Spoiler Alert Radio
Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Ellen Lake - Collector Documentarian

Ellen Lake is a documentary filmmaker, sculptor, and installation artist from Oakland. CA.

She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, film and video, and installation.

She has worked on an extensive group of experimental documentary short films about collecting, including Trina's Collections and Ann's Hoard.

Her films, sculptures, and installations have been been screened at in the San Francisco Bay area at New Langton Arts, The Exploratorium, Pacific Film Archives, Other Cinema, and the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, in addition to the Echo Park Film Center and Midnight Special Bookstore in LA, and The Pioneer Theater in NYC.

She was the recipient of the 2005 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker award, which is a competitive, in-kind grant of post-production, new media services, and certified training classes, awarded to filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay area each year to help them complete public media projects.

Direct download: 2008-03-30-EllenLake.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Aideen McCarthy - The Widow and The Formorian

Aideen McCarthy is a a writer and director of short films, commercials, and music videos.

Aideen McCarthy decided to pursue her dream of becoming a filmmaker in 2001 after originally getting her law degree, obtaining her Masters Degree in Film Studies at the UCD School of Film in Dublin.

She started out working in the camera department on a mix of large scale feature films and short films, including  Adam and Paul, Lassie, and Becoming Jane.  In 2005, she went onto produce her first dramatic film called The Widow which explores the five stages of grief from a unique view.

Her latest work is a five-minute film called The Formorian about a mythological race of Ancient Ireland.  Additionally, she came in fourth place in the Jameson Whiskey Film Festival Trailer competition and has directed nine music video promos for the Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Direct download: AideenMcCarthy.mp3
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Signe Baumane - Animator and Sex Expert

Spoiler Alert Radio interviewed renowned animator and sex expert, Signe Baumane.

Signe Baumane was born and raised in Latvia, graduating from Moscow University in 1989 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter.

Her animation ranges from her 1991 debut The Witch and the Cow to more recent works including The Teat Beat of Sex,  one of few animated films accepted into both Sundance and Berlin, and Veterinarian, about the circle of life and death.

Since 1995, she has lived in NYC, having worked on I Married a Strange Person with Bill Plympton and animation inserts for XX/XY among many other projects.

In addition to animation, Signe has illustrated books, worked in puppet theater design, taught animation at Pratt Institute, and is periodically publishing parts of a novel about her adventures in New York in Una, a Latvian women’s magazine. She is a 2005 Fellow in Film of the New York Foundation for the Arts, the recipient of an individual artist grant from The Jerome Foundation, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Direct download: SigneBaumane_SexExpert.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Richard Rosenblatt - Film Festival World

Richard Rosenblatt is the publisher of the Filmfestivalworld.com.

FilmFestivalWorld.com is a membership site targeted to networking people who make films and mixed media with those whose professional focus is programming, distributing, financing and writing about films and media.

By using the tools and resources that FFW has assembled, any filmmaker can level the playing field in launching and promoting a film.  Unique areas like genre gateways also make it easy to focus on genre-specific film festivals for planning film submissions and festival attendance amd for selecting films.

Direct download: RichardRosenblatt-FilmFestivalWorld.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST