Episode 59: Seth Coltan

Seth being subtle on the FILA red carpet.

Seth Coltan is a humble, reserved man who doesn’t realize what a powerhouse talent he is.  His short obSETHed: Memorial Day is one of the rock-solid funniest short films you’re going to see.  And as an actor he very humbly shares that he has made appearances on Broad City, Workaholics, and American Horror Story.  Yet he is going to try to convince everyone he meets that he’s not going anywhere.  Don’t believe him.  Seth kicks ass.

Memorial Day was one of my favorites at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2017, and after many emails I was able to drag Seth up to the house for an interview.  I’m really glad that I got to know him better.  Hanging out with him for an afternoon was a blast, and I look forward to seeing more of him.

Enough praise… WATCH the movie below and then listen to the interview.  You owe it to yourself to have some fun now and then.

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Episode 58: DIF4Q with Lindsay Nyman

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/amazingly-kind-person Lindsay Nymanwhen her film The Blind Center won a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2017.  If you listened to her interview, you know that she has a long history as a professional performing, dating back to Middle School.

 

Click here to hear Lindsay’s DIF interview.

What were Lindsay’s Answers?

  • Favorites: Defending Your Life, Her, Lars and the Real Girl
  • Underrated: The Interview
  • Overrated: (not gonna happen)
  • Seek Out: I Origins

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Episode 57: Lindsay Nyman

The Blind Center won a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2017, and it also brought down the house.  It’s not available online yet, but it will be soon.  I got to talk to both director/producer Tim Cruz and actor/writer/producer Lindsay Nyman in separate interviews…

I can’t say this for sure, but I think Lindsay’s interview is the first that I didn’t make a single edit to.  I suppose that’s what happens with a well-trained actor.

No spoilers, but I think Lindsay is one of the best human beings I have ever met.  You’ll know what I mean after you listen to this interview.

To learn more about The Blind Center Official Blind Center website.

To hear the interview with The Blind Center‘s director Tim Cruz, click here.

Finally…watch The Blind Center right now… and you’ll laugh more if you watch it with friends!

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Episode 56: DIF4Q with Tim Cruz

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 director/producer Tim Cruz at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2017, where his film The Blind Center won a Grand Jury Prize.  If you listened to his interview, you know that his personal history is fascinating, from immigration to the USA to growing up in New York City to becoming a filmmaker.  Tim has been a student of cinema all his life, so I knew he’d have a good DIF4Q.  He didn’t disappoint!

Click here to hear Tim’s DIF interview.

What were Tim’s Answers?

  • Favorites: Spartacus, Breathless, Mean Girls
  • Underrated: Wind River
  • Overrated: Donnie Darko
  • Seek Out: All My Good Countrymen

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Episode 55: Tim Cruz

The Blind Center won a Grand Jury Prize at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2017, and it also brought down the house.  It’s not available online yet, but it will be soon.  I got to talk to both director/producer Tim Cruz and actor/writer/producer Lindsay Nyman in separate interviews…

Tim made it over to the house first, so Tim’s interview goes up first.  But Lindsay is next, so stay posted.

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Episode 54: DF4Q with Mylissa Fitzsimmons

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover 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

Mylissa Fitzsimmons is super-talented and super-cool.  She won the Audience Award at Film Invasion Los Angeles for her short film That Party That One Night.  Click here to see it.

And after you’ve seen it, you should be able to spot her nod to her favorite film in it.

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Episode 53: Mylissa Fitzsimmons

In 2017, Filmmaker Mylissa Fitzsimmons won the Audience Award at Film Invasion Los Angeles for her short film That Party That One Night. 

Whether it’s the directing, the cinematography, the lighting, the writing or the performances, there’s an art and a sophistication to all the elements you see in That Party That One Night that we see all too rarely.  Whenever I see a movie this good, particularly a high-school movie, it makes me a little frustrated with the high-school fare that Hollywood puts out.  Actually, it makes me a lot frustrated.

So go right now and watch That Party That One Night at Mylissa’s website. Then come back and listen to the interview.  (You can click on the pic below to see the film.)

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Episode 52: DF4Q with Mikhael Bassilli

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover 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

The first time I met Mikhael Bassilli it was because he had won the screenwriting competition 100 Screenplays in 2017.  (You can see me about to hand him the award in that pic.)  A few months later, he submitted the great short film Immersion to the Sherman Oaks Film Festival and we selected it to be the opening film that year.

You know I love to hear people’s DF4Q’s and considering Mikhael’s incredible work output, I was very curious to hear his favorites.  Give it a listen!

Episode 51: Mikhael Bassilli

If I was to use one word for filmmaker Mikhael Bassilli it would be industrious.  Just wait until you hear his story.

Mikhael just cannot stop creating, whether it is a business, a screenplay, a film, or a structure to make all of that happen.  But I don’t want to give too much away before you hear this interview.  Needless to say, Mikhael completely surprised and impressed me during this talk.

For the record, Mikhael’s short film Immersion, the opening film at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017, is not available online yet.  I’m looking forward to when he releases it online, but he still has a few film festivals coming up.  We managed to avoid sharing any spoilers in this interview.

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Episode 50: DF4Q with Miri Stone

What is DF4Q?  It’s the Discover 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

Miri Stone wrote and directed The Hunter which opened the festival at Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2016.  The Hunter is a beautifully made film that takes the fantasy genre and offers up some surprises.  I had a hunch she would have some pretty interesting favorites, and she did not disappoint.

And if you want to watch her film The Hunter, click right here.