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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

Connect
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com
https://www.tonithai.com/

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.

www.thecreativeoutsiders.com (show notes)
https://www.sarahmoshman.com

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

Connect with us both
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com
www.instagram.com/thecreativeoutsiders

http://www.5shorts.org/
www.instagram.com/5_shorts

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.

Connect:
http://www.sahravang.com/instagram/
http://www.sahravang.com/
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com
www.instagra.com/thecreativeoutsiders

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

Connect
www.instagram.com/digitalfruitsnax
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com
www.instagram.com/thecreativeoutsiders

Ep. 25 - Myah Hollis : Screenwriter & Producer
April 24, 2018 09:44 AM PDT
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Myah Hollis is Head of Development and the Lead Event Planner at Pretty Thing. She is the creator and executive producer of Or Die Trying, the studio's first original series. Hollis' background in screenwriting and development has given her a fresh perspective on storytelling. She seeks to produce strong, character-driven content that illuminates underrepresented voices and represents the world as it truly is. Hollis has also worked as an event planner in LA, organizing everything from weddings to premieres. She is the founder of Holli Baker, a lifestyle and wellness site catered towards creatives.

On This Episode We Cover:
What does a typical day look like for her?
Shonda Rhimes is like Khaleesi
How Script Coverage helped her as a screenwriter.
Finding her voice as a screenwriter
Her Project "Or Die Trying"

Connect with Us:
WEBSITES
www.prettythingstudios.com
www.hollibaker.com
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com

SOCIAL MEDIA
@myahhollis
@thecreativeoutsiders

Ep. 24 - Roxanne Avent : Film Producer
April 17, 2018 12:24 PM PDT
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Roxanne Avent has established herself as a leading producer and executive whose creative vision and drive has contributed to the success of many feature films, comedy shows and television series. Avent has formed a partnership with Deon Taylor and their film company, Hidden Empire Film Group (HEFG), is on fire. She heads the creative edge and business aptitude of this powerful company in the film industry.Avent has developed, packaged and produced a powerful slate of films for release in 2018, including the thriller “Traffik,” starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Omar Epps, William Fichtner and Roselyn Sanchez.Avent also produced the upcoming thriller “Motivated Seller” starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Megan Good, along with the comedy feature “All-Star Weekend,” starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven and Jessica Szohr – directed by Jamie Foxx.
Avent was a driving force behind Hidden Empire’s massive success in 2016 with the studio’s horror spoof “Meet the Blacks,” starring Mike Epps, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Zulay Henao and King Batch. Placing in the top 10 at the box office and growing its audience on streaming and VOD, Avent recently finished producing a sequel to the film for theatrical release in 2018 titled “The House Next Door,” starring comedy icons Mike Epps and Katt Williams.
Prior to her work at Hidden Empire Film Group, Avent’s credits in television production include over two-dozen episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. She also worked for the prestigious, Directors Guild of America, where she oversaw all aspects of production for movie premieres, television award programs, supervising more than fifty employees.

On This Episode we Cover:
Why she choose the filmmaking industry?
Starting as a PA and working her way up.
Handling failure.
Being and independent filmmaker.
Her Film Traffik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz-XiYNCo7o

Connect with Roxanne Avent
https://hiddenempirefilmgroup.com/
https://www.instagram.com/hiddenempirefilmgroup/

Connect with us:
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com
www.instagram.com/thecreativeoutsiders/

Ep. 23 - Christina Raia - Director & Screenwriter
April 10, 2018 04:48 PM PDT
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Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark. She won Best Director for her feature film, Summit, at Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (genre division). She co-created, directed, and produced the comedic web series 'Kelsey,' which premiered on blip.tv in September 2013 to rave reviews and consistent press coverage, including as a Critic’s Pick and named one of the 19 Best Comedy Web Series of 2013 by Indiewire.com. It has over a quarter million views online. She recently finished post-production for her second feature film, About a Donkey. She has also begun pitching what she hopes to be her third feature, Silent Night, which was a Quarter Finalist at Slamdance's 2016 Screenwriting Competition. Her other credits as Director, Producer and Writer include over a dozen narrative short films that have made official selection at film festivals across the country. In addition to Indiewire, her projects and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by AfterEllen, BuzzFeed, and various other media outlets. Her work can be viewed on Amazon Prime, Vimeo, VHX, and Youtube. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York; currently in its 5th year. http://christinaraia.com/ @craia9 on Twitter and Instagram

On This Episode we Cover:

How does she stay creative and inspired as a filmmaker?
Why writing groups are important for screenwriters?
Where filmmakers go wrong with crowdfunding?
How can horror films have a message?
Identifying who you are as a filmmaker?

Show notes:
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com

Ep. 22 Akiya Mcknight : Writer & Producer
March 26, 2018 04:46 PM PDT
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With an obsessed love for writing and storytelling in
multiple capacities the pr professional turned
writer/producer Akiya Mcknight is embarking on her first short film. Akiya has worked on multiple indie projects as well as well as TV shows such as Survivors Remorse, The Have &Have Nots and ATL. The Connecticut born and Atl resident plans to tell stories of the complete woman and minority experience from all over the world.

Covered on the Podcast:
Starting out as a Script Supervisor
The importance of volunteering and attending Film Festivals
Raising Funds for her Short Film Served
Working at Tyler Perry Studios
How she handles writer's block

Connect:
Served Film https://www.servedfilm.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/visionarher/

The Creative Outsiders
www.thecreativeoutsiders.com (show notes)
Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/thecreativeoutsiders/

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