Switchblade Sisters

Switchblade Sisters provides deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie - horror, action, sci-fi, bizarro and so many others! Along the way, they cover craft, process, and how these films actually get made. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

Switchblade Sisters Episode 106: 'The Ring' with 'Pure' & 'Sickhouse' Director Hannah Macpherson

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Guests: 
Hannah Macpherson

The Ring

Katie Walsh returns to talk to the groundbreaking director Hannah Macpherson (Pure) about 2002's The Ring. Hannah discusses her fascination with the film and how it ties into her obsession with the effects of technology on the human experience. She also chronicles the making of her Snapchat film, Sickhouse, and how it really tricked the audience into thinking the events were real.

Pure is streaming on Hulu now.

And if you haven't seen The Ring...be careful, it's scary.

With Katie Walsh and Hannah Macpherson.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 105: 'Psycho' with 'Blue' Director Gabriela Ledesma

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Guests: 
Gabriela Ledesma

Psycho

Katie Walsh is back in the hosting chair this week to speak with the fascinating director of the new film Blue, Gabriela Ledesma. Gabby's on the show to talk about the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho. She opens up about the dark subject matter of Blue and how her own suicide attempt inspired the film. She also discusses the lessons she learned during her naval career that she has applied to filmmaking. Plus, Katie and Gabby just generally obsess over the genius of Alfred Hitchcock.

Blue is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen Psycho...what are you doing with your life?

With Katie Walsh and Gabriela Ledesma.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 104: 'Logan's Run' with 'Paradise Hills' Director Alice Waddington and Halloween Horror Recs with Jordan Crucchiola

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Guests: 
Alice Waddington
Guests: 
Jordan Crucchiola

Logan's Run

Just in time for Halloween, we have the amazingly talented Alice Waddington (director Paradise Hills) on the program to talk about Logan's Run. She discusses creating specific fantasy worlds, being inspired by Logan's Run, and the pleasures of working with Awkwafina. We also get Vulture associate editor, Jordan Crucchiola, on the line to talk about what horror films we should check out this Halloween.

Paradise Hills is in theaters and streaming on November 1st.

And if you haven't seen Logan's Run, you simply must!

With April Wolfe, Alice Waddington, and Jordan Crucchiola.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 103: 'Black Widow' with '10 Things I Hate About You' & 'Legally Blonde' Screenwriter Kiwi Smith

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Guests: 
Kiwi Smith

Black Widow

We have royalty on this week's episode. We are graced by the presence of Kiwi Smith, writer of 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, and so many more. She's on the show to talk about a VERY different film from her own work - Bob Rafelson's 1987 neo-noir, Black Widow. Kiwi gushes over the obsessive relationship between Debra Winger and Theresa Russell's characters. She discusses having to change the ending of Legally Blonde several times. And she talks about how she physically mailed pages to her writing partner during the writing of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Watch Kiwi's show, Trinkets, streaming on Netflix now.

And if you haven't seen Black Widow, you simply must!

With April Wolfe and Kiwi Smith.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 102: 'Polyester' with 'Greener Grass' Actors and Directors Dawn Luebbe & Jocelyn DeBoer

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Guests: 
Dawn Luebbe
Guests: 
Jocelyn DeBoer

Polyester

We have the honor and distinction to be graced by the presence of Dawn Luebbe & Jocelyn DeBoer, the actors, writers, and directors of the new film Greener Grass. They discuss a classic film that would pair perfectly in a double feature with their own movie - that would be John Waters' Polyester. They elaborate on the notion of "shock value" and how Polyester is shocking for different reasons than Waters' previous films. They also open up about the production of their own film, and how they lucked into shooting in the "Golf Cart Capital of the World."

Greener Grass is streaming and in theaters on October 18th.

And if you haven't seen Polyester - GO NOW!

With April Wolfe and Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 101: 'Ravenous' with 'Bloodline' Writer Avra Fox-Lerner

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Guests: 
Avra Fox-Lerner

Ravenous

This week we initiate another woman into the Switchblade Sisterhood. Avra Fox-Lerner, writer of the new Seann William Scott led horror, Bloodline, is on the show to talk about 1999's Ravenous. She and April discuss this bizarre and twisty cannibalistic horror film, and how it's a miracle that it got made in the first place. Avra elaborates on discovering aspects of her film through the editing process. Plus she details how she finally broke into the film industry by pitching a screenplay to Blumhouse that they said they would never make.

Bloodline is streaming now.

And if you haven't seen Ravenous - you should!

With April Wolfe and Avra Fox-Lerner.

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 100: 'Get Out' with 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' & 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Writer and Actor Ashley Nicole Black

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Guests: 
Ashley Nicole Black

Get Out

This week we are joined by multi-talented writer, actor, and director Ashley Nicole Black. She can most recently be seen as a regular on A Black Lady Sketch Show. And prior to that she was a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The movie she has chosen to discuss also has its origin in the comedy world - Jordan Peele's Get Out. Ashley discusses how efficiently this film works at getting information out quickly, and how those same lessons can be applied to writing sketches. She reveals the origin of her character "The Most Annoying Woman in the World" and how it is based on the worst aspects of her personality. And she elaborates on writing jokes for black and white audiences.

You can watch A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

And if you haven't seen Get Out - what's wrong with you?

With April Wolfe and Ashley Nicole Black.

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 99: 'The Witch' with 'The Long Walk' Director Mattie Do and 'Tigers Are Not Afraid' Director Issa López (LIVE AT FANTASTIC FEST)

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Guests: 
Mattie Do
Guests: 
Issa López

The Witch

(L to R) April Wolfe, Issa López, Mattie Do

Recorded LIVE at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, this show has a little bit of everything - special guests, witchcraft, and a stuffed animal version of Black Phillip. Mattie Do, Laos's first, and only, female film director, is our special guest. And she's on the show to talk about 2015's The Witch. She details her own personal connection to magic and witchcraft, and how this film influenced the look and feel of her own horror-folk film, The Long Walk. She and April are also joined by Tigers Are Not Afraid director Issa López to help decide which member of the audience gets to sell their soul to the devil.

You can see Mattie's film The Long Walk on the film festival circuit.

You can see Issa's film Tigers Are Not Afraid on Shudder.

And if you haven't seen The Witch, you simply must!

With April Wolfe, Mattie Do, and Issa López .

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Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Switchblade Sisters LIVE at Fantastic Fest!

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Date: 
09/21/2019 - 12:30 - 13:30
City: 
Austin, TX
Venue Name: 
The Highball at Alamo Drafthouse

1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Live at Fantastic Fest!
SWITCHBLADE SISTERS: ‘THE LONG WALK’ DIRECTOR MATTIE DO TALKING ABOUT ‘THE WITCH’

More information can be found here: https://fantasticfest.com/events/switchblade-sisters-podcast1/

Switchblade Sisters Episode 98: 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' with 'The Office' and 'Maniac' Writer Caroline Williams

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Caroline Williams

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Caroline Williams is a screenwriter originally from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008 she created the ABC series Miss Guided starring Judy Greer and Chris Parnell, about a high school guidance counselor who must relive her unpopular high school days when another old classmate joins the faculty and staff. From there, Caroline went on to write for The Office, Modern Family, Up All Night, BoJack Horseman and others including, most recently, Arrested Development and Maniac for Netflix. In addition to television, Ms. Williams has written on studio features and directed short films, and she’s currently setting up her feature directorial debut. She is also married to fellow filmmaker Drew Goddard, Oscar nominated writer of The Martian and director of Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie that Caroline chose to discuss can be found in the video store under "dreamy" - that would be Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock. She and April explore the makings of a good mystery and how sometimes things are better left unexplained. Caroline elaborates on the importance of writing structure - by both knowing when to follow it and when to stray. And she also talks about the joy of being able to direct something she has written.

You can see Caroline's work all over the place.

And if you haven't seen Picnic at Hanging Rock, you simply must!

With April Wolfe and Caroline Williams.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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