Making Movies is HARD!!!: The Struggles of Indie Filmmaking

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By: Liz Manashil & Alrik Bursell

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

Co-Directing with 9 Other Directors: Voodoo Macbeth with Zoë Alyce Salnave!
#390
09/26/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with Zoe Salnave about making her first feature, Voodoo MacBeth, along with 9 other directors as part of a graduate program at USC Film School. We also play another installment of The Game and discuss the importance of reviews after a film is released. Enjoy! Order The Alternate on Itunes Out Now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition Today: https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/submit/ Use the discount code BCHARD23 for $10 off your submission! Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ ...


How to Be a Prolific and Sustainable Filmmaker with Jason Horton!
#389
09/19/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Jason Horton on the show to talk about how he has created a sustainable life for himself as an artist, as well as h is prolific career of making 40+, documentary feature films in the last three years or so. After that, we play another round of The Game. Enjoy! Order The Alternate on Itunes Out Now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition Today: https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/submit/ Use the discount code BCHARD23 for $10 off your submission! Sign up for Casting Networks today...


Zemeckis, O. Russell and Being a Director in His Own Right with Jeff Baena!
#388
09/12/2022

SPIN ME ROUND is available On Demand and streaming on AMC+! This week, Alrik and Liz welcome writer/director Jeff Baena, the filmmaker behind Life after Beth, Joshy, The Little Hours and Horse Girl to talk about his latest film Spin Me Round starring Allison Brie. Jeff also talks about interning for Robert Zemeckis and writing I Heart Huckabees with David O. Russell. After that we play another round of The Game. Enjoy! Pre-order The Alternate on Itunes Now Coming out 9/13: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks...


Distributing Your Films to Your Own Platform with Christin Baker of Tello Films!
#387
09/05/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with filmmaker Christin Baker from Tello films about making and releasing holiday movies and thrillers with LGBTQIA characters. We also play another round of The Game (indie production challenges) and talk about organic social media promotion. Enjoy! Pre-order The Alternate on Itunes Now Coming out 9/13: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org


Working with Actors: A Chat With Acting Coach Craig Archibald!
#386
08/29/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz welcome actor and acting coach Craig Archibald on the show to talk about all things acting, from how he works with his students, what not to do as a young actor and what it looks like to really truly be a working actor. After that we do another round of Eric Tom's 'The Game’ where we figure out what to do during an on-set indie film emergency. Enjoy! Pre-order The Alternate on Itunes Now Coming out 9/13: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.co...


From Microbudget to Ms. Marvel: Directing Film & TV with Meera Menon!
#385
08/22/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome director Meera Menon on the show to talk about her career from her microbudget first feature, her Sundance premiering second, and her prolific career in TV directing. After that we play another round of Eric Tom’s 'The Game,' where we figure out what to do during an on-set indie film emergency. Enjoy! Pre-order The Alternate on Itunes Now Coming out 9/13: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check ou...


Using NFTs to Raise Over 700k with Miguel Faus!
#384
08/15/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with filmmaker and NFT expert Miguel Faus. We discuss the fundraising of his first feature as well as a full explanation of how NFTs work and how to raise money for projects in the web3 marketplace. We also play a new game, called 'The Game,' and answer a listener question. Enjoy! Pre-order The Alternate on Itunes Now Coming out 9/13: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-alternate/id1640576609?ls=1 Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the...


A Family of Filmmakers - Making Movies with The Adams Family!
#383
08/08/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz interview John Adams and Toby Poser about their sixth feature, HELLBENDER, and the unusual and organic way in which they construct their films. We also read an itunes review and talk about pathways to success in horror. Enjoy! Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org


From Breakdown to Breakout with Addison Heimann!
#382
08/01/2022

This week Alrik and Liz talk to writer/director Addison Heimann about the making of his first feature, Hypochondriac! Addison talks about how he met his producers, put together the financing, and how he got a dream reception to his debut from SXSW and XYZ. Enjoy! Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org


The 10 Year Journey to Paradise Highway with Anna Gutto!
#381
07/25/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with writer/director Anna Gutto on the show to talk about her first feature film Paradise Highway starring Morgan Freeman and Juliette Binoche! Anna talks about how she was able to make her first feature film at around a 6 million dollar budget. After that we talk about an article from Indiewire about how two films aimed at older women did really well at the box office. Enjoy! Sign up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at...


Remote Movie Making is Hard!!! with Mikail Chowdhury!
#380
07/18/2022

This week Alrik and Liz interview filmmaker Mikail Chowdhury about his career as well as a focus on making content during the global pandemic. We also discuss the tension of influencers trying to break into the established media landscape. Enjoy! Sing up for Casting Networks today at: https://www.castingnetworks.com/movies/ For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/digital-creators-hollywood-1235175859/


Navigating Pitfalls of Indie Distribution with Feature Filmmaker Savannah Bloch!
#379
07/11/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz interview director, writer and cinematographer Savannah Bloch about making her first feature, AND THEN THEIR WAS EVE, and her tricky journey in distributing the film. After that we talk about an article from The Hollywood Reporter on influencers and how that star power Is fleeting and lastly, Alrik and Liz talk about what makes a movie/show have an impact on us. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/vidcon-2022-creators-star-power-1235172640/


A Live Show with Marc Smolowitz: Producer Extraordinaire!
#378
07/04/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with Bay Area filmmaker Marc Smolowitz as part of the inaugural Bay Area Media Makers Summit. We also talk about the Academy's newest class of membership and consistency in filmmaking. Enjoy! This week Alrik and Liz chat with writer Charla Lauriston about making it as a writer in the entertainment industry as well as paying it forward with her new course to help writers navigate everything other than the work. We also talk about Bradley Cooper being made fun of by the Hollywood elite. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox...


From Stand-Up to Grand Crew: Writing for a Living with Charla Lauriston!
#377
06/27/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with writer Charla Lauriston about making it as a writer in the entertainment industry as well as paying it forward with her new course to help writers navigate everything other than the work. We also talk about Bradley Cooper being made fun of by the Hollywood elite. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://nofilmschool.com/who-made-fun-of-bradley-cooper


Composing Beats for Films with Paul Tonks!
#376
06/20/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with composer, beat maker and musician Paul Tonks about composing full time for royalty free music company Jambox and what his process is as a musician. After that we talk about an article from the Guardian written by actor Sarah Polly about her experience playing the lead role in Terry Gilliem’s Baron Munchausen at age nine, and we read a listener email. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jun/12/sarah-polley-terry-gilliam-run-towards-danger-baron-munchausen-interview


Faith Based Filmmaking with Alexandra Boylan!
#375
06/13/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with filmmaker, writer, and actress Alexandra Boylan about her work in the faith based filmmaking community. We also discuss hit show Yellowjackets, the treatment of complex female characters on TV and answer a listener question. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://www.indiewire.com/video/consider-this-fyc-brunch-yellowjackets-panel-1234725351/


Pandemic Filmmaking and NFT Releases with Rick Dugdale!
#374
06/06/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome first time feature film director, veteran producer and entrepreneur Rick Dugdale. Rick talks with the team about Zero Contact, starring Anthony Hopkins, as well as NFTs and his NFT platform, Veuele. We also chat about Top Gun 2's stunts and answer a listener question. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://screenrant.com/top-gun-2-tom-cruise-stunts-insane-beat/


Christopher Coppola on Making Movies, Being a Coppola and Empowering Filmmakers!
#373
05/30/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Christopher Coppola on the show to talk about what it’s like to be a southern california Coppola, make genre movies for twenty years and the many different ways his movies have been funded. After that, we discuss James Gray’s take on big budget movies and why studios should be willing to lose money on their art house divisions. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://deadline.com/video/armageddon-time-james-gray-cannes-film-festival-box-office-streaming/


The Importance of Life Experience for a Writer with Leyla Kader Dahm!
#372
05/23/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with writer and manager Leyla Kader Dahm about how she found her way into management and what she does in her day-to-day. After that, we discuss an article about making festival films more immediately available to the public, read an iTunes review and discuss how we build our daily schedules. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org Check out this weeks article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/05/netflix-is-a-joke-film-distribution-1234724753/


Therapeutic Films with Richard Ledes!
#371
05/16/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with seven-time feature filmmaker Richard Ledes about his latest feature, Adieu Lacan. Richard talks about how he was able to shoot the film in ten days and his minimalist approach to indie filmmaking which makes it possible. After that we discuss an article about the Rotterdam film festival firing its programming team and then we read a listener email. Enjoy!


The Film That is Worth the Wait with Naveen Chathapuram!
#370
05/09/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Naveen Chathapuram on the show to talk about making his directorial debut The Last Victim, which hits theaters on May 13th. We talk about the long journey to make the movie as well as a separate conversation on piracy. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org


Being Great in the Room with Writer AJ Bermudez!
#369
05/02/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker AJ Bermudez on the show to talk about her writing process and how she has built her career as a writer and will grow it as a director. We also have an article from Indiewire out of Cinemacon 2022 about how theaters can stop piracy and aid the mental health crisis and then have a chat about how to prioritize projects with limited bandwidth. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/04/20/netflix-loses-subscribers-russia/ and https...


Leading Film Festivals and Supporting Filmmakers with Melanie Addington!
#368
04/25/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker and film festival director Melanie Addington to talk about getting into the film festival game, making the switch from the Oxford Film Festival to Tallgrass and to hear all about what an Executive Director of a film festival does! We also discuss an article about California, taxes and the streamers and read a listener question. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-hulu-beat-california-city-that-aimed-to-tax-streaming-platforms-1235130559/


Riding the Elevator with Riley Stearns!
#367
04/18/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome writer and director Riley Stearns on the show to talk about his latest feature Dual, starring Karen Gillan. Riley talks about how he wrote the movie on spec, how the film got financed and how his career has grown. After that we talk about Method Acting and how it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for bad behavior and we read a listener email. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/04/will-poulter-method-acting-excuse-inappropriate-behavior-1234715779/


Starting a Bidding War Over Your Second Feature with Jane Schoenbrun!
#366
04/11/2022

This week we welcome Jane Schoenbrun onto the show to talk about making their first feature 'We're All Going to the World's Fair', getting into Sundance and then creating a bidding war over their second feature film, which is being produced by A24. After that Alrik and Liz talk about what they are trying to DO as filmmakers! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org


The Importance of Relationships in Financing and Producing with Caitlin Gold!
#365
04/04/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with Caitlin Gold, one of the founders of the 51 Fund. We chat with her about being an independent producer, what it takes to create a film fund, and how she collaborates with directors. We also chat about the infamous Oscar slap. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/03/inside-oscars-ceremony-will-smith-drama-1234712155/


1 + 1 = 3 with Tarik Saleh!
#364
03/28/2022

This week Alrik and Liz talk with filmmaker Tarik Saleh about his latest feature, The Contractor. We also discuss an article from the Hollywood Reporter about a grant for development tv content, and answer a listener question. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/beta-group-series-mania-seriesmakers-tv-grant-1235115598/


Cutting Comedy with Curb's Roger Nygard!
#363
03/21/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with filmmaker and editor Roger Nygard about his feature documentary Trekkies and howhis evolved to include fiction filmmaking, comedy editing, and writing books. We also discuss the Distributor ReportCards from The Film Collaborative. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article:


Building Confidence as a Filmmaker with Meg Swertlow!
#362
03/14/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Meg Swertlow on the show to talk about making her first short films and her process as a writer. We also chat about an article from Buzzfeed that details an overlap of conservative financiers and liberal artists and then we answer a listener question. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This week's article: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/peter-thiel-anti-woke-film-festival-trevor-bazile


From Microbudget to Constance Wu: Indie Filmmaking with Chris Makoto Yogi!
#361
03/07/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Chris Makoto Yogi to talk about his experience going through the Sundance Labs, making his first feature film August at Akikos and how that led to him making his second feature I was a Simple Man that premiered at Sundance in 2021! After that, we discuss an article about how a new NFT platform is hoping to boost indie filmmakers. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This Weeks Article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/sundance-filmmakers-direct-blockbusters-1234692811/


Talking TV Writing and Representation with Lit Agent Jeff Greenberg!
#360
02/28/2022

This week Alrik and Liz welcome TV literary agent Jeff Greenberg on the show to tell us exactly what a TV Lit agent does, what he looks for in a client or a project and what it takes to be a successful writer/director in television. We also chat about an article from Filmmaker Magazine. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This Weeks Article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/sundance-filmmakers-direct-blockbusters-1234692811/


Showrunning Starz' Hightown with Rebecca Cutter!
#359
02/21/2022

This week Alrik and Liz talk with tv writer and creator/showrunner of the Starz show Hightown about working in both TV and indie film. We also have a short interview with filmmaker Donavan Edwards about his short film, Sunday Dinner, made by the Utah Jazz. Enjoy! Sunday Dinner from the Utah Jazz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oGG6j9xh1w For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This Weeks Article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/sundance-filmmakers-direct-blockbusters-1234692811/


Bringing the Marginalized to the Mainstream with Milan Chakraborty!
#358
02/14/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with producer Milan Chakraborty about his company Marginal Media Works and how he works in the independent film scene. We also have a bonus interview with filmmaker and actress Erika Longo about the short her and Liz worked on that was just released- LINA. Enjoy! For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org This Weeks Article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/sundance-filmmakers-direct-blockbusters-1234692811/


Submitting to the WB TV Workshop with Rebecca Windsor and Elly Lachman!
#357
02/07/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with Rebecca Windsor and Elly Lachman, who are running the WB Television Workshop. After that, we talk about an article about virtual production spaces as well as what makes a great director. Enjoy!

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From LA to Vietnam and Back Again with Le Van Kiet!
#356
01/31/2022

This week Liz and Alrik welcome Vietnamese Writer/Director Le Van Kiet to the show to talk about his latest film, The Requin which started as a Vietnamese film which he ended up translating to English. Kiet talks about why he made a shark movie, his life as a writer/director in Vietnam, making the top grossing box office film in Vietnam Furie (at the time) and how he got approached by Hulu/Disney to direct the upcoming action movie The Princess which is coming out in 2022! After that Liz and Alrik talk about an article from Eric Kohn...


Being a First Time Showrunner with Christopher Cantwell!
#355
01/24/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with writer and showrunner (Halt & Catch Fire) Christopher Cantwell. We follow that up with a conversation about the regional film festival crisis as well as the reception to our work. Enjoy! www.jambox.io use code MMIH for a 20% discount! www.networkisa.org


Jumping from Directing Italian Comedies to Hollywood Thrillers with Luis Prieto!
#354
01/17/2022

This week we welcome director Luis Prieto on the show to talk about directing his latest film Shattered and how he made the jump from directing comedies in Italy to directing thrillers in Hollywood. After that we discuss an article about the Golden Globes not being aired as well as a listener email.


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Making Movies Full of Integrity and Conviction with Talia Lugacy
#353
01/10/2022

This week Alrik and Liz chat with filmmaker Talia Lugacy about her second feature, This is Not a War Story, and how she produced it with a model similar to a worker co-op. We also discuss an article Talia wrote about the making of her film, and read a listener email. Enjoy! International Screenwriters Association: www.networkisa.org


Finishing What You Started with Asif Akbar!
#352
01/03/2022

This week, Alrik and Liz talk with filmmaker Asif Akbar about their latest, The Commando, starring Micheal Jai White and Mickey Rourke! Asif talks about how he got his films made, why he produces as well as directs and how he has found partners and distribution for his films. We also chat about an article regarding the Dizzying Uncertainty of 2021 and our their plans for 2022! Check out the International Screenwriters Association at www.networkisa.org and use our code MMIH2021 for a 20% discount!


The Importance of Process with Omar Lopex!
#351
12/27/2021

This week, Alrik and Liz chat with artist Omar Lopex about his first feature, Ana, Who They Pulled Out of the River, which he shot on film in Tijuana. We also talk about industry activism and a very specific acting class Liz took. Enjoy! Jump over to check out the ISA @ www.networkisa.org and use our code MMIH2021 for a discount on a yearly ISA Connect membership!