Movie Bears Podcast

Once again, the gracious organizers of aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) have invited us to their Filmmaker's Brunch during SXSW 2019 at The Iron Bear in Austin TX for an opportunity we could never pass meet and interview the incredibly talented filmmakers involved with several LGBTQ+ films screening at SXSW 2019. Have a listen to what's behind these artists and their films:


0:00 - MBP Intros

3:36 - Interview with Jim Brunzell, Artistic Director of aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) and friend of our podcast tells us a little bit about what makes aGLIFF the “The Best LGBTQ+ Film Fest In The Southwest”.

8:59 - interview with Melanie Hutsell (former SNL cast member) and Sam Littlefield, co-writers and stars of MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPERS, on its world premier at SXSW 2019. 

13:35 - Our super fun chat with Fawzia Mirza @thefawz, writer and star of SIGNATURE MOVE, about a lesbian in Chicago who falls for Alma, a bold Mexican woman, while searching for her identity in life, love, and wresting.

19:50 - Chat with the cast & crew of THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND (Frances Lozada, Tamara M. Williams, Devin Lowe, Alex Kruz, and Robert Pycior), a drama about the relationship between Tine, a young trans woman, and her grandmother as they navigate Tina’s transition. 

26:13 - Director Harrod Blank and Rusty Tidenberg, the trans woman subject of Harrod’s fascinating documentary, WHY CAN’T I BE ME? AROUND YOU, talk to us about Rusty’s transition and her struggle for acceptance from others. 

37:55 - Lisa Steen (Director) and Lauren Blumenfeld talk about making the comedy short film, STEPDADDY, which makes its debut at SXSW. They also tell the surprising story of how they got Peter Gallagher to make an appearance in their film. 

43:12 - We talk with producer Michelle Randolph Faires and local Austin filmmaker Tracy Frazier, director of BECOMING LESLIE, a film which chronicles the life of Leslie Cochran, beloved Austin cult hero. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm MDT

After an amazing week spent binging the next big films at #SXSW in Austin TX, we're back in the podcast saddle and ready to dish on some of the highlights from another amazing festival of film, friends, and fun. PLUS: A little movie called #CaptainMarvel recently came out. What do we think of it and how does it stack up against the other 648 MCU films? Listen in to hear our thoughts and to share your comments in a review of the show.


0:00 - Intros

6:17 - Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

26:54 - Spoilers: CAPTAIN MARVEL

47:36 - SXSW Film 2019 Overview and Highlights - There's plenty SXSW Film highlights to come in the next few episodes, including our favorite films, and exclusive interviews with several talented filmmakers.

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Direct download: MBP_e313_-_Captain_Marvel_and_SXSW_Highlights.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm MDT

This week we have some movie news. Specifically, the hot Twitter topic of Steven Spielberg taking aim at Netflix movie regarding their eligibility for Oscars with limited or no theatrical release. We also get into a review of 'Happy Death Day 2U.' Will this sequel to 'Happy Death Day' make you feel like you're caught in an endless, pointless time loop? Find out our thoughts!


0:00 - Intros

3:08 - Movie News

31:03 - Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

44:05 - Spoilers: HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

53:49 - Plugs & Outro

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Direct download: MBP_e312_-_Happy_Death_Day_2U.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm MDT

We're excited to finally get to talk about ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.’ Does this 3rd and final part of this trilogy soar to the same great heights as the first two films? PLUS, we dish about a little awards ceremony that happened over the weekend. Nothing too major, but we’re ready to talk about which films, filmmakers, and actors took home little gold men, along with all the highlights and lowlights of the this year's Oscars extravaganza. 


0:00 - Intros

4:26 - 2019 Oscars Show Recap



1:23:54 - Plugs & Outros

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Direct download: MBP_e311_-_How_To_Train_Your_Oscars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm MDT