MEET OUR FILMMAKERS

GREGORY G. ALLEN
GREGORY G. ALLEN
Reparations

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Don’t be married to your own script in post production and cut three pages if it feels right.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Sometimes we can find common ground when we listen to others.

Who is your dream cast?

The cast that shows up knowing the script and then brings themselves to the roles.


http://www.gregorygallen.com
KRISTIN <br>ATWELL FORD
KRISTIN
ATWELL FORD
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

Stories make life rich. They tell us who we are and who we can become. I love telling stories that ignite the imagination – and that is what I set out do every time I make a film.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

The landscape is a muse that shapes our stories and our lives. And live theater is a powerful, bonding way to share those stories.

What’s your next project?

I’m working on a film about the ways wildlife enriches our lives.


http://ridersoperafilm.com
Pat Battistini
Pat Battistini
“Ms. Rossi” and “Dignity”

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

When I was young, I enjoyed a lot of Frank Capra’ work. But John Hughes introduced me to a world of films that led me in this direction.

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

There’s an intimate scene in the beginning of the film, “Dignity”. While shooting it, the intimacy coordinator and myself were stuck in the closet with a monitor. For some reason, we got the giggles and had to try not to laugh. That’s always the hardest time not to laugh. When you can’t.

What’s your next project?

A short comedy films called “Bandwidth”. It’s a Covid influenced film.


http://www.HoosierDaddyFilms.com
Bob Belinoff
Bob Belinoff
A Night in the Shelter

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

Starting out as a film maker in in 1967 was like being a jet pilot in 1955

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

John Cassavetes

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

My film is a documentary; I learned to just be there, be aware, shut up and never put the camera down.

Tom Basis & Robert Summerlin
Tom Basis & Robert Summerlin
The Poet and the Plant

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

Growing up with immigrant families, watching foreign films

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Wong Kar-wai

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Forgiveness is the greatest gift


https://www.instagram.com/thepoetandtheplant/
MICHAEL BARNARD & REID ESTREICHER
MICHAEL BARNARD & REID ESTREICHER
THANK YOU 5

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

MB: I think I was always a writer and director at heart. As a young kid, I would ask my dad to come play with me and my actions figures, but unfortunately for him he was NOT allowed to make up his own dialogue. I got involved in acting and theater as a kid, and then in my teenage years I got really into movies and the process of filmmaking. As I got more heavily immersed in watching and studying films, my eyes were opened by learning more about indie films and indie filmmakers and suddenly the idea that I could be a filmmaker felt very accessible to me and I thought it was something I could realistically pursue.
RE: Some of my earliest memories are of me entertaining my family and friends, trying to make people laugh. I don’t think that’s really much different for me even today. And really what drove me to filmmaking was that I found myself feeling, and I’m not sure if “emotionally” is the right word but, emotionally truncated by the idea that I was only able to do so professionally because someone allowed me the opportunity to do it. So ultimately, I saw filmmaking as a means to remove myself from the undertow of another person’s permission or approval.


https://twoties.myportfolio.com/
Chris Cashman
Chris Cashman
Leave ’em Laughing

Who is your dream cast?
Will Ferrell, Kristen Wigg and Bill Murray


What was the funniest moment you had on set?

When we had each of the audience members in the theater yell out various lines of dialogue. The improvisational performances were hilarious!

What’s your next project?

I’m currently in production on a feature documentary about the first 100 years of St. Augustine H.S in North Park. Also, I’m in pre-production on a feature documentary on the history and evolution of comedy in film. And I’m in development on a feature narrative comedy about a down-and-out Mexican soccer team.


https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-cashman-5610837/
Ronan Cassidy
Ronan Cassidy
The Vasectomy Doctor

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

My love of film from a young age

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Oliver Stone

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Remember everyone’s role is important

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

As Dr Rynne says to stand up for what you think is right


https://www.facebook.com/carbonatedcomet
Melissa <br>Collins-Porter
Melissa
Collins-Porter
Aging Out

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

I wanted to be an actor until I saw Michael Moore’s 1989 film, Roger and Me. It inspired me to use film as a means for social change.

Who is your dream cast?

Benecio del Toro, Helen Mirren, and Baby Yoda.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

That adults with autism and other developmental disabilities deserve to live full, meaningful lives.


https://www.agingoutmovie.com/
Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Double Exposure

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

After years of being a performer in theatre, I found film had so exciting as a creative platform. Being the producer and the one on board from development to fruition is the biggest thrill for me. Filmmaking offers such an important, broad and versatile space. It gives us a place to tell a story but also make a difference.

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Trust your instincts. Work with good people. Be patient.

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

Taking care of Daryl our director….She was 8 months pregnant when we ended up filming!


https://www.ldrcreativellc.com
Darby Duffin
Darby Duffin
FISH & MEN

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

While pursuing an acting career in my 20s, I auditioned for a lead role in a Francis Ford Coppola film. Meeting him inspired me to pursue the other side of the lens.

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

Watching my DP undress down to his underwear and dive into the water off a pier in Norway to retrieve a drone 15 feet deep in ice cold water. I’m happy to report the footage survived (and we used it).

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Always ask where your seafood is from – and respect those that harvest it!



http://fishandmen.com
Hollis Epstein
Hollis Epstein
Baby Zoomers

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Paul Thomas Anderson. His clever and masterfully-crafted dialogue has been a huge inspiration for me.

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

You don’t need fancy equipment or A-list actors to make a film. All you need is an idea and some people willing to help you see it become a reality.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Being a teenager during the pandemic is no easy task!
Celine Francois
Celine Francois
A Little Patch of Earth

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

Kids are naturally really curious when you stick a big camera in their face, and on some shoots I even brought a boom microphone, so the funniest parts of filming were definitely all the outtakes of kids screaming into the boom mic or running in front of the camera to pose for a “picture.”

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

After watching my film I hope that audiences understand the importance of play not only in the lives of developing children but also in our lives as adults! We could all benefit from a little more organic, messy, and creative play, because it’s okay to be silly and not take life so seriously all the time!


https://www.celinefrancois.com/
Hieu Gray
Hieu Gray
Quan 13


Who is your dream cast?

I would love to cast an all Asian American cast for a future project. I’d love to work with Kelly Marie Tran, Ali Wong

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

It takes a village to make a film. I can’t believe the amount of pitching I had to do. If you’re not passionate about your film, then how can you inspire passion from others to help you make your vision come alive?


https://www.instagram.com/lapetitebelle_eats/
Shawn Kelley
Shawn Kelley
My Father’s Brothers

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

I wanted to bring veterans’ stories to life to honor what they went through and are still going through.

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

I asked one of the veterans the question, “what was the funniest thing that happened to you when you were in Vietnam?” I put the answer in the film!

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Combat veterans carry a lot of pain, even 50 years after their time in war. As a country, we need to do everything we can to support them.


https://www.myfathersbrothers.com
Aiden Keltner
Aiden Keltner
Official SelectioN

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

My love of the medium, how it can affect us, and through that, how it can change the way we see each other and ourselves.


Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Chloe Zhao

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Emotion comes before story


https://www.aidenkeltner.com/
Rami Kodeih
Rami Kodeih
ALINA

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

I was raised in a war, and movies and playing pretend provided me with a much-needed outlet during my childhood. They were my window to people and worlds beyond any geographical borders.

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Life itself is my greatest inspiration but some filmmakers who deeply inspire me are Scorsese, Miyazaki, and Inarritu.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Love is an act of resistance against hate.


https://www.instagram.com/rami.kodeih/
Chikara Motomura
Chikara Motomura
Journey to Hokusai

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Each of us can do so much more than we think we can.

What was the funniest moment you had on set?

I dropped my purse on the street in Kyoto, Japan when I got into a cab. After 10 minutes in the cab, I realized my purse was missing. We went back to where I got on the cab. And there it was, sitting on a guard rail. Everything was intact. Not funny but a great moment.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

If you can be patient, seemingly tedious steps in creative process are fascinating. This could be true in what we do in our daily life.


http://www.chikaramotomura.com
Evan Mulgrave
Evan Mulgrave
We Left As Brothers

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

Watching George Romero films in High School and seeing that you didn’t need to be from Hollywood or have huge budgets to make good work that connects with people.

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

David Lynch – His fearlessness and unbridled creativity is incredibly inspiring to me.

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

When in doubt, follow the emotion of a scene.


https://www.instagram.com/evmulg/
Jeff Pifher
Jeff Pifher
In the Same Direction: Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

This is my first film so I definitely learned a lot. One thing I learned is that even with a small budget project there can be lots of steps in the process, lots of people involved, and anything can happen good and bad!

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

It is my hope that a look inside the creative process and interactions between a cast of real characters passionate about this music will help expand the jazz and improvised music audience as well as begin to break down negative stigmas and stereotypes long held in place.


https://jeffpifher.com/home
Elise Robertson
Elise Robertson
Darling, Darling, Wendy

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

The magic and the mystery. The way it combines so many types of storytelling. I came up in the theatre, but after making my first film I realized that a camera allowed me to put the audience anywhere in the room. There was no turning back after that.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Oppression is dangerous and has consequences for more than just the individual. IT’s easy to judge Wendy’s actions here but I hope that the audience will look deeper to see how her lack of freedom – especially after tasting the freedom of Neverland – has driven her to it. The path to sanity is equality and respect for all people.


https://www.eliserobertson.com/darlingdarlingwendy
Katherine Sainte Marie
Katherine Sainte Marie
Darling, Darling, Wendy

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

I started off as an actor, but became a filmmaker because I wanted to tell female-driven stories.

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

I am a big fan of Jennifer Kent because she marries drama and horror elements so well and her scripts keep you guessing everytime.

What’s your next project?

The Devil in Bitter Woods’. It is a period film set in Virginia in 1875. It tells the story of a intellectually disabled man who meets the devil in the woods and tries to bargain for his life.


https://www.katherinesaintemariefilm.com/
Owen Squire Smith
Owen Squire Smith
Brother’s Keeper

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

Growing up in the special needs community and traveling around the world has given me a passion to share unique stories that connect us all. What better way to showcase that than through visual storytelling, where you can reach a broader audience.

Who is the most inspirational filmmaker to you?

Spielberg. When I was little, I would always recreate spoofed versions of his work. Such as “Louisiana Jones” and “T.E.”

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Have a solid plan and strict shoot schedule, and then once you are finally on set, have the flexibility to allow unplanned magic to happen.


https://owensquiresmith.com
Paul Steinbroner
Paul Steinbroner
Stand Down

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

It was the most important vocation in the world.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

Everyone has a story and every life matters

What’s your next project?

Journeys on the Red Road- the story of the spiritual aspects on recovery in NW Indian culture.


https://www.calledfromdarkness.com
Connie Tais
Connie Tais
A Long Walk to the Moon

What made you want to be a filmmaker?

When I was younger, I only wanted to act because I thought actors were the ones creating everything. I had no real sense of how many people were involved behind the camera. Later, I discovered that there are so many roles in filmmaking, and that I wanted to try them all. Through this film, I found out how much I enjoy editing which for me is like writing with images. 

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?
This was my first film, so everything was a lesson! I learned about filmmaking and about myself, especially to never give up because there isn’t anything too impossible to achieve when you put all your heart in it. Just trust.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

I want audiences to see the human side behind the technology that brought us to the moon. I want them to understand that it was a group effort and that it required not only a lot of money, but a lot of passion, creativity and sacrifice from thousands of people and their families. The Space Era was exciting, it truly was, and it is equally exciting to travel to that era through the eyes and voices of the people who made it happen. 
Enzo Tedeschi
Enzo Tedeschi
Over The Edge

Who is your dream cast?

This is tough!! I kind of adore Laura Linney – she just has a way of owning everything she does, from the most tender of moments to the most hardass. She’s a joy to watch, and I’d imagine a joy to work with. Sam Rockwell is also exceptionally gifted. Back home here in Australia, I’d love to work with Sarah Snook, Ben Mendelsohn and Margot Robbie. There’s a line-up! Better get onto writing that!!

What was the biggest lesson you learned in making your film?

Planning and people are everything. I already knew this, but it was solidified further here – you can’t overplan, and the right people in the room just coaxes the magic out of thin air.

What’s one big takeaway you want the audience to have from your film?

I just hope the audience come away having been entertained, and having spent at least a *little* time on the edge of their seat – maybe even reminded a little of the old school thriller masters if I’ve done my job right.


http://www.enzotedeschi.com.au



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