How a series creator used social media to build an audience
November 17, 2017
The biggest mistake filmmakers make on their new and beautifully branded social media accounts is both understandable and completely fixable: making it all about them. This might seem counterintuitive — “Isn’t the point of social media to tell people about my project?” Absolutely! But not at first, and definitely not all the time. I’m here to talk about how you, no matter the production stage you’re in, can build an engaged and thriving community and leverage that to get eyes on your project. Filmmaker to filmmaker.
Why It’s Time to Disable Diversity Efforts
September 21, 2017
Sunday night’s Emmy darling, The Handmaid’s Tale, is binge-worthy, for sure — stuffed with moments that steal the breath from both Offred and from her audience. But one moment from the series struck me in ways it may not have reached too many of you. That moment unfolds on a bridge, where Offred pleads with Janine, a fellow handmaid, not to commit suicide. Come down from that ledge, Offred urges, and live. Drink and dance with the other girls, in a future free of the oppressive, patriarchal fascism of Gilead.
#FilmCurious recap: Film as a mirror and a window
August 24, 2017
It's not enough to talk about diversity. Let’s talk about inclusion, the lenses we make and watch films through, and what our collective responsibility is to make and support great work. And that’s exactly what we did with #FilmCurious guests Shaun Lau (host of film and social issues podcast No, Totally), Gerry Maravilla (writer, director, head of crowdfunding at Seed&Spark), Lauren Warren (screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster) and Cameo Wood (director, screenwriter, producer).