The big black box at the center of the film industry; feat. Rene Bastian (founder of Cinelytic)

Naomi talks about how global trends in the macro-economics of the film industry are affecting what kinds of films are being made and how completely bonkers it is, on a practical level, for filmmakers not to have access to viewing or monetary data from Netflix, Amazon, and, iTunes. Interview: Rene Bastian – a prolific indie film… Continue reading The big black box at the center of the film industry; feat. Rene Bastian (founder of Cinelytic)

Every little thing is gonna be all right; feat. Sarah Wharton (actress, producer, writer)

Naomi talks about the latest developments with Bite Me and how, sometimes, when the bomb you most fear goes off, the biggest thing that remains is gratitude. Interview: Sarah Wharton – a beautiful soul, actress, writer, producer. Sarah is one of the producers of Bite Me and also the star/producer of the gorgeous micro-budget indie That’s Not Us (available on Netflix) and The… Continue reading Every little thing is gonna be all right; feat. Sarah Wharton (actress, producer, writer)

Trust Fall; feat. Jack Lechner (producer)

Naomi talks about the exhilarating and terrifying moment of “trust fall” they are in with Bite Me, which may be a critical moment of most indie films. Interview: Jack Lechner – the producer extraodinaire of Blue Valentine, The Fog of War, The New Yorker Presents, former executive at Miramax, HBO, and Film Four, and much else. He’s an Associate… Continue reading Trust Fall; feat. Jack Lechner (producer)

And some weeks…you lose your director; feat. Meredith Edwards (our new director)

Naomi talks about losing their longtime director this week for her feature film Bite Me, which is slated to go into production in two months – so…yeah – but then also how they managed to pull things back on track and, somewhat miraculously, find a new director within a a matter of days. It was just another… Continue reading And some weeks…you lose your director; feat. Meredith Edwards (our new director)

#OscarsSoMale; feat. Marilyn Chinitz (lawyer and master negotiator)

Naomi laments the complete lack of women represented in the directing, editing, and writing categories of this year’s Oscars and talks about why, despite 50% of film school graduates being women, that women only direct 18% of even micro-budget films. She explores the ways in which women themselves can work to improve that number. Interview: Marilyn Chinitz, a lawyer… Continue reading #OscarsSoMale; feat. Marilyn Chinitz (lawyer and master negotiator)

“Name” Casting; feat. Katie Morrison (actress)

Naomi breaks down what the process is really like to cast a “name” actor in an indie film and why it matters. Then she interviews actress Katie Morrison who co-starred with her in Imagine I’m Beautiful , co-starred with last week’s guest Sonja O’Hara in her film Ovum, and also stars in the upcoming film Unnerved, which will premiere  at the Phoenix… Continue reading “Name” Casting; feat. Katie Morrison (actress)