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About Film Talk

Film Talk podcasts takes you inside the minds of some of the brightest filmmakers in the world. Learn from award-winning filmmakers as they teach the secrets to their success – the daily habits, routines and practices they employ to be the best in their industry. Guests include Oscar winners, Emmy Award winners, and Golden Globe winners. You can access the archive of all Film Talk podcasts here.



How to create success with J. Todd Harris

J. Todd Harris has produced 40 films, including five Sundance Film Festival entries, two films that appeared in the Toronto Film Festival, one that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and another that garnered a Special Mention for the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

His most recent productions include “Bottle Shock,” starring Golden Globe-winner Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, “The Kids Are Alright” starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Oscar-nominated Annette Bening and Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo.

Additionally, Todd is a founding member of the board of the newly created Napa Valley Film Festival. He has been a member of the producer’s branch of the Motion Picture Academy since 1999, the Broadway League since 2015 and the Producers Guild since 2016.



Filmmaking from the heart with Darrin Fletcher

Darrin Fletcher is the director and writer of the documentary “The Abolitionists,” which was produced by legendary Oscar-winning producer Gerald R. Molen (best known for his work on Oscar-nominated “Schindler’s List,” Oscar-winning “Jurassic Park” and Oscar-nominated “Minority Report”).

Darrin has also acted as a storyboard artist for Emmy Award-nominated “High School Musical 2” and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” as well as for Emmy Award-nominated “Everwood” and Golden Globe-nominated “Touched by an Angel.”



Documentary filmmaking with passion with Leanne Pooley

Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers, having directed over 20 films. Leanne has made documentaries for major broadcasters including the BBC and PBS, and her documentaries have screened in more than 100 countries.

Her work includes “Beyond the Edge,” a 3D feature film that was a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award for Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, and “Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls,” which won 21 International Awards including Audience Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Gothenburg International Film Festival, amongst others. It also won Best Feature at the New Zealand Film & TV Awards, and reached nearly $2 million at the New Zealand box office, making it the most successful New Zealand documentary of all time.

In 2011 Leanne’s work was recognized by the New Zealand Arts Foundation, and she was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate. She now serves as a judge for the International Emmy Awards.



Navigating the faith-based market with Richard Ramsey

Richard Ramsey is the director and writer of “The Song,” which was theatrically distributed in 2014 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

He is also the artistic director of City on a Hill Productions, a faith-based multimedia company known for “Not a Fan,” which to date has sold over 1 million units.



How to become the next great actress with Katie Garfield

Katie Garfield has starred in movies such as “Project Almanac” and “The Perfect Summer.” Her television work includes “Under The Dome,” “One Tree Hill,” “Army Wives” and “Nashville.”

Katie co-stars with Armie Hammer and Nate Parker in “The Birth of a Nation,” which recently garnered the largest Sundance deal in history.

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