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Episode 41: I’m Gonna Frame It with Jenelle Riley

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SideKickBack is back! This week I sat down with Variety’s Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Jenelle Riley.  You might recognize her from almost any SAG Foundation screening Q & A, as she has moderated discussions with some of the best and brightest talent in the film industry today.  We chat about the politics of Oscar nominations, the common thread between the immensely talented folks she interviews and why it would be unwise to make a bet with her.

Not surprisingly, in addition to Jenelle’s journalistic excellence in covering the entertainment industry, she also writes on the creative side of things, having worked on quite a few scripts in her day. She even directs! Some of you may have seen her short film/sketches such as Grand Gestures on Funny or Die.  She also frequently partakes in Sacred Fools Theater Company’s late-night smash-hit playwriting incubator, Serial Killers.

Check out Jenelle’s writings here!

Episode 39: See You at the Maccabi Games with Jessie Kahnweiler

This week’s episode of SideKickBack Radio features Jessie Kahnweiler, creator, writer, director and star of The Skinny. Her well-crafted, dark-comedy web series premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it’ll take you places you might not expect.  Jessie and I chat about why listening is better than trying to change people, why being rejected as oneself is more important than being accepted as someone else, and man bun executives.

Check out The Skinny at Refinery29 here!

Episode 38: Band of Robbers with Adam Nee

In the triumphant return of SideKickBack Radio, I sit down with half of the writer/director/editor team behind the superb and fascinating film known as Band of Robbers. Adam Nee…oh and he also stars in it too…and I chat about the odd yet ballsy process of financing this independent film, the nuggets of wisdom he would tell his younger self, and the food groups of model.

Rounding out the cast of Band of Robbers  is Kyle Gallner, Melissa Benoist, Hannibal Buress, Matthew Gray Gubler, Stephen Lang and Eric Christian Olsen.  This modern retelling of the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn should not be missed! Available on VOD now 🙂

Episode 31: The Power of Belief and the Desire to Belong with Justin Kelly

This week’s episode features Justin Kelly, the writer and director of I Am Michael (starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto). We chat about the years of work it takes to climb the film-world ladder, Michael Glatze’s reaction to a film about his life, and the oddities of airplane gasoline.

Justin’s upcoming projects include King Cobra (also starring James Franco, Christian Slater, and Molly Ringwald), Welcome the Stranger (starring Riley Keough and Abbey Lee) and JT Leroy (starring Kristen Stewart).

Stay up-to-date on all of Justin’s projects by following his IMDb page here!

Episode 28: A Fight Against Boredom with Johnny 3 Tears aka George Regan

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This week George “Johnny 3 Tears” Regan of Hollywood Undead stops by for another Highway to Havasu episode. We chat about the hate/hate relationship between band and record label, his approach to writing lyrics, and how his doomsday preparations are going.

Although known for his music, J3T has got some pretty great acting chops. In the upcoming Spring Break comedy Johnny plays Jonathan/Ronathan, two frighteningly weird unrelated guys, a tow-truck driver and a boat rental shop owner respectively. It was a blast to work with George, errrr Johnny 3 Tears…he’s the kind of guy that cracks open a beer before we go for a take and man can he give one menacing stare down that will make you crap your pants.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest HU news here! I hear they have a new album coming soon…

Episode 27: I’m Sitting Amongst the Best with UTM

This week I chat once again with Urban Theatre Movement, only this time its the cast of their latest play, Replica. We cover the origins of the play, why theater might be losing its edge and what plays inspire them to be the amazing and daring theater group that they are.

Stay up-to-date on all things UTM here!

Episode 24: Zero F**ks Given with Jeff Janke

Back to back Highway to Havasu episodes! And it’s the big one…I sit down with our writer/director Jeff Janke and talk about how this whole crazy story began, hitting the road with Good Charlotte, and how you can have some fun while getting fired from a job.

Get more info on our movie here!

Episode 23: Join the Squad with Amber Goetz

My guest this week is Highway to Havasu wonder woman producer Amber Goetz, just in time for the next installment of the H2H series! We talk about casting the film, her not so secret identity in photography, and why you do not want to drop her dirt bike helmet. Rest in peace BOT sign 🙁

Get more info on our movie here!

Episode 22: The Future of Entertainment with Julie Young

We are back and we missed you all! Thank you to Amber Goetz at AMP Creative for helping to keep SideKickBack intact. My guest on our triumphant return is another Sundance friend, virtual reality content producer Julie Young of Emblematic Group. We talk about Project Syria, working with the great Nonny de la Pena and the battle of CG vs. 360.

Stay up-to-date on all things Emblematic Group by visiting their website here!

Episode 21: Slap That Explicit On with Melani Carroll

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT! I sit down with my old pal comedienne Melani Carroll. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style by getting all nostalgic on old memories, talking perfect 10’s and the tragedy of 1-ply toilet paper.