Episode 163 – David Powers (Always Believe)

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Episode 163 – David Powers (Always Believe)





David Powers is a filmmaker, podcaster, and currently the Operations Manager for Subway Cinema that produces the New York Asian Film Festival as well as the Director of NYAFF Chat for Subway Cinema.

In this two hour long episode (!) I chat with Dave about the New York Asian Film Festival, getting burned out from working on film sets, what happens if you don’t follow your dreams, working with The Ultimate Warrior, pro wrestling, and tons more.

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Show Notes

DB Cooper vs BigFoot – A group of young hunters arrive at a secluded lodge in the Pacific Northwest. Little do they know that the hunters are about to become the hunted.

London At Midnight – also known as The Hypnotist, was a 1927 American silent mystery film with horror overtones, distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was based on the short story “The Hypnotist” by Tod Browning, who also directed the film. London After Midnight starred Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Conrad Nagel, Henry B. Walthall, and Polly Moran. The movie is now lost and remains one of the most famous and eagerly sought after of all lost films. The last known copy was destroyed in the 1967 MGM Vault fire. In 2002, Turner Classic Movies aired a reconstructed version, using the original script and film stills, by producer Rick Schmidlin.

Nightmare on Elm Street –  several teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams (and thus killed in reality) by Freddy Krueger. The teenagers are unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon, but their parents hold a dark secret from long ago.

Dolemite – a 1975 American blaxploitation feature film, and is also the name of its principal character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, who co-wrote the film and its soundtrack. Moore, who started his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1960s, heard around that time a rhymed toast by a local homeless man about an urban hero named Dolemite, and decided to adopt the persona of Dolemite as an alter ego in his act.

Takashi Miike –  highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over ninety theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. Miike is credited with directing fifteen productions in the years 2001 and 2002 alone. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

Park Chan Wook–  is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is most known for his films Joint Security Area, Thirst and what has become known as The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2003’s Oldboy and 2005’s Lady Vengeance. His films are noted for their immaculate framing, black humor and often brutal subject matter.

Visitor Q – The film’s plot is often compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, in which a strange visitor to a wealthy family seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter, and finally the father, before leaving a few days after, subsequently changing their lives.

Audition – a 1999 Japanese horror film, based on the novel of the same name, directed by Takashi Miike. It is about a recent widower, Shigharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), whose son suggests that he find a new wife. Aoyama agrees, and with a friend, stages a phoney audition to meet a potential new partner in life. After interviewing several women, Aoyama becomes interested in Asami (Eihi Shiina), who responds well to him, although as they begin to date, her dark past begins to affect their relationship.

13 Assassins – Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. 13 Assassins – a masterful exercise in cinematic butchery (New York Post) is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.

New York Asian Film Festival – In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship event, the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which has been presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010. Now entering its 15th year, NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway Cinema’s other events and initiatives include the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest (showcase for the best of classic martial arts films) and the New York Korean Film Festival (presented in collaboration with the Korea Society since 2014).

The 16th Edition of the New York Asian Film Festival takes place, June 30th – July 15th, 2017.


Ringo Lam –  a Hong Kong film director, producer, and screenwriter. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Lam initially went to an acting school. After finding he preferred making films to acting, he went to Canada to study film. In 1983, he returned and began filming comedy films. After the commercial success of his film Aces Go Places IV, he was allowed to develop his own film. Lam directed City on Fire in 1987, which led him to winning his first Hong Kong Film Award, and has been extensively referenced as the fundamental inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs.

City on Fire – a 1987 Hong Kong crime film written, produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sun Yueh. Following A Better Tomorrow (1986), it helped establish Chow’s popularity as an action star in Asia, and to a lesser degree, North America.

Reservoir Dogs – is a 1992 American crime thriller film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the feature-length debut of writer and director Quentin Tarantino, and stars Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, and Tim Roth. Tarantino and criminal-turned-author Edward Bunker have minor roles. It incorporates many themes that have become Tarantino’s hallmarks: violent crime, pop culture references, profanity, and nonlinear storytelling.

Pulp Fiction – is a 1994 American black comedy neo-noir crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue.

The French Connection & The Exorcist –  This is what I was referring to in the podcast. A professor argued that this is the greatest, ‘1-2 punch’ in cinema history.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl – Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is the terrifying story of two classic monsters re-imagined as super hot – and super lethal – Japanese school girls. Gore rules supreme in this blood-cake cavalcade of carnage!

Chikara Pro – an American professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company takes both the name and logo from the Japanese kanji meaning strength. It was founded in 2002 by professional wrestlers Mike Quackenbush and Reckless Youth, who also served as trainers and in-ring performers.

Zach Even Esh – Strength Coach at RUWrestling, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym,Host of The Strong Life Podcast, and Author.

The Underground Strength Gym –  Zach’s gym located in Scotch Plains, Middlesex, & Mannasquan NJ. 

Sue Lee – Sue studied fine arts and pre-med sciences at Colgate University to pursue a stable career in medical prosthetics. However, she finally took the risk of pursuing her dreams by attending the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects program.

Beyond Wrestling – Pro wrestling organization in Rhode Island, and independent wrestling’s most watched YouTube channel.

Tommy Wiseau –  is a director, actor, producer, and screenwriter based in the United States. He produced The Room (2003), which has been described by many critics as “one of the worst movies ever made” and has gained cult film status

— Pro Wrestling Terms

Film Set Lingo

Brick – Brendan Frye is a loner, someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the “who” and “why” and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura, intimidating Tug, drug-addled Dode, seductive Kara, and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? These are the ingredients of Brick, a gritty and provocative thriller that critics describe as “a clever, twist-filled whodunit!”

Sasha Banks intergender pro wrestling match – Look for David Powers running a camera while standing on a ladder in the background

Sid Caesar – was an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering 1950s live television series: Your Show of Shows, which was a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor, Caesar’s Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians.

Casino – Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese’s riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-karat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas, 1973, is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multimillion-dollar casino operation, where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.

Dawn of the Dead – David Emge, Ken Foree. Zombies take over a shopping mall and terrorize four people hiding there in this sequel to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

— The Ultimate Warrior – was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled, among the others, under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996.

The Ultimate Warrior vs Macho Man Randy Savage – Retirement match at Wrestlemania 7

— The Ultimate Warrior TV Pilot


— Warrior University


Kitchen Nightmares – an American reality television series formerly broadcast on the Fox network, in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business. 

Kanji Furutachi – Kanji Furutachi was born in 1968 in Sakai, Japan. He is an actor, known for Au Revoir L’Ete (2013), Hospitalité (2010) and After the Storm (2016).

Weng Weng – was a Filipino actor and martial artist. Only 83 cm (2 feet, 9 inches) tall, he is listed in the Guinness World Records as the shortest adult actor in a leading role. He played Secret Agent 00 in For Y’ur Height Only and The Impossible Kid, and also starred in the western “D’Wild Wild Weng” and “Da Best in the West”. In total, Weng Weng was a co-star or appeared in 14 films. However, many of them are considered lost.

Big Trouble in Little China – Kurt Russell stars as truck-driving, tough-guy Jack Burton in this mystical action-adventure-comedy-kung-fu-monster-ghost-story film about the imaginary world under Chinatown where ancient Chinese ghosts and evil spirits dwell.

James Hong – James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but at some point along the way became interested in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California and practiced for 1½ years as a road engineer with the County of Los Angeles. He took sick leaves and vacation time to do films. He finally quit engineering to focus on acting full time.

Waynes World 2 – Everyone’s favorite headbangers from Aurora, Illinois, are back in this sequel to the 1992 hit comedy Wayne’s World.


Special Shout-Outs

Conrad Thompson – Producer & Co-Host of several Pro Wrestling podcasts including, The Ric Flair Podcast, and the Bruce Prichard Podcast.
Steve Wilton – Manager of  The Ultimate Warrior & Business Manager of Ultimate Creations.
Nick Davis – Host of the MMA Sesh & Another Bachelor Podcast. Producer for the Adam Carolla Show.
— Turnbuckle Throwbacks – www.turnbucklethrowbacks.com
— The Rant (home of the Turnbuckle Throwbacks) – www.rantemradio.com
— Shining Wizards Wrestling Podcast – www.shiningwizards.com
— Thumbstick Ninjas – https://www.facebook.com/ThumbStickNinjas/
— Zach Even-Esh’s podcast – http://zacheven-esh.com/tag/strong-life-podcast/


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