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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Jonathan Bowning - The Job

Jonathan Browning is an actor, director, and writer out of Los Angeles, CA. He is a co-founder of the film production company, Screaming Frog Productions.

Jonathan Browning has strong background in traditional and alternative theatre. In Chicago, he was an active member of the great improvisational Annoyance Theatre and a variety of other theatre companies. In Los Angeles he has performed in and directed dozens of staged pieces at such prominent venues.

The 3-minute comedic film The Job marks his directorial debut. The Job is a true crowd pleaser and has won audience awards in a number of festivals including in the Lake County film Festival, the DC International Shorts Fest, Chicago Really Short Film Festival, and the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

Direct download: JonathanBrowning-TheJob.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Ben Peters  - Frog Jesus

Ben Peters is writer and producer of a 90 second short short story film called Frog Jesus in addition to a variety of other great short short story films from a variety of genres.

Frog Jesus has played a number of festivals and debuted in New England at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

Ben Peters runs a film production company called Kijo in Vancouver, BC as writer/producer along with Toby Gorman, cinematographer/director, that is currently concentrating on short films and will produce features in the future as well.

Direct download: BenPeters-FrogJesus-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Jonpaul Lewis - Jack the Ripper

Jonpaul Lewis is the "Jack" and master of many trades as an independent filmmaker. He is the writer, editor, director, producer, and lead actor of a three-minute short short story animation/live action character driven horror film called Jack the Ripper featuring a unique mix of 8,000 still photographs and stop motion animation techniques.

He has many other plans in the works including an original remake of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man and a full length version of Jack the Ripper as well. Jonpaul is inspired by a variety of newer and older filmmakers including Tim Burton, Ray Harryhausen, and the early films of Thomas Edison.

Jack the Ripper has played a number of festivals and debuted in New England at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

Direct download: JonPaulLewis-JackTheRipper.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Greg Wilcox - Homage to a Catalonian Christmas

We are joined by Greg Wilcox, director of a short short story documentary called Homage to a Catalonian Christmas, featuring an entertaining look at a featuring the cultural winter holiday traditions of the Tio and the caganer (the crapper) and the need for Catalonia to keep its own culture active.

He has also made an experimental political short called Fortunate Son, a music video that shows the irony of a CCR song used for a Wrangler jeans commerical in 2005.

Homage to a Catalonian Christmas has played a number of festivals including the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It also screened at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival, where it won the Rammie Award for special recognition for overall short short storytelling.

Direct download: GregWilcox-CatalonianChristmas-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Raiya Corsiglia - Blue Dreams Downtown

Raiya Corsiglia is an actor, director, editor, and producer. She has worked on commercials, music videos, shorts, and has a fantasy feature planned as well. Her latest work is a short experimental film which she wrote, starred in, edited, and directed called Blue Dreams Downtown. It is a uniquely shot film about a down on his luck drifter and his relationship with a woman in a photograph.

Blue Dreams Downtown has played a number of festivals including the Dragon*Con Short Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Short Short Film. It screened at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival, where it won the Thousand Words award for excellence in wordless presentation.

Direct download: RaiyaCorsiglia-BlueDreamsDowntown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Shane McCabe - Lucky Escape

Shane McCabe is from Dublin, Ireland and began his artistic career as an actor before later moving to writing and eventually directing. He wrote and directed the short short story film Lucky Escape, about a man, a woman, a restaurant, and being careful about what you wish for.

In 2002, he acted in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Veronica Guerin. He has written six features and is working on lucky #7. In 2005, The Irish Film Board awarded his short film Never Judge a Book funding; it premiered at the 4th Annual Dublin International Film Festival in 2006.

The film has screened in a variety of festivals worldwide, including the Palms Springs ShortFest where it was picked up for distribution.  Lucky Escape also screened at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Soul of Wit award for exellence in clever wordplay.

Direct download: ShaneMcCabe-LuckyEscape-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Lidia Sheinin and Gary Cohen - Happily Ever After

Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Writer/Director/Editor, Lidia Sheinin has made her first film Happily Ever After, unique short short story telling a sad romantic tale in four minutes using split screens. 

The film was produced by Gary Cohen, who had brief career as a child actor, later working at KROQ-FM in LA, and eventually for Adobe Systems on their Photoshop and Photoshop Elements products.

Together, Gary and Lidia formed Scared Mouse Productions to produce Happily Ever After and other projects.

Happily Ever After recently screened at the 2007 MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival, where it won the Imagination Award for excellence in artistic vision.

Direct download: GaryLidia-HappilyEverAfter-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Doug Lantz - From the 50 Yard Line

Doug Lantz is director of the inspiring and uplifting marching band documentary From the 50 Yard Line, which had its World Premiere at the 11th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won the Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Award Grand Prize.

Doug Lantz has worked in television broadcasting for the past 15 years and currently works at Blake House Media, a production company based in Los Angeles.  He has worked in audio engineering, videography, and producing. He has worked many programs including Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, Primetime, and World News Tonight.

As an alumnus of the Centerville Jazz band in 1985, his current passion includes documenting the life-changing effects of this unique high school marching band program in the film From the 50 Yard Line. In conjunction with the film, he has created a music education fundraising website March4Music.

Direct download: DougLantz-50yardline-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Matt Wittmer - The Regiment

Matt Wittmer is a graduate of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida and a former intern at the documentary production company, Kartemquin Films. 

He has recently directed the short documentary film The Regiment, which tells the unusual story of a group of Dominican youth from Providence, Rhode Island who take part in a civil war re-enactment in Olustee, Florida.

The 14th Rhode Island Reenactors Program helps Providence high school students recreate the history of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Regiment. By being immersed in the life of the Black soldier of the Civil War, the students learn about the role of African Americans during the war and about the history of the war generally.  They are led by Robert Goldman, a veteran Civil War reenactor.

Direct download: MattWittmer-Regiment-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Nitzan Mager - I Am God

Nitzan Mager, is the writer and director of the celebrated short film I Am God.

She has also appeared as an actress in a number of films and theatre including Nobody Loves Alice and Hag Same’ach!.

I Am God is a powerful short film based on a Israeli poem about a man traveling in Israel who has lost himself. He meets a grieving mother, her orthodox neighbor, a soldier, and a young Palestinian in his travels and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not enough.

Direct download: NitzanMager-IAmGod-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EST