The small town of North Bend, Washington is not only home to Twin Peaks, cherry pie, and a damn fine cup of coffee, but it also houses the North Bend Film Festival. Taking the place over one weekend, North Bend programs some of the most interesting genre films you never heard of. We returned for our second year, and during that time, we saw some crazy shit.
In the midst of the three week long festival that is the Seattle International Film Festival, we took a few moments to talk to one cinema’s most promising new talents Philip Youmans. Along with his producer and school mate Mose Mayer, they sat down to talk about their film Burning Cane, what influences them, and where their careers will take after the success of their first outing.
Way back in March, we saw the world premiere of The Art of Self-Defense at SXSW. Fast forward two months and the film made another appearance at SIFF, and along with it came writer director Riley Stearns. During the festival, we had the opportunity to speak with the director and discuss where the idea came from, the process of scripting such a tact-sharp comedy, and whether or not he himself knows karate.