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Discover the world of independent film with Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby! From industry professionals to the next generation of filmmakers, Damien Swaby brings his unique perspectives on indie filmmaking and the conversations that are taking place across the community. Listeners will find inspiration and guidance from conversations on the podcast and leave armed with the knowledge to make their own indie films. Tune in to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby today! Proud ...
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Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby is a small fraction of the critical conversations currently taking place across the indie film community. The podcast reaches out to the next generation of filmmakers, who continue to look for inspiration and guidance.
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Join us on the latest episode of "Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby," where we sit down with the multifaceted screenwriter and director Dan, who has etched his mark in the film industry through sheer perseverance and a touch of the extraordinary. W: https://www.danhealeyfilms.com/ Show Notes: Meet Dan: Our guest shares his origins from the…
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Maggie is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for entertaining, witty and deeply human storytelling. Using color and movement to build evocative worlds within the strict geometry of the frame, Maggie has a particular love for stories that dramatize emotional transformation through a crisis in the body. Her ultimate goal as a director is…
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Mike Nowicki host of the "You Are Here Podcast". Mike Nowicki is a vibrant and insightful host who guides listeners through the labyrinth of life's deepest questions on his podcast. Known for his welcoming approach and passion for unraveling the complexities of the world, Mike brings a unique brand of curiosity and enthusiasm to each episode. As a …
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Join us in this thought-provoking episode of the "Filmmaking Conversations Podcast with Damien Swaby," where we chat with Richard Bakewell, an influential director and screenwriter renowned for his distinctive cinematic style. In this session, Bakewell dives into the complexities behind his emotionally charged film, "Roswell Delirium." This piece h…
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Welcome back, dear listeners! Buckle up for an incredible episode of our podcast where we dive into the endlessly fascinating world of art, media, and representation with the awe-inspiring Terra Mackintosh. Episode Highlights: Meet Terra Mackintosh: Award-winning actress, profound producer, and creative writer with works spanning TV platforms like …
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In this episode, we sit down with Andrea Ashton, a filmmaker whose journey from the Bay Area to the bustling streets of New York has been as captivating as her films. With a knack for transforming personal experiences into cinematic masterpieces, Andrea's work compels audiences to engage deeply with the complexities of human emotion. We'll explore …
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Step into the star-studded universe of "The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell", the premier syndicated TV and radio destination for all things entertainment. Hosted by the suave Celebrity Renaissance Man, Dr. Jimmy Star, alongside his charismatic sidekick, Ron Russell, each episode is a two-hour thrill ride through the latest in music, movies, TV, a…
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Emily Hardy has also made her mark in the entertainment sector. She is recognized for her work as an additional crew member, actress, and producer. Her filmography includes roles in "XII" (2008), where she played Claire, and "The Lincoln Lawyer" TV series (2023), portraying a nurse in one episode. Additionally, she has been involved in the producti…
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In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of film finance, a critical yet often underappreciated facet of the movie-making process. Our journey begins with "True Hollywood Stories," where we uncover real-life anecdotes that reveal the strategic selection of finance methods, navigate the legal terrain of investor financing, and offer sage advic…
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Today, we're diving into the world of film and philanthropy with a versatile artist who has made significant strides on both sides of the camera. Our guest is none other than Ashley Bratcher - an award-winning American actress, producer, writer, and director. With nearly a decade of on-set experience across a variety of departments, she brings a ri…
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In this episode, we are joined by Imara Lenders, a highly skilled Offline Editor based in Glasgow. Imara brings a wealth of experience from the television and film industry, with a particular expertise in TV drama. She shares her journey of working on a diverse range of projects and how she has honed her craft to seamlessly weave together visual an…
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Welcome to another episode of Filmmaking Conversations. Today, I am thrilled to have a conversation with the incredibly talented Lauren Bancroft. Based in Los Angeles, Lauren is a renowned producer known for her unique blend of creative talents. Lauren's impressive portfolio includes the documentary 'The Making of Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter t…
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In this episode, we delve into the world of visual storytelling with renowned video editor, Adam Epstein. With a career spanning over a decade, Epstein has worked on a diverse range of projects, showcasing his versatility and expertise in the field. Beyond his professional endeavors, Epstein is passionate about mentoring the next generation of vide…
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Welcome to another episode of Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby. In this episode, we are thrilled to have the talented Method actress, Mathilde Dehaye, as our guest. Mathilde is a graduate of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York City, where she mastered The Method, a technique that has significantly influenced her acting …
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Welcome to another episode of our podcast where we bring you the stories behind the stories, where we delve into the minds of those shaping the worlds of film, theatre, and fiction. Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to a talent who has been making waves in the world of storytelling. Originally hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, and now calling …
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Cheryl has recently finished cutting four episodes of Amazon’s sweeping and epic series The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power, which explores events of the second age, set thousands of years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s much beloved The Lord Of The Rings. Prior to this Cheryl cut HBO’s flagship series The Nevers starring Laura Donnelly and Nick Fros…
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In this episode, we engage in a fascinating conversation with the visionary behind the ArtHouse, a unique establishment that seamlessly blends the roles of a cinema and a community hub. Our guest shares his experiences and insights on how he managed to strike a balance between these two roles, and the profound impact it has had on the local communi…
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Welcome to another episode of our podcast, where we delve into the fascinating world of filmmaking. Today, we have the pleasure of hosting Christopher Donaldson, a seasoned video editor whose work spans an extensive variety of dramatic and documentary features and television.Christopher's impressive credits include Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” an…
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Wood Chapman is a multi-talented artist whose work spans the realms of puppetry, Disney productions, and video editing. His journey began with a fascination for puppetry, where he breathed life into inanimate objects, creating characters that have captivated audiences worldwide. His storytelling prowess led him to the magical world of Disney. Beyon…
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Today on Filmmaking Conversations, I speak to film producer Sarah Potter. When the Lotus Blooms: a story of acute survival is a powerful documentary project that has been left to Naperville resident Sarah Potter after her filmmaker husband, Scott, passed away unexpectedly in July 2020. A routine endoscopy had triggered severe pancreatitis for Scott…
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Have you ever felt like the world of independent filmmaking is a mysterious and inaccessible realm? 🤔 Well, you're not alone! Many aspiring filmmakers and industry outsiders struggle to understand the ins and outs of this creative field. But fear not, my friends, because today we're going to shed some light on this topic and provide valuable insigh…
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She has recently won 5 Best Actress Awards for her work in "Prime of Your Life". It has also won "Best Short" & "Best Writing". ​ Tara's directorial debut was made with her short film, "A Real Killjoy" which has won "Best of The Fest", "Special Jury Award" and "Best Dark Comedy Micro-short". "A Real Killjoy 3" is currently in pre-production, to be …
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Scott Leger is a Director and Screenwriter whose work has screened at Cannes Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SeriesFest, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Drawn to filmmaking after a horrific mountain biking accident in high school derailed his illustrious Junior Varsity sports career, Scott transferred his manic passion from the f…
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Marcus Markou – Writer/ Director/ Producer Marcus is an independent filmmaker, who successfully self-distributed his debut feature film, Papadopoulos and Sons (starring Stephen Dillane), which he wrote and directed, in 2013, by staging his own cinema release – achieving the second highest screen average of any movie in its opening weekend (only bea…
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"I’m a Hollywood business coach, public speaker, and writer. I also run two prominent programs for writers, one at CBS and the other at the WGA. I help creative professionals create exceptional careers in Hollywood." Carole Kirschner Website: https://www.carolekirschner.com/about Coaching: https://www.carolekirschner.com/coaching Hollywood Boot Cam…
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In 2001 at age 15 , Jaron Lockridge became interested in film while attending a high school drama class in his hometown of Bolivar, Tennessee. After performing in the school's Christmas play that winter, Jaron decided to write his first stageplay which is still currently being performed at his high school by theater students. In 2009, Jaron wrote, …
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Originally from the UK award-winning filmmaker, Gareth Kelly has had an unusual journey in becoming an above-the-line creative. After spending 10 years as a concrete truck driver, Kelly decided to pursue his lifelong passion for film and television. Along the way, he found himself covering the US 2016 Presidential election in Florida for various lo…
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Johnny Catalano is an American filmmaker and actor passionate about capturing the minutia and specifics of the Midwestern United States. Obsessed with Americana imagery and "slice-of-life" narratives within a specific genre's framework. He explores themes and characters objectively. Portraying the nuances and comedy in human behavior. F: https://ww…
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Today I speak to the super-talented Eryn Rea! Eryn Rea grew up in Kentucky and then moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Now she is a multi-hyphenate working in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Informed by her background across genres ranging from Primetime TV Drama to Indie Horror, her most recent credits include THE FIRST LADY series on Showtime, and the…
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Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir is one of the industries most talented editors. After working in Europe for years, her first American film was the 2012 crime thriller Contraband, a remake of a film she edited in Iceland. Her close collaborator is stunt-man-turned-action-director David Leitch; they worked together on John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and…
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Nobody Loves You and You Don't Deserve to Exist' is a multi-award-winning independent British feature film written and directed by Manchester filmmaker, Brett Gregory. Synopsis Loosely based on Hieronymus Bosch's heaven and hell 15th century painting, 'The Garden of Earthly Delights', we follow a grieving ex-English teacher, rotting away on welfare…
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CATALANO FILM FESTIVAL: DATE: February 18, 2025 LOCATION: 33 S Main St, Miamisburg, OH 45342 TIME: 4pm-10pm EST FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/catalanofilmco EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catalano-film-festival-tickets-466846639867?aff=esfb&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=fb&utm-term…
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Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her fi…
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Daakyehene Ababio is an international filmmaker, originally from Ghana but currently based in Ohio with his beautiful wife Angeles Kay Ababio and two kids. Daakyehene Ababio has been chasing his filmmaking dreams for about 15 years now as a self-taught filmmaker. He did a couple of short films to grow his craft since he started Palmbook Studios in …
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Clare Cooney is a SAG actor and filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. Her credits include Steve McQueen's Widows, NBC's Chicago PD, Pop TV's Hot Date, NBC's Shrink, and lead roles in the independent features Rendezvous in Chicago and Soul Sessions. She recently wrapped the independent feature Relative this summer with a lead role opposite Wend…
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“I’m passionate about two things: creating activism centered films &demystifying the microbudget production process.” - Zanah Thirus Named one of Diversity in Cannes' Top 10 Filmmakers of the Decade, Zanah is a filmmaker (producer+ director+ writer) from Chicago, IL. Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Productions, Zanah has shifted her focus t…
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Everyone remembers Daphne Maxwell Reid as an iconic TV mom of the 1990s, from her three seasons as Aunt Vivian on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." And Daphne couldn't be more excited when the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reunited 30 years later for an unscripted reunion special that aired on HBO Max last November. These days Reid is a Renais…
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In her own words "Hi! I'm Suzanne. I'm an actress and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. My first directorial effort, short film Christmas Eve Eve: Or The Things I Can’t Remember (which I also wrote and star in) recently played at a number of festivals including the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival. You can watch it here on the platform Omeleto, one of…
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Who's Afraid follows this phenomenon to a cathartic yet heart-pumping conclusion as it answers the question: what would happen if someone had to face a life-or-death situation as a result of jeopardizing someone else's life out of sheer racism? Our main character, Whitney King, commits such an act of racism then flees the city to forget and reset. …
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Erin has directed and produced documentary television for CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Geographic, PBS, YouTube Premium, OWN, MSNBC, and Investigation Discovery. She's interested in stories that explore social justice, women's rights, environment, health and horror - she loves a good genre film. In 2011, she produced HOT COFFEE, an HBO feature docu…
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Emily Procter is an actress, entrepreneur, and activist. In 2019 Emily shifted focus from entertainment to community by founding Ground Breakers Inc. Ground Breakers is a nonprofit working to create positive identity opportunities for children, and additionally for adults, in compromised circumstances. Working to support people, community and equit…
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An American writer and actress best known for originating the story and characters in the "Before Sunrise" trilogy with her writing on Before Sunrise 1995 and Before Sunset 2004 for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Writers Guild Award. The trilogy is based on characters she created with Richard Linklate…
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Selected as one of Variety's 10 Stars behind the Cameras, the German born cinematographer who graduated from University of Television and Film in Munich, has quickly developed an impressive resume of visually unique and critical acclaimed feature films. HELL marked his feature film debut, earning him a number of awards, including the 2012 German Ca…
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Beatriz Browne is a Los Angeles/NYC based, Webby Award winning producer, director, and filmmaker specializing in non-fiction storytelling. Beatriz has worked extensively with clients such as Google, Airbnb, Peerspace, The New York Times, CNN, Square and Fatherly, creating multi-platform original content. Outside of branded content, Beatriz has dire…
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Hallie Shepherd is a writer, actress, producer, and editor, and she co-owns Fireshoe Productions with Eric Colley. She’s currently wrapping up post-production on Fireshoe’s fifth feature film, a comedy called Bigfoot Killed My Wife. Shepherd wrote the screenplay and stars alongside director Colley. Shepherd’s past credits include producing Cuba Goo…
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Teller Of Stories. Mostly Fiction, Always Real. With a deft ability to balance both half-hour single camera comedies and one-hour dramas, Pete Chatmon has directed episodes of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and Love Life, Netflix’s You and Atypical, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, A Million Little Things, Station 19, Mix…
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Rebecca Eskreis is a director, writer and producer whose work has screened at numerous international festivals, including SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm and Thessaloniki. Her directorial debut project, WHAT BREAKS THE ICE (Goldcrest Films), received the Sandra Adair/Empowering a Billion Women Grant for promising female fi…
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Bio A graduate of the American Film Institute, I am a documentary director, producer and editor whose work has aired on PBS series such as Independent Lens and has been seen at film festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW, New Directors, New Films and DOC NYC. My 2013 directing debut THE HILL, about the demolition of an African-America…
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Founded in 2016, we are a film and theater production company based in New York. We aim to disrupt storytelling as usual and make our stuff by any means necessary. We’re makers, not salespeople. We’re outsiders, and we’re inclusive, we’re rigorous, we’re generous, we make our own space and help others make theirs, We’re straight-forward, all-in, We…
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Scott Leger is a Director and Screenwriter whose work has been screened at Cannes Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SeriesFest, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Drawn to filmmaking after a horrific mountain biking accident in high school derailed his illustrious Junior Varsity sports career, Scott transferred his manic passion from …
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