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Now displaying: April, 2022
Apr 20, 2022

Riley Stearns grew up in Pflugerville, TX, a suburb of Austin. His feature debut FAULTS premiered at SXSW in 2014 and went on to play festivals around the world. THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, his second feature, also premiered at SXSW in 2017. The film was released by Bleecker Street domestically and Universal Pictures internationally. DUAL is Stearns’ third feature as writer/director and first as a producer. When not making films you can find Stearns on the mats training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Riley’s origin story
  • Riley’s first memories of growing up
  • The memory retention of “highly sensitive people”
  • Riley’s past life as a musician
  • How Riley started writing short films and feature films
  • Riley initially finding his voice through mimicking other people’s writing styles
  • When Saman and Riley met at SXSW in 2013
  • Where the initial idea of Dual came from
  • How Riley creates the tone in his films
  • Riley’s time working as a staff writer for TV shows
  • Riley speaks about legacy
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Logistics for getting films made

Artists Mentioned:

  • Aaron Paul (Actor)
  • Karen Gillan (Actor)
  • Jim Jarmusch (Director)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (Director)
  • Aaron Stewart-Ahn (Filmmaker)
  • Jack Nicholson (Actor)

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Apr 5, 2022
Saman Kesh (born Saman Keshavarz) is an Iranian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his narrative music video work for notable artists such as Basement Jaxx, Calvin Harris, Kygo, Placebo, !!! Chk Chk Chk, Vitalic, Apparat and Porter Robinson.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Living and being isolated in the desert
  • The Definite Chief Aim - a concept by Napolean Hill through way of Mitch Horowitz
  • Grieving the death of his girlfriend Jean Guo
  • Gaining momentum through commercial success
  • Understanding purpose
  • Working through failures
  • Accepting ourselves
  • Being magick
  • Balancing out the need for control
  • Changing negative perspectives
  • “Hollywood has this ability to arrest you in this psychosis of delusions” - Saman Kesh
  • The gift of an existential crisis
  • Power in analyzing dreams
  • Functioning under depression
  • Saman’s “Zoom” call analogy
  • Martial arts

Books Referenced:

  • “Fierce Intimacy: Standing Up to One Another with Love” by Terry Real

Artists Mentioned:

  • The Daniels (Directing Duo)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director)
  • Jonah Hill (Actor)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (Writer)

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