Episode 7

"How Loud Is Mumblecore?"

w/ Andrew Bujalski - Filmmaker; "Godfather" of Mumblecore film scene

Hailed as one of the rising stars of the DIY/indie film scene at the turn of the 21st century -- including a "favorite filmmaker" designation by perennial bellwether critic Amy Taubin and a "Someone To Watch" Award given by the Independent Spirit Awards -- Andrew Bujalski, rather unwittingly, has been called the pioneer of the so-called "Mumblecore" movement in cinema. Perhaps the most recent alternative film ethos (or maybe just a marketing catchall by lazy journalists -- you decide), Mumblecore has boasted such "graduates" as Greta Gerwig, the Duplass Bros., Lynn Shelton and Joe Swanberg, amongst many others. And it all started -- for good or ill -- with Bujalski, whose films include Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and Computer Chess. What happens when film nerds and geeks become major movie stars and big-time directors? Find out on the this episode of NERTZ when Bujalski does far more than merely ... ahem ... MUMBLE his own thoughts on the answer.  

Mathew Klickstein is a longtime journalist, filmmaker, author, playwright, and arts therapist.