Episode Five: May I be Direct?

July 15, 2009 by cindy  
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The role of the director on a film is to cast a vision, direct the actors, and make sure the cast and crew cultivate that vision from the seeds that have been planted. Without the right producer to partner with you in your endeavor, that task will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to attain. In Episode 5 we’ll discuss the different hats that directors and producers wear and we’ll also hear from both sides about how to nurture the important director-producer partnership.


Anna Christopher

Anna Christopher is a director and writer. She grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, writing stories and riding horses. She attended Northwestern University, where she made her first films. Later, she earned her MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute. Christopher’s shorts have screened at over fifty film festivals worldwide including the Cannes Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and NBC Universal Comedy Short Cuts. Her work has won a student Emmy, numerous audience awards, and Best Family Pilot at The New York Television Festival. Her web-based projects include video e-card site LilyDidIt.com, Trojan condom web virals and an inaugural video for the launch of quarterlife.com. Anna is currently working on a feature screenplay and a documentary about four-time Olympic skier Casey Puckett. She lives in Los Angeles and her favorite vegetable is asparagus.

For more information about Anna Christopher or to contact her please visit her website:


Gabe Reiter

Gabe Reiter is fascinated by and drawn to the magic of movies. Gabe earned his M.F.A. in producing from The American Film Institute and his B.A. from the University of Miami. He has worked on a number of indie projects including features Hurt and Radio Free Albemuth, and series Sex Ed and Speeide Date. Gabe has also produced commercials for major European brands and music videos for Randy Travis and Armor For Sleep. Gabe got his start in the business by working for veteran film producer Robert Cort whose credits include Save The Last Dance, Jumanji, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Presently, Gabriel is developing several comedy, thriller, and action adventure screenplays. Gabe’s strategy includes leveraging exceptional material in order to partner with established entities, secure financing, and produce commercially viable feature films.

Jenna Edwards

In the year 2000, Jenna, made the journey to L.A. to pursue acting.  She appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Malcolm in the Middle as well as several independent films.  Her natural charisma, inherent organizational skills and art for problem solving led her to producing student films and as of late, her feature film debut, April Showers. Producing has given her a rare gift, one that allows her to truly love her job and to be excited every day about what she can achieve and enable others to achieve. Edwards and Andrew Robinson have recently formed their own distribution company called Pure+Motive.

Andrew Robinson

Unlike most filmmakers, Andrew Robinson never set out to become one. At the age of 13, Andrew and his family relocated to Littleton, Colorado where he would eventually attend Columbine High School. During his time at Columbine, Robinson fell into the dramatic arts and became a staple in school as well as local and statewide productions. However, the morning of April 20th 1999 changed all of that. April Showers marks Robinson’s second feature length effort. Robinson and Edwards have recently begun work on their second feature film collaboration, an adaptation of Dancing Carl based on the novel by three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen.

For more information about Jenna Edwards or Andrew Robinson or to contact them please visit at www.aprilshowersmovie.com or www.dancingcarl.com


2 Comments on "Episode Five: May I be Direct?"

  1. Dan McClure on Thu, 16th Jul 2009 7:04 pm 

    Cindy, Andrew, Jenna, Anna & Gabe,

    Really appreciated your show. It is so educational and interesting to get an inside look at your personal film worlds. I liked how Cindy paired the two directors and their special Producers together. It really felt like I was watching a movie or reading a good book about the very nature of how your work and lives unfold. All involved are so bright and talented. It makes me feel very fortunate to be able to tune in. You can tell how much you really enjoy what you do by the enthusiasm and hard work you pour into this.

    Thanks for addressing my previous questions and your nice comments. It’s a reflection of what was said on another podcast about people working together to accomplish something worthwhile. You create the good stuff and I enjoy viewing it. We all come out winners. So if I haven’t exhausted the question bit I will add a couple of more. It’s ok if you don’t mentioned where the questions came from.

    I noticed on April Showers that there was a Director’s Assistant. I also notice from reading credits on other movies that there can be several Producers and of course an unending number of people at the top. I realize that some projects may demand this but where do you break it all down and seperate multiple Producers from say P.A.’s and what does the directors assistant role involve. Another thing I always wondered about artists like yourselves. Since it takes so much time and resources to create your craft how do you survive in a place like Hollywood when your first getting started and funds are low or non existent. I have heard the stories about waiting tables but even at that how do you keep your job and still be able to get away to work on the film. I know I would have loved to be there every day for April Showers but if I did I would now be unemployed and homeless. I realize this probably is a rather simplistic/general question but it does seem like a dilema to me.

    Thanks and as usual great job!


  2. Katherine Norland on Tue, 21st Jul 2009 5:29 pm 

    I have listened to all of your episodes and enjoyed them very much. Could you do an episode on PR or promoting yourself? What works best? Low or no cost ways to promote your work or films, etc…

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