In this episode we talk with New York based filmmaker Jay Stern about two of his features films, Spirit Cabinet and The Adventures of Paul and Marian, as well as his monthly comedy film Fest called Iron Mule Film Festival. He’s a smart filmmaker and exceedingly prolific with multiple projects in various stages of development and production and he had a lot of insightful advice for indie filmmakers.
JAY STERN (producer and director) is a New York-based film and theater director. Jay’s first feature film, an adaptation of Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, opened in New York City in May, 2007. His second and third features, Spirit Cabinet, and The Adventures of Paul and Marian, were shot back to back and are currently on the festival circuit. Jay has produced and directed over 30 short films which have played at festivals across the US and Canada, and produced Victor Varnado’s feature documentary The Awkward Comedy Show, which premiered on Comedy Central and is distributed on DVD by New Video.
Recent theater work includes The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, 20th Century Photograph, with director Veronica Wigg, an adaptation of Agamemnon with director Ioli Andreadi, and the premiere of Julie Kottakis’ Does This Dress Make Me Look Alone? at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival.
Jay is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a founder of the WorldWide Lab, an international festival of director-driven work developed at the Watermill Center, which had its inaugural presentation in New York City in the summer of 2012. Jay is collaborating with Berlin-based Taiwanese director Nai Wen Chang on Alien Attack! a new play for the WWL which premiered at Teatro Due in Rome, Italy in October, 2014.
Jay is also a founder, producer, and co-host of the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series, which has been screening monthly since April, 2002.
Find out more about Jay and his projects at his website.
His monthly comedy film festival, Iron Mule Film Festival’s website.
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