We continue our month of episodes about distribution and celebrate the season of Sundance that is upon us as we speak to former Sundance short film programmer Roberta Munroe. As a festival programmer Roberta viewed tens of thousands of short films and has seen the best of the best and the worst of the worst. It is important as a filmmaker to know how to make a good film and to know your audience. It is equally as important to know what not to do! Join us for a candid talk about what festival programmers are looking for in a film.
Roberta Munroe- Filmmaker/Author/Consultant
Roberta Munroe is the author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer- described as the “bible” for short filmmakers. Roberta packed this “bible” with insider tips gleaned from 5 years programming short films at Sundance, interviewing successful short filmmakers worldwide and sharing the horrors and the brilliance of her own award winning short filmmaking career.
You can contact Roberta directly at email@example.com
Jenna Edwards- Producer
Jenna Edwards began her film career in Minnesota where she was signed on as talent with Easter Hailey. Quickly after being signed Edwards was hired by the agency as a full time employee giving her a head-start on her Hollywood education. After two years of rising through the Minnesota film community Edwards made the move to Los Angeles.
Soon after Edwards moved to Los Angeles she was hired by Agent Jamie Ferrar. It was while Edwards was working for Ferrar that she developed an interest in the casting process, before long she had moved from talent agencies to working in casting with such industry leaders as Sally Steiner (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World), Barbie Block (Jonas, Pepper Dennis) and Allison Jones (Super Bad, The Office). During this time Edwards was also able to gain valuable production experience working on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm in the Middle, and working with studios like Disney, MTV, FOX and CBS.
After several years of successfully navigating her career through the Hollywood studio system Edwards made the leap to independent film with her first feature April Showers. After her success with April Showers Edwards formed Mattoid Entertainment with partners Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Robinson where they made, In the Darkness, the first narrative feature to ever premiere on Hulu.com. Most recently Edwards made her way back to Nebraska, where she shot April Showers, to team up with some new filmmakers on a comedy film called Trunk’d.
Aydrea ten Bosch- Writer/Producer
Aydrea, a former news reporter, has been a freelance writer for Nickelodeon and Hawaii Film Partners, a staff writer for Disney and currently has a feature film in post production with Highlander Films. Aydrea has been a finalist in the AAA Creative Screenwriting Contest and while at Disney, one of her scripts was chosen to represent the network before the Emmy Nominating Committee. She also runs the blog The Oreo Experience.
For more information about Aydrea or to contact her please visit her website at www.theoreoexperience.com
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re all ready for an exciting year of new interviews with different filmmakers as we launch into Season Three, which will be dedicated to production! We will be speaking to all walks of life in the filmmaking world including producers, all kinds of crew members from gaffers to script supervisors and even a production assistant or two (afterall, they are the ones running the set!).
We’re also excited to continue our partnership with Jenna Edwards to answer questions from the Film Method mailbag. We want questions from YOU, the listener that pertain to all aspects of filmmaking so that we can get you the answers you need to make your film. Jenna’s next article will be released next Wednesday, January 12th.
We’ll kick off this month with a special series of shows dedicated to distribution, which will include an interview with digital distribution expert Jason Brubaker on January 12th and an interview with former Sundance short film programmer, Roberta Munroe on January 19th just in time for Sundance.