Episode 72: Varun Raman & Tom Hancock

Transmission.  Transmission is a film that you MUST SEE.  This film is a brilliant work of art from Varun Raman & Tom Hancock; a young team out of Manchester, England (though they’ve moved since) who studied film on their own, wrote a pile of scripts and then managed to put together a team and a cast to make something special.

They weren’t able to attend the Sherman Oaks Film Festival when we screened Transmission in 2017, but the joy of running this podcast is that it gave me a reason to get on Skype and chat with this amazing filmmaking team for a few hours.  

Besides being a pair of promising artists, Varun and Tom are also incredibly good guys.  Talking to them was like hanging out with friends.  I have no doubt that you will love listening to this podcast and hearing how they got their film made and what they plan to do next.

But first… watch Transmission and then listen to the interview.

Seriously… you MUST WATCH THIS FILM… watch it on the biggest screen you can find.. and click the heart in the corner to “like” it.

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Episode 70: DIF4Q with Nate Hapke

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
    • Name a film you think is underrated
    • Name a film you think is overrated
    • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Nate Hapke wrote and directed One More, a great short films that was an official selection at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  Nate works full time and he

To see One More, click here.

What were Nate’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: Philadelphia Story, Moonlight, Clue
  • Underrated: The Florida Project
  • Overrated: 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Seek Out: The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

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Episode 69: Nate Hapke

At the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017, we played one of my favorite blocks of all time and that block started off with the incredibly well-directed and touching One More.  At the Q&A I wasn’t surprised that this film came from a filmmaker as thoughtful and intelligent as Nate Hapke.

At the Q&A all we discussed was his film, but then he came in to record a podcast and I found out that this young man is one of the most dedicated and driven filmmakers I have yet to meet.  He averages more than one short film a year and that is while working full time on one of the best known television programs of all time, General Hospital.

Nate is the kind of filmmaker who has thought about every frame and every edit of his work, and when he came in for the podcast we talked for a looooong time.  And then, while we were holding the interview to wait for him to release One More online, a series of ridiculous hard drive issues lead to my losing the recording.  So, with the online release coming soon, Nate came in and we recorded another.  This means that when you listen to this podcast we don’t discuss his past nearly as much, and he focuses more on each of the films he has made.  Fair enough.

But first… watch One More and then listen to the interview.

Use this link to see more from Nate Hapke.

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Episode 67: Aletha Shepherd

One of my favorite films at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2016 was Safe Bet, a beautifully made film about a memorable evening in a young woman’s life.  Safe Bet was the brainchild of Aletha Shepherd, a Londoner living in Los Angeles who’s one of those people that never seems to stop working.

Aletha moved back to London and it took us a long time to coordinate when we could chat, but we worked it out.  And I’m glad we did!  Besides the fact that I want you all to see Safe Bet, it was great to learn more about Aletha and to hear what she was brewing.

As always… watch the film!  It is available on Amazon Prime right now.  To watch it, CLICK HERE or search for Safe Bet however you get to Amazon Prime.

 

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Episode 65: Jeremy Foley & Sara O’Reilly

You want to talk about indie filmmakers?  Between them, Sara O’Reilly & Jeremy Foley wrote, produced, directed, and edited the award winning short film The Faceless Man.  On top of that, they’re totally nice people and everyone who worked with them on this laborious passion project speaks highly of them.  Even their lead actor, who endured hours of a prosthetic make-up application every day of the shoot, felt strongly enough about the film that he joined them at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival and said nothing but positive things about them at the Q&A.  Not surprisingly, The Faceless Man took home a Grand Jury Prize at SOFF.

On top of that, I want to mention that this lovely couple are genuine film lovers.  They basically attended every screening of every film at the festival, showing support for their fellow filmmakers.  This is called a class act.

Enough praise… WATCH the film below and then listen to the interview.  And know when you watch it that there are NO DIGITAL EFFECTS in this film.

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Episode 64: DIF4Q with Zach Kanner

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
    • Name a film you think is underrated
    • Name a film you think is overrated
    • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Zach Kanner was the lead actor and producer of the feature film Stay, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  He played a bad guy, a really bad guy, and made it work.  If you think that’s easy, then you’ve never taken a stab at film acting.

Zach came in for a Discover Indie Film interview with his Stay collaborators Christopher Cramer and Devin Brooke.  They got to sit in on his DIF4Q and add their commentary to hers, just as he did for theirs.

Stay is not available for you to watch yet, but you can learn a lot more about it here.

What were Zach’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: The Master, Clerks, Tommy Boy
  • Underrated: Everybody Wants Some
  • Overrated: Inglorious Basterds
  • Seek Out: The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Xtro

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Episode 63: DIF4Q with Devin Brooke

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
    • Name a film you think is underrated
    • Name a film you think is overrated
    • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Devin Brooke was onscreen for nearly every minute of the feature film Stay, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.  As well as being the lead actor, she also served as a producer and probably did a whole bunch of things she didn’t take credit for.

Devin came in for a Discover Indie Film interview with her Stay collaborators Christopher Cramer and Zach Kanner.  They got to sit in on her DIF4Q and add their commentary to hers, just as she did for theirs.

Stay is not available for you to watch yet, but you can learn a lot more about it here.

What were Devin’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: The Birdcage, Moonstruck, Fifth Element, Edward Schissorhands
  • Underrated: The Replacements (Keanu)
  • Overrated: La La Land
  • Seek Out: Long Kiss Goodnight

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Episode 62: DIF4Q with Christopher Cramer

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
    • Name a film you think is underrated
    • Name a film you think is overrated
    • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

Do you want to make a movie?  Then you should know Christopher James Cramer.  He can be a one-man crew today (getting quality pictures and sound) and then be directing tomorrow.  (And he’s got lots of his own equipment.)  He put all of his talents to work on the feature film Stay, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017.

Christopher came in for a Discover Indie Film interview with his Stay lead actors and co-producers Devin Brooke and Zach Kanner.  We did a stay chat, and then each of the three did a DIF4Q.

Stay is not available for you to watch yet, but you can learn a lot more about it here.

What were Christopher’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: Moulin Rouge, Hot Fuzz/Sean of the Dead, Princess Bride
  • Underrated: Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Overrated: The Revenant
  • Seek Out: Devil’s Carnival

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Episode 61: “Stay” with Chris, Devin & Zach

Besides winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017, the feature film Stay is the indie movie that everyone thinks about making and either doesn’t or fails trying.  A bunch of talented, dedicated friends pulled together the script, performers, and equipment that they needed to make a 90 minute film in a week in the home of one of the lead performers.  And it’s REALLY GOOD.

I was able to pull writer/director Christopher James Cramer and lead actors Devin Brooke & Zach Kanner in for an interview, and it was a lot of fun.  They were a ton of fun to hang out with and stayed so long that when they left I felt guilty for not serving them a meal.  I guess that’s my paternal side, wanting to feed the young filmmakers while they’re up at the house.

Stay is not available for you to watch yet, but you can learn a lot more about it here.  You can even jump on their Indiegogo and help them self-distribute.

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Episode 60: DIF4Q with Seth Coltan

What is DIF4Q?  It’s the Discover Indie Film Four Questions.

    • Name your favorite film of all time (limit 3)
    • Name a film you think is underrated
    • Name a film you think is overrated
    • Name a lesser-known film that you think people should seek out

I met actor/writer/producer Seth Coltan because his film obSETHed: Memorial Day brought down the house as one of the funniest films of the year.  I was very curious to hear about his favorites, and he didn’t disappoint.

If you want to learn more about Seth, Click here to hear Seth’s DIF interview.

What were Seth’s DIF4Q answers?

  • Favorites: Grease, Nine To Five
  • Underrated: The End of Innocence
  • Overrated: La La Land
  • Seek Out: How To Die In Oregon

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