Filmmaking Conversations Podcast with Damien Swaby

Filmmaking Conversations Podcast with Damien Swaby

Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby is a small fraction of the critical conversations currently taking place across the indie film community. The podcast reaches out to the next generation of filmmakers, who continue to look for inspiration and guidance. Proud Member of the IFH Podcast Network (www.ifhpodcastnetwork.com)

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May 15, 2022 51 min
“I’m passionate about two things: creating activism centered films &demystifying the microbudget production process.”
- Zanah Thirus

Named one of Diversity in Cannes' Top 10 Filmmakers of the Decade, Zanah is a filmmaker (producer+ director+ writer) from Chicago, IL.

Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Productions, Zanah has shifted her focus to merging arts and activism through documentary and narrative storytel...
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Everyone remembers Daphne Maxwell Reid as an iconic TV mom of the 1990s, from her three seasons as Aunt Vivian on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." And Daphne couldn't be more excited when the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reunited 30 years later for an unscripted reunion special that aired on HBO Max last November.

These days Reid is a Renaissance woman, respected artist and designer, and education activist...
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In her own words

"Hi! I'm Suzanne. I'm an actress and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. My first directorial effort, short film Christmas Eve Eve: Or The Things I Can’t Remember (which I also wrote and star in) recently played at a number of festivals including the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival. You can watch it here on the platform Omeleto, one of the best hubs for high-quality short films on the internet. Currently, I&...
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Who's Afraid follows this phenomenon to a cathartic yet heart-pumping conclusion as it answers the question: what would happen if someone had to face a life-or-death situation as a result of jeopardizing someone else's life out of sheer racism? Our main character, Whitney King, commits such an act of racism then flees the city to forget and reset. Unfortunately for her, she runs from one problem and into another: a charming...
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Erin has directed and produced documentary television for CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Geographic, PBS, YouTube Premium, OWN, MSNBC, and Investigation Discovery. She's interested in stories that explore social justice, women's rights, environment, health and horror - she loves a good genre film.


In 2011, she produced HOT COFFEE, an HBO feature documentary film that examines the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case and its r...
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Emily Procter is an actress, entrepreneur, and activist.

In 2019 Emily shifted focus from entertainment to community by founding Ground Breakers Inc. Ground Breakers is a nonprofit working to create positive identity opportunities for children, and additionally for adults, in compromised circumstances. Working to support people, community and equitable infrastructure, Ground Breakers hopes to be a supporter for change and equity for...
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An American writer and actress best known for originating the story and characters in the "Before Sunrise" trilogy with her writing on Before Sunrise 1995 and Before Sunset 2004 for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Writers Guild Award. The trilogy is based on characters she created with Richard Linklater.

Before Sunrise is a 1995 romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklate...
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Selected as one of Variety's 10 Stars behind the Cameras, the German born cinematographer who graduated from University of Television and Film in Munich, has quickly developed an impressive resume of visually unique and critical acclaimed feature films.



HELL marked his feature film debut, earning him a number of awards, including the 2012 German Camera Award for Best Cinematography,

the Best Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sitg...
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Beatriz Browne is a Los Angeles/NYC based, Webby Award winning producer, director, and filmmaker specializing in non-fiction storytelling.

Beatriz has worked extensively with clients such as Google, Airbnb, Peerspace, The New York Times, CNN, Square and Fatherly, creating multi-platform original content. Outside of branded content, Beatriz has directed and produced 34 Carmine St., an award winning short documentary.

Born in Brazil bu...
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Hallie Shepherd is a writer, actress, producer, and editor, and she co-owns Fireshoe Productions with Eric Colley. She’s currently wrapping up post-production on Fireshoe’s fifth feature film, a comedy called Bigfoot Killed My Wife. Shepherd wrote the screenplay and stars alongside director Colley.

Shepherd’s past credits include producing Cuba Gooding Jr.’s directorial debut Bayou Caviar, which stars Gooding Jr., Famke Janssen, Ka...
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Teller Of Stories. Mostly Fiction, Always Real.
With a deft ability to balance both half-hour single camera comedies and one-hour dramas, Pete Chatmon has directed episodes of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and Love Life, Netflix’s You and Atypical, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, A Million Little Things, Station 19, Mixed-ish and Single Parents, CBS’s All Rise and The Unicorn, Starz’ Blindspotting, FX’s...
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Rebecca Eskreis is a director, writer and producer whose work has screened at numerous international festivals, including SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm and Thessaloniki.
Her directorial debut project, WHAT BREAKS THE ICE (Goldcrest Films), received the Sandra Adair/Empowering a Billion Women Grant for promising female filmmakers from the Austin Film Society, and was selected for the Austin Film Society’s...
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Bio

A graduate of the American Film Institute, I am a documentary director, producer and editor whose work has aired on PBS series such as Independent Lens and has been seen at film festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW, New Directors, New Films and DOC NYC.

My 2013 directing debut THE HILL, about the demolition of an African-American neighborhood in New Haven, CT, premiered on the PBS series America Reframed and won b...
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Founded in 2016, we are a film and theater production company based in New York.

We aim to disrupt storytelling as usual and make our stuff by any means necessary.

We’re makers, not salespeople.

We’re outsiders, and we’re inclusive, we’re rigorous, we’re generous, we make our own space and help others make theirs,

We’re straight-forward, all-in,

We take risks, give no fucks, and never quit.

Who we are
Co-Founders Isabel Ellison & Ryan...
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Scott Leger is a Director and Screenwriter whose work has been screened at Cannes Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SeriesFest, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Drawn to filmmaking after a horrific mountain biking accident in high school derailed his illustrious Junior Varsity sports career, Scott transferred his manic passion from the field to the frame and hasn't exhaled since. And his collarbone healed up qui...
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An award-winning actor and director, Murisa Harba lives to push boundaries. She is a leading acting coach, author, thought leader, and speaker in Los Angeles, passionate about empowering actors to elevate their truth in storytelling and ultimately unlocking their creative genius.

Her fascination with the infinite ways in which our bodies communicate led her to create two custom signature techniques: THE CHAKRA APPROACH® and THE MA...
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Sally grew up all over the Southeastern US and moved to Los Angeles, CA as an adult. While in LA, Sally became an alumni of UCB, one of the best professional improv schools in the country.

She returned to “The South” to pursue a Master’s Degree and become an English Professor so that she could support herself while pursuing acting and writing. After graduating with her MA, Sally spent 4 years teaching as an adjunct (part-time) prof...
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Following the ratification of IATSE’s new film and TV contracts, podcaster and entertainment industry veteran Damien Swaby talks to principal Reena Sehgal (Sehgal Law PC) about their legal implications for Indie Filmmakers. Swaby and Sehgal will discuss the Basic Agreement and the Area Standards Agreement, which were set up to achieve fair conditions (including quality-of-life issues and general job conditions such as meal breaks) ...
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Stephanie is an artist and producer originally from the Bay Area, CA. She received her BFA in Theatre from UC Santa Barbara before moving to Los Angeles.

As a producer, Stephanie has worked on a variety of short films, music videos, features and live theatrical productions. The short films BOYS, (le) REBOUND, HAPA and MONOGAMISH have had successful runs in the festival circuit appearing in AspenShorts, Palm Springs International Sh...
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Reena Sehgal, Esq
Attorney-at-Law Transactions

Reena Sehgal is from Bend, Oregon, and attended Portland State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in General Science.

After graduating, Reena moved to San Diego, California to pursue a legal career. She graduated Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law with a focus in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.

Reena has always loved business, creativity, and the a...
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