In Motion Storytellers

In Motion Storytellers

The In Motion Storytellers podcast goal is to inform and equip filmmakers to succeed from anywhere. Through interviews with top professionals in the film, TV and online distribution space, we will share advice on making a living as a filmmaker in the 'flyover states', conversations on what the most pivotal decisions that led to our guests success, and what it takes to have work/life balance as a filmmaker. This podcast will focus more on the business and entrepreneurial side of filmmaking in hopes of giving other filmmakers a roadmap for their own success.


April 19, 2023 2 mins

Hey everyone, we are taking a break from recording new episodes in April to think through what Season 2 will look like, work on finding new guests, improving our Youtube recording experience as well as focusing on improving the overall experience and marketing of the podcast. 

Not to mention that all of us are super busy with our various other film projects:) Keep an eye out for the next episode to come out sometime in May...

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This episode is full of the business info you need if you want to raise money for films and make money from your films. Jessica, Michael and Dan sit down with Cole Payne at Shock City Studios to learn about his journey from dropping out of college in MO, to learning the ropes of producing in LA and then his journey back home to start to produce a different kind of film. Cole get super transparent sharing actual numbers and the trut...

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Today's interview is with Marlana Hope, a TV writer and producer who has worked on shows like Grey's Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Army Wives and more. Michael & Dan sit down to learn about her journey as a TV writer, what it's like to be in a writers room, the importance of relationships and the difference between an agent and manager. This is a great episode for those that want to write for TV but also just for...

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This episode was a lot of fun. Dan & Michael sit down with Nathan Karimi and David Christopher Pitt, the two 'tell like it is' filmmakers behind the upcoming feature length film, Oscar.Tango. Hellwater.

Oscar. Tango. Hellwater.  is a horror re-imagining of William Shakespeare's Othello. This film was shot almost entirely in Blackwater, MO.  Nathan Karimi (Writer/Director) and  David Christopher Pitt (DP...

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In today's episode, we interview Tim Breitbach, the director of the Final 19 which was just released on Amazon on Feb 5th by Buffalo 8. The Final 19 is the true story of Sgt. Daniel Hefel (and the director's cousin) who was one of the final 19 prisoners of war to come home from Vietnam. A small-town kid that enlisted, he was an infantry grunt in the 101st Airborne unit. They veered into the A Shau Valley without alerting ...

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This is part 2 of our interview with filmmaker Josh Guffey. Go back and listen to episode 8 if you missed it.

Josh is the director of the new film All Gone Wrong starring Tony Todd who is famous for being the Candyman. The film releases on all platforms on January 27th and is being distributed by Buffalo 8.

In part 2, we talk more about the behind the scenes element of the film, budget and the distribution proce...

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So we did something a little different in this interview, we ended up interviewing director Josh Guffey for nearly 2 hours and split this into a 2 parter. Josh is the director of the new film All Gone Wrong starring Tony Todd who is famous for being the Candyman. The film releases on all platforms on January 27th and is being distributed by Buffalo 8.

Dan, Jessica and Michael chat with Josh about his journey in the film i...

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December 27, 2022 66 mins

To end the year, we decided to do something a little different. We don't have a guest this episode. Instead, Jessica, Michael and Dan are discussing the 15 ways to make money in this industry. Our mission is here is to help filmmakers succeed from anywhere, and to do so, you gotta make money and a lot of times you need to have multiple streams of income to keep doing this.

We had a lot of fun doing this one, but also...

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In this episode, we speak with phenom filmmaker, David Kirkman. David's newest film Underneath just premiered at St. Louis International Film Festival and was nominated for an award. We learn about the making of this film and David's next steps, but we also dig into his personal life and where he started out. David, though he swears no one will ever see it, made his first feature in High School and has gone on to make sev...

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November 28, 2022 52 mins

In this episode,  we are doing something a little different. We wanted to give you a sneak peak at what the In Motion Conference in 2019 was like. We are planning to do another In Motion Conference in late Fall 2023 (one year from now) and so we thought this would help get folks excited about attending and even getting involved in planning. If you are interested in potentially helping out, you can reach us at info@inmotionconferenc...

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In this episode, we hear from Dan Steadman of Circa 87 films ( Dan talks about how he got started in the industry at a young age, his adventures in Hollywood with folks like Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Hale, Octavia Spencer and so many more, and his transition from repped screenwriter at Endeavor to moving to the Midwest where he lives now. Now he focuses on teaching aspiring filmmakers and actors whi...

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In this episode, Dan interviews Joey Puleo,  the director of the feature length documentaries  America's Last Little Italy: The Hill and A New Home. They discuss the perils of being an independent documentary filmmaker and how Joey managed to make money with his documentary in creative ways even during a pandemic. They also discuss his short film that kicked off his career, screening at Hollyshorts and meeting Kevin Hart. This...

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In this episode, Dan, Jessica and Michael sit down with Mary Kay Sheets and Shad Schoenke, co-founders of St. Louis Filmworks ( We learn about their lofty mission to make  St. Louis the 'go-to' epicenter for the world's best, emerging storytellers. 

This podcast is sponsored by the MO Film Office ( and Shock City Studios (www.shockcitys...

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September 23, 2022 30 mins

In this first episode, you will meet our host Dan Parris and his co-hosts, Jessica Ambuehl & Michael Francis, and learn more what their goal for this podcast is. We talk a lot about the opportunity there is to succeed as a filmmaker in the Midwest, where we are all based.

This podcast is sponsored by the MO Film Office ( and Shock City Studios ( and is brought to you by Speak...

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