“Their struggle with making work is what’s so relatable to listeners,” said Betsey Brown, an actress and filmmaker who is a regular listener, and occasional guest, of the pod.
Ms. Brown recently released a feature film, “Actors,” which she wrote, directed and stars in alongside her brother, Peter Vack, who is a close friend of Mr. Rothweiler and Mr. Pawley.
In February, the pair arranged for an “Actors” screening, followed by an Ion Pack-hosted Q. and A., at the Roxy Cinema in TriBeCa. The screening sold out, as did five additional screenings. The success of each event, which Ms. Brown described as “fueled with loving energy,” led her to ask Mr. Rothweiler and Mr. Pawley to distribute her film in North America.
In addition to working as a distributor, the pair have plans to produce Mr. Vack’s second feature film and a number of smaller projects including a film by the animator Tracey Todd; a Chinatown-focused TV show, directed by Kyle Brown and Zans Brady Krohn; and a show directed by the comedian Catherine Shannon.
Mr. Pawley’s recording project, the Life, is also set to release an album this year, and Mr. Rothweiler will debut his feature film, “Salamander Days,” which he directed with Ms. Sherman-Myntti.
“Our whole lives have been us taking ourselves too seriously, holding ourselves back,” Mr. Pawley said, “because we had such a specific plan of how we wanted to — —”
“Present everything,” Mr. Rothweiler cut in.
Mr. Pawley said: “It took rejecting our identity to finally be comfortable with ourselves or something.”