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Master Casters is my documentary film about the resin bootleg toy scene. It's now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and other online platforms. In this episode I talk about making the film, submitting to film festivals, and getting it distributed online. Watch Master Casters on Amazon prime... https://amzn.to/2vOyuiu Watch Master Casters on …
 
Jack Venturo is a talented indie filmmaker and a Jim Henson puppeteer. His new short film "The Repossession" is a Psychological Suspense/Drama and is now making its run at film festivals. We talk about how he made the film, AFM, crowdfunding, and what it's like working for The Jim Henson Company. Special Thanks to: Jack Venturo venturoproductions.c…
 
Randall Lobb is a writer/director/producer who's new documentary is "Power of Grayskull", the Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We talk about his unique approach to making documentaries, how he crowdfunded over $76,000 on Kickstarter, 1980's nostalgia, and his upcoming project involving "The Dark Crystal". Watch "Power o…
 
Mike Finazzo is an indie filmmaker who recently wrote and directed a feature film called "Bored in the USA" which he made for just $5000. The film follows the friendship of a bored housewife named Kelly and her British friend Chris, who is moving back to London. It's a character-driven film shot in black and white and it deals with what is, and wha…
 
Rob Smat is an indie filmmaker and USC film school grad who recently completed his first feature film "The Last Whistle". It's about a high school football coach who pushes his team to win even after an all-star player dies during practice of cardiac arrest. It's won several awards at film festivals including Best Actress and Best Feature film. It'…
 
Owen Korb is an indie filmmaker in Los Angeles who recently completed his first feature film "Pull Up LA." It's a documentary about Los Angeles creatives using social media to meet up together in the city and explore their creative sides. It's won several awards at film festivals including Best Feature Documentary and Best Director. We talk about h…
 
We are saddened to say we're losing 1/3 of our beloved team, likely the most valuable member. Kathy has hung up her journalistic cleats and is no longer embedded in the exciting world of tech startups. In similar fashion, she is hanging up her MSP On Deck podcast cleats as well.In this episode we run through the early days of the podcast, highlight…
 
John Fusco is a well known writer and producer of such films as "Young Guns", "Hidalgo", "Thunderheart" and his Netflix series "Marco Polo." His new film, "The Highwaymen" starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson opens in select theaters March 15th and will be released worldwide on Netflix March 29th. The story follows two retired Texas rangers w…
 
Alex Ferrari is a writer, producer and director of films such as "This Is Meg" and "On the Corner of Ego and Desire." He is also the creator and host of the Indie Film Hustle podcast and the Bulletproof Screenplay podcast. Alex's mission is to share valuable information with indie filmmakers, drawing from his 25 years of experience in the industry.…
 
E27 Special Guest: Patrick Meenan, Managing Partner of Arthur Ventures Riffing points Why 2018 was Arthur Venture’s biggest year. Why recruiting and HR matter a ton in a startup. Patrick’s take in the Twin Cities vs other cities. Our commentary on 2018’s top stories that include Bite Squad, Bright Health, Bind, Total Expert, Flip Grid, and Andy Sla…
 
Riffing points Bright Health raises an eye popping $200m round. Sezzle lands a $100m credit line to fund easier online buying.Holiday gifts you can buy from Minnesota startups: KATHY'S GIFT PICKS:https://forcefieldfun.com https://www.macchina.cc https://www.sipdark.comPAUL'S GIFT PICKS:https://www.omniafishing.com https://kidizen.com CASEY'S GIFT P…
 
Patrick Green is a talented indie filmmaker whose new documentary, "For Your Consideration" is now screening at various film festivals. We discuss many aspects of documentary filmmaking such as story structure, animation, and fair use. Patrick is our first returning guest on the Indie Film Grit podcast and it's great to have him back to talk about …
 
Mark Stolaroff is an award winning producer who's been making indie films for many years and he is also the founder of No Budget Film School. His new feature film, Driver X, stars Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) and will be available in theaters and on demand November 30th. We talk about his approach to making indie films, crowdfunding, casting a…
 
Young MN VCs -- Atland Ventures, the 1st student run VC firm in Minnesota.The state of junior developers and the jr. dev landscape in MN.Our most interesting, recent conversations with local founders.
 
--- We've upgraded our audio quality. Hope you like! --- Riffing points TotalExpert, MN’s fastest growing startup, raises $20m more.Why a SEC filing does not necessarily equal a funding round. Paul’s post game analysis of Twin Cities Startup Week. Enterprise HRtech company Ascentis’s ascendency and path to IPO. The robust HR technology landscape of…
 
Alejandro Montoya Marin is a writer/director/producer who can be seen making his first feature film "Monday" on the El Rey Network's original series "Rebel Without A Crew." Along with four other indie filmmakers, he was selected by Robert Rodriguez to make a feature film in 14 days with only $7000 and no crew. We talk about his film, his experience…
 
--- We've upgraded our audio quality. Hope you like! ---Riffing points Sentera raises $14m in new funding.Evolve, the Minnetonka plastics printer, raises 19m in a fresh round of VC.Omnia Fishing raises $1m for anglertech startup.Paul gives you an epic 80/20 of Twin Cities Startup Week 2018.Novel Coworking buys it's way into dowtown Minneapolis.Tech…
 
Diane Bell is an award-winning director and screenwriter who's first feature film "Obsoledia" premiered and won at The Sundance Film Festival. Her second film "The Bleeding Heart" starring Jessica Biel, debuted at The Tribecca Film Festival. We talk about how she got her start as a screenwriter working for the director of Die Hard, and why it is so…
 
E22 Riffing points Foodsby raises $13.5m to feed people nationallySansoro Health hauls in $8m in new fundingThe MN tech companies that still might IPOOur latest list of the hardest roles to hire for in a tech startup Paul’s panel on Sep 19th on recruiting talent to MN --> www.mntrn.org Casey’s launches a live interview series --> www.candor.live Ne…
 
Matt Cruse is an indie filmmaker who recently wrote, produced and directed his first feature film "The Watcher Self", available now on Amazon. We talk about many aspects of filmmaking including scriptwriting, sound design, and how to use dialogue effectively. Matt shares his experiences working in television at the BBC and gives useful advice and i…
 
Steve Vitolo is the CEO and founder of Scriptation, a script annotation app designed specifically for film and TV production. We talk about how he made his way through the industry as a writer's assistant, script coodinator, and TV writer on such shows as Black-ish, Crowded, and Hot in Cleveland. Steve shares his experience with the writers' room, …
 
Riffing points Dispatch raises a $2.6m oversubscribed funding roundDoug Berg launches ZAPInfo, raises over a million dollar seed round ClickSwitch raises $3.5m in funding from serious fintech investors Assemble becomes the first bigger downtown coworking space to shutter Paul gives the skinny on the brand new Spaces Coworking space in North Loop Re…
 
Joining me today is Killarney Traynor, an indie filmmaker from New Hampshire. She is an experienced actor, writer, director, and stuntwoman. Her new feature film "Michael Lawrence" is a detective mystery that will soon be available on Amazon Prime. We talk about her experiences acting, writing screenplays, directing films and what it's like to perf…
 
Special Guest: Kyle Coolbroth, Cofounder and CEO of Fueled Collective, formally CoCo Coworking Riffing points Structural raises $2.5m more in seed funding.Kyle Coolbroth’s take on WeWork and its rapid rise. How CoCo became Fueled Collective and the big expansion plans it has. A Leadpages/Drip competitor AutoPilot sets up shop in Minneapolis too.…
 
E19Riffing points Minnesota tech's newest IPO pipeline and who could pop. Startup Gravie continues to raise VC cash. Reeher has a great exit after Blackbaud’s acquisition. How often do startups shut down quickly like One20 did? Redbrick’s acquisition an whether the founders and early employees made money. Paul on companies hiring recruiters, where …
 
Riffing points Paul’s State of Tech Events Report: Tech Cities, MinneBar, Enterprise Rising ConferenceAbility Network has a huge exit Enterprise healthtech + health IT continues to thrive in Minneapolis Connexio and K12 companies still have an edtech stronghold in MN Sezzle raises an ever growing chunk of cash and is hiring full throttle Local MN s…
 
Jeffrey Michael Bays, also known as "The Hitchcock Whisperer", joins us for an interesting conversation about Alfred Hitchcock and indie filmmaking. Jeffrey is an indie filmmaker and also the author of such books as "Between The Scenes", "How To Turn Your Boring Movie Into a Hitchcock Thriller", and his latest "Suspense with a Camera". We talk abou…
 
I'm joined by indie filmmaker Sam Hoggarth to talk about his latest short film "Envy". Sam shares stories about the making of the film and what inspired him to tell such a dark tale. "Envy" has won many awards at film festivals including: Best Director, Best Writing, Best Actress, and Best Narrative Short. After it's festival run, "Envy" will be re…
 
I have a great conversation with actress Tami Stronach who played the Childlike Empress in The Never-Ending Story. Tami is an actress, dancer, and she produces family entertainment content at The Paper Canoe Company. We talk about her journey and Tami shares some of her experiences making The Never-Ending Story. Special Thanks to: Tami Stronach: @n…
 
I had the chance to talk with Head of Crowdfunding at Seed & Spark, Gerry Maravilla. He shares valuable info about crowdfunding as well as his own filmmaking journey. We talk about his role at Seed & Spark, his short film "Cross", and we even talk about pupusas. Special Thanks to: Gerry Maravilla: @gerrymaravilla Hosted by: Timothy Patrick Guest: G…
 
I have an amazing conversation with Klaus Badelt. He is well known in the film industry as a successful musical composer who has created the scores for hollywood films like "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Gladiator", and "The Time Machine." Klaus has also created an exciting new way for filmmakers to distribute their films worlwide with Filmhub. It's …
 
E17Riffing points Bind Benefits lands $60m series A in funding.The Definity Health Mafia and the startups that its ex-employees have created. HelpSystems at $160m in rev is acquired by another private equity firm and valued over $1b. Casey displays a company-crush on Help Systems’ outlier Glassdoor rating. Paul shares the state of recruiting recrui…
 
Special Guest: Jenna Pederson, Minnestar board member and Hack the Gap cofounder Riffing points Upsie closes $1.7m seed round funding Two MN tech startups, SparkDJ and Players Health, leave MN to join Techstars programs in Los Angeles and Boulder Casey’s rant on startup moving awayTech ecosystem observations from Jenna PedersonWhat Minnebar is and …
 
I talk with two indie filmmakers from New York, David Joseph Volino & Victoria Ratermanis. We talk about their new short film, "The Rose Garden" which is an engaging character-driven film co-starring David and Victoria. It has proven to be a festival favorite, winning many awards including Best Actress, Best Actor, and the Audience Choice Award. Sp…
 
I talk with producer/writer/director Mark Schwab. We talk about his new feature film, "Shadows In Mind" which is a captivating LGBT thriller. Mark shares insight into indie filmmaking, what it's like working with a talented cinemotographer, and how his approach to making films evolved over time. Special Thanks to: Mark Schwab:@DITRFilms Hosted by: …
 
E15 Riffing points Loup Ventures closes their first fund and proves researchers can be VCsCoCo Coworking launches a 2nd coworking space brand, goes big and goes national SportsDigita launches their first product, Digideck, + raises investor cash for it Why Minnesota’s Amazon bid didn’t make us any smarter A rundown of VC firms outside of Minnesota …
 
I talk with producer/director/writer/editor Alexia Anastasio. We talk about her documentary films, including "Adventures in Plymptoons!" and "Beyond The Noise." And we also discuss how Transcendental Meditation can be a powerful tool for the indie filmmaker. Special Thanks to: Alexia Anastasio:@alexiaanastasio Hosted by: Timothy Patrick Guest: Alex…
 
I have a great conversation with producer/actor/screenwriter Richard "RB" Botto. He is the founder and CEO of Stage 32 and author of "Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers". We talk about the importance of understanding both the business side and the creative side of making films. And RB explains why crowdsourcing is crucial to the success of your film. Spe…
 
Indie filmmaker and 3D animator Roger An joins us on the podcast. We talk about his new short film, Alpha Fish, which combines live action with 3D animated characters. Alpha Fish's world premiere is January 31, 2018 at the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival. www.alphafish.tv Special Thanks to Roger An: @RogerAn3D Hosted by: Timothy Patrick Guest: Roger…
 
E14 Riffing points Andy Slavitt launching a VC fund to make the world a better place The best rundown of MN VC firms that are active What does a seed round actually get a startup? Paul explains why being a developer is the best job in the world SPS Commerce doubles down on Accenture Tower and why it won’t be anything like ADC Who the hell is ADC?…
 
I talk with indie filmmaker Bryce Hirschberg. We talk about the many hats he wore while making his feature film, Counterfeiters. His film has won many awards at multiple film festivals all over the world, including Best Feature and Best Actor. Special Thanks to Bryce Hirschberg: @BryceHirschberg Hosted by: Timothy Patrick Guest: Bryce Hirschberg Th…
 
Special Guest: Maria Ploessl, new Director of MinnestarRiffing points The state of Minne*, present and futureTech ecosystem observations, good and bad, from Maria Ploessl Inclusion in the Minnesota technology community Cargill and Ecolab Techstars launching in Minneapolis in 2018 Priorities, outlooks, and predictions of tech jobs and hiring in 2018…
 
Writer/director Patrick Green joins us on the podcast. We discuss the pros and cons of guerrilla filmmaking and his short film, TAG, about a graffitti artist in Los Angeles. TAG was officially selected at over two dozen film festivals around the world and is now available on Vimeo. Special Thanks to Patrick Green: @ByPatrickGreen Hosted by: Timothy…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by producer/writer/director Kim Ray. Her recent documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, follows music icon Lady Gaga and climaxes with a Super Bowl half-time performance. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was then released worldwide on Netflix. Kim shares insight about attending USC film sch…
 
Riffing points: The top, most popular tech stories of 2017 get dissected in true geek fashion. We throw out detailed funding, IPO, and recruiting predictions for 2018. Also new announcements for Optum Ventures who formally launched, Revel Health who raised a ton of cash, and WeWork which graced Minneapolis with location #2.…
 
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