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Indie Film Tribe: filmmakers/screenwriters/directors/actors creating socially conscious content

Indie filmmakers, actors and screenwriters that are passionate about creating socially conscious content, learn, get inspired and get motivated to create projects with a purpose! Through interviews and solo lessons from industry experts you will learn how to create, produce, market and distribute your socially conscious projects. The Indie Film Tribe podcast will also shine a light on creators of color, women and other under represented artist's. Building an online tribe of artists that support and inspire one another by sharing our stories, educating ourselves and helping each other get our socially conscious projects out into the world.
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Oct 4, 2017

So in this final episode of season one, I discuss the importance of not allowing a lack of money to be an obstacle in creating your projects.

 

I also talk a little bit about what I am going through right now with my film projects, and last but certainly not least, I am also inviting  you to help me make Season #2 of the Indie Film Tribe podcast even better than Season #1!

Please click here to answer a few questions. I want to heare from you and make Season 2 even better! CLICK HERE NOW~

Sep 20, 2017

 One of the things that I really enjoy about doing this podcast is that I get to experiment and try new things. This week I  interviewed a former client. She came to me about a year ago because she wanted to produce her own project.

She had never produced before, but was dertermined to take her acting career into her own hands by producing and starring in her own short film!

This is part #1, of what will hopefully be a three part journey. In part one we focus on the beginning of her journey: from the idea to self produce, to her actual on set production days!

I’ll let her introduce herself:

Hi! My name is Kristi Roosmaa. I am an Estonian-born singer/actress living out my dreams in New York City.

I got my start at age 5, performing in Estonia at a bread making factory. I was immediately hooked, and I have been singing and performing ever since.

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy an amazing career so far that has included such highlights as performing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and singing the iconic roles of Maria in The Sound of Music and Hope in Anything Goes.

I’ve performed in numerous off-Broadway shows, collaborated with world-renowned Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, and performed in countless concert venues and projects with amazingly talented orchestras and musicians.

I’ve even helped originate songs by well-known composers Phillip Springer (who wrote the beloved Christmas tune “Santa Baby”) and Mark Barkan (known for writing the Lesley Gore’s hit “She’s a Fool”).

In addition to traditional performance opportunities, I have also ended up collaborating with people in New York in ways that I never even imagined. I mean, who knew there’s a profession called a shoe model?! Yet as of today I have shoe modeled for numerous brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Badgley Mischka, and Nine West.

I pretended to marry a guy in a photo shoot for the New York Cruise Line (a great practice run before my own wedding a few years later), served as a magician’s assistant (but don’t even TRY to get me to divulge any secrets!), and recorded the sample voice to Bettina Shepherd’s Everything Singing Book.

While these accomplishments are truly something to be proud of, I am most proud of living my life to the fullest as an artist in NYC. Living here, there is never a dull moment.

I am constantly living life with excitement, pushing myself, going after my goals, experiencing new things, and studying and enjoying life from all aspects.

For example, I actually began my career as a lawyer; I’m a poor swimmer but I still love to water ski on one ski; I’ve played a blonde caucasian Maria in the Estonian production of West Side Story; I don’t have a driver’s license but I can drive a boat; and I once picked up my husband from a bar and crashed his dad’s golf cart the first time I met him.

This is just a glimpse into the many exciting experiences from my life, which come from a very honest and curious place. I simply love where I am today and feel that it is my mission as a storyteller to share my experiences and (hopefully) to inspire others. I’m a true believer of living full out and going after your dreams. I invite you to take a journey with me and to remember that the biggest part to making a dream come true and living the life you want is YOU! You can make anything happen. Always dare to dream.        

 
 

To learn more about Kristi, please visit

 

Sep 13, 2017

Mathilde has been a Sundance Channel Shorts Contest finalist, a co-leader of the FilmShop collective and a member of the Independent Film School's writer-director lab. Her latest short film PETA PAN stars Independent Spirit Award nominee Nisreen Faour. She co-created ALMOST ANONYMOUS, a web series about a support group for celebrity lookalikes (Best Original Concept, NYC Web Fest 2016). 

Mathilde also produces animation videos; she has received two Pulitzer Center grants and has had her work featured in a number of publications, including French newspaper Le Monde. When the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists received thousands of leaked documents about Luxembourg's complicated deals with corporations, her tax haven explainer was translated into seven languages and featured on the websites of ICIJ's media partners around the world. 

Mathilde is a Teaching Artist for the New Victory Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company as well as an Instructor of Film for the School of the New York Times. She lives in NYC with her husband and son.

MomsInFilm.org

Sep 6, 2017

Actors DISCOVER What to Write About in three steps:


     1. WHY: Why make a short film and how will you use it to advance your acting career.

  1. CHARACTER: What type of character do you need or want to play?

  2. TOPIC/THEME: Write on a topic or theme that’s important and

matters to you.

 

Download the companion pdf at

IndieFilmTribe/whattowrite

Aug 30, 2017

Rico E. Anderson, an award winning actor, the oldest of 11 children on his mothers side and the 3rd of 4 children on his fathers side was born in Seaside/Monterey, CA and raised on the south side of Chicago as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. It was in Chicago where Rico's love for the arts began. 

Rico's selected film and television credits include The Orville and Rosewood on FOX and Young & Hungry on Freeform. Other selected works include, The Mick, Grey's Anatomy, The Fosters, NCIS, Modern Family, Criminal Minds, K.C. Undercover, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Murder in the First, Sullivan & Son, Justified and The Shield.

Rico's breakthrough role was in the 2005 Academy Award Winning short, "Mighty Times: The Children's March" portraying civil rights activist, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart.

This period piece was Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel's The Avengers, Star Wars Trilogy) and Sam Elliott (The Hulk, The Big Lebowski) respectfully. Another breakthrough role was in Sci Fi where Rico was tapped to star in the TV pilot, Star Trek: Renegades, directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager) and starring Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babalon 5), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Edward Furlong (John Connor in The Terminator). Rico was directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) in the pilot for Dollhouse w/ Eliza Dushku and played (The Color Purple) Danny Glover's son in in "The Harimaya Bridge" with Peter Coyote.  

 

Onstage, Rico performed in such noteworthy performances including the multiple award winning production of The West Coast Premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles), Fences (NexStage Theatre, Ketchum Idaho), the revival of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope (Sci-Fest LA, Acme Theatre), The title role in Oedipus (African American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco) , For The Love of Freedom-Trilogy (The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles), Graffiti Blues (National Black Theatre Festival, North Carolina), the multiple award winning production of The Meeting as Malcolm X, Off-Off Broadway in Bed of Truth, Equus, and A Soldiers Play .

 

As a member of the L.A. based Sketch Comedy Troupe, The Outpatients, Rico performed at The World Famous Comedy Store Main Room.

 

Selected Commercial works includes: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Direct TV, UPS Store, Lending Tree, Bud Light, Honda, Sony, Jeep.

 

Voice Over Commercial work includes: McDonalds, Bud Light, Honda, Sony, Jeep, The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and National Rent a Car.

 

As a Voice Over artist, Rico has recorded Loop Group / ADR work for Batman: Arkham Knight, Rebel and Being Mary Jane (BET), Geostorm, Power (Starz) and VH-1's Hit the Floor.

 

In 2015, Rico was selected to be an Emmy voter in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) and is still a current member. 

On March 10th, 2016, Rico won Best Actor at The Pasadena International Film Festival for the film "Dreams My Master".

On December, 11th 2016, Rico hosted the 3rd Annual Short Film Awards in the Symphony Space on Broadway in New York City

On March 17, 2017, Rico was a presenter at the 38th Annual Youth Artist Awards at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA

 

Rico still lives in Los Angeles, continues to work extensively in film, television, theatre and voice over, makes celebrity appearances at various sci fi conventions and is carefully selecting his next project.

Aug 23, 2017

Claire is such a light and shares so much wisdom in this episode. She has been a performer her whole life and a writer / producer for nearly 10 years, most recently producing branded content for Refinery 29, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Travel+Leisure, Southern Living, Real Simple and more.

As a writer/producer her work has been honored at the Telly, Gracie Allen and New England Emmy Awards and screened at the LA Shorts and Arizona Film Festivals.  Claire wrote, produced and starred in Simpatico the Webseries, an interactive show in which the audience determined plot outcomes through online voting,  and is currently a partner and Executive Producer at Craft Collective Films (craftcollectivefilms.com) in New York City.

She has appeared Off-Broadway and in numerous other NYC, regional and touring productions and is the writer, producer and lead in the feature film, CARBON, which has been selected as a participant in the Big Vision Empty Wallet Diversity Initiative  and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.  CARBON is going into production in Fall 2017 

http://www.carbonthefilm.com/

Aug 16, 2017

Ashley Eberbach is a true gem. She was born in Ann Arbor, MI before moving to Los Angeles in 2004 to build her work as an independent filmmaker.

Ashley is an award winning Director for films she has also written and produced. Ashley is a still photographer and music video/commercial director as well with a special interest in fashion, dance/sport, and musician branding.

She is currently developing a feature thriller set to shoot in Detroit, MI. Outside of film she is passionate about animal/enviornmental groups, 90’s RAP, and exploring abandoned structures.

Burn One Productions believes in giving back. We donate 20% of our Burn One Clothing™ sales to HELP FOR FLINT &  DISCOVER YOU COMPTON, a youth after school program in Compton,CA where we help teach classes in film, photography, and video production. Special thanks to Dion & Dannie Watson for all of their hard work creating this center.  We also urge you to get involved with your local wildlife center.  We donate yearly to The California Wildlife Center (CAWildlife.org), a place where injured wildlife is rehabilitated for re-release into the wild.

 

Aug 9, 2017

Noel Orput is an actor, writer, producer, director and an activist who teaches artists who want to create their own content.  He has written and directed eight short films, a Pilot, three web series, and a feature film which will soon be on Amazon.  All of these projects were self-produced.

He is also one of the creative producers of ARULA  (Artists Rise up Los Angeles) SHORT FILM FESTIVAL which focuses on FILMS THAT EXPLORE POLITICAL AND/OR SOCIAL ISSUES.

Aug 2, 2017

This episode is a re-release of a webinar that I did a while ago.

In this episode, you will learn:

How to discover the most effective type of project to create for yourself that actually can catapult your career to the next level

How to leverage that project in order to get the representation that you want or book your career changing role

IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR AND YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT CREATING YOUR OWN CONTENT, THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU!

www.idea2preproduction.com

Jul 26, 2017

Emily Best has been on my radar for quite some time and I've been inspired by seeing her company

Seed&Spark grow over the years.

 

Not only is she a remarkable entrepreneur, a film producer but she is the Queen of Fundraising as the CEO and Founder of Seed&Spark.

In this episode Emily shares why and how Seed&Spark came about, her new venture with the Duplass Brothers and:

  • How Indie filmmakers can build independent sustainable careers by using Seed&Spark

 

  • The importance of building an audience for your film

 

  • Engaging with your audience before  you launch, growing your audience outside of the people who are already funding you and rowing your audience after your crowdfunding campaign is complete and so much more!

 

Tune in, she is fabulous!

 www.seedandspark.com

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