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Ep. 35 - Sade Clacken Joseph - Director
September 19, 2018 09:03 AM PDT
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Sadé Clacken Joseph is a Caribbean-American filmmaker, photographer and singer-songwriter from the Bronx, NY.
Sadé began making short films and writing songs on piano in high school, and has been in love with telling stories ever since. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2011, she joined the production team for the ABC talkshow The View. After four years on the show, and freelancing as a documentarian, she decided to fully pursue her dreams of being a filmmaker and recently received her MFA in Film Production from USC's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts.
From the Hebron Hills of Palestine, to the streets of South Central, the content she creates showcases diverse voices from all reaches of the globe. Through directing, writing, shooting, editing and producing, her portfolio extends across multiple forms of media. Whether it is music videos, documentaries, narrative films or promotional content, her vision, voice and sensitivity to socially conscious filmmaking shines brightly in her work .

On This Episode we Cover:
Going from a Degree in Anthropology to working at the View
How is she getting hired?
Her project HATS
Her Creative Process


Ep. 34 - Kristina Thomas : Director, Writer, & Script Coordinator
August 29, 2018 07:27 AM PDT
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Kristina Thomas is full force directing machine. She started filmmaking in college and mentored under Haile Gerima; learning the ins-and-outs of the film business. It later helped her show her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to an opportunity to direct a pilot show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pilot centered on three young people, between the ages of 19-24, making a difference to help rebuild New Orleans. Kristina has worked as a Script Coordinator on Being Mary Jane, New Edition Story, Greenleaf and currently Lovecraft Country. Kristina hopes to one day become an influential and acclaimed filmmaker/writer in history.

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Ep. 33 - Arkeisha Roberts : Screenwriter & Director
August 14, 2018 07:59 AM PDT
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Arkeisha Roberts graduated in 2004 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts with a focus in acting, directing, and playwriting. After graduation, Arkeisha immediately went to Los Angeles where she remained for three years screenwriting and acting. She moved to New York where she wrote screenplays for Lance Rivera aka “UN” who is the main director for Queen Latifah’s company. He connected her with many celebrities to write for including Irv Gotti, Katt Williams, Charlie Murphy, Faizon Love, Wendy Williams, Russell Simmons adopted son (Cavalli), and many more. While in New York, Arkeisha also continued to act in independent films. In 2014 Michael Copon contacted her to write Worth the Price. Then in 2015, Copon asked her to write the TV series Dystopia and to be script supervisor for the filming of all ten episodes. It was then, she decided to move from New York to her hometown Virginia to continue her dreams writing screenplays for Michael Copon as well as helping build up his film company.

Since settling in Virginia Beach, she has worked on several feature films in the area with million dollar budgets and independent films/tv production with positions such as 2nd Assistant Director, production assistant, script supervisor, and art director. She produced a play she wrote and showed it at the Sandler Center that included opera singing, puppets, and salsa dancing. She is working on converting a N.Y. times best seller into a screenplay, that she intends to produce along with another original screenplay.

On This Episode:
Finding your voice as a writer, director.
Life lessons as a creative.
Charging your worth.
Creating in Virginia and finding your community wherever you live.
Finding your agent.
Balancing so many hats as a creative.

Show Notes
The Promise https://amzn.to/2nEOkFc

Ep. 32 - Jalena Keane-Lee : Social Justice Filmmaker
July 30, 2018 08:08 PM PDT
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Jalena Keane-Lee is a co-founder of Breaktide Productions an all women of color production team. Her first documentary short, The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality follows Burmese female laborers as they physically develop a country that is rapidly changing. The short was selected for streaming on Seed&Spark’s “Fight for Your Rights” playlist, and has begun its festival run at the Portland Film Festival, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Additionally, Jalena has Directed a short Czech language film on 16mm, a spec pilot with an all woman of color cast and crew, and partnered with non-profits to amplify their work. Jalena is currently a 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which has supported shorts that have premiered at SXSW, HotDocs, and Sundance. Her writing has been featured in Seventeen Magazine, The Tempest and NBC.com, and she has made films that highlight the importance of campus activism, a woman of color running for office, and destigmatizing menstruation.

On This Episode We Cover:
Why it's important to her to tell stories that spark social change? 
Her Project Standing Above The Clouds 
First Piece of Equipment she invested in as a filmmaker verses what she would invest in now?
Who is the priority in your story, who wants to see what you are doing?
Being a one woman band, teaching her about her voice and perspective 
Finding her voice as a filmmaker. 



Episode 31 - Toni Thai : Director & Screenwriter
July 16, 2018 08:01 PM PDT
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As a director and photographer, Toni has worked with talents such as Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, Fab 5 Freddy and Ava Duvernay. It was Ava who named Toni Vibe’s Next Female Filmmaker. As a commercial and content director, her clients have included AOL, Barnes & Noble, Kmart, AT&T, The Nicki Minaj Collection, Clinique, A&E television, Tyra Banks' Type F, and Wacoal.

Recently, she was selected by the NYC Mayor's office for their MOME film finance lab. Through the lab, she's developing a narrative feature film project. Currently, Toni is in Post Production on a fun and raw webseries she wrote and directed called "Potty Break".

​Toni co-produced and co-starred in the Gotham Award nominated film, "August The First".

​Also, Toni is in production on a feature length Documentary about a recently released former Pennsylvania Drug Kingpin, who is simultaneously fighting to save his community and his life as he battles cancer.

On This Episode
Her Documentary Unapologetic 
Her upcoming Web Series Potty Break 
How she was able to work with clients like; AOL, Barnes & Noble, Kmart, AT&T, The Nicki Minaj Collection, Clinique, A&E television, Tyra Banks' Type F, and Wacoal
Why traveling is important for filmmakers. 

What is she reading? The Last Black Unicorn https://amzn.to/2LoEIZs , The Miracle Morning  https://amzn.to/2NjqeL0


Ep. 30 : Sarah Moshman - Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
July 02, 2018 12:16 PM PDT
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Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America.
After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Sarah's second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017.

On This Episode
Her Documentary Losing Sight of Shore.
How she ran prepared none filmmakers at sea to tell their story through film.
Not having money for your project but how to get it done.
Mentioned using sony fdr ax100
How to look for the deeper layers to tell a documentary story?
How to get started when as a documentary storyteller?
Empowerment Project.

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Ep. 29 - Noel Corbin - Costume Designer
June 19, 2018 12:05 PM PDT
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​Georgia native, Noel Corbin, attended Davidson Fine Arts High School, where she first began her studies costume design at the age of 14. Having found her gift for bringing stories to life through textiles at a young age, she took college course work at the Savannah College of Art & Design while in high school and later obtained her Undergraduate Degree in Fashion Design from Georgia Southern University. With 10 years professional experience in costume design with Codeblack Films, the Amateur Comedy Club of New York City, and Coerlessly Ink., and fashion design in the New York fashion industry at Nicole Miller and Brooklyn Industries, Noel continued her education by enrolling in New York University in 2014. While attending NYU, she worked at a contractor with the fashion collection at the Smithsonian, broadening her knowledge in textile history, care, and research. In 2017, she completed her Masters of Arts degree in Visual Culture: Costume Studies with a focus on the 19th and early 20th dress and relocated to Los Angeles, California to continue her work in costume design. Noel specializes in period costume, design, illustration, patternmaking, and construction and is currently the costume designer for Stepford Sidechix, a new web-series by Coerlessly Ink.

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Ep. 28 - Shameka S.L. Sawyer : Creative Director
June 05, 2018 05:37 PM PDT
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Shameka S.L. Sawyer is the founder and Creative Director of the 5 Shorts Project. Founded in 2013, the 5 Shorts Project assists aspiring filmmakers with creating a short film. Once films are completed, the project hosts a free community screening and the films air on local television via Comcast and Verizon. All participants - actors, cast, and crew are eligible to receive IMDb credit. To date, the 5 Shorts Project has produced 20 short films in 4 years.

On This Episode We Chat About:

What is 5 shorts project?
How she is building a community in film
Working as a DP
Avoiding the mean girl role as a director
Empowering Others to use their voice in film.
Biggest mistake as a newbie filmmaker.

During the show I mention the documentary http://www.pbs.org/pov/theovernighters/

What she's watching?
Dear White People https://www.netflix.com/title/80095698

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Ep. 27 - Sahra V. Nguyen : Writer, Director, Filmmaker
May 22, 2018 11:57 AM PDT
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Sahra V. Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker, director, writer & entrepreneur currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
She has served as the Director of the Writing Success Program at the University of California, Los Angeles where she helped undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills, self-empowerment and agency through the writing process.As a keynote speaker at Universities and conferences, Sahra speaks on a range of topics including Asian American issues + identity, pursuing a non-conventional creative career, the power of media + storytelling, and expanding the human potential beyond stereotypical ideas of success. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold LLC, in Spring 2014 Sahra created and filmed a documentary web series about NYC entrepreneurs called, "Maker's Lane," which was co-presented by the Smithsonian APAC and featured on Colorlines.com, NBCNews.com and Huffington Post. The series celebrates innovation, creativity and trailblazers in the entrepreneurial spirit of the American Dream. Sahra + Maker's Lane was selected as a Top 25 Finalist in CineCause Women's Initiative 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, Sahra launched Season 2 of Maker's Lane.
In September 2014, Sahra was honored with the May Takayanagi Making Waves Award by social justice leaders at Asian American Resource Workshop's 35th Anniversary celebration in Boston, MA.
Sahra continues her passion for storytelling and giving light to underrepresented stories as a Digital Contributor for NBC News, Blogger for Huffington Post, and Contributor for Complex Media's NTRSCTN.com
With a passion to constantly take on new challenges, Sahra along with three friends (all under the age of 30) opened up their first storefront business in Bushwick, NY, called "Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen," in March 2015. She continues her love for storytelling and passion for promoting Vietnamese American culture as the company's Head Creative + Communications Manager.
Mid-2016, Sahra sold her second documentary series to NBCNews.com, "Deported," which follows the grassroots fight to end deportation of Cambodian Americans from the U.S. to Cambodia. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, she filmed the doc in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, and Cambodia. "Deported" was nominated alongside CNN's Lisa Ling's "This is Life" and won the 2018 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Digital Media, Long Form.

On This Episode We Discuss:
How does a day look like as a filmmaker, production company owner and a restaurant co-owner?
Why it's important to her to cover underrepresented voices in media.
Infusing her personal experiences in her storytelling.
Her Documentary Deported.
How did she get her work on NBC News
The business side of filmmaking.
Social Justice and Storytelling.


Ep. 26 - Metta Bastet : Producer & Video Journalist
May 07, 2018 04:52 PM PDT
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Metta Bastet When she was little, she dreamed of being an ice skating spy but she can't say she's disappointed with her current profession. To put it plan, she get's to be nosy for a living and she's been in the business of documenting life since 2004.

She's an Emmy-Nominated Story Producer, Video Journalist and Editor. You may have also seen her work on Richmond PBS, and apart of the team Who's Johnny Creative.

On This Episode We Cover:
Being nosy for a living.
How filmmaking chose her.
How she Pitches her projects.
Amy Black and the Pink Ink Fund https://vimeo.com/220251583
Minimalist as a Documentary Filmmaker


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