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Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 109- Suki Hawley & Janet Pierson of SXSW Film

Happy Friday my people! I was honored to be featured in WTOP’s Black History Month highlighting of black men and women doing groundbreaking work to better the community. Shoutout to Rob Woodfork and Jason Fraley! Check out the link to the article below, but I’m glad that my work with this show and the DC Black Film Festival is making a difference in the community both locally and at large. Today I talk with co-director and editor of the documentary The Commons, Suki Hawley. The...


Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 108- Brandon Hairston & Shannon Washington

Happy Friday Folks! I’ve had a little break in the action as I went to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time this year! So I have an interview that I did with director of Native Son, Rashid Johnson, right before the film’s premiere in Park City. Definitely check here for a slew of Sundance movie reviews. Today I’m talking with two web series creators, Brandon Hairston of Bad Web Series and Shannon Washington of Genereckless. We talk about what inspired their web series and...


Picture Lock PR After Show: Marianne Hettinger of Prince Harming

Hey folks! I’m back from Sundance 2019 and the terrible cold I caught coming home from Park City. So I can finally get this After Show out to you. I’d meant to post it prior to leaving for Utah, because it was edited and ready to go…it just didn’t make the export somehow! Regardless, here’s a solid After Show episode w/ the multi-talented Marianne Hettinger of Prince Harming! We talk about making sure you have the right team around you, how to find the right distributor for your project and...


Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 107- Jill Demby Guest & Maxine Trump

Happy Friday folks! Today I’m joined by writer/director/producer Jill Demby Guest of the doc And Now Love and writer/director of the documentary To Kid or Not To Kid, Maxine Trump. Fair warning, I had a little Forrest Gump moment with Maxine’s interview on her first question cut out a bit on the call. I was able to catch another one later, but my apologies. But I’m sure she’ll find it funny as she did get her start in comedy...and that’s all I have to say about that. Plus I have the...

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 106- Marianne Hettinger & Maya Gallus

Happy Friday folks! Today I’m joined by writer/director/producer Marianne Hettinger of the film Prince Harming and writer/director/producer of the documentary The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, Maya Gallus. I had a great time talking with both of these female filmmakers who’ve created important films with a message sprinkled with entertainment. Plus I have the Picture Lock Question of the week from last week. Avoid your Prince Harming here:...


Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 105- Top 10 Films of 2018 ft. Dean Rogers

Happy Friday folks! Today I’m joined by Dean Rogers of the Rogers Revue to discuss our top 10 films of 2018. As you can imagine, if you get two film critics in a room to talk best of...it can take a while. So this podcast episode is a little bit longer than the usual, but it’s definitely a good listen. I’ll be the first to admit, I probably could have livened it up with audio clips from films, but so many were missing from the online EPK that I moved forward without them. I’ll...

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 104- Top 5 Black Films of 2018 w/ Tim Gordon

Happy Friday my people! Today I’ll talk with Tim Gordon aka Film Gordon, founder of the Black Reel Awards about our top 5 black films of 2018. Black directors had a stellar 2018 with blockbuster films grossing over 1.3 billion in the box office! Next week I’ll do my top 10 of 2018 with Dean Rogers of the Rogers Revue that’s more widespread, but this week I want to go niche. Let me know your thoughts on our list and what films you enjoyed the most! Check out Tim here:...


Picture Lock Unlocked: Interview w/ Roma's Yalitza Apiricio (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year my people! I’ve been silent for a bit but I promise to get back in the saddle from the holidays. Today I’ll talk with actress Yalitza Apiricio, star of Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film “Roma”. The film is out on Netflx now and it’s a must see! Plus, for all my filmmakers, I’m releasing a book in January that you’re going to want to pick up! Details inside this mini-sode. Thanks for listening, have fun, but be safe tonight! Check out Roma here:...

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 103- Director Jesse Atlas

Happy Friday my people! Today I’ll talk with Jesse Atlas, director/co-writer of Let Them Die Like Lovers, an emotionally charged thriller about a soldier who jumps from body to body to complete missions and the toll it takes on her. Plus I’ve got your answers to your favorite holiday films. Check out Jesse here: https://www.autonomika.com/ Picture Lock Links: Take my PR For The Indie Filmmaker online course here: https://indiefilmpr.thinkific.com/ Get a partner as passionate as you in...

Picture Lock PR After Show: Ali Cotterill of North Pole, NY

I’ve got some #wednesdaywisdom for you with this After Show with Ali Cotterill, director of North Pole, NY. We talk about how to keep your audience engaged over a long period of time, how to cut through the noise to market your film and more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode! Thanks for listening. The after show is where I ask my guests two questions that cut straight to great takeaways for how to improve the PR and marketing for your production and they throw one at me. Definitely...

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 102- The Christmas Chronicles, Ali Cotterill, & Amy Adrion

Happy Friday folks! As of today, Picture Lock is now a 30 minute episode. So I’ve got two amazing filmmakers on the show today. First I talk with the director of North Pole, NY Ali Cotterill. We talk about her film which focuses on Santa’s Workshop, one of the first theme parks in the U.S. battling a changing economy and digital world. I also talk with Amy Adrion, director/producer of Half The Picture. The documentary is about the dismal number of women directors working in...

Picture Lock PR After Show: Deshuna Spencer of KweliTV

I’ve got some #wednesdaywisdom for you with this After Show with Deshuna Spencer of KweliTV. We talk about the importance of telling authentic visual stories in your marketing, doing the research on your content, and more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode! Thanks for listening. The after show is where I ask my guests two questions that cut straight to great takeaways for how to improve the PR and marketing for your production and they throw one at me. Definitely worth the time to...

Picture Lock Radio: Ep 101- Holiday Movies, Creative Edge Collaborative, & KweliTV

Happy Friday folks! I hope you are enjoying those leftovers! This week on the show I have Chair, Secretary and Manager of the Creative Edge Collaborative, Talaya Grimes. She’ll talk about what the Creative Edge is and the Future of Film and Media Conference they’re holding Nov. 30 through Dec. 1st at Bowie State University. I also talk w/ Deshuna Spencer of Kweli TV. She talks about her online streaming platform designed to serve films and stories of and by people of the African...

Picture Lock PR After Show: Ron Newcomb & Mid-Atlantic Studios

Well, you should be off after today, so Wednesday isn’t looking like a hump day! Happy holidays! I’ve got the After Show conversation with Ron Newcomb. He talks about the importance of being transparent with your audience, and oversimplifying while over-communicating in an effort to create clear expectations. Ron also asks me the best way to navigate the film festival world to get the best bang for your buck…aka how to ensure you’re submitting to the right fests. Sit back, relax, and enjoy...


Picture Lock PR After Show: Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle

Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday! I’m definitely dropping some information filled After Shows for your Thanksgiving travels. I’m really excited to bring you this conversation with Indie Film Hustle’s Alex Ferrari because Alex and I share the same passion for cinema and helping filmmakers grow in their journey. We talk about how to not just make asks of your tribe and community, but give value first. Alex also asks me about giving filmmakers the reason they didn’t get into my film...

Picture Lock PR After Show: Director Roxy Shih

I’ve got that #mondaymotivation for you with the Picture Lock PR After Show with Roxy Shih! Director Roxy Shih’s Painkillers takes a look at how far someone may go to ease their pain. Roxy and I talk about how far indie filmmakers should go to ensure their films are marketed correctly in post-production. This is a Master Class in asking the right questions, and perhaps unlocking yourself to ask questions about how your film will be treated after it has been acquired! This After Show is a...


Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 100- Widows, Alex Ferrari, Roxy Shih & Celebrating 100!

Happy Friday folks! I’ve got a super special 100th episode for you guys! I have founder of Indie Film Hustle and Indie Film Hustle TV, Alex Ferrari on the show. We talk about how his love for film burgeoned into an empire along with the launch of his new streaming platform geared to help indie filmmakers. I also talk with Roxy Shih, director of Pain Killers. Roxy is a rock star. We recorded this interview a while back but since then I’ve followed her on Instagram and she dances,...

Picture Lock Unlocked: Ron Newcomb & Mid-Atlantic Studios

Happy Thursday folks! I’ve got another Unlocked Episode of Picture Lock for you. This is a great conversation with Ron Newcomb, indie filmmaker, producer, director, actor and much more. This particular conversation is about his latest endeavor as the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Studios. I made this particular interview an unlocked episode on the podcast simply because of the nature of it. The Mid-Atlantic Studios is a film studio based in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, &...


Picture Lock PR After Show: Director Ashley York

I’ve got that #mondaymotivation for ya! Director Ashley York is reclaiming the word hillbilly by educating the public on the people of Appalachia in her documentary "Hillbilly”. Ashley and I talk about the steps she has taken to reach a broader audience to make that happen. Plus, she asks me about how to get your film reviewed by the New York Times. Yikes! (results not guaranteed…lol) You’re going to enjoy this one folks! The after show is where I ask my guests two questions that cuts...


Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 99- The Front Runner, Jamielyn Lippman, Ashley York, Dawn Mikkelson, & Norah Shapiro

Happy Friday folks! I’m so glad I get to cap off this election week with an episode of personal and political empowerment. I spoke with director Jamielyn Lippman about her documentary “3 Years in Pakistan: The Erik Aude Story”, director Ashley York about her film “Hillbilly”, director Dawn Mikkelson of “Risking Light” and director Norah Shapiro about her doc “Time for Ilhan”. Now the cool thing about “Time for Ilhan” is that it covers Ilhan Omar’s race for a seat in the...