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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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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 201 from March 2019 with director Jesse Handsher who talks about making his feature documentary, Being Napoleon, which we felt was a good match for Brenton because these are both stories about making feature documentaries and they both work in corporate video to pay the …
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This week we welcome first time feature director Brenton Gieser on the show to talk about directing his feature The 50 after switching careers to filmmaking just a few years ago. After that we play another round of THE GAME, enjoy! Don’t forget to support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast Leave us a Review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcas…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 186 from December 2018 with writer actor Katie J. Stone and I thought this was a nice pairing for Deborah because they both are actors who have other roles in the industry, Katie is a writer and producer, currently working on the new show Splinter Cell which is currently…
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This week we welcome Actor and Producer Deborah Lee Smith on the show to talk about freelance producing, acting and how she balances her many jobs to get a sustainable career in filmmaking. She also talks about working as a producer on Butterfly in the Sky, the documentary about Reading Rainbow. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy! …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 289 from October 2020 with writer and director Jonathan Kiefer who talks about writing and collaborating on his first feature film, Around the Sun which Alrik felt was a good match for our episode with Charles because they are both filmmakers who wrote a feature that was…
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This week we welcome Writer Charles Pieper on the show to talk about writing his first feature film Destroy All Neighbors, which premiered on Shudder! After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads of the show which is killing our numbers! The way to fix th…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 174 from September 2018 with writer and director Paulina Lagudi who talks about making her first feature Mail Order Monster after having co produced a feature before hand. I thought Paulina was a good match for Zoe because they both talk about making their first feature …
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This week we welcome writer and director Zoe Eisenberg on the show to talk about making her solo directorial debut Chaperone and how she pulled the movie together. After that we play another round of You're The Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads of the show which is killing our numbers! The …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 263 from May 2020 with Greg Barker about moving from career in documentaries to making his first narrative feature for Netflix. I thought this was a good pairing for Stefon because both their first narrative features were produced by Netflix, under very different circums…
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This week we welcome director Stefon Bristol on the show to talk about his 2nd feature Breathe which he made with Thunder Road, being mentored by Spike Lee and how he got his first feature produced by Netflix. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 359 from Februrary 2022 with writer and show runner Rebecca Cutter who talks about working her way up in the writers room and creating her own show, Hightown! I thought Rebecca was a good match for Debby because they both worked their way up in writers rooms before runni…
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This week we welcome writer and showrunner Debby Wolfe on the show to talk about being the creator/showrunner of Lopez vs. Lopez and how she landed that show after working her way up in writers rooms. After that we play another round of Ask The Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads of the show …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 222 from August 2019 with writer director Kevin O’Brien who talks about making his first feature film At The End of the Day and making the movie in his home town. I thought this was a nice pairing for Nathan because they both raised the budgets for their films on their o…
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This week we welcome Writer Director Nathan Blackwell to talk about writing and directing his latest feature The Last Movie Ever Made which he made on a shoestring budget in a small Arizona Town. After that we play another round of Ask the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads of the show which…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 152 from way back in April of 2018 with Ian James Duncan who talked about making a web series fan film based on Half Life which received over a million views online. We thought this was a good match for the Ren team because they both talk about web series and how they ca…
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This week we welcome Ren: The Girl with The Mark Co Creators/Directors/Writers, Kate Madison and Christopher Dane and current showrunner DP and Writer Neil Oseman on the show to talk about how they made two seasons of a Fantasy web series on roughly a $40k budget. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all list…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 336 from September 2021 with director Ben Hickernell who talks about raising the funds for his features, especially his fifth feature What We Found which is a Who Done It but set in high school. We thought this was a good match for Travis because they both made who done …
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This week we welcome Writer Director Travis Burgess on the show to talk about writing and directing his first feature film Hayseed and how he made a who done it on a budget. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all listeners! Apple podcasts has frozen all of your downloads of the show which is killing our num…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 160 with Howard Franklin about his long career in hollywood as a writer and director. I thought he was a good match for Adam because Adam also wrote many features before directing his first feature, just like Adam. After that we play another round of The Game, enjoy! A b…
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This week we welcome writer/director Adam Cooper on the show to talk about his career as a screenwriter and making his first feature film as a director, Sleeping Dogs starring Russel Crowe. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Sleeping Dogs releases Only in Theaters on Friday, March 22 so make sure to get your tickets now! …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 354 from January 2022 with director Luis Prieto who talk about how he got into directing features, directing comedies in Italy before making his first english speaking film with Shattered. I thought they Luis was a good match for Gabriel because they both made movies in …
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This week we welcome writer/director Gabriel Abrantes on the show to talk about making his horror feature Amelia’s Children, what it was like to play Cannes with his first feature, Diamantino and his process in writing the film. After that we play another round of You’re the Expert, enjoy! Watch Liz's new short film Witchy on youtube: https://www.y…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 271 from June 2020 with writer, director, producer and actor Leah McKendrick I thought this was a nice match for Laura Adkin episode since they both do it all, did more acting then writing/directing and forged their way to produce and direct their own movies. After that …
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This week we welcome actor, writer, producer and director Laura Adkin on the show to talk about writing and directing her first feature Re: Uniting that premiered at the Austin Film Festival, big shout out to Eric Tom’s for going out there and grabbing this interview. After that we play another round of You're the Expert, enjoy! A big note for all …
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 322 from August 2021 with director Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch who talk about their filmmaking careers, going from indie features to directing the 2019 remake of Pet Cemetary and directing episodes of the The Scream TV show. I thought they were a good match for the N…
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This week we welcome writers and directors Ian and Eshom Nelms back on the show to talk about their latest feature Red Right Hand starring Orlando Bloom, Andie McDowell and Garret Dillahunt. 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/watch?v=gk5WtIOz5do Watch A…
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On this Thursday bonus episode we are going to play the interview from episode 323 from June 2021 with star and co-director Kate Forsatz and editor Meredith Veach who talk about making their feature Threebound, a romantic comedy that they shot in NYC in eleven days! I thought this was a nice match for Leila and Jesse’s episode since they made their…
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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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