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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Nichola Ellis - Film Publicist

Film publicist Nichola Ellis started out working for Columbia Pictures in London where she worked on her first feature Gandhi, Tootsie, and The Big ChillShe then went on to handle the UK campaigns for Highlander, Field of Dreams, and Dances With Wolves.

In 1990, Nichola moved to Los Angeles and joined Dennis Davidson Associates. At DDA, she was responsible for such international campaigns as: Malcolm X, City Slickers, and The Usual Suspects.

In 1995, she founded The Lighthouse Company, a Los Angeles based independent P.R. and marketing agency servicing the film industry, focusing on the complete journey of a film, both in the US and overseas markets, creating and implementing campaigns.

One of The Lighthouse Company's most recent publicity campaigns was for Jochen Alexander Freydank's Spielzeugland (Toyland) which won the 2009 Academy Award for Live Action Short.

Direct download: 2009-02-22-NicholaEllis.mp3
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Elliot Cowan - Boxhead and Roundhead

Elliot Cowan is an illustrator, a writer, a storyboard artist from NYC by way of London and Australia.

Elliot lived in Tasmania for nearly 10 years to write, direct and edit television commercials.

He also lived in London where he mostly worked for Uli Meyer Animation, working as a story artist and gag man on the studio’s feature film Monstermania! and worked on several music videos with McKeown/Devita Productions.

Elliot has completed several of The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead short animated films. They have screened at a variety film festivals all over the world including Annecy and several have been distributed by Shorts International.

Direct download: ElliotCowan.mp3
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Kai-Duc Luong - Someplace Else

Kai-Duc Luong was born in Cambodia and grew up in France and later made a detour in Chicago, IL.

He has made several award winning shorts and music videos for artists including Chat, The Frogs, and Marissa Nadler.

Kai's recent film, Someplace Else, is a musical journey with bluesman Vance Kelly and his band from Chicago’s south side, mixed with the effect that the band’s music has on the Kai’s personal outlook in life.

Someplace Else has screened at a number of films internationally including the Rhode Island International Film Festival, IFP Chicago, and the Hibernarock Festival in France.

Direct download: KaiDucLuong.mp3
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Nina Paley - Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley started out as a comic strip artist, including for Fluff and The Hots, as well as her own alternative weekly Nina's Adventures.

In 1998, she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, The Stork.

In 2002, Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature film, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of 5 years on a home computer, featuring the lost music of jazz vocal legend Annette Hanshaw.

Direct download: NinaPaley-Sita.mp3
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