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American Filmmaker

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A podcast about filmmaking, the creative journey, tai chi, fine teas, and the obstacles to being a filmmaker and creator living in the world today. Support this podcast:

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Ep 53 - The First 52 Episodes Represent 3.4. Million Hours of Storytelling, Living, And Creativity - Summer Break 2020

August 13th, 2020


The host of the American Filmmaker Podcast, Josh Hyde, is taking a 3-week break to find work, start some new projects, and practice more tai chi.  The first 52 episodes represent 3.4 million hours of human creativity in …

Ep 51 - Exploring The "Angry White Man" Typecast & Transforming It With The Short Documentary, "Character" - Mark Metcalf

July 10th, 2020


Actor Mark Metcalf made his reputation playing the "angry white man" as a tightly spun authority figure, most famously in National Lampoon's Animal House and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now in his 70s, Mark examines his …

Ep 50 - "Character" Reveals An Actor Typecast As The "Angry White Man" - Producer & Director, Vera Brunner-Sung

July 3rd, 2020


Vera Brunner-Sung is a filmmaker who uses experimental, documentary, and narrative techniques to explore the relationship between place and identity. Vera's documentary short film, Character, premiered at the 2020 …

Ep 49 - "Healing From Hate" - Meet The Producer/Director And Film's Subject - Peter Hutchison & Tony McAleer

June 26th, 2020


Peter Hutchison is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, NY Times Bestselling author, educator and activist. Based in Brooklyn, his experience in film and TV production – as a documentary director, producer, writer and NYU …

Ep 48 - Meet The Composers Of "Tuscaloosa" - Matt Hutchinson & Joshua Mosley

June 19th, 2020


The original soundtrack for Tuscaloosa was created by the composers, Joshua Mosley and Matt Hutchinson.   The soundtrack was released by Lakeshore Records.

Joshua Mosley is an award-winning composer and producer for …

Ep 47 - Meet The Creators Of ReelCrafter, Sam Hulick & Sara Pocius

June 12th, 2020


As a film and video game composer, Sam Hulick, saw a huge need for a better way to share demo reels. Frustrated with the process, Sam coded a little …

Ep 46 - Sound Designers of Nat Geo's "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" Share Their Secrets, Greg King & Jonathan Greasley

June 5th, 2020


Greg King started King Soundworks when he was 21. His hope was to create a place that would be home to the most creative sound people he could find, …

Ep 45 - Being A Creative Producer, "You Gave Me A Song: The Life & Music of Alice Gerard" - Producer, Ashley Melzer

May 29th, 2020


Ashley Melzer is a producer, filmmaker and writer based in Durham, NC. She grew up in North Florida, the youngest daughter of a small town dentist and nurse. Growing up, Ashley was a wannabe beatnik who loved music, …

Ep 44 - How To Make A Documentary In Nepal, "Baato" - Lucas Millard, Filmmaker & Cinematographer

May 22nd, 2020


Filmmaker and cinematographer Lucas Millard has found his niche shooting narrative and documentary features, collecting myriad awards for his work …

Ep 43 - "You Gave Me A Song: The Music And Life Of Alice Gerard" - Director & Producer, Kenny Dalsheimer

May 19th, 2020


Kenny Dalsheimer is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media educator based in Durham, North Carolina. He founded The Groove Productions in …

Ep 42 - Meet Confidential Music, Creators Of The World's Finest Trailer Music - John Hanson & Kyle Biane

April 27th, 2020


John Samuel Hanson has been scoring for film campaigns since 2007. His work has been the sound of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, DC, Pirates of the Caribbean, Stranger Things, Jurassic World, Lord of the Rings, …

Ep 41 - Discover the Brown Girls Doc Mafia & The Documentary Journey of "Fruits of Labor" - Emily Cohen Ibañez and Ashley Solis

April 20th, 2020


Emily Cohen Ibañez is a Colombian-American filmmaker who tells stories about the complex relationship between the United States and Latin America. …

Ep 40 - Being A National Geographer Photographer & An Indigenous Artist - Kiliii YuYan

April 9th, 2020


Kiliii Yuyan reveals the hidden stories of polar regions, wilderness and Indigenous communities. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai (Siberian …

Ep 39 - How To Be A Composer, Sound Designer, And Sound Supervisor For Award-Winning Films - Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach

March 27th, 2020


Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach is a composer, sound designer, and sound supervisor. After getting his start in a music conservatory at the age of 10 he continued a path of musical study, completing a dual degree in Classical …

Ep 38 - Meet Big Foot, An Award-Winning Taxidermist, and The Filmmaker Behind "Big Fur" - Dan Wayne

March 20th, 2020


Dan Wayne is the filmmaker and producer behind the new feature documentary, Big Fur, which premiered at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival.  Big Fur 

Ep 37 - Legal Thoughts From The Director of The Indie Film Clinic at The Cardozo School of Law - Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

March 13th, 2020


Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination …

Ep 36 - Gina Leibrecht Talks About How to Co-Direct and Edit Documentary Films That Matter

March 9th, 2020


Gina Leibrecht has been working in film since she received her B.A. in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Oregon in 1990. She currently works and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, working on …

Ep 35 - Writer & Director of "Obselidia", "Bleeding Heart", and "Of Dust and Bones" - Diane Bell, Writer & Director

January 24th, 2020


Diane Bell is an award-winning screenwriter and director.    Diane's first feature, "Obselidia," premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance, where it won 2 awards, and went on to play at festivals around the world …

Ep 34 - Can Comedy and Performance Art Shift Consciousness? - Mathew Silver, Performance Artist & Filmmaker

January 14th, 2020


Mathew Silver has been doing performance art and filmmaking for over 2 decades. He creates conscious content every week that inspires love consciousness in a fun and weird way. He currently posts new work on Wednesday …

Ep 32 - Oglala Lakota Hemp Farmer & Oldest Hemp Farmer in America - Alex White Plume

November 19th, 2019


Alex White Plume was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He grew up strongly connected to traditional Lakota culture. He joined the U.S. Army and was …

Ep 31 - "American Hemp" Producer Gets Interviewed By Elevate Nevada - Josh Hyde

November 2nd, 2019


Josh Hyde, producer of the "American Hemp" documentary and host of the American Filmmaker podcast, gets interviewed by Elevate Nevada's Josh Bell about "American Hemp." Hyde talks about shooting and editing the film …

Ep 30 - "The Way Cities Feel To Us Now" A Book of Short Stories by Nathaniel Kennon Perkins

October 14th, 2019


Nathaniel Kennon Perkins lives in Boulder, CO, where he works as a bookseller and runs Trident Press. He is the author of "Cactus," a novella. His …

Ep 29 - Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Documentary Film, "When They Were Here" - Ivy and Ivan MacDonald

October 6th, 2019


Ivy & Ivan MacDonald are a brother and sister filmmaking duo from the Blackfeet tribe of Northern Montana.  Currently, they're working on "When They Were Here," a feature documentary about the serial disappearances …

Ep 28 - How to Become an Award-winning Documentary Film Editor - Leslie Simmer of Kartemquin Films

September 18th, 2019


Leslie Simmer of Kartemquin Films talks about the journey to edit social justice motivated documentary films and docu-series.  Leslie Simmer is Kartemquin's Director of Editing as well as Senior Editor on staff.

For …

Ep 27 - A Brazilian Filmmaker Completes His First Feature Film While the Brazilian President Tries To Close The Film Council - Meet Deo Cardoso and His Film "Cabeça de Nego"

August 25th, 2019


Deo Cardoso is a Brazilian-American filmmaker completing his first feature film, "Cabeça de Nego", and starting the international film festival circuit.  He talks about the reality of living in Brazil as a filmmaker, …

Ep 24 - How to Become a Writer for Nickelodeon & DreamWorks Animated TV Shows - Marie W. Cheng

July 2nd, 2019


Marie Cheng talks about choosing to be a story teller over going to business school, the long journey through film school, playing the intern and …

Ep 23 - Film Distribution Strategist, Producer and Branded Content Distribution Specialist - Brian Newman

June 24th, 2019


Brian Newman talks about producing independent films, transitioning to working with brands on distribution strategy for branded content films, how to be diversified as a producer and how basic analytics can help a film …

Ep 22 - The Struggle to Create Feature Documentaries for Theatrical Release, HBO, and Netflix - Colby Gottert, All Rise Films

June 19th, 2019


Colby Gottert is an Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer whose films have been broadcast on HBO, CBS, ESPN, AT&T Audience, Fox …

Ep 21 - How to Create an Award-Winning Comic by Chopping Wood and Carrying Water - Chris Hunt

June 17th, 2019


Chris Hunt is a comic book creator, writer and artist. Currently residing in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio, he arrived back there after 19 years …

Ep 20 - How Do You Make a Feature Documentary Film, Premiere at SXSW and Release the Film on PBS?

June 10th, 2019


Chelsea Hernandez talks about growing up in Austin, going to college in NYC, finishing film school at University of Texas, working at KLRU-TV - …

Ep 19 - Can Tai Chi Help With Creativity?

May 9th, 2019


Bryan Rodriguez is an acupuncturist and tai chi practitioner living in Boulder, Colorado. Through his life Bryan found the healing arts.   A fun side …

Ep 18 - Writer, Anthropologist, Research Specialist into Magical Realms and Founder of Incredibowls - Mitch Shenassa

April 27th, 2019


Mitch Shenassa, writer, anthropologist, and co-founder of Incredibowls smoking devices, stops in to drink tea and help me with some research for a …

Ep 17 - Winona LaDuke Talks About the 7th Fire and Economic Earth Justice

April 10th, 2019


As a filmmaker, sometimes you find yourself in strange situations with profound meaning.  I was filming extra shots for a feature documentary on the …

Ep 16 - Dr. Hari Ailinani - Pain Management Doctor and CBD Specialist

April 9th, 2019


Dr. Hari Ailinani stops by to help research my new documentary film, American Hemp.  We talk about healthcare in Indiana, a CBD study he did on his …

Ep 15 - Jeff Zimbalist - Award-Winning Feature Filmmaker, TV Producer, and Intelligent Collaborator with His Brother Michael Zimbalist

March 19th, 2019


Jeff Zimbalist was born on August 15, 1978 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. He is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer, writer and director, known primarily for Favela Rising (2005), The Two Escobars (2010),

Ep 14 - Chris Rejano - Cinematographer, Father, Skateboarder and Filipino Brethren

March 18th, 2019


Chris Rejano was born and raised in the shadows of Detroit.  Chris has forged a career in feature film, commercials and music videos.  His creativity is steeped in early MTV, skateboard videos, and American independent …

Ep 13 - Russell Costanzo - Editor of "All These Small Moments", Writer, Director, and One of The Coolest Dads in The Film Industry

March 17th, 2019


Russell Costanzo is the editor of All These Small Moments, a feature film written and directed by Melissa Miller Costanzo.  Russell also makes film.  His first feature as a writer/director/editor was The Tested.  

Ep 12 - Melissa B. Miller - Writer and Director of "All These Small Moments"

March 17th, 2019


Melissa B. Miller Costanzo (a.k.a. Melissa B. Miller) talks about making her first feature film as a writer/director, All These Small Moments.  The …

Ep 11 - Comedian, Filmmaker, Journalist and Sometimes Politician - Travis Irvine

February 18th, 2019


Travis Irvine is a comedian, filmmaker, journalist, and some times politician. Travis’s films focus on documenting the political reality facing …

Ep 10 - What Does it Take to Be a Freelance Photojournalist & Editorial Photographer?- Julia Rendleman

February 14th, 2019


Julia Rendleman is a freelance editorial photographer and photojournalist working for major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York …

Ep 9 - Advice on Short Filmmaking and Distribution From Award-Winning Short Film Writer and Producer - Clarissa Jacobson

February 9th, 2019


Clarissa Jacobson wrote and produced the award-winning short film, Lunch Ladies.  The short film played over 100 film festivals around the world.  Along the way, Clarissa learned how to maneuver the U.S. and …

Ep 8 - Commercial Director, Film Director and Screenwriter - Justin Hayward

February 8th, 2019


Justin Hayward is a Chicago-based director who started as a production assistant and worked his way up to directing commercials, short films, and music videos by being a director of photography.  Along the way, he …

Ep 7 - A Cinematographer's Journey to Make Films, Commercials and Eat Right - Dan Fischer

February 1st, 2019


Dan Fischer is a director of photographer living in Chicago, Illinois.  He freelances on big budget commercials and enjoys making small films with his friends.  Dan talks about how to stay fresh and keep a zen mindset …

Ep 6 - Former CNN Producer, Journalist, and Filmmaker - Chris Lett

January 31st, 2019


Chris Lett, former CNN producer and journalist, talks about working as a field producer at a major news network for a decade.  During the recording …

Ep 5 - Mario Contreras - Chicago-based Documentary Filmmaker and Film Teacher

January 20th, 2019


Mario Contreras talks about coming up in the Chicago documentary scene, his experiences as an alumni of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Documentary program, new documentary films to watch produced in Illinois, Minding …

Ep 4 - Michael J Deller, Composer (The Budos Band and Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires)

January 7th, 2019


Michael J Deller, member of the Budos Band and founding member of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires stops by to talk about the journey from musician to composing scores, filming Luke Cake scenes, touring the World …

Ep 3 - Hemp Farmer and Geneticist from Pure Hemp Technology

January 6th, 2019


Andrew from Environmental Farming Solutions and Pure Hemp Technology stops by to talk hemp farming, the new Farm Bill, and genetically modified food. …

Ep 2 - New Writing Movements, Trident Press, Novel on Nebraska Fracking, Costa Rican Crack

January 1st, 2019


Nathaniel Kennon Perkins, is an American author and indie book publisher at the Trident Press.  Nate stops in to talk about the top indie book publishers and bookstores across the U.S., how he escaped the honor code at …

Ep 1 - What is an American Filmmaker?

January 1st, 2019


The host, Josh Hyde, talks about making short films, feature films, and the creative journey and reality to being a filmmaker.  This episode features songs from Hyde's feature spiritual stoner comedy, “My Friend's …

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