Episode 14 - When Self-Financing Pays Off with Chloe Chudasama
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I sat down with UK-based Produced Chloe Chudasama. After three successful short films under her belt, Chloe and her partner Leroy Kincaide self-financed a horror feature called "The Last Rite," and gained distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films for it. Chloe and I talk about how she got started as a Producer, the process of getting "The Last Rite" off the ground and turning it into a financial win, and how when it comes to production, it's important to listen to the signs!    For more on Chloe: https://www.nocturnalpictures.co.uk/ @chloecproducer on Instagram   The Last R ..read more
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Episode 13 - Scaring Your Crew w/ Fielding Edlow + Larry Clarke
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I sat down with writer/comedian Fielding Edlow and her husband, actor and independent filmmaker Larry Clarke. Together the two have produced the award-winning web-series "Bitter Homes and Gardens," which took home the Best Comedy title at the New York Film Festival. The three of us discuss their respective journeys in the entertainment industry, how they got their series off the ground and how the pandemic led them to an encore season. Throughout all of this they blessed me with their brand-worthy banter and shed light on how playing a dueling husband and wife can hit close to home a ..read more
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Episode 12 - Truth in Storytelling w/ Sara Robin
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I talked with Sara Robin, a German Director, Writer, Producer and DP based in Boston and Los Angeles. Sara first came onto my radar after her film "Cranberry Nights" caught my attention on the festival circuit. The film was excellently crafted and showcased Sara's instincts and artistry as a filmmaker. She and I discuss not only what inspired her to bring "Cranberry Nights“ to life, but also how she got started in the industry, where her passions lie, and how above all her work is rooted in a desire to showcase the truth. Sara is a fascinating individual who was full of insight on na ..read more
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Episode 11 - The Art of Genre w/ Emily Maya Mills
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I had the pleasure of talking with comedic content creator, Emily Maya Mills. Before shifting her focus to longer-format storytelling, she was named a “Funny Female to Follow on Twitter” by the Huffington Post and recorded a standup album, By a Thread, on ASpecialThing Records. As an actor, she’s appeared on Orange is the New Black, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Key & Peele and Parks and Recreation. While earning her MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Emily placed her first three films in festivals and won the opportunity to direct the university-funded film, Boo Hag or Sh ..read more
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Episode 10 - Why You Should (Or Shouldn't) Go To Film School w/Danni McClellan
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I sat down with Danni McClellan, a current student in the Master's Film Program at Chapman University to talk all things film school! Danni breaks down why she ended up applying to the program, talks about the film that got her in, and the pros and cons of her experience since beginning her journey there. She also talks about the evolution of film school brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and shares what she thinks will help prospective students make their decision on whether or not to pursue a film school education. An informative conversation all around! Enjoy :)   For more ..read more
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Episode 9 - The Festival Circuit w/ Jessica Hardin
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I had the chance to sit down with Director of the Pasadena International Film Festival, Jessica Hardin. A lifelong lover of film, Jessica shares all about how she got a festival off the ground in the already fest-heavy vicinity of Los Angeles and how she has set her festival apart from the rest. She also dishes on the selection process and what exactly her festival is looking for on the film front, as well as real success stories that have happened as a direct result of filmmakers showcasing their film at PIFF! This is an informative conversation that any indie filmmaker about to hop ..read more
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Episode 8 - Finding Your Place in the Industry w/ Mandy Fabian
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I had the absolute JOY of chatting with Mandy Fabian. Mandy is an immensely talented writer and director who co-created and directed Lifetime's first original digital series "The Young Hillary Diaries," and she also wrote the Amazon digital series "Dropping the Soap," which garnered Jane Lynch with a Best Actress Emmy for Best Short Form Original. Mandy shares with me all about her journey in entertainment, from how she answered the call to start directing all the way through her experience directing her first feature film, "Jess Plus None." Not only is Mandy an inspiration, she's al ..read more
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Episode 7 - Making Hollywood Moves Outside of Hollywood w/Katie Preston
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I talked indie film with actor turned director Katie Preston. Katie is a true independent spirit who loves all aspects of filmmaking. She got her start as an actor but quickly turned to writing, producing, directing and editing her own content, and she shares all about her journey making films both in LA and in Boise, Idaho where she resides. Katie also dishes on her latest project, an 11 episode web-series called "Running On Love," (which tackles a very timely and thought-provoking theme) which she received a post-production grant for, and what it was like starring on a series about ..read more
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Episode 6 - Making Your Living as a Director w/ Elaine Chu
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I got to chat with writer/director Elaine Chu. Elaine's debut feature film "Purgation" was heralded as "one of the best horror movies I've seen this year, if not the best," by Spinechillr, and Horror Cult Films declared Elaine Chu, "a name to look out for in the future." In addition to sharing all about the financing process for "Purgation," Elaine also talked about how she has managed to pull off the impossible -- make her living as a working director in Hollywood. She shares all about the world of commercial directing and even talks directing over Zoom. This is a knowledge-filled e ..read more
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Episode 5 - Hire Survivors Hollywood w/ Sarah Ann Masse
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by Heather Turman
2M ago
This week I sat down with actor, writer, producer and director Sarah Ann Masse. After gaining recognition for her viral YouTube sketch series "We Are Thomasse," Sarah realized the power and fulfillment in creating her own content and made her short film directorial debut with her award-winning dramedy "Tristan & Kelly." Sarah shares all about her experience producing the film overseas and what it was like premiering on the festival circuit during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to her work in front of and behind the camera, Sarah is also a survivor of assault by Harvey Weinstein, and af ..read more
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