW coverage continues with this episode. First up, the iconic actor Udo Kier ("Bacurau", "Blood for Dracula") finally does the podcast! He's in the indie dramedy called "Swan Song" and is joined by his director, Todd Stephens ("Gypsy 83", "Another Gay Movie"). An aging hairdresser (Kier) escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman's hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way.The film was just bought by Magnolia Pictures this week.

[28 mins. 35 secs.] Also, first time on the podcast, the documentary filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn ("My Architect", "The Price of Everything") with his latest work "The Hunt for Planet B". We're joined by Filmwax friend —and his editor— Sabine Krayenbühl ("Letters From Baghdad"). "The Hunt for Planet B" captures the human drama behind NASA's high-stakes Webb Telescope, due to launch in October 2021 - the most ambitious space observatory ever built. The film interweaves the creation of this massive machine with the story of a pioneering group of female scientists on a quest to find life beyond our solar system. What begins as a real-time scientific adventure turns into a deep meditation on our place in the universe. On the brink of seeing farther out than ever before, we find ourselves looking back at our own imperiled planet with new eyes.

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