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Episode 44: Director of My Own Journey with Rich Delia

One of the first steps in the filmmaking process is the somewhat mysterious, often underappreciated art of casting. On the latest episode of Sidekickback Radio, I sit down with Casting Director extraordinaire Rich Delia.  You can see his fine work in such films as Dallas Buyers Club, Short Term 12 and currently in theaters, Lights Out. We chat about how he transitioned to casting director from acting, what it takes to find that perfect actor for the role in the casting process and some suggestions for actors strugglin to break through

Coming soon, Rich’s upcoming projects include:

Transpecos – with Clifton Collins Jr. and Gabriel Luna, directed by Greg Kwedar, 2016’s SXSW Audience Award winner tells the story of three border patrol agents that make an unnerving discovery revealing possible betrayal amongst their own unit.

Fist Fight starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube as two high school teachers who have a score to settle…in the parking lot, after school.

To the Bone – from previous guests of the podcast, Mockingbird Pictures, To the Bone stars Lily Collins as a young woman dealing with anorexia who meets an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) that challenges her to face her condition and embrace life. Written and Directed by Marti Noxon.

The Masterpiece – directed by James Franco, the star-studded cast includes Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Stone and Franco himself as they recreate the behind the scenes “magic” that led to the cult classic that is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

Stay up to date with his IMDb 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 36: Let it Play/Let’s Switch with Sasha Spielberg

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Upon my return, I sat down with the lovely Sasha Spielberg…a marvelous musician, writer extraordinaire and all-around goof.  We chat about her band Wardell and their west coast tour with Ryan Adams, what it’s like to pioneer a new media format with Literally Can’t Even on Snapchat, and why our generation might forget to procreate.

Check out Wardell on Soundcloud and on iTunes here!

 

Episode 33: Sometimes Magic Happens with Naomi Grossman

The latest episode of SideKickBack Radio features the incomparable actress Naomi Grossman, whom you might recognize (with some difficulty) as Pepper from American Horror Story. We chat about her high school reunion, the difference between “making it” and “doing it,” and large Argentinian hats.

Check out Naomi’s website here!

Episode 32: Happy Birthday Mom!

This episode was recorded on September 9th, my wonderful, proud Jewish mama’s birthday!  My gift to her this year was an hour of questioning her cryptic and often times mumble-mouthed son on his life. Eye-rolling was kept to a minimum…Highlights include my experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006, getting my acting career going as the Cowardly Lion, and what I really learned in high school.

Check out my momma’s own podcast here!

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 30: What’s in his Lungs? with Victor Levin

This week I get to sit down with Victor Levin, writer/director of the marvelous film, 5 to 7 (starring Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe).  We chat about the lost art of writing letters, the realities of running a TV show and the French view on relationships.  5 to 7 is now available on VOD and iTunes!

Check out the trailer here!

Episode 29: The Meat in the Cotton Candy with Robin Riker

I am joined this week by veteran actress Robin Riker, who appeared in such series as BrothersThe Bold and the Beautiful and my personal fanboy geekout, the Disney Channel Original Movie Brink! We chat about her new book A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood, steering clear of “soul-eaters” and the necessity of champagne.

Pick up a copy of Robin’s book 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…