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.

Episode 49: Miri Stone

The first time I ever programmed a film festival was Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2016.  The first film that screened was The Hunter.  Which means that my first  Q&A with (as the Q, not the A) was Miri Stone.  Like all Q&A’s, we only had around 10 minutes to talk, so this filmmaker from Seattle with a New Zealand accent who made an incredible original short film remained a mystery to me.  She’s not a mystery any longer!

Miri would have been one of the first interviews on this podcast, but we waited until The Hunter became available online.  And if you look to the right, you will see that she came down from Seattle to open the festival with her newborn child.  Talk about a magical way to begin a festival!

The Hunter is a beautifully made film and I’d always wondered what was behind it.  Miri shares where it comes from and more.  When you hear her history, you will clearly see that her entire life has primed her to make inventive, fantastical films.

Before you listen to the podcast… watch The Hunter.

THE HUNTER from Miri Stone

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Episode 48: DF4Q with Hayden Croft & Jay Eftimoski

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

Writer/director Hayden Croft and producer/actor Jay Eftimoski made the great film New Age, Olde English together.  This original and unique comedy with a little touch of horror was a hit with audiences at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2016.

Click here to watch New Age, Ole English and then listen to the podcast!

And ONE MORE THING.  Hayden gave me a copy of his book, “Kisses From Strangers In The Dark,” a collection of short stories.  I’ve been reading it, and it’s GREAT.  Seriously.  These short stories are smart and fun.  Each deserves to be its own short film.

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Episode 47: Hayden Croft & Jay Eftimoski

One of the hits at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2016 was New Age, Olde English.  The team behind this film, writer/director Hayden Croft and producer/actor Jay Eftimoski, came in for an interview.  New Age, Olde English is an original and unique comedy with a little touch of horror.

Click here to watch New Age, Ole English and then listen to the podcast!

And ONE MORE THING.  On this podcast you hear Hayden giving me a copy of his book, “Kisses From Strangers In The Dark,” a collection of short stories.  I’ve been reading it, and it’s GREAT.  Seriously.  These short stories are smart and fun.  Each deserves to be its own short film.

Kisses From Strangers In The Dark @ Barnes & Noble

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Episode 46: The Oscars Results Podcast Party

We all made a bunch of predictions in The Oscars Prediction Podcast, so of course we had to meet again to discuss the Oscars results.  Three filmmakers who weren’t able to make it to the Prediction Podcast were available for the Results Party…

In fact, ELEVEN filmmakers took part in the Discover Film Oscars Pool.  Some have already done a podcast interview, and some are on my to-do list.  In alphabetical order they were: Alex Merkin, (Episode 41), Ashley Campbell (Episode 5), Caroline O’Brien (Episode 28), Doug Mueller (Episode 34), James Medeiros (Episode 28), Jeff Howard (me), Jeremy Foley (upcoming), Joe Petricca (upcoming),  Luis Servera (upcoming), Luísa Novo (upcoming), Preston Peterson (Episode 22.)

And the winner was…

At first I asked everyone to just make their picks for the top 4 categories; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor.  And the winers is… Ashley Campbell!  Out of 11 people, she was the only perfect 4 out of 4.

But people also submitted their picks for all 24 categories, and the winner of that race was Luis Servera with an impressive 14 out of 24!  (And he left three blank.)

After the Oscars, winner Ashley Campbell received her prize of choosing when we would record this podcast, and amazingly five other people were able to attend. Alex Merkin, Caroline O’Brien, James Medeiros, Preston Peterson, and Jason Boesch.  Add me to the mix and that’s seven people talking at the same time.

Enjoy!

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Episode 45: The Oscars Prediction Podcast

At the last minute I thought it would be fun to bring in some filmmakers who’d previously done the podcast, and after sending out some invites I managed to get three people on the mic at the same time.

Caroline O’Brien (Episode 28), Alex Merkin, (Episode 41) and James Medeiros (Episode 28) came in and we shared out picks and favorites for all of the top Oscars.

This is a fun one, and just might help you with your Oscar pool.

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Episode 44: DF4Q with Ché Baker

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

In 2017, Ché Baker won the Grand Jury Prize for feature film at Film invasion Los Angeles for Blue World Order, a science-fiction epic that blows audiences away.  Ché Baker is the creative force behind Blue World Order and thankfully I’ve managed to meet up with this Australian during his last two visits to Los Angeles.

The link to Blue World Order on iTunes is right here.

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