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Rigs of Dad Prodcast

Apr 8, 2022

Riley Stearns is a writer, director, jiu jitsu brown belt, metal-head, gear dork, cold brew addict, and so much more.  His feature debut "Faults" was a nice introduction to what would become one of the most unique voices in film today.  His follow-up, "The Art of Self Defense" is a movie that Ross regularly credits as the film that made him laugh the hardest he has ever laughed in a theater. 

Riley has now arrived at his third feature "DUAL", which might be his most signature film to date.  It debuted at Sundance, and will be available in theaters April 15th.  It's the existential black comedy we all need.

Riley joins Ross and Ian to talk about the creative process behind "Dual", honing his unique dialogue, working with folks like Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan, working with Emma Ruth Rundle, building the Full of Hell cinematic universe, and so much more.  

If you are a film dork, a music dork, a gear dork, a jiu jitsu dork, or anything of the sorts, there is something in here for you.

There is much more to this conversation (over 30 extra minutes of deeper insights and specifics over at the Rigs of Dad Patreon Page where you can also hear more interviews with previous guests, patreon exclusives, and beyond!

Ian dropped some new tunes over at The Interesting Times Gang's Bandcamp that you should click for a good cause!

Big shout out to the homies at as well...  Take care of yourself.  Look good, feel good.  Treat your body and neighbors nose with love using Shear Revival!  Use the code CLEANTONE10 to get 10% off your next order!  And scope their new fuzz pedal that should be dropping soon.

Head over to Age of Ruin's Instagram and dive into some of the best thrash I have ever heard.  Their new album is coming soon.  It's produced by Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour and is just a relentless and refreshing metal cleanse. And be sure to check out their new live video from [hate5six] here.

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