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Switchblade Sisters Episode 68: 'Labyrinth' with 'Solace' Director Tchaiko Omawale

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Tchaiko Omawale

Labyrinth

Tchaiko graduated from Columbia University before going on to intern for Spike Lee and Mira Nair. While assisting directors George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan she directed several short-form projects, including America's Shadows: HIV Risk in Black & Latino Youth. In 2012, she wrote the script called Solace, which would eventually become her feature debut. At that time, it was a semi-finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab. In 2015, the project became a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmakers Program. Solace premiered at the LA Film Festival 2018, winning Special Jury Mention Best Ensemble Cast. Tchaiko was a 2017 School of Making Thinking resident fellow where she created the VR film Shapeshifters. In between her independent projects she produces and directs commercials and branded content.

The movie that Tchaiko has chosen to discuss this week is the wonderful, wacky, goblin-y, Labyrinth. April and Tchaiko touch upon the arousing gender fluidity of David Bowie's character "Jerith." Tchaiko talks about how she strives to make "imperfect" films. She also elaborates on being inspired by nature in the writing of her next fantasy film. Plus, there's a lot of puppet talk - from the construction to the puppeteering itself. If you love Labyrinth, you will love this discussion.

You can watch the trailer for Tchaiko's feature Solace here.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Labyrinth.

With April Wolfe and Tchaiko Omawale.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 52: 'The Happytime Murders' and All Things Puppets with Helen Hong

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
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Drea Clark
Guests: 
Helen Hong

The Happytime Murders

Do you love puppets? Well then this is the episode you've been waiting for! We've got comedian, actor, and Maximum Fun's Go Fact Yourself host, Helen Hong on to discuss the new puppet noir The Happytime Murders. Helen is uniquely qualified to discuss this film because she reveals that she actually auditioned for it! Ricky declares his love for Big Trouble in Little China. Drea proves herself to be a true "puppet movie" expert. And the gang receives a "voicemail postcard" from Alonso at the Venice Film Festival. Plus, the crew plays that game that America loves - 'Name That Puppet!' And as always, we've got Staff Picks.

In news, Ethan Hawke has some thoughts on superhero movies, the Big Trouble in Little China remake is actually a sequel, and Netflix may stop sending out DVDs in 2022.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Team America: World Police
Drea - Support the Girls
Helen - In Bruges

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Destination Wedding

With Helen Hong, Drea Clark, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

#31 - Best Muppet w/ Kirk Thatcher

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Kirk Thatcher

In the third and final Dragon Con-versation of 2015, Mark and Hal sit down with the brilliant and hilarious Kirk Thatcher, who has worked with the Muppets as a creator, writer and director for 30 years. Who better to help pick the best Muppet than someone who's actually WORKED with all of them?!

Topics include:

- Punks on buses

- Rancor Monsters

- Eagles

- Jim Henson

- Polygamy

IT'S NOT TOO LATE to get your tickets to see Mark and Hal LIVE in NYC with special guest John Hodgman! Click here for tickets!

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