Episode 35 - A Stray


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Episode 35 of One Week Only! This week, our key film is "A Stray," about a young Somali immigrant in Minneapolis, MN, struggling to find work & reconnect with his family, but ends up befriending a stray dog, even though it goes against his Muslim faith. Directed by Musa Syeed, and starring Barkhad Abdirahman (Captain Phillips), this is an intimate, nuanced look at an immigrant community, with a vibrant sense of place & culture, and a winning duo of a wayward young man & an adorable dog. It is now playing at the Film Society at the St. Anthony Main theatre in Minneapolis, and opens today at the NY Media Center in New York as part of IFP Screen Forward. Out interview this week is with directors JJ Garvine & Tai Parquet for their documentary "Film Hawk," a look at the life & career of respected Indie film consultant/producer Robert Hawk. A key figure in the independent film scene for over four decades, Hawk has been a tireless supporter of aspiring artists, including a young Kevin Smith, and the filmmakers talk about what it was like make a film about someone so knowledgeable & renowned in filmmaking. The film premiered at Sundance, and has upcoming screenings at the Orlando Film Festival & DOC NYC. We also review "Christine" starring an incredible Rebecca Hall as the tragic reporter, directed by Antonio Campos; the 18th "Animation Show of Shows" featuring 16 animated short films from around the world, from Acme Filmworks; the documentary "We Are X" about the incredible Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, directed by Stephen Kijak; and the luscious period thriller "The Handmaiden" from master filmmaker Park Chan-wook. Hosted by Carlos Aguilar & Conor Holt. Music by Kevin MacLeod at www.incompetech.com

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