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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?

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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

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

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Ep. 21 Okema T. Moore : Producer & Director
March 12, 2018 05:36 PM PDT
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Okema T. Moore is an actress and producer who also writes, sings and directs. As of Summer 2017, Okema has functioned as the production coordinator for Season 6 of Oprah's Master Class and has five different projects in which she is either an actor, producer or director in a total of more than 40 festivals across four continents. This includes a staged reading that she directed and starred in at the historic Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in DC for the DC Black Theatre Festival. She has also been commissioned to write her first TV pilot by a seven-time EMMY award winning Producer, and is a Producer on the new series, Little Apple.
Okema continues to hustle and build her personal brand, MOOREthanEnuff Media, by creating new works for herself and others, in front of and behind the camera.

On This Episode we cover:
How does she juggle wearing the different hats of producer, director, writer and actress
Why technique and talent are both important
Working as production coordinator for Season 6 of Oprah's Master Class http://www.oprah.com/own-master-class/trailer-oprahs-master-class-season-6
Starting her production company

Show Notes

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Okema http://www.moorethanenuff.com/

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Ep. 20 Brittney Janae : Cinematographer & Co-founder of Lor'ene Janae
February 26, 2018 07:45 PM PST
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Based out of Los Angeles, California Brittney is cinematographer, editor and still photographer. Brittney has seven years of experience in Television production, digital and commercial production, working with clients such as TV One, Motions Hair, Nike, Instyle Magazine, Creators of Color and FOX on projects ranging from BTS, to short narratives and more. Brittney is the co-founder of Lor’ene Janae where she is contributing content creator.

She also works with a lot of musicians, artist and other filmmakers on personal projects.

On This Episode We Chat About:
How she originally started off studying IT but transitioned into editing.
Moving from St. Louis to California, what's next after moving and how to put yourself out there.
Establishing their production company and the importance of combining their talents. http://www.lorenejanae.com/
Her first job as a transcriber for the Bad Girls Club.
Passion projects that helped build her portfolio.
How Craig's list was a defining moment in meeting her mentor.
Maintaining her faith in Hollywood.
Creators of Color http://www.thecreatorsofcolor.com/ and working on Tiffany Haddish project.

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EP. 19 - Malakai: Producer & Director Owner of Malakai Creative
February 12, 2018 01:13 PM PST
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Based out of Los Angeles & Phoenix, Malakai is a director & creative vested in visual storytelling that empowers those with a voice.  The goal for Malakai is to be all things fearless.  As a black woman, she knows that the current industry is sparse with a lack of representation and diversity.  Because of this, she forges forward by creating narratives for the bold and the brave.  Her short documentary film Black Girls Code has been showcased within the Cannes Film Festival: SFC, Langston Hughes AA Fest, Miami SciFi Fest, Chelsea Fest, Focus Forward  and other additional festival platforms.  As well as this, the film had special screenings at some of the top tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Salesforce.  
 In 2014 Malakai was awarded and honored as an “Extraordinary Woman of Color”, live on (ABC 15).   In 2015 she was tapped as the “filmmakers voice” to speak on a panel for SXSW Interactive on Instant Gratification, Media and technology. Her short documentary on instant gratification also screened with this panel experience. 
In this episode, we discuss:

Journey into Filmmaking, and how filmmaking choose her.
The first time she heard the term film director.
The importance of  women applying for film fellowships 
Creating without permission 
How she get involved in the project Black Girls Code 
Tips on starting your own Production Company
The Horizon Award and Lynette Howell Taylor along with Christine Vachon
How she's grown as a director in the past four years
Made In Her Image Nonprofit. https://www.madeinherimage.org/

What Malakai is watching right now? She's Gotta Have it www.netflix.com
What Malakai is reading right now? In Watermelon Sugar https://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Sugar-Richard-Brautigan/dp/1504759575
You can connect with Malakai on Facebook or Instagram https://www.directedbymalakai.com/

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Ep. 18 Kim Ray : Producer of GAGA Five Foot Two
January 29, 2018 05:10 PM PST
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Kim Ray is a writer, producer and director. She recently produced the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, that follows icon Lady Gaga. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and then was released worldwide on Netflix.

 What Kim is watching right now? The Crown 
What Kim is reading right now? Altered Carbon 

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Ep. 17 - Lori A. Butts of Eric O. Moody & Associates
January 15, 2018 02:17 PM PST
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Today’s guest is Lori A. Butts, of Eric O. Moody & Associates Law Firm. Ms. Butts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in 1993 and later received her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2000. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2001. Ms. Butts is an active member in good standing in the Virginia State Bar.
On this episode, we discuss:
Don’t be intimidated to work with a lawyer.
Determining if your lawyer is a good fit for you and what you specifically need as a filmmaker.
Do filmmakers depict lawyers correctly on television or the movies?
Getting out of the mindset that you can’t afford a lawyer.
Why you avoid sole proprietorship as a business entity.
Why contracts are a absolute must and avoiding using Legal Zoom.
Should you share your script, or creative idea?
What Lori is watching right now? Law & Order SVU
What Lori is reading right now? Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
You can connect with Lori on Facebook or Eric O. Moody & Associates
Legal Disclaimer:  All information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only.  Your listening to this podcast does not create an attorney-client relationship with me, Lori A. Butts, or Eric O. Moody & Associates.  If you have any specific questions, please consult with an attorney authorized to practice law in your jurisdiction.
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Ep. 16 - Minaa B.: Mental Health Maintenance for Filmmakers
January 05, 2018 11:48 AM PST
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Minaa B. is an author, writer, and licensed social worker. In 2016, Minaa debuted her first book Rivers are Coming, a compilation of essays and poems on healing from emotional wounds inflicted by depression and trauma. Through art and creative writing, Minaa learned how to overcome her battle with clinical depression and she creates inspirational and uplifting messages that she shares on her platforms to remind others that hope is not lost and we all have a chance to re-write our stories.
Minaa was born and raised in Queens NYC, and that is where she currently practices as a therapist and is always taking on new clients.
Minaa's goal is to offer hop to those who's stories have been erased and their voices made silent.
When Minaa is not writing for her website or working as a consultant doing psychotherapy, she is a freelance writer for the Huffington Post and Conscious Magazine. You can also find Minaa running her all natural skin care shop Sunday Mornings.

In this episode, we discuss:
How to develop your Inner Strength
Do filmmakers have a responsibility to depict therapy in the correct light?
Why you should avoid the superwoman syndrome
Redefining what self-care is.
The importance of Creatives being apart of a community.
Also mentioned in the Show:
Talk Space Online Therapy
What Minaa B. is watching? The Office
What Minaa B. is reading? Big Little Lies
Connect with Us:
Minaa B. on Instagram @minaa_b
Shivawn @shivawn_adrienne or @thecreativeoutsiders

Show Notes: https://thecreativeoutsiders.com/2018/01/02/ep-16-minaa-b-mental-health-maintenance-for-filmmakers-creatives/

Ep. 15: Nikkea Sharee of Kweli Legacy, LLC
December 12, 2017 01:29 PM PST
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Nikkea Sharee is the co-owner, producer, and creative director of Kweli Legacy, LLC.
Essence Magazine Best Selling Author Nikkea Sharee (formerly Nikkea Smithers) has been a multimedia force for over a decade. Her award winning novels span a variety of genres from drama, romance, murder mystery, poetry and even young adult fiction. A noted spoken word artist, she has performed on stages from NY to LA.

On This Episode We Chat About:
How Nikkea handles being an extreme artist.
Why turning down an opportunity from a producer of a major network was a power move.
Conducting business as a new producer and being able to handle herself in meetings with networks.
Money not being a factor because relationships matter.
Platform rundown. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Direct https://videodirect.amazon.com/ YouTube, Vimeo and Gum Road https://gumroad.com/
What is Kweli Legacy looking for in projects. https://www.kwelilegacy.com/

Kristinia Budelis Cofounder of Kitsplit
November 30, 2017 07:52 AM PST

KitSplit is making gear rentals more enjoyable and affordable for a huge community of artists and filmmakers. Called “the Airbnb of cameras” by Forbes , No Film School , and Fast Company , our community marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of top notch equipment, including production companies, individuals, and rental houses.
KitSplit saves time and money with a streamlined rental process. Renters can search across thousands of vendors at once, buy shoot insurance on the spot, and order on-demand delivery and pickup. Equipment owners can safely make money renting gear out to vetted and fully insured professionals.

Previously, Kristinia was a video and multimedia producer at The New Yorker. As the second full-time member of the video department, she helped build the then-young department, worked on hundreds of  video and multimedia stories from start to finish, and managed the relaunch of a new video hub at video.newyorker.com. She got to direct, product and edit video and multimedia packages on a wide range of subjects, from Strandbeests to a Webby-nominated project on human rights in Egypt...and got to work with luminaries like Gay Talese, Joyce Carol Oates, and Woody Allen. 
She's also done freelance photography and video work for clients including Vogue, The Guardian, JP Morgan, and Makerbot. Some of the Projects that she's worked on have been featured in Slate, NewYorker.com, and GQ, and honored by The Webbys, Picture of the Year International, FotoWeek DC, PIEA, and more; and in 2017 I was named a Forbes "30 Under 30" in media. 

On This Episode we Cover:
Kitsplit started off with a different company name.
Why Kitsplit was formed?
What makes Kitsplit different from other rental companies?
The process of renting from Kitsplit.
Why community is an important piece of the Kitsplit model.
The importance of building storytellers.
Launching in Hollywood.
Managing their growth and success.
Utilizing Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator https://www.eranyc.com/

Website - www.kitsplit.com
Social - @kitsplit on twitter and Instagram
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