Audio interview with “Win Win” director Tom McCarthy & star Alex Shaffer at 2011 SXSW Film Festival On Monday, March 14, 2011, I attended a gala screening of Win Win at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The event took place in the stunning 1200-seat Paramount Theatre, built in 1915.

The film was featured in the Headliners section. Directing from his own script, this sweet little American indie is the third feature for Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). The movie stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, and real-life champion high school wrestler Alex Shaffer as Kyle. Win Win debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. It was acquired by Fox Searchlight for theatrical distribution and released today, Friday, March 18 exclusively in New York and Los Angeles.

Just prior to the screening at SXSW I sat down with writer/director Tom McCarthy and teenage star Alex Shaffer. Several other reporters joined us at the AT&T Conference Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Here is the audio interview. You can listen live or download the mp3.

NOTE: I will be posting a separate interview with stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. I also shot the Q&A and will be posting those photographs as well.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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