The Daily Buzz

The Daily Buzz is a “festival only” radio show. We travel to film festivals year-round and interview some of the most important indie voices, partner with NPR affiliate and local community radio stations and aim to deliver these conversations to cinephiles, fans and moviegoers everywhere.

The show is in its fifth year, and the Daily Buzz has interviewed some of the most important voices in the entertainment industry: more than 500 guests ranging from directors, actors, producers, festival directors and journalists in the independent film world.

The Daily Buzz partnered with KUT this year to provide coverage of the 2015 SXSW Festival. This week, The Daily Buzz is broadcasting from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) — which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Toronto, Canada — and interviewing independent and international filmmakers. Daily Buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival is made possible with support from Production Legal, Cloud Electronics, Soundcloud, ENKI NY and Angry Porcupine.


Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman speaks with Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDB, at the Grey Goose Rotunda on the lawn of the Hotel Majestic on Le Croisette. Needham talks with Daily Buzz about the evolution of IMDB, what films he likes at Cannes this year and what he would pick if he were on the official Cannes jury. He's seen 15 films so far and shares some of the highlights both good and bad, including what he thinks of Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, on this sunny afternoon in the French Riveria.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 5

May 25, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le speaks with Hong Kong Int'l Film Society Executive Director Roger Garcia on another picture-perfect day in the South of France. We're at the Hotel Majestic on the Croisette during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for an episode of Hot Topics and speaking with Roger Garcia, the man behind the scenes and responsible for the Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival (HKIFF), HK Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asia Film Awards (AFA).   Garcia talks about his experience at Cannes over the years with the market side of the festival.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 4

May 25, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman interviews Jonas Carpignano, Director of Mediterranea, at the Nespresso Beach Cafe sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, located across from the JW Marriott Hotel on Le Croisette.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 3

May 20, 2015

Daily Buzz co-host John Wildman spoke with Shameless Writer/Director Oh Seung Uk and the film's male lead, Kim Nam Gil, inside the Korean Film Council's beach pavilion over the weekend.

The film also stars Korean actress Jeon Do Yeon, who flew into town just for the premiere. She returned to Cannes for the 3rd time. Last year, Jeon was a member of the competition jury and has also won the Best Actress at Cannes for the film Secret Sunshine in 2007.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 2

May 18, 2015

It’s the 68th Edition of the Annual Cannes Film Festival, and it’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The Daily Buzz is at the Nespresso Café located across from the JW Marriott Hotel on Le Croisette in the South of France with this year’s edition of The Daily Buzz at Cannes 2015.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 1

May 18, 2015

We’re back with another edition of The Daily Buzz at Cannes for the 68th Edition of the Annual Cannes Film Festival.

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Festival-only radio show The Daily Buzz brings you its 2015 SXSW Film roundup, its Best of Fest episode. The co-hosts speak with filmmakers from documentary feature, narrative feature and audience award-winning films. 

The episode features interviews with the minds behind: Landfill Harmonic, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Valesquez Story, Twinsters, A Woman Like Me, Creative Control, and Frame by Frame. Hosts also speak with Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, and Hugh Forrest, head of SXSW Interactive.

SXSW: Episode Thirteen from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Zee and Milo, the brains behind From The Airport (FTA) met at a friend's underground studio in Seoul in 2010 and have since collaborated to create a unique mix of energizing distortions, dance beats, melodies, and moving lyrics. Milo (producing, guitar, bass, keys, vocals) and Zee (producing, DJ, drums, keys, vocals) both have roots in film, Zee as a screenwriter and Milo as a film composer. We spoke about their obsession with films, what inspires them as musicians, their time in the Korean Army, and what American bands influenced them growing up as kids in S. Korea.

SXSW: Episode Twelve from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Korean American Daniel Park (aka DPD) is a director and producer. His film Ktown Cowboys made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. He started his music, news and publishing agency, Transparent Agency, along with electro-hop band Far East Movement. Together they manage artists April Nhem, Bye Felicia, Dustin Lenji, Paul Mason, Rell The Soundbender, and Yultron. He sat down with us during KPop Meet Up @Blackheart to talk about the KPop wave, why the computer is a musical instrument, and how DJs are artists too.

SXSW: Episode Eleven from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz caught up with Korean rock, electronic and indie band HEO in the hallway of the Majestic on 6th Street during SXSW just prior to their performance. We spoke with HEO's Kim Bo Yeong (vocals, keyboard, and bass), K (guitar and sound engineer) and Kim Geonjae (drums).

SXSW: Episode Ten from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz caught up with the winners of the 2015 Korean Music Awards Rock Song Of The Year Asian Chairshot after their performance at KPop Night Out at the Elysium. This psychedelic garage rock band group consists of a talented trio: drummer Pak Gye Wan, guitarist Sohn Hee Nam, and bassist and vocalist Hwang Yong Won. Others have compared their sound to Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Radiohead.

Find out during our interview how they met Jeff Schroeder of Smashing Pumpkins, how they convinced him to produce their album, and why it's important to never give up.

SXSW: Episode Nine from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Singer-songwriter Bobby Choy is no stranger to SXSW. This graduate of NYC's School of Performing Arts returns to the festival for a second time this year doing double duty as an artist in both the film and music portions. He had a lead role in Ktown Cowboys, which made its world premiere in Austin at SXSW. The film, based on the successful web series of the same name, follows a group of childhood friends who spend their free time in Los Angeles' Koreatown (aka Ktown).

SXSW: Episode Eight from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz spoke to The Barberettes, a retro Korean female trio made up of three vocalists: Shinae An Wheeler, Grace Kim and So Hee Park, at SXSW during the Music portion of the festival. Specializing in harmony, this very stylish doo wop group takes us back in time with their nostalgic interpretations of hits from the 1950s and 1960s such as "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes and "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys. They call themselves the "Time Traveling Girl Group" and have inspired a new wave of fashion followers with their dapper outfits and picture perfect hair and makeup.

SXSW: Episode Seven from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

During the KPop meetup at Blackheart, The Daily Buzz spent some time with Korean indie rock band Eastern Sidekick. The band consists of main songwriter and lead guitarist Ko Hangyul, Bae Sanghwan on bass guitar, Ryu Inhyuk on guitars and Ko Myungchul on drums.

SXSW Film: Day Five from The Daily Buzz

Mar 17, 2015
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It was drizzling this morning in Texas on Day Five of The Daily Buzz at SXSW Film. If you were walking by our broadcasting studio on N. Congress Ave. earlier today, you may have heard violin and cello strings being tuned as we talked with Christine Vachon from Killer Films, award-winning producer of Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven and, most recently, Still Alice.

SXSW Film: Day Four from The Daily Buzz

Mar 16, 2015
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It’s Day Four of The Daily Buzz at the Historic Stateside Theatre, and there's excitement brewing at the Paramount in anticipation of the 30th anniversary screening of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club.

SXSW Film: Day Three from The Daily Buzz

Mar 15, 2015
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Episode Three of The Daily Buzz assembles a motley crew of experts: SXSW Producer and Senior Programmer Jarod Neese; General Manager of SXSW Music Fest James Minor; SXSW Music Fest Programmer Stacey Wilhelm; and the show's co-hosts, Joe Leydon (Variety) and Kim Voynar with special guests Jeff Yang (Wall Street Journal) and Justin Chang (Variety). 

SXSW: Day Two from The Daily Buzz

Mar 14, 2015
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Today's episode of the Daily Buzz features interviews with directors Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski and subject Curtis Duffy (For Grace); Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli (Frame by Frame); Directors Zackery Canepari and Drea Cooper and Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (T-Rex); Directors Lewis Bennett and Calum MacLeod and subject Benjamin Taft (Sandwich Nazi); and Director Ben Powell (Barge).

SXSW Film: Day One from The Daily Buzz

Mar 13, 2015
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SXSW Film began today, and festival podcast the Daily Buzz is out gathering interviews, previews and reviews with some of the filmmakers, writers and actors appearing at this year's fest, which features more films this year than ever before.