American Filmmaker

American Filmmaker

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A podcast about filmmaking, the creative journey, tai chi, fine teas, and the obstacles to being an American Filmmaker. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/americanfilmmaker/support


29 - Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Documentary Film, “When They Were Here” - Ivy and Ivan MacDonald
Oct 6 • 51 min
Ivy & Ivan MacDonald are a brother and sister filmmaking duo from the Blackfeet tribe of Northern Montana. Currently, they’re working on “When They Were Here,” a feature documentary about the serial disappearances and murders of indigenous woman across…
. 28 - How to Become an Award-winning Documentary Film Editor - Leslie Simmer of Kartemquin Films
Sep 18 • 83 min
Leslie Simmer of Kartemquin Films talks about the journey to edit social justice motivated documentary films and docu-series. Leslie Simmer is Kartemquin’s Director of Editing as well as Senior Editor on staff. For over 19 years Leslie has worked at…
27 - A Brazilian Filmmaker Completes His First Feature Film While the Brazilian President Tries To Close The Film Council - Meet Deo Cardoso and His Film “Cabeça de Nego”
Aug 25 • 84 min
Deo Cardoso is a Brazilian-American filmmaker completing his first feature film, “Cabeça de Nego”, and starting the international film festival circuit. He talks about the reality of living in Brazil as a filmmaker, getting his film financed by the…
26 - Can You Make Films For 50 years to Create a Better World and Get Nominated For Oscars and Emmys? Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films Reflects on Cinemas Evolution
Aug 2 • 76 min
Gordon Quinn and Josh Hyde talk about the history of “cinéma vérité,” Kartemquin starting as a filmmaking collective, being the muse for Bob Dylan’s song “Quinn the Eskimo” (“The Mighty Quinn”), helping create Hoop Dreams and Minding The Gap, the mission…
25 - How to Make a Film About Winona LaDuke Fighting a Multi-National Oil Company - Keri Pickett is the Cinematographer/Producer/Director of “First Daughter and the Black Snake”
Jul 28 • 58 min
Keri Pickett is an award-winning artist and producer/director/cinematographer of the documentary First Daughter and the Black Snake, a feature film following environmental activist Winona LaDuke and her family and communities efforts to keep big oil out…
24 - How to Become a Writer for Nickelodeon & DreamWorks Animated TV Shows - Marie W. Cheng
Jul 2 • 54 min
Marie Cheng talks about choosing to be a story teller over going to business school, the long journey through film school, playing the intern and production assistant game, working hard as a core value, how to find the right creative community in…
23 - Film Distribution Strategist, Producer and Branded Content Distribution Specialist - Brian Newman
Jun 24 • 46 min
Brian Newman talks about producing independent films, transitioning to working with brands on distribution strategy for branded content films, how to be diversified as a producer and how basic analytics can help a film release. Brian Newman is the founder…
22 - The Struggle to Create Feature Documentaries for Theatrical Release, HBO, and Netflix - Colby Gottert, All Rise Films
Jun 18 • 40 min
Colby Gottert is an Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer whose films have been broadcast on HBO, CBS, ESPN, AT&T Audience, Fox Television and PBS, including limited theatrical releases. A prolific, creative producer known for his ability to…
21 - How to Create an Award-Winning Comic by Chopping Wood and Carrying Water - Chris Hunt
Jun 17 • 106 min
Chris Hunt is a comic book creator, writer and artist. Currently residing in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio, he arrived back there after 19 years in Boise, Idaho and 3 years in New York City. Inspired as a 9-year old boy to pursue comics as a full time…
20 - How Do You Make a Feature Documentary Film, Premiere at SXSW and Release the Film on PBS?
Jun 10 • 64 min
Chelsea Hernandez talks about growing up in Austin, going to college in NYC, finishing film school at University of Texas, working at KLRU-TV - Austin’s PBS station, applying for grants, documentary filmmaking strategy and making her first documentary…
19 - Can Tai Chi Help With Creativity?
May 9 • 46 min
Bryan Rodriguez is an acupuncturist and tai chi practitioner living in Boulder, Colorado. Through his life Bryan found the healing arts. A fun side note is the host of the podcast, Josh Hyde, and Bryan do tai chi together. Bryan talks about discovering…
18 - Writer, Anthropologist, Research Specialist into Magical Realms and Founder of Incredibowls - Mitch Shenassa
Apr 26 • 52 min
Mitch Shenassa, writer, anthropologist, and co-founder of Incredibowls smoking devices, stops in to drink tea and help me with some research for a new script involving an artifact that’s a spiritual weapon. Mitch was the script editor for the script I…
17 - Winona LaDuke Talks About the 7th Fire and Economic Earth Justice
Apr 10 • 33 min
As a filmmaker, sometimes you find yourself in strange situations with profound meaning. I was filming extra shots for a feature documentary on the hemp industry in Colorado and I filmed a talk by Winona LaDuke at the 2019 NoCo Hemp Expo to get some sound…
16 - Dr. Hari Ailinani - Pain Management Doctor and CBD Specialist
Apr 9 • 27 min
Dr. Hari Ailinani stops by to help research my new documentary film, American Hemp. We talk about healthcare in Indiana, a CBD study he did on his patients, and the results. Hari was also an an actor in one of my feature films, My Friend’s Rubber Ducky.…
15 - Jeff Zimbalist - Award-Winning Feature Filmmaker, TV Producer, and Intelligent Collaborator with His Brother Michael Zimbalist
Mar 19 • 28 min
Jeff Zimbalist was born on August 15, 1978 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. He is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer, writer and director, known primarily for Favela Rising (2005), The Two Escobars (2010), Youngstown Boys (2013), Pelé: Birth of…
14 - Chris Rejano - Cinematographer, Father, Skateboarder and Filipino Brethren
Mar 18 • 66 min
Chris Rejano was born and raised in the shadows of Detroit. Chris has forged a career in feature film, commercials and music videos. His creativity is steeped in early MTV, skateboard videos, and American independent cinema. His cinematography has been…
13 - Russell Costanzo - Editor of “All These Small Moments”, Writer, Director, and One of The Coolest Dads in The Film Industry
Mar 17 • 35 min
Russell Costanzo is the editor of All These Small Moments, a feature film written and directed by Melissa Miller Costanzo. Russell also makes film. His first feature as a writer/director/editor was The Tested. Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play,…
12 - Melissa B. Miller - Writer and Director of “All These Small Moments”
Mar 17 • 31 min
Melissa B. Miller Costanzo (a.k.a. Melissa B. Miller) talks about making her first feature film as a writer/director, All These Small Moments. The film got a theatrical release by Orion Classics and has a wonderful cast that includes Molly Ringwald,…
11 - Comedian, Filmmaker, Journalist and Sometimes Politician - Travis Irvine
Feb 18 • 60 min
Travis Irvine is a comedian, filmmaker, journalist, and some times politician. Travis’s films focus on documenting the political reality facing everyday Americans and absurdist political comedies that use extreme metaphor and physical humor to deliver…
10 - What Does it Take to Be a Freelance Photojournalist & Editorial Photographer?- Julia Rendleman
Feb 14 • 48 min
Julia Rendleman is a freelance editorial photographer and photojournalist working for major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, VICE and others. Julia…
9 - Advice on Short Filmmaking and Distribution From Award-Winning Short Film Writer and Producer - Clarissa Jacobson
Feb 9 • 78 min
Clarissa Jacobson wrote and produced the award-winning short film, Lunch Ladies. The short film played over 100 film festivals around the world. Along the way, Clarissa learned how to maneuver the U.S. and international film festival circuit, while…
8 - Commercial Director, Film Director and Screenwriter - Justin Hayward
Feb 8 • 72 min
Justin Hayward is a Chicago-based director who started as a production assistant and worked his way up to directing commercials, short films, and music videos by being a director of photography. Along the way, he created an award-winning short film,…
7 - A Cinematographer’s Journey to Make Films, Commercials and Eat Right - Dan Fischer
Feb 1 • 31 min
Dan Fischer is a director of photographer living in Chicago, Illinois. He freelances on big budget commercials and enjoys making small films with his friends. Dan talks about how to stay fresh and keep a zen mindset in the middle of chaotic production…
6 - Former CNN Producer, Journalist, and Filmmaker - Chris Lett
Jan 31 • 144 min
Chris Lett, former CNN producer and journalist, talks about working as a field producer at a major news network for a decade. During the recording of this episode, Chris was a Scripps Fellow at the School of Environmental Journalism at the University of…
5 - Mario Contreras - Chicago-based Documentary Filmmaker and Film Teacher
Jan 19 • 58 min
Mario Contreras talks about coming up in the Chicago documentary scene, his experiences as an alumni of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Documentary program, new documentary films to watch produced in Illinois, Minding the Gap and All the Queen’s Horses,…
4 - Michael J Deller, Composer (The Budos Band and Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires)
Jan 6 • 47 min
Michael J Deller, member of the Budos Band and founding member of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires stops by to talk about the journey from musician to composing scores, filming Luke Cake scenes, touring the World with Charles Bradley, and getting…
3 - Hemp Farmer and Geneticist from Pure Hemp Technology
Jan 6 • 46 min
Andrew from Environmental Farming Solutions and Pure Hemp Technology stops by to talk hemp farming, the new Farm Bill, and genetically modified food. Josh Hyde met Andrew while working in a dispensary. Andrew was learning how to farm cannabis and Josh was…
2 - New Writing Movements, Trident Press, Novel on Nebraska Fracking, Costa Rican Crack
Jan 1 • 57 min
Nathaniel Kennon Perkins, is an American author and indie book publisher at the Trident Press. Nate stops in to talk about the top indie book publishers and bookstores across the U.S., how he escaped the honor code at a Mormon university, Bart Schaneman’s…
1 - What is an American Filmmaker?
Jan 1 • 26 min
The host, Josh Hyde, talks about making short films, feature films, and the creative journey and reality to being a filmmaker. This episode features songs from Hyde’s feature spiritual stoner comedy, “My Friend’s Rubber Ducky.” Soundtrack by Michael J…