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Host Leslie LaPage, Director of LaFemme International Film Festival uncovers the Secrets of Filmmaking with her lineup of industry professional guests. In every episode you will learn things like how to make the most out of the film festival circuit, how to find a great distribution partner, how to attract A list talent, finding the perfect representation, the dirty little secrets of Hollywood and much more.

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United States

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Host Leslie LaPage, Director of LaFemme International Film Festival uncovers the Secrets of Filmmaking with her lineup of industry professional guests. In every episode you will learn things like how to make the most out of the film festival circuit, how to find a great distribution partner, how to attract A list talent, finding the perfect representation, the dirty little secrets of Hollywood and much more.

Language:

English


Episodes

Surviving Sex Trafficking with Sadhvi Siddhali Shree - Ep #98

1/24/2023
Sadhvi Siddhali Shree is the first North American Jain monk, a US Army Iraq-war combat veteran, a TEDx speaker, an activist, and an award-winning filmmaker. Driven by her deep-seated devotion to humanity, she uses her talents and skills to raise awareness about non-violence, personal and spiritual transformation, and social issues. Since 2008, she has served as the Spiritual Director of Siddhayatan Tirth & Spiritual Retreat, a 250-acre retreat, ashram, monastery, and meditation park based...

Duration:00:33:09

LaFemme Panel Part 2: Independent Financing - Ep #97

1/17/2023
Join Leslie for this very special episode directly from LaFemme International Film Festival. Moderated by Debeorah Gilels from LA Media Consultants this is part 2 of a panel titled Independent Financing: From Bridge to Gap to Raising Capital.

Duration:00:59:27

LaFemme Panel Part 1: Independent Financing - Ep #96

1/10/2023
Join Leslie for this very special episode directly from LaFemme International Film Festival. Moderated by Debeorah Gilels from LA Media Consultants this is part 1 of a panel titled Independent Financing: From Bridge to Gap to Raising Capital.

Duration:00:50:57

The Truth About Getting Your Film Produced and Released with Sadie Katz - Ep #95

1/3/2023
Sadie is an actress, writer, producer and documentarian with an award named in her honor (AMDOC'S Sadie Katz Award for Hustle.) She spent the last two decades balancing being a single mom and a scream queen genre actress and recently opened her own production company "See You Next Tuesday Films" with the goal of telling female focused stories that don't involve sexed-up super villains or girls running through the woods.

Duration:00:44:19

Create Your Life As A Filmmaker - Ep #94

12/27/2022
In this astonishing episode, Leslie breaks down the steps it takes to design your life as a filmmaker. This is the perfect episode if you want to start off 2023 in a major way.

Duration:00:27:42

Writing for the Top Comedies on TV with Bob Nickman - Ep #93

12/20/2022
Bob Nickman is a comedian, actor, writer and producer who has worked on some of the most iconic sit-coms like Mad About You and Rosanne. In this episode Leslie talks with Bob about what it's like to work on these shows and how to transition from one to the other. Bob Nickman is an American comedian, actor, television producer, and television writer. As a television producer/writer, his credits include Mad About You, Freaks and Geeks, Danny, According to Jim, Big Day, Rita Rocks and...

Duration:00:42:58

Human Trafficking in Filmmaking with Christina Zorich - Ep #92

12/13/2022
Human trafficking is one of the most frightening and misunderstood realities of the world... and this blight is right here in the US. In this episode, Leslie speaks with actor and filmmaker Christina Zorich. about her new Docummentary the New Abolitionists.

Duration:00:40:21

PR Strategies for Your Independent Film with AJ Adelman - Ep #91

12/6/2022
Have you ever wished you could get free advice from a Public Relations and Marketing guru to promote your independent film? Leslie sits down with AJ Adelman the Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Films who drops golden nuggets on how to get your film out into the world. AJ Adelman A.J. Adelman brings more than 30 years of corporate account management, sales/sponsorships, producer/development executive, consultancy, training/teaching and market research experience to the team. His...

Duration:00:42:41

How to Start A Production Company - Ep #90

11/29/2022
Should you start a production company if you're a filmmaker. Almost definitely. In this episode, Leslie talks about why you should think about setting up a corporation and how you should set up your corporation. You'll learn everything from finding the right legal fictitious name to tax benefits and corporate protections. Don't miss this episode.

Duration:00:32:12

The Laws of Attraction with J Cynthia Brooks - Ep #89

11/22/2022
What are the laws of attraction in the universe and can you learn how to use them to attract everything you've ever wanted? Well, sure! In this episode Leslie talks with J Cynthia Brooks who teaches her techniques to attract what you want in your life. These techniques are fantastic for actors and any other industry professionals who have to pitch their projects.

Duration:00:51:57

How to Produce and Develop TV & Film with John Beach - Ep #88

11/15/2022
Do you need to raise money for your film? Maybe you 're looking to attract a production company to your pilot or film script? In this episode Leslie speaks with Literary Agent and Producer John Beach about how to develop projects and what stands out when he's looking for a script John has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years – starting as a literary agent at Paradigm and later with ACME Talent & Literary, where he was instrumental in the sale of Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE...

Duration:00:47:24

Transitioning from Corporate America to Hollywood with Frank Kelly - Ep #87

11/8/2022
Frank Kelly went from working in Corporate America to becoming a self-taught filmmaker and Leslie learns the story and the nuggets of lessons he's learned on the way. Frank Kelly is the founder and creative director of Reel City Films, a film & video production company dedicated to creating content for brands and agencies. Through his company, Frank writes and directs the majority of the work he and his team produce. Current and past clients include Bacardi, Princess Cruise Lines, the...

Duration:00:31:54

From Paul Newman to Woody Allen with Drew Ann Rosenberg - Ep #86

11/1/2022
In today's episode Leslie talks with Director Drew Ann Rosenberg about her time on Broadway and her move toward directing films. Drew grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, later graduating from Brown University. She found her love of the arts through her years of study as a classically trained singer, performing in Boston and NYC. After graduation, Drew began working behind the scenes in New York's off-Broadway Theatres- Playwright's Horizons and American Place, before transitioning to film....

Duration:00:32:17

The Golden Rules of the Film Industry with Tony Boldi - Ep #84

10/25/2022
How do you break in, produce and have a career in Hollywood? Today Leslie talks with Tony Boldi with over 25 years of practical experience in the film industry about the brutality and fun of working in Hollywood. More About Tony Tony is the Founder and CEO of Lifeforce Foundations which is a For-Cause Organization focused upon Global and Local Social Concerns. Tony has received numerous honors and awards such as the Official People's Mayor of Hollywood and a honorary PhD from his former...

Duration:00:44:19

From Fellini to Orson Wells with Irina Maleeva - Ep 83

10/18/2022
Today Leslie sits down with Irina Maleeva to discuss her fascinating career in TV and Film, what it was like to be discovered by Fellini and much more. More about Irina: Star of stage, screen, television, cabaret and the world of music, Irina Maleeva is a true multifaceted international sensation. The daughter of a famed Bulgarian stage actress and an aristocratic Italian statesman, Maleeva first established herself as a child performer in her native Bulgaria -- and from there her career...

Duration:00:30:55

What Networks Want From A Show Runner with Cindy Villarreal - Ep #82

10/11/2022
Do you want to know what networks are looking for directly from an executive who is also a show runner? Enter Cindy Villarreal who sits down with Leslie and breaks down everything form story to script to analytics. Do not miss this one! More about Cindy: Cindy Villarreal is a versatile, network executive producer and show-runner with 30 years of entertainment experience in new media, episodic TV, and feature films overseeing projects for many broadcasting networks including the CW, Viacom,...

Duration:00:32:18

A New Generation in Hollywood with Rivkah Reyes - Ep #81

10/4/2022
Rivkah Reyes (they/she, but mostly they) is a queer Filipinx-Jewish actor, musician, comedian, producer and writer from Chicago. They have been performing since the age of 4 when they picked up a guitar for the first time. In the 4th grade, Rivkah performed on the NPR show From the Top, which eventually led to them being discovered and cast in the 2003 film School of Rock. Since their movie debut, Riv has been a prominent force in the comedy and theater scenes of Chicago, Los Angeles, and...

Duration:00:40:46

Filming in the Big City of Chicago - Ep #80

9/27/2022
In this episode Leslie talks to Actor/Producer Tara Shayne about filming in Chicago. They discuss everything from casting to location scouting to funding and all aspects of Independent Film in between. Don't miss it.

Duration:00:30:24

A Conversation with an American Composer, Maria Newman - Ep #79

9/20/2022
Praised by American Record Guide as, "Energetic and exciting...", American composer Maria Newman has been commended and recognized by the U.S. Congress for her work in the field of original music composition, live performance, and recording. Newman’s compositions have been performed and screened in such elite venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill, the National Archives in Washington D.C., Hearst Castle Private Theater, the President’s Own...

Duration:00:44:49

Making the Most Out of AFM - Ep #78

9/13/2022
Do you want to be a networking master at AFM? Do you have a finished film that you want to sell at AFM? In this episode Leslie gives amazing advice and tips on how to navigate the coctail hours and pitch meetings like a pro.

Duration:00:27:40