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The Indie Film Hustle Podcast is your #1 source for how to hack the film business and indie film world! The show is here to help as many indie filmmakers as I could. We wanted to bring the best guests, industry leaders, creative legends, and film business friends to you, the IFH Tribe. Some of the past guests include 3X Oscar® Winning Writer/Director Oliver Stone, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), Alex Proyas (The Crow, I, Robot), James V. Hart (writer Dracula, Hook), John August (Big Fish, A ...
 
The Filmtrepreneur® - A Entrepreneurial Filmmaking Podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school. Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals, and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your inde ...
 
Indie Film Hustle is dedicated to showing you how to hack filmmaking & the film business. Interviews with Acadamy Award® / Oscar nominees and industry professionals giving you the real deal from the inside with no BS, just the truth on what it takes to survive and thrive doing what you love. We discuss cinematography, RED Camera, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic camera, post production, color grading, filmmaking, visual effects, motion graphics, film festivals, editing, film crews, directing, producin ...
 
With Head Above Water, host and filmmaker Jason Charnick takes listeners on a deep dive with intimate and thought-provoking conversations with some of today's most influential independent filmmakers and creatives. In the vein of WTF with Marc Maron, each episode will focus on in-depth discussions with filmmakers, performers, and creators to discuss the mental challenges of expressing one's self creatively in such hypersensitive times. We get personal with our guests, talking about their fear ...
 
Film Festival Hacks Podcast pulls back the curtain on the mysterious world of film festivals and explores the festival circuit from both sides of the badge. Hosts Alex Ferrari (www.indiefilmhustle.com) is an award-winning​ filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He's joined by Chris Holland (www.filmfestivalsecrets.com), author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sund ...
 
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I am excited to have back on the show legendary writer, director Alex Proyas. The last time he was here, we discussed his career, working within the studio system, dealing with insane interference in his creative vision, why he was shooting short films. At the time, his movie, The Heretic Foundation, and his misadventures in Hollyweird had just bee…
 
Today on the show we have writer/director Rob Smat. His niche film is THE LAST WHISTLE. It is a Football Drama with a budget of 125K, the crew was almost entirely film students, shot in 13 days in Texas, distributed worldwide by Vertical Ent. for 10 theater releases this past June, and originated as a pitch for Rebel Without a Crew TV show and was …
 
After 500 episodes I need a break. To celebrate this insane milestone we are flipping the script. Many of you in the IFH Tribe has asked me to have someone interview me on the show.So I asked my long-time friend and current IFH Show appearance record holder (he’s been on the show 13 times) writer, producer, actor, and [REDACTED] to come in and take…
 
Hello, Indie Creatives! In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, and Podcaster Alex Ferrari. In addition to his best-selling books, 'Shooting for the Mob' and 'Rise of the Filmtrepreneur,' we talk about his latest film 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire,' his childhood growing up in Jamaica Queens, NY, where and how he de…
 
Hello, Indie Film Creatives! In this special episode, Chris joins fellow filmmaker and Women In Film & Television (WIFT) board member Ava Leah Stewart on a panel talk at the Knoxville Film Festival. We talk about Network Effect, the power of "Why," the state of Indie Film, and what filmmakers can do to attract investors. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rat…
 
I am excited to have back on the show legendary writer, director Alex Proyas. The last time he was here, we discussed his career, working within the studio system, dealing with insane interference in his creative vision, why he was shooting short films. At the time, his movie, The Heretic Foundation, and his misadventures in Hollyweird had just bee…
 
Hello, Indie Film Creatives! In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the film, television, and gaming future of NFT company Bored Ape Yacht Club, Apple's competitive differentiators, and why they are the most relieved by the IATSE/AMPTP deal, and the data game that Netflix plays with top shows like The Squid Game. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = …
 
Brooks Elms has written more than 25 scripts over the term of his career for companies like Gold Circle Films, Base FX, and Broken Road. We connected through a mutual friend and I couldn’t wait to have him on the Bulletproof Screenwriting podcast. Elms is a member of the Writers Guild Of America and a part-time screenwriting instructor at UCLA Exte…
 
I read an article the other day about a filmmaker who spent the better part of a decade trying to finish a movie due to unforeseen circumstances and spiral depression. I was immediately intrigued because that's part of the package that this line of work comes with that we don't talk about as much. So, I brought on the award-winning filmmaker and wr…
 
I read an article the other day about a filmmaker who spent the better part of a decade trying to finish a movie due to unforeseen circumstances and spiral depression. I was immediately intrigued because that's part of the package that this line of work comes with that we don't talk about as much. So, I brought on the award-winning filmmaker and wr…
 
Today on the show we have writer/director Rob Smat. His niche film is THE LAST WHISTLE. It is a Football Drama with a budget of 125K, the crew was almost entirely film students, shot in 13 days in Texas, distributed worldwide by Vertical Ent. for 10 theater releases this past June, and originated as a pitch for Rebel Without a Crew TV show and was …
 
We as human beings create comfort zones to protect ourselves in many ways. Sometimes we become comfortable in those boundaries we create, then it becomes detrimental to our growth and bravery to step out into the world with more openness and positivity. This conversation today is about staying aware that we don't become accustomed to staying within…
 
It was a pleasure having today's guest on because, as a self-proclaimed hustler, I recognize another when I see one, and for the best part of his career, Joseph Alexandre has hustled hard in this line of business. My guest today is director, writer, and producer Joseph Alexandre. He is most known for films like The Starck Club Documentary-The Final…
 
It was a pleasure having today's guest on because, as a self-proclaimed hustler, I recognize another when I see one, and for the best part of his career, Joseph Alexandre has hustled hard in this line of business. My guest today is director, writer, and producer Joseph Alexandre. He is most known for films like The Starck Club Documentary-The Final…
 
The legacy of the crime drama television series, The Sopranos remains a defining art of storytelling for mob TV shows. We have the genius behind this hit TV series, David Chase as our guest today. As expected, Chase is a twenty-five-time Emmy Awards-winner, seven times Golden Globes winner, and highly acclaimed producer, writer, and director. His f…
 
I'm excited to talk to a fellow low-budget independent filmmaker today. Granted, he does low-budget films on a completely different level than I or most people do at this point. But if we are going to talk about budget filmmaking, it is only fitting to have expert horror film and television producer, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Our chat so…
 
I'm excited to talk to a fellow low-budget independent filmmaker today. Granted, he does low-budget films on a completely different level than I or most people do at this point. But if we are going to talk about budget filmmaking, it is only fitting to have expert horror film and television producer, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Our chat so…
 
Hello, Indie Creatives! In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive and Artistic Directors of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Knox Shelton and Miriam Bale. We talk about why Festivals around the country are taking more COVID precautions than theaters and sporting venues, what sacrifices they look for in serious filmmakers, how festi…
 
Welcome to the newest member of the IFH Podcast Network. May I introduce you to Inside the Screenwriter's MInd: A Screenwriting Archive.Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside a screenwriter’s mind? In this podcast, we explore how successful screenwriters tackle structure, plot, character, dialog, and the film business. Get ready to go down th…
 
After 500 episodes I need a break. To celebrate this insane milestone we are flipping the script. Many of you in the IFH Tribe has asked me to have someone interview me on the show. So I asked my long-time friend and current IFH Show appearance record holder (he’s been on the show 13 times) writer, producer, actor, and [REDACTED] to come in and tak…
 
The legacy of the crime drama television series, The Sopranos remains a defining art of storytelling for mob TV shows. We have the genius behind this hit TV series, David Chase as our guest today. As expected, Chase is a twenty-five-time Emmy Awards-winner, seven times Golden Globes winner, and highly acclaimed producer, writer, and director. His f…
 
The legacy of the crime drama television series, The Sopranos remains a defining art of storytelling for mob TV shows. We have the genius behind this hit TV series, David Chase as our guest today. As expected, Chase is a twenty-five-time Emmy Awards-winner, seven times Golden Globes winner, and highly acclaimed producer, writer, and director. His f…
 
I believe that most indie filmmakers have a dream of making a feature film, getting accepted to the Sundance Film Festival, and that film would be fought over in a massive bidding war that generates millions of dollars for the filmmakers. I’ve called this dream the lottery ticket mentally. I always say that someone wins the lottery every week somew…
 
I am pleased to have on the show this today, the gracious Rebecca Eskreis. Rebecca has had a thrilling path to her dreams of filmmaking. Now a director, writer, producer, teacher, and film consultant whose projects have been recognized by huge platforms like SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm, and film Thessaloniki festivals,…
 
I am pleased to have on the show this today, the gracious Rebecca Eskreis. Rebecca has had a thrilling path to her dreams of filmmaking. Now a director, writer, producer, teacher, and film consultant whose projects have been recognized by huge platforms like SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm, and film Thessaloniki festivals,…
 
Today on the show I have Klaus Badelt. We do a deep dive into the state of independent film and self-distribution. We also discuss the Distribber debacle and how filmmakers can get access to their films back from Distribber.Klaus is not only a tech entrepreneur he also writes the occasional score for feature films including The Thin Red Line, The P…
 
Today on the show I have Klaus Badelt. We do a deep dive into the state of independent film and self-distribution. We also discuss the Distribber debacle and how filmmakers can get access to their films back from Distribber. Klaus is not only a tech entrepreneur he also writes the occasional score for feature films including The Thin Red Line, The …
 
Hello, Indie Producers & Investors! In this final episode of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about when to use your gut and when to use the investment playbook, and why investing in your brand is a win-win, even if you're not profitable. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at contact@bonsai.fi…
 
The word gratitude has been floating around my head lately. I recently made some significant shifts in my personal life. The support and opportunity to have accomplished such leaves me with so much gratitude.So, I wanted to talk about giving and gratitude and their power in people's lives. The will to carry a consciously positive mindset through li…
 
Today, we are going to be talking all about one of my favorite topics; how to raise money to get our films made. I think every filmmaker wants to know how to make or get money for their films. But it becomes very challenging.My guest is an expert fundraiser, film financing consultant, facilitator, and author, Morrie Warshawski. He’s facilitated a l…
 
Today, we are going to be talking all about one of my favorite topics; how to raise money to get our films made. I think every filmmaker wants to know how to make or get money for their films. But it becomes very challenging. My guest is an expert fundraiser, film financing consultant, facilitator, and author, Morrie Warshawski. He’s facilitated a …
 
The NO Bullsh*t Guide to Making Your Indie Film with Jeff LeisawitzHave you ever been in a place where nothing is going right creatively? Do you ever feel like you are standing in your own way? Me too. Today's guest is author Jeff Leisawitz who wrote Not F*ing Around— the No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground. This littl…
 
My guest today has done it all. He’s gone from cinematography on small-budget indie films to $200 million-plus projects which is literally goals for many in this line of business. Director and cinematographer, Shane Hurlbut's thirty-plus experience and success as a storyteller is categorically innovative to the craft and inspiring for other filmmak…
 
My guest today has done it all. He’s gone from cinematography on small-budget indie films to $200 million-plus projects which is literally goals for many in this line of business. Director and cinematographer, Shane Hurlbut's thirty-plus experience and success as a storyteller is categorically innovative to the craft and inspiring for other filmmak…
 
Hello, Indie Creatives! In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the stacked deck experience for Indie Filmmakers at most Festivals, Addison Rae's Netflix deal and how Indie actors can best respond, and why stronger unions might prevent IATSE members from getting their protest demands. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love Questions or Comments? Re…
 
Welcome to the newest member of the IFH Podcast Network. May I introduce you to Inside the Screenwriter's MInd: A Screenwriting Archive.Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside a screenwriter’s mind? In this podcast, we explore how successful screenwriters tackle structure, plot, character, dialog, and the film business. Get ready to go down th…
 
Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! In this episode, Chris and Jason highlight the importance of all of the "Why Questions" and what they reveal about the temperament of the Founder Filmmaker. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at contact@bonsai.film or on social and the web at https://linktr.ee/BonsaiCreat…
 
The Purge franchise is one of the most iconic dystopian action horror series of all time and the man behind it, James DeMonaco is not stopping anytime soon.Jame is our guest today and even though we talk a great deal about the various Purge films he’s either written or directed, which are all fan favorites, we start off with his most recently relea…
 
The Purge franchise is one of the most iconic dystopian action horror series of all time and the man behind it, James DeMonaco is not stopping anytime soon. Jame is our guest today and even though we talk a great deal about the various Purge films he’s either written or directed, which are all fan favorites, we start off with his most recently rele…
 
I have an inspirational treat for you today. On the show, we have writer/producer/director Elizabeth Blake-Thomas. She has recently financed, written, directed, and sold six feature films in the past two years, with no professional film school training. Elizabeth has been involved in the creative industries for over 30 years. Studying drama from a …
 
Today, my guest is a prolific cinematographer, accomplished photographer, and member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Dean Cundey.Dean rose to fame for extraordinary cinematography in the 1980s and 1990s. His early start was working on the set of Halloween. Dean is credited as director of photography on five Back To The Future films and…
 
Today, my guest is a prolific cinematographer, accomplished photographer, and member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Dean Cundey. Dean rose to fame for extraordinary cinematography in the 1980s and 1990s. His early start was working on the set of Halloween. Dean is credited as director of photography on five Back To The Future films an…
 
Hello, Indie Creatives! In this episode, we have a conversation with the Co-Founder of XM Radio and Media Innovator and Legend, Lee Abrams. We discuss why he created the Album-Oriented Rock format for radio, the concept of making people into fans, not users, his latest innovation 'News Movies,' his forthcoming book 'Solutions for a Creatively Starv…
 
In Season 4 we will be deconstructing the work and career of the legendary film director Quentin Tarantino on The Directors Series Podcast hosted by Cameron Beyl.Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Networkhttp://www.ifhpodcastnetwork.comBy Alex Ferrari | Filmmaker, Directing, Visual Effects, Crowdfunding, DP, Film Distribution & Film Business
 
Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! In this episode, Chris and Jason talk about what investors can do to help their films be financially successful beyond the check you wrote for development. Enjoy! Listen+Subscribe+Rate = Love Questions or Comments? Reach out to us at contact@bonsai.film or on social and the web at https://linktr.ee/BonsaiCreati…
 
Understanding the universe’s plan for you is pivotal for all of us in staying true to our destined pursuits and how we navigate the world, relationships, and life. Author and spiritual teacher Matt Kahn has lived a chunk of his life helping others follow their life’s mission and a pursuit of purpose. His own early childhood spiritual encounters and…
 
After 500 episodes I need a break. To celebrate this insane milestone we are flipping the script. Many of you in the IFH Tribe have asked me to have someone interview me on the show.So I asked my long-time friend and current IFH Show appearance record holder (he's been on the show 13 times) writer, producer, actor and [REDACTED] come in and take ho…
 
After 500 episodes I need a break. To celebrate this insane milestone we are flipping the script. Many of you in the IFH Tribe have asked me to have someone interview me on the show. So I asked my long-time friend and current IFH Show appearance record holder (he's been on the show 13 times) writer, producer, actor and [REDACTED] come in and take h…
 
It’s always way fun to have a guest who is also a fan of the show. This week’s guest is definitely a member of the tribe. We chatted up pre-interview about some of his favorite IFH podcast episodes like Ed Burns and Joe Carnahan and I knew front hen on we were on for a treat. My guest today is award-winning writer, director, and producer, Chris Spa…
 
Ever since I saw District 9 and learned of all the mythical stories behind the short film becoming a feature, I have been a massive fan of today’s guest, Neill Blomkamp. Though Neill is here today to talk about his new sci-fi horror fiction film, Demonic, we also chatted up about his other films that have been successful over the years.Released in …
 
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