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Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen. Episodes 238-299 are available at our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast
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This week we welcome writers and actors Leila Gorstein and Jesse Kendall on the show to talk about making the absurd romantic comedy Love Dump which is also their first features as writers and stars. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy! Here's the ticket link to get your seat for the festival now! https://ticketing.uswest.veezi.com/…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 211 from May 2019 with director Justin Warren who talks about making his first feature film and willing the movie into existence. I thought this was a nice pairing for Theo because they both pulled their films together however they could and got them distributed on their…
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This week we welcome Writer Director Theo Brown to talk about writing and directing his first feature An Electric Sleep and how he casted the film with After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Here's the ticket link to get your seat for the festival now! https://ticketing.uswest.veezi.com/purchase/15160?siteToken=y62bhsm2h1sfp4…
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This week we welcome Writer Director Jade Halley Bartlett on the show to talk about making her first feature film Millers Girl starring Martin Freeman and Jenna Ortega. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy! Don't forget, the Blood and Popcorn Film Festival is coming up in February! Here's the ticket link to get your seat for the fest…
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This week we welcome 3x feature film writer/director Josh Stifter on the show to talk about directing his latest short film Little Lucha and the Big deal and how he has managed to keep his filmmaking career going over the years. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy!Learn how to become a pro trailer editor and make a real mov…
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This week we welcome director Katie Locke O’Brian and composer Barry J. Neely on the show to talk about their new series Dick Bunny which the first three episodes premiered at the Austin Film Festival. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Learn how to become a pro trailer editor and make a real movie trailer under the guida…
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This week we welcome entertainment lawyer Chris Perez of Donaldson Callif and Perez on the show to talk about what his firm does and how they help filmmakers make and distributor their films. After that we play another round of The Game but first, Liz, how are you doing?Learn how to become a pro trailer editor and make a real movie trailer under th…
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This week we welcome Writer Director Dana Kippel on producing, writing and directing her first feature Reflect as her first film ever, without making a short film or any other kind of film beforehand. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert but first, Alrik, how are you doing?Learn how to become a pro trailer editor and make a real mo…
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This week we welcome trailer editor and the owner of the trailer house The Refinery on the show to talk about the art of making a trailer, how the business works and how he landed in trailer editing out of film school and his long journey to starting The Refinery. After that we play another round of THE GAME but first, Liz, how are you doing?Submit…
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This week we welcome writer and director Roxana Baldovin on the show to talk about her amazing career as a music video director, working with big acts such as G-Eazy, Rico Nasty, Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, as well as her time on the latest season of Project Greenlight. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, Merry Christmas and Happy Ho…
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This week we welcome writer and director Paul Schneider on the show to talk about his latest film A Holiday I Do which is playing now on Tello Films! After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Submit your Horror Feature or Short to the Blood and Popcorn Film Festival: www.filmfreeway.com/BloodandPopcornFilmFestivalYou have till January 16t…
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This week we welcome writer, director Brian Helgeland on the show to talk about his latest feature Finestkind starring Ben Foster and Tommy Lee Jones, thanks to Eric Toms for going to Austin to get this interview. After that we play another round of Ask The Expert, enjoy! Watch Liz's new short film Witchy on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
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This week we are doing something very different and we are speaking to three short filmmakers Anne Hu, Bryan Poyser and Geoffrey Prather, all who screened at the Hell's Half Mile film festival, about why they made their short films, how they raised the money for their films, what their expectations were for their films and how they ended up getting…
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This week we welcome director Marc Saltarelli on the show to talk about his feature documentary Studio One Forever all about Americas Iconic Gay Disco. Eric recorded this interview at the Austin Film Festival so big thanks to Eric for going out and grabbing this one. After that we play another round of Your the Expert, enjoy!Watch Liz's new short f…
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This week we welcome actor, writer and director Lena Headey on the show to talk about directing her first feature film, The Trap about a woman who has cut herself off from the world but slowly is brought back to the world through a friendship with a troubled young man, thanks to Eric Toms for going to Austin to get this interview. After that we pla…
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This week we welcome Actor, Writer and Director Alden Ehrenreich to the show to talk about writing and directing his first short film Shadow Brother Sunday which he also stars in! Alrik talked with Alden about his process, what he has brought from his career as a Hollywood actor into his first short and what Francis Ford Copola’s advice was for mak…
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This week we welcome writer/director Mick Davis on the show to talk about his latest feature, Walden, which is his 7th feature as a director and his 12th as a writer which feature such actors as Micky Rourke, Ian Holms, Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Kelsey Grammer and many more. After that we play another round of Ask the expert, enjoy! Watch Liz's new…
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This week we welcome horror film writing legend Dennis Paoli on the show, writer of such cult classics as Re-animator and From Beyond, to talk about his latest feature Suitable Flesh which he has been shopping around since the eighties, after that we play another round of You’re The Expert, enjoy!SUITABLE FLESH is now available everywhere you rent …
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This week we welcome Oz Krakowski, CFO of DeepDub.ai on the show to talk about starting an AI based company in the film business, what DeepDub does and why AI isn’t going to be the job stealer everyone thinks it is. After that we play another round of You're the Expert, enjoy!Watch Liz's new short film Witchy on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/wat…
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This week we welcome director Karan Boolani on the show to talk about directing his first feature Thank You For Coming, which is his first feature as a director which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy! Watch Alrik's new short film Parka on Vimeo now: https://vimeo.com/357898693…
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This week producer Eric and I interview writer and director Anthony DiBlasi on the show to talk about directing his latest feature Malum, which is his 9th feature as a director! Anthony talks about how the movie came together and how he finds his projects. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy! Watch Alrik's new short film Parka on Vi…
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This week we welcome Literary Manager and Producer Jason Lubin on the show who talks about how he got started in management, what he looks for in a project, a client and his process working with his clients. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy!Watch Alrik's new short film Parka on Vimeo now: https://vimeo.com/357898693Watch…
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This week we welcome husband/wife writing/directing team Ryan Dickie and Abby Horton on the show to talk about their feature Blow Up My Life who Alrik and Eric met at the Austin Film Fest last October. A big shout out to AFF for the support and making this episode happen. After the interview, we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Watch…
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This week we welcome writer and director Sebastien Tobler on the show to talk about directing his first feature This Time, his writing process and how he manages his filmmaking and being a father. After that don’t go away because we play another round of the game, enjoy! Watch Alrik's short film Parka on Vimeo now!https://vimeo.com/357898693?share=…
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This week we welcome writer Melissa Rundle on the show to talk about working her way up in the writers room, how the Kung Fu writers room worked and getting hired to write rom coms based on much darker writing samples. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.casting…
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This week we welcome scenic artist Sean Casey onto the show to talk about what a scenic artist does, how he got into the art department and the struggles he faces in his work. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsamerica.com!Watch The Alternate on Tubi Out Now…
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This week we welcome writer director Jeff Ryan on the show to talk about their movie Mean Spirited and what it took to get this movie made. After that we play another round of You’re The Expert, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsamerica.com!Watch The Alternate on Tubi Out Now: https://tubitv.com/movies…
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This week we welcome writer and director Laura Moss to talk about their first feature Birth/Rebirth, how they got the film made at such a high level and how they are dealing with not working during the strike. After that we play another round of You Are the Expert, enjoy!Website: Retrospecter Filmshttps://www.retrospecterfilms.com/Instagram: @mxlau…
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This week we welcome writer/director Jeff Graham on the show to talk about directing his first feature, Always Lola which came out on August 1st, getting started in the world of podcasting, then switching focus to writing and directing, while still producing and co-hosting a podcast. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Che…
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This week we welcome producer Mel Miller on the show to talk about her time in distribution, moving from Gravitas to Samuel Goldwyn as the Executive VP and stepping away from that role to focus on her own films, which lead her to winning an Oscar for Nalvany earlier this year. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check out Casting Ca…
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This week we welcome documentary filmmakers Tommy Hyde and Aaron Woolf on the show to talk about their new documentary Underdog about a Vermont farmer who risks it all to go Dog Mushing in Alaska. FYI ticketing is live for the opening of Underdog, here’s a link to get your tickets for the premiere on Thursday August 10th! https://www.laemmle.com/fi…
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This week we welcome producer Stephen Gibler on the show to talk about his career producing indie films, what lead him to producing Liz’s first feature Bread and Butter, how he finds funds for projects and his new app logline.ai which is using AI to create pitch decks in a matter of seconds. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 183 back in November 2018 with three different listener call in's where they talk about their filmmaking struggles, which I think is a good match for Jhenn because she is somewhat of a Jill of all trades. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy!…
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This week we welcome producer, editor and production accountant Jhennifer Webberley on the show to talk about forming her company, wearing multiple hats, film fundraising and much more! After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsamerica.com!Watch The Alternate on Tu…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 334 with filmmakers Stacey Maltin and Margarita Zhitnikova back from September 2021 who talked about willing their film into existence which seemed similar to the way Juan and his team just pulled their film family together to make their special movie. After that we play…
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This week we welcome writer/director Juan Felipe Zuleta on the show to talk about his film Unidentified Objects which played Stiges and Fantastic fest and is out now on all platforms. Juan talked about how he made the film during the pandemic and what drew him to writing this story. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check out Cast…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 312 from March 2021 with Sana Soni who was at 1091 but who is now the Director of Sales and Distribution at Giant Pictures! I thought this was a good match for Mia since they both work in distribution, although one is a freelancer and one works for a larger company. Afte…
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This week we welcome Film Distribution and Marketing Strategist/ Impact Producer Mia Bruno on the show to talk about how she got into distribution, her time working at Gravitas and moving out on her own as a consultant. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsame…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 156 with producer Jeffrey Allard from May 2018 who came on the show to talk about his prolific career producing indie feature films, our work together on The Alternate (which had really not even started yet) and much more! I thought this was a good pairing for David beca…
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This week we welcome producer David Lawson Jr. on the show to talk about producing indie features, his process as a producer and what he looks for in a project. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsamerica.com!Watch The Alternate on Tubi Out Now: https://tubit…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 338 with documentary filmmakers Nick Scown and Julie Seabaugh about making their feature documentary Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 which I thought was a good companion piece to Cynthia and Christines story because while the circumstances of them working together are much d…
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This week we welcome director Cynthia Hill and producer Christine Delp on the show to talk about their HBO documentary series The Burden of Truth, which they made together across eight years. They talk about how they discovered the story, how they formed the series and all the hard work that went into those eight years. This week special guest host…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 311 from March 2021 with Anthony Scott Burns where he talks about making his first feature after quitting a feature he had already been hired to direct. I think this is a good match for Bomani because they both worked with established producers on their films and had ama…
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This week we welcome writer director Bomani J Story on the show to talk about making his first feature film The Angry Black Girl and her Monster, how he got the project set up at Crypt TV and what it was like to premiere at SXSW! After that we pay another round of THE GAME, enjoy!THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER will be available in Theaters on…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 317 from May 2021 with director Jen McGowan who talks about the circumstances leading to her second feature film and how she kicked off her TV directing career! I thought this was a nice pairing for Sylvia because they both started working as crew before their directing …
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This week we welcome Producer and director Sylvia Caminer on the show to talk about directing her latest feature, Follow Her and her impressive producing and directing career, starting as a PA and working her way up. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy! Check out Casting Calls America, it's casting made easy at www.castingcallsameri…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play a conversation with Timothy and Alrik talking all about unions, what they knew about unions at the time and why they both weren’t members of any entertainment union at the time (and still aren’t now!) Since Rob talked all about the strike this seemed like a good match after that we play another ro…
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This week we welcome WGA Writer and Strike Captain Rob Forman on the show to talk to us about everything regarding the WGA strike! We get to hear about what a strike captain does, the strategy behind picketing and all the details of why this strike is so damn important! After that we play another round of THE GAME and we read yet another Itunes rev…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 241 way back in December 2019 with production designer Rob Riutta right while we were in the middle of shooting The Alternate which we talk about the design of quite a bit. This one is a good match for Garo because we talk about set building which ties into the set talk …
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This week we welcome writer director Garo Setian on the show to talk about making of his second feature film Space Wars: Quest for the Deep Star, how he raised the budget for the film and we get into a bit of the current climate of franchises and have some nerd debates. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy!Check out Casting Calls Ame…
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