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IFH 346: Do Film Aggregators Make Sense Anymore? + Distribber Downfall Update

In this episode, I ask the question do film aggregators make sense anymore? Does it make sense for every indie film? I also discuss the larger problem that the Distribber meltdown has shown us about the entire film agreeation business. This is an eye opening show. I also give you updates on the Distribber debacle and bring you the latest information from the frontline. Take a listen. I hope this helps!


IFH 345: Distribber Bankrupt - How to Protect Yourself

In this episode, I update filmmakers on the emergency situation going on with the film aggregator Distribber. In last weeks episode, I spoke a bit about what is going on with this company. After that show I kept getting emails, messages, and tweets of filmmakers telling me their horror stories of no one return email, no people picking up calls, nonpayments​ for months and so on. I'm in the same situation with my film This is Meg. I decided to dig deep into the problem and find out what the...


BPS 053: Forensic Speak - How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas with Jennifer Dornbush

Today on the show we have author Jennifer Dornbush who has written the book Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas. We sit down and discuss all thing forensics. We even discuss the im[pact of the OJ Simpson case on the world of forensics. Here's a bit about her amazing book. Crime stories have always intrigued viewers and storytellers. Today, crime shows rule the airwaves and there is truly a procedural drama out there for every personality — and every writer. Born out of the...


IFH 344: Shooting a Feature in One Take with Gavin Michael Booth

Today on the show is one take filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. Gavin is obsessed with one take movies, music videos and real-time filmmaking in general. His latest film is Last Call. Shot in two true single takes, filmed simultaneously in two different parts of a city, Last Call, is a real-time​ feature presented in split-screen​ showcasing both ends of a wrong number phone call that has the potential to save a life. The film's music was also conducted and recorded live to picture. Gavin...


FT 013: How to Make $500,000 Selling a No-Budget DSLR Indie Film with Michael Polish

I'm always looking for indie filmmaking models to study. I like to analyze how other filmmakers make successful indie films while doing through a new DIY method, self-distributing their film or achieving critical and fan respect for their work. Well, I found a film that checks all the boxes, For Lovers Only create by the Polish Brothers, Michael and Mark Polish (more on that film later). These filmmakers have been making films, on their terms, for over a decade now. Michael Polish sat down...


IFH 343: The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE!

I'm pissed off guys. I'm tired of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are going to get taken advantage of by a traditional film distributor. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! So many filmmakers have been taken advantage of by predatory film distributors over the years that is has become a punchline. It's not funny. These predatory film distributors are destroying the lives of filmmakers. I know filmmakers with families that extended themselves financially to make their...


IFH 342: Can a $500K Indie Film Make Money Self Distributing with Naomi McDougall Jones

Today episode is probably one of the most important shows I have released in some time. On the show is filmmaker Naomi McDougall Jones the writer, actress and producer behind the indie film Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits them. The filmmakers of Bite Me have decided to take a radical approach to distribute their film: they're doing it themselves. For 3 months, they traveled in an RV around the U.S. and screening the film wherever...


THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Make 250K Indie Film Look Like $25 Million Blockbuster with Gaelan Connell

Every once in a while I come across a filmmaker who is just a bit crazier than I am. This is true for writer/director Gaelan Connell who's film Blood Sand and Gold is a true indie film miracle. This mad man decided to raise $250,000 (much of which was out of pocket) and go off and make a big budget action film, just one problem he didn't have a big budget. Yes, I know $250K is a lot of money but it's not enough for what Gaelan Connell was attempting to do. Check this out, Blood Sand and Gold...


BPS 052: Story$elling Your Screenplay with Heather Hale

Today on the show we have returning champion Heather Hale. Heather Hale’s new book Story Selling: How to Develop, Market, and Pitch Your Film & TV Projects helps you get your stories out of your head and onto the worldwide stage. From the inspiration and conception of all kinds of creative writing, through the development and refinement of all the elements, to navigating the legal, financial, physical production, distribution and marketing labyrinths of the overlapping businesses of mass...


IFH 341: Building an Audience & Industry Lessons with RB Botto & Alex Ferrari

As promised in this episode, I bring to you the live recording of my workshop from the 2019 HollyShorts! Film Festival on audience building and surviving the film industry with my brotha from another mutha RB Botto from We discuss the best way to build an audience online, do's and dont's, and tips on surviving the film industry from two filmmakers with a ton of shrapnel. Enjoy!


FT 011: How to Become a Filmtrepreneur (Hollyshorts! Workshop)

As promised on today's episode I bring you the Filmtrepreneur Workshop I conducted at the 2019 HollyShorts! Film Festival. The workshop was recorded at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. I go over the basic principles of being a Filmtrepreneur as well as touch on other film industry topics. Enjoy!


IFH 340: How to Face Your Fear and Finish Your Indie Film with Theo Hogben

We have all been there. A film project that just goes on and on and doesn't seem to have an end in site. While you are waiting for the punishment to finish your life starts to take a downward spiral into a blackhole. You look up and five years have passed and you wondered what the hell happened? That is exactly what happen to today guest filmmaker Theo Hogben. Theo reached out to me to tell me his story in an almost 2000 word email, by the way please do not send me long emails I just don't...


FT 010: Making Money Four Walling Your Indie Film with Antonio Pantoja

You should never four wall your indie film in your hometown. That is what most industry professional would say but they don't know Filmtrepreneur and filmmaker Antonio Pantoja. He decided that four walling his indie film One Must Fall in his hometown of Louisville, KY was the way to go. In the film industry, four wall distribution (also known as four-walling) is a process through which a studio or distributor rents movie theaters for a period of time and receives all of the box office...


IFH 339: What to Do When Your Film Project Falls Apart

We all have gone through it, a project falls apart after months if not years of you working on it. It has happened to me so many times I lost count. I based my book Shooting for the Mob on my biggest and most painful failure. In this episode, I share my experience on how to deal with a dream crushing event. "ALL filmmaking careers are forged by the failures you have in this business." You need to understand that EVERY FILMMAKER at EVERY LEVEL has gone or is going through a project falling...


IFH 338: How to Pay Off Your Film School Student Debt FAST!

Today's guest, filmmaker Hari Mitar Khalsa, figured out how to pay off $30,000 in student debt in 11 months working as a freelance videographer and editor. We go into a deep dive on his methods, habits and tips on how you can pay that student debt off fast.


BPS 051: The Coffee Break Screenwriter with Pilar Alessandra

I've been trying to get today's guest on the show for months. Pilar Alessandra is an author, podcaster, and script consultant. She is the director of the popular writing program “On The Page” and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” A sought-after teacher and lecturer, she’s traveled the world teaching screenwriting, pitching and story analysis. As a consultant, Pilar has helped thousands of writers create, refine and sell their scripts and was named “Cream of the Crop” in Creative...


IFH 337: Directing 70+ Feature Films & Making Money with Mike Feifer

In this episode I speak to prolific film producer/writer/director Mike Feifer. Mike has directed over 70 films and produced over 100 feature films.


FT 009: The Art of the $6000 Feature Film with Joshua Caldwell

I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua Caldwell, a brother in “indie filmmaking” arms. He directed a $6000 feature film called LAYOVER, which World Premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award. The story of how he made the film was educational, rebellious and funny. Many things he said mirrored my experience making This is Meg. Josh really has a great philosophy about making films and content. Check out the trailer below to...


IFH 336: Personal Branding and Why I Legally Changed My Name

In today's world, personal branding is more important than ever. I wanted to discuss what personal branding is, how to go about it and examples of how other world-famous filmmakers branded themselves. What is the definition of personal branding? Personal branding is the practice of marketing people and their careers as brands. It is an ongoing process of developing and maintaining a reputation and impression of an individual, group, or organization. Whereas some self-help practices focus on...


IFH 335: How to Attract an Oscar Nominee to a $10K Indie Film with Nick Psinakis

Today on the show we have writer, producer, and actor Nick Sinakis. Nick and his writing partner created the film My Best Friend's Famous, an indie film produced for under $10,000 and made it entirely out of his apartment. He acted, co-wrote, produced and edited the film while his writing partner directed, produced and scored the film. Through a little HUSTLE (haha couldn't help myself) he managed to attract to the film MINDY STERLING (most known as Frau Farbissina from Austin Powers,...