#FilmExposed is an interview series we’re launching that features BTEFF alumni. It takes a look at filmmaking as an art, a pursuit of passion, as well as a discipline. And it does so from the perspective of filmmakers still in “the trenches” as opposed to filmmakers whose bootstrapping days are far far behind them.
This month’s series features, filmmaker Jose E. Ponce, writer and director of the short #OMGImtrending. In the first episode he describes what inspired his film and what he wants audiences to take away from it.
This past month I decided to visit and research as many film festivals as humanly possible; a very educational yet silly time-management activity.
One of the many festivals on the list was The TriBeCa Film Festival (April 18th-19th, 2012). While I obviously couldn’t attend every event during the ten-day affair I was fortunate enough to view a few screenings and panels. To my surprise the most valuable and educational portion of the festival wasn’t a film, but rather a talk series on Film Funding and Digital Data. This event featured Andrew Weissman (Partner at Union Square Ventures), Jason Hirschorn (MGM Board and MTV Digital), James Lawler (CEO of Constellation), and David Larkin (CEO of Go Watch It).
Here are my Ten Things Taken Away from TriBeCa:
Tony Barbieri's "Em" is an intense and moving romantic drama about what happens after two twenty-somethings start a new life and a home together and secrets of the past begin to emerge. The film is now streaming for free on SnagFilms and at the bottom of this page.
Director: Tony Barbieri
Producers: Jim Jermanok, Jesse Biltz, Harry Gregson-Williams & Britt Napier
What it's about: Josh Weathers is an aimless young man in his twenties who is looking for more out of life. Enter Amanda “Em” Helms, a vivacious and spirited young woman who lives life to the fullest. Instinctive mutual attraction brings them together and soon blossoms into a rich romance. But when the two decide to start a new life and a home together, secrets of the past emerge… It's been called the most raw and authentic film about mental illness (bi-polar disorder) in past quarter century. But most importantly, it is a realistic and compelling…
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