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Filmmaking for Change
10 minutes | Jan 27, 2023
Cause Cinema Spotlight
Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight. Been a busy work, with the Oscars being announced, and today we recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. As established by the United Nations. This week’s picks include: Schindler's List When You Finish Saving the World To Leslie And that is a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight this week. Until next time, you be well.
10 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
Crosby, O'Connor & Tucker
Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight. Where I share 3 worthy projects, streaming on a variety of platforms. I aim to highlight engaging, often inspiring, new or timely movies and series, and save you time. Hear the trailers and learn where to find them. 3 projects. Under 10 minutes. So let's jump in with the power of music, and pay tribute to David Crosby, who we lost this week at the ripe old age of 81. He was a founding member of The Byrds, and then Crosby Stills and Nash. “The power of music is undeniable. I truly believe that it can change the world”. Graham Nash (From the documentary Echo in the Canyon) This week’s picks include: Echo in the Canyon Nothing Compares The Return Of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile Until next time, you be well.
9 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
Deforestation, Blue Gloves & the Apocalypse
Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight. Where I share 3 worthy projects, streaming on a variety of platforms. I aim to highlight engaging, often inspiring, new or timely movies and series, and save you time. 3 projects. Under 10 minutes. This week’s picks include: The Last of Us The Territory Ari pu (Declaration) Until next time, you be well.
10 minutes | Jan 6, 2023
Cause Cinema Spotlight
Welcome to the Cause Cinema Spotlight, where I will highlight 3 films I think you should know about. Many of them will fit squarely into the social impact film space. Others may have less of a call to action but they will always have some social relevance, what we call filmmaking for change. With the onslaught of movies being released on a variety of platforms, our hope is to save you some time in searching. We'll share insights on some great movies and tell you WHERE you can see them. This week's picks include: Banshees of Inisherin Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me Triangle of Sadness Enjoy!
34 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Interview with Diana Whitten
Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Diana's film premiered at SXSW where it won the Audience Award for Documentary in Competition. Supported by Impact Partners, the movie went on to win many more prizes, before playing on college campuses, engaging in education screenings and playing on Netflix. The film is now available on multiple platforms. The interview includes the following highlights: Background on the origins of the project The partnerships that supported the distribution Tips for filmmakers embarking on social impact campaign Engaging in community screenings Diana's 3 movie picks
31 minutes | May 16, 2018
Social Justice in Film
This week, we're excited to have a special guest who wears multiple hats in the impact film space. Michael Kuehnert has directed films and created numerous Impact Campaigns for filmmakers, leading acquisitions for documentary distributor The Video Project.
33 minutes | May 8, 2018
Rebounding: With Mike Esposito
Welcome back the Filmmaking for Change podcast. This week, we’re excited to have film producer & Cinematographer, Mike Esposito, share his words of wisdom on social impact filmmaking, as he and his team prepares to bring their Award winning documentary – The Rebound – into the world. Mike shares the backstory on how this project become a reality, how they hit their stride on the festival circuit and how their grassroots campaign is affecting viewers across the country. For more information on the film, to see the trailer and join their mailing list so you can get the latest news on their distribution, visit: http://www.reboundthefilm.com/
34 minutes | Apr 30, 2018
"Ideas + Empathy = impact" is the motto for The Nation of Artists. We sat down with the Founder and CEO of this innovative company, Elliot Kotek to learn more about how they work with a broad range of parters to leverage the power of story to create change. The social impact space continues to expand and Elliot is connecting a lot of dots - branded storytelling, innovation and impact.
20 minutes | Apr 24, 2018
Making Movies with Gill Holland
We’re excited to dive into film production today, with a very prolific film producer, master builder, Gill Holland. Show Notes You wear a lot of hats, and are continue to be very respected in film and music world. Tell us more about your workflow, and how your film and music roles intersect. You've managed to have a successful career, living on the indie side of Hollywood, before we jump into your current work, give us a few highlights from projects over the years. A story or two, lessons learned (emerging filmmakers want to learn from these podcasts) So you have two films that have been playing the fest circuit, that will soon be seen by audiences, on their platform or choice I assume. 7 Splinters in Tim is one of them. Tell us more about this project and how/when our listeners can see it? Beauty Mark is another film of yours recently acquired for distribution. Give us some background on how you got involved in that project. Since this is clearly in the Cause Cinema space, and knowing it is based on a true story, was there a mission to just share this important story, or was there an intention to create a call to action or movement? You can find Gill via http://www.sonablast.com/
31 minutes | Mar 17, 2018
Independent Film Distribution
We’re excited to continue our exploration of distribution – in this modern digital world, and we’re pleased to be joined by the Head of Global Sales & Licensing at Filmhub, Roger Jackson. Show Notes: 1. Tells us more about Film Hub and your mission as a company. 2. I'm sure it's on your website, but is there a straight forward rev share model you can explain...filmmaker split? 3. Are you active in the Acquisition space, or do most films come to you? and general Sales strategy 4. What if a filmmaker wants Netflix and/or iTunes, do you submit everything or essentially curate what you believe they will want? 5. Would you say overall, this is a very exciting time for independent filmmakers, with so many distribution outlets? Or that we need to narrow the Platform playing field, and/or support more curation tools? Learn more at FilmmakingforChange.com
28 minutes | Mar 10, 2018
Distributor for Changemakers: With Richard Castro
We’re excited to dig into film Distribution today, and pleased to be joined by Richard Castro (COO & VP, Distribution & Acquisitions) of Cinema Libre, a leader in the social impact space. Cinema Libre supports projects on a mission, distributing more than 200 films over the past 15 years. While many of their films are acquisitions from the film festival arena, they do have a production division and provide post production services. For more on Filmmaking for Change, click here. For more on Cinema Libre, click here.
29 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
Mind the Gap: With Robin Hauser
We enjoyed our conversation with filmmaker Robin Hauser, who is just finishing up her 3rd documentary entitled Bias, after two critically acclaimed, award-winning projects (Running for Jim and Code: Debugging the Gender Gap). We're seeing a theme here, Mind the Gap! Bio: Robin has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at Watermark, Conference for Women, Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network and Women 2.0. As Director of CODE, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, just to name a few. Robin is recipient of the 2016 National Political Women’s Caucus President’s Award. Topics: What made you decide to move into filmmaking? And at what point did you know you wanted to make social impact movies? Origins for Running for Jim? What were some of the key things you learned on your first project that you knew you would do differently on the next one? At what point, and was it during the Running for Jim process, did you come up with the idea for Code? And share the goals for the project and what it has meant for you and the community you were trying to impact. There seems to be similar themes in Code and Bias, was that intentional? “I hope to inspire change in how women and girls see themselves in the industry,” says Robin, “I hope to inspire change in startup culture so they become more welcoming and inviting to women. It can be and make amazing things, we have to bring everybody into this.” Read full article in the Hollywood Reporter here: To lear more about the film, see trailers or hear other podcasts, visit Cause Cinema.
34 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
Sparking Creative Activism
We’re thrilled to be able to explore Creative Activism today, on many levels, and pleased to have the Founder of Creative Visions, Kathy Eldon join us. Topics discussed: How did the seed of an idea for a production company to “make movies that matter” evolve to the broader organization that is Creative visions today? You have amazing "Programs" with Rock Your World and your Fiscal Sponsorship program and your Creative Activist Program, can you share an overview of each? On the Production side, you were able to make The Journey is the Destination, with a terrific team and cast. Can you tell us more about production and ultimately the release of the film? Yet another amazing aspect of Creative Visions is bringing people together through Events. Tell us more about the Spark Change Summit that you are doing with the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment? You have wonderful space that serves as a connection point, and often have open meetings, mixers, happy hours, and terrific mentorship, internship and volunteer programs. How do our listeners connect with Creative Visions? For more information on Filmmaking for Change, visit: http://www.filmmakingforchange.com/ For more information on Cause Cinema, visit: http://www.causecinema.com/
29 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
The Audience Calculator
Filmmaking for Change had an opportunity to connect with Gruvi.tv Founder & CEO, Ben Johnson. They are a full stack media agency, using innovative approaches to help companies and filmmakers find their audience. Topics Include: Tell us more about Gruvi.tv and the mission. And how you work with clients? Can you share more specifically about the changing needs of websites. How filmmakers need to test more to find target audiences? It's a rapidly changing business, what are some of the new developments you see on the horizon that filmmakers should be thinking about...in terms of connecting to audiences? What is the Gruvi "Audience Calculator" and how would that work for a filmmaker? Can you share specific tips for filmmakers in the production or distribution process? To learn more about Gruvi, click the link below: https://gruvi.tv/
28 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Outlier Filmmaking: With Chris Brown
A true outlier, Chris Brown is quite the accomplished filmmaker, having directed award winning narratives and documentaries. He has recently released his latest gem, The Other Kids. As you will hear during our conversation, Chris wanted to create his own model, borrowing elements from both genres, creating a hybrid all his own. Fortunately for us, the subject is High School, and the kids are real heroes, as Chris applies his new approach in the cause cinema space. Here are the conversation points: How did you end up on this filmmaking path, and what led to your first movie? After your documentary, you directed the narrative Fanny, Annie and Danny, which was a huge success on fest circuit, NY Critics pick, etc. Can you share the origins of this project? After working in documentary, and then narrative, what was the thought process that led to The Other Kids, which is quite the hybrid? How did you come up with the style and structure? Knowing you've been down this path a few times, and that indie filmmaking is not the easiest business model to earn a good living...small percentage make the big bucks, but that's not what most of us are after...talk about your expectations and goals going into The Other Kids. Now that you have played all over the world, and there is an emphasis on community screenings, can you talk about this as an element integrated into your distribution strategy. And how audiences can now watch at Flix Premiere.com? For more information on The Other Kids, visit: http://www.theotherkidsmovie.com/ For more information about this podcast, or the book Filmmaking for Change, visit: http://www.filmmakingforchange.com/
31 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
The VOD Landscape
With more independent films being produced, a digital platforms continuing to multiply, distribution can be a daunting journey. We are joined by Distribber VP Jason Brubaker, who sheds light on the subject, as his company assists filmmakers in crossing that bridge. Topics include: Range of distribution aggregation Distribber covers Targeting specific SVOD and TVOD platforms Formula for Netflix (SVOD) and Amazon (TVOD) license fees Filmmaker strategy considerations Tips to consider during production and post production. For more information, visit: http://www.filmmakingforchange.com/ For more information on Distribber, visit: https://www.distribber.com
34 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Filmmaking for Change with Gabriella Mirabelli
We're pleased to talk with Marketing guru Gabriella Mirabelli - co Founder and CEO Anatomy Media. Gabriella covers many aspects of marketing in this new digital world, including: Film as a Brand The science of Data Building Community The significance of the movie Trailer Social Media For more information on Gabriella, click here to visit Anatomy Media For more information on Filmmaking for Change, click here
35 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
Filmmaking for Change with Mark Litwak
Filmmaking is an exciting endeavor, especially if the project can make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, there are a number of legal issues filmmakers must face, to have the right protection. Whether it's a simple agreement between partners, licensing music, or negotiating distribution contracts, this paperwork can't be overlooked. Industry veteran, distinguished entertainment attorney and published author Mark Litwak shares his words of wisdom on all the categories above; and for documentary filmmakers, his insights on "fair use" are not to be missed. Click here for more information on Filmmaking for Change or Click here for more information sister company Cause Cinema.
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