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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
David Lowery - Independent Film Director and Writer from Texas

David is an award-winning filmmaker from Texas. After making a deep impression with his short film A Catalog Of Anticipations, his debut feature, St. Nick, premiered at SXSW, and went on to play dozens of other film festivals around the world.

St. Nick was released theatrically in the spring of 2011. St. Nick is is the story of a brother and sister on the run. They've left their home for some unknown reason and are living in the woods, hiding in barns and sheds, doing what they can to survive.

David's follow-up directorial effort, Pioneer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW the following March.

is an alum of the Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival and the IFP Narrative Labs. In 2010, the Independent Film Channel declared him an "independent icon." Filmmaker Magazine has selected Lowery as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" for 2011.

Direct download: DavidLowery.mp3
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Conrad Pope - Film Conductor, Arranger, and Composer

Conrad's classical training at New England Conservatory and Princeton led to arranging assignments of "source music" for diverse films, and ultimately, to orchestrating and "ghost writing" many major motion pictures, collaborating with many renowned composers including: John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham.

Conrad's orchestration credits include the more recent installments of Star Wars, the Harry Potter film series, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and many others.

Conrad has composed the score for several independent films with smaller budgets, and his most score composition is for the film My Week with Marilyn, about Colin Clark's observations of tense interaction between Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

Conrad has received several awards for his work, including winning the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and Fulbright FellowshipConrad's work has been performed from the United States to Europe to Australia.

Direct download: ConradPope.mp3
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John Jackson - Casting Director for Alexander Payne

John has successfully been involved in casting all of Nebraska Director Alexander Payne's films.

John tries to match the role to the person - often picking people off the street who match his criteria. He's selected housewives at the market, students in high schools, security guards - even a couple farmers in Loveland, Iowa.

Working Alexander Payne gives John the leeway he needs to be a good and cutting edge casting director. John has worked on his films including: Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, and Sideways.

John has also worked in casting on other great films like: The Host, American Zombie, and The Objective.

John recently was the Casting Director on Alexander Payne's award winning film, The Descendants, taking place in Hawaii starring big actors like George Clooney, newcomers like Nick Krause, and other actors that were native in Hawaii.

Direct download: JohnJackson.mp3
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David Wingo - American Film Composer for David Gordon Green and Take Shelter

David started in film-scoring on David Gordon Green's acclaimed debut feature George Washington and has since worked with David Gordon Green on four of his subsequent features, including All the Real Girls, Snow Angels, and the more recent Fox comedy The Sitter.

David has worked with other acclaimed directors such as Jared Hess, Craig Zobel, Todd Rohal, and also scored the documentary Gerrymandering

David also contributed to the score as a composer of Jeff Nichols' critically acclaimed film, Take ShelterTake Shelter is about a man being plagued by apocalyptic visions of a coming storm who needs to determine whether to shelter his family from the storm or from himself.

David has also been active with his band Ola Podrida, putting out full-length albums, and touring the US and Europe.

Direct download: DavidWingo.mp3
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Evgeni Tomov - Art Director & Production Designer - Arthur Christmas, The Illusionist, The Tale of Despereaux, Triplets of Belleville

Evgeni Tomov, is a Production Designer, Conceptual Artist, and Illustrator specializing in feature length and short animated films, and animated TV series.  Originally from the former Soviet Union, Evgeni moved to Montreal, where he worked as an Art Director and Illustrator for several advertising agencies.

In 1997, his role as Assistant Art Director on the animated short The Old Lady and the Pigeons was his first collaboration on an Oscar® nominated film for French animation director Sylvain Chomet.  

Evgeni again worked with Sylvain Chomet as Art Director and Production Designer on the Oscar® nominated French animated feature The Triplets of Belleville.

Evgeni worked at Chomet’s Studio Django in Scotland on film development, including working as development art director for the Oscar® nominated animated feature The Illusionist, a bittersweet tale of a French magician struggling to survive in a world that no longer seems to need him.

Evgeni has worked as Production Designer on The Tale of Despereaux and the upcoming Arthur Christmas, a co-production between Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures.

Arthur Christmas reveals the answer to every child's question about how Santa delivers all those presents in one night - through Santa's ultra-high-tech hidden beneath operation the North Pole and Arthur's family is in a state of comic dysfunction.  Arthur has an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. 

Direct download: EvgeniTomov_2.mp3
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Klaus Badelt - German Score Collaborator with Hans Zimmer and Composer

In collaboration with Hans Zimmer, Klaus contributed to the Oscar-nominated scores for The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, as well as writing music for directors including: Ridley Scott, Terrence Mallick, John Woo, Kathryn Bigelow, Werner Herzog, Sean Penn, Gore Verbinski, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg.  

His film projects included: Gladiator, The Pledge, Hannibal, and Pearl Harbor, and the notable score for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

In 2004, Klaus branched out of Zimmer's studio and founded Theme Park Studios, in Santa Monica, CA.

From here Klaus has scored: Ned Kelly, Constantine, Poseidon, Rescue Dawn, Heartbreaker, The Extra Man, and Point Blank

Klaus worked on the soundtrack for Chinese fantasy film, The Promise and wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Klaus was recently commissioned to write an opera about China's First Emperor.

Direct download: KlausBadelt.mp3
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Parke Gregg - Colorist, Editor, and Project Finisher

Parke won Summit, Addy, and Telly awards as IBM Tivoli's Manager of New Media, and later in 1999, he launched Pointsphere, a new media consulting firm.

Parke was the Post Production Supervisor on the CNBC television series American Made and Associate Producer for the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary series, The State of Tomorrow.

In 2007, with partners Allison Turrell and Lyman Hardy, Parke formed Stuck On On, an audio and visual post production company, where he is the lead colorist and editor.

Parke had contributed to the films including: Take Shelter, Where Soldiers Come From, Restive, Blacktino, The Eyes of Me, and The Happy Poet.

The film Take Shelter is about a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself, starring Michael Shannon.

Direct download: ParkeGregg.mp3
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Anne Seibel - Production Designer from Paris

Anne has collaborated in the art department for renowned directors such as: Richard Heffron, on La Revolution Francaise , for Serge Gainsbourg, on Stan the Flasher, for Renny Harlin on Cutthroat Island, for Randall Wallace, on The Man in the Iron Mask, and Tony Scott, on Spy Game.

In 2002, Anne worked on her first Production Designer role on a feature film for English director, Eric Styles'  film Tempo starring Melanie Griffith.

When working as an art director on Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette in 2004, Anne met the producer Ross Katz who offered her a Production Designer role in 2008, on her first Indian movie called Road, Movie for Dev Benegal.

Over time Anne has collaborated on other big projects as art director, including: Munich, The Devil Wears Prada, The Happening, and Hereafter.

Anne began working with Woody Allen on his recent film Midnight in Paris, about a jilted screenwriter named Gil who strolls the lanes of Paris with his head in the clouds and walks right into his own best fantasy. She has also worked as production designer on Woody Allen's upcoming Nero Fiddled shot in Rome, Italy.

Direct download: AnneSeibel.mp3
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Haskell Wexler - Oscar Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker

Haskell received Oscar nominations for his work on the documentary The Living City; the short film T Is For Tumbleweed and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and won Oscars for his work on Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Bound For Glory

Haskell has worked on several films with John Sayles including Matewan, The Secret of Roan Inish, Limbo, and Silver City.

Haskell has dierected and filmed a number of important documentary films to his credit, including The Bus, Interviews With Mee Lie Veterans, and Introduction to the Enemy, co-directed with Jane Fonda.

Haskell created the groundbreaking neo-documentary style film, Medium Cool about a TV news camera find himself becoming personally involved in the violence which erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention

Haskell more recently directed the documentary Who Needs Sleep? about sleep deprivation in the film industry and shot Bringing King to China about a young American teacher in Beijing, whose failed protests against the Iraq war drive her to produce a play in China about Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Direct download: HaskellWexler.mp3
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Unique Travelling and Niche Film Festival Discussion (Special Episode)

We discussed a variety of unique film festivals that play around the US and around the world.

This includes traveling short film festivals, traveling niche or novelty film festivals, and animation festivals.

While only scratching the surface, we hope to give an insight into the great depth of film programming available locally and globally, and to remind you to keep an eye out in case one of these festivals or films heads to a cinema near you.

The film festivals discussed on the show include:

Traveling Short Film Festivals:

The Manhattan Short Film Festival, The Oscar Shorts, Tres Court (Very Short), Short Short Story Film Festival

Niche and Novetlty Film Festivals:

Bicycle Film Festival, REEL Rock Film Tour, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Found Footage Festival, Free Range Film Festival, United Film Festivals

Animation Film Festivals traveling:

Spike and Mike Festival(s) of Animation, The Animation Show, Animation Block Party, Ottawa Film Fest, Tricky Women, Womanimation!

Not Touring Animation Festivals:

Annecy, Animafest Zagreb (Trickfilm), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Red Stick

Direct download: TravelingFilmFestival.mp3
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