The official podcast of the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. Our podcast highlights voices and films from underrepresented voices. This podcast is for cinephiles, by cinephiles. We hope you enjoy!
Mollye Asher "Nomadland"
This week we are honored to be joined by one of the most impressive producers working today, Molly Asher. In 2020, Mollye won the Film Independent’s Producer Award. In recent years she has produced many award winning films including The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me, Swallow and her latest film - the Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Film Festival and Golden Globe Nominee, Nomadland.
Mollye and host Nicholas Ybarra discuss the importance of trust when making a film that blends reality and fiction. We also discuss what it’s like working with incredible non-actors at the same time as legendary performers like Frances McDormand and David Strathairn.
As always, our guest recommends three films that inspired her and inspired her work in our favorite segment, Gimme Three.
Nomadland is playing in select theaters and drive-ins (check your local listings). You can also see it on VOD and Hulu starting Friday, February 19th.
Gimme Three - Romantic Comedies w/ Adriana Lopez
Film Forward returns with another edition of our Gimme Three Episodes.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we bring you Gimme Three Romantic Comedies. Our guest for this week is Adriana Lopez, a dear friend who has a doctorates degree in Rom-Coms (just kidding, I don’t think that exists - but if it did - Adriana would have one).
Join us as we celebrate love, laughs and some of the greatest rom-coms to ever grace the silver screen.
Gimme Three - Favorites of 2020 w/ Sonja Mereu, Anselm Kennedy & Nicholas Ybarra
2020 was an unprecedented year for cinema. For much of the year, we weren’t able to immerse ourselves in the engrossing theatre experience. Yet, 2020 provided us with some outstanding and fresh filmmaking.
This episode just scratches the surface of some of the best that the year 2020 had to offer. Film Forward host Nicholas Ybarra, LADFF director/PGA member Sonja Mereu and Film Forward producer Anselm Kennedy get together for the annual Gimme Three Favorites of 2020 episode.
The trio do deep dives on their favorites from the year and discuss why their picks made an impact on them.
Let us know what your favorites of the year were. Drop a comment or message us on social media:
Gimme Three - Presidential Films w/ David Chiu
The United States of America has inaugurated it’s 46th president. Film Forward marks this occasion with another one of our patented GimmeThree episodes. Return guest David Chiu joins us for Gimme Three: Presidential Films.
David and host Nicholas Ybarra each provide three of their favorite presidential pictures (real or fake). They dissect the incredible writing and directing in each film. They also discuss the historic relevance of the presidents and how their terms have impacted the nation today.
Join us as we look at our past, present and try to make sense of our future through the beautiful art of film. This episode was a lot of fun to make, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Sam Pollard "MLK/FBI"
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are discussing the new documentary MLK/FBI with it’s director, the legendary Sam Pollard.
Mr. Pollard is an Academy Award Nominee and an Emmy Award winner. In this episode, he elaborates on how he and his team approached this wonderfully crafted film, and what audiences can take away from the lessons of the past. MLK/FBI delivers a profound message that resonates in 2021.
The film is playing in virtual cinemas today. We highly recommend you see it; and when you do, please let us know what you think.
Jerry Rothwell "The Reason I Jump"
Based on the best selling book by Naoki Higashida, "The Reason I Jump" is an immersive film exploring the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. We are honored to be joined by the film’s director, Jerry Rothwell.
Jerry and host, Nicholas Ybarra discuss the techniques and stylistic choices used to put the audience in the sensory world of it’s subjects. Jerry also discusses what he learned form Naoki and the people he follows in the film.
"The Reason I Jump" is in select theaters NOW. It is also available virtually. And for all my Los Angeles listeners, it is available at Laemmle Virtual Cinemas. Not only will you get to see an outstanding film - but you can also support the cinemas and our local theatre chains.