Episode Thirty-One: Directing Your PR Campaign

March 17, 2010 by cindy  
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We feel that we really can’t talk too much about publicity since it is the key to getting your film seen and distributed. In this digital age there are many opportunities to take advantage of new publicity mediums such as social networking tools. Come listen as we banter with director Jenine Mayring about press releases, Twitter and our OT topic, Star Wars.

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Jenine Mayring- Producer/Director/Writer

Born and raised in the Big Apple, award-winning multi-hyphenate Jenine Mayring began her career as a stage actor. Today, she is a producer/director/writer and President of Brooklyn Girl Productions. Jenine has won numerous awards including a Davey Award and a Telly Award. Her producer/director credits range from theater in New York to films and commercials in Los Angeles. Simone, a psychological thriller that she wrote, produced and directed, had its world premiere at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Thriller at the 2010 Trail Dance Film Festival. Jenine produced the award-winning documentary From Silence to Sound (Best Inspirational Documentary, New York International Film Festival) which tells the miraculous story of a deaf man who hears for the first time at age 27 (available on IndieFlix and Amazon). A former American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and instructor, Jenine’s credits as an ASL consultant include the hit TV shows ER and Nip/Tuck. Jenine earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts (Acting & Directing) from the State University of New York at New Paltz (alma mater of John Turturro) in only three years. Prior to that, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School with a major in Graphic Communications.

A certified SCUBA diver, tennis player and four-time marathoner, Jenine lives in West Hollywood.

To find out more about Jenine or her projects, please see one of the following links:

Brooklyn Girl Productions Webpage
Brooklyn Girl Productions Twitter Page
Jenine’s Twitter Page
From Silence to Sound
Getting Started on Twitter

Jeremy McGovern- Producer

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Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist).  In Colorado McGovern was accepted to and finished several rigorous art programs with honors.  After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.

In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles McGovern has been selected to be a part of the opening management team for flagship locations of several Fortune 500 companies as well as working as an independent contractor for smaller local upstart companies. While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Mattoid Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson. Their film In the Darkness releases on Hulu on March 30, 2010.

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Episode Twenty-Eight: Tight Shortz Film Festival

February 24, 2010 by cindy  
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Episode28_photoTight Shortz: Short Film, Music and Art Festival is a platform for emerging filmmakers, performers, and artists, to showcase their talent and display their work while helping financially distressed small businesses in local areas gain exposure. Twice a year, starting this July, the festival will be held in a different unique urban location, in and around Los Angeles. Join us as we speak with the founder of the festival, Dream Kasestatad, to hear the story of the events that led to the creation of this unique festival.

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Dream Kasestatad

Dream Kasestatad grew up in Lubbock, Texas. As a young boy he was very influenced by his grandfather, Choochai Rittiluechai, who was a famous Thai Boxing Champion, and actor in Thailand. Dream spent most of his childhood training and competing in amateur boxing competitions, and carried his passion and discipline from boxing into his love for acting. At 21 years old he went to Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU to study theatre, with a focus on the Meisner Technique. After spending time training in NYC, he moved back to Texas to help with the family’s restaurant business, and in 2004 moved to LA. It wasn’t long before he started landing national commercials. Dream is the founder and director of a new film, music and art festival that is scheduled to kick off this summer called, Tight Shortz Film, Music, and Art Festival. Dream began Tight Shortz to empower artists to stop waiting for opportunities to happen, but rather take matters into their own hands, and create their own opportunities. Two weeks ago he took Lil C (So You Think You Can Dance), Miss Prissy (Rize), and Deuce (Step Up 3-D) to perform at Loyola Marymount University for the 40th anniversary gala for the African American Students at LMU, and Dance Marathon at UCLA for a pediatric AIDS fundraiser. Dream will be hosting events to promote the festival every month until the festival premiere in July 2010.

To find out more about Dream and the Tight Shortz festival, visit the Tight Shortz website. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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