The Filmtrepreneur® - A Entrepreneurial Filmmaking Podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school.
Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals, and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your independent films then take a listen. Start thinking like a Filmtrepreneur today! This podcast is a mix of brand new interviews and the best of the IFH Podcast.
FT 084: Building an Audience & Industry Lessons with RB Botto & Alex Ferrari
After 500 episodes I need a break. To celebrate this insane milestone we are flipping the script. Many of you in the IFH Tribe has asked me to have someone interview me on the show.
So I asked my long-time friend and current IFH Show appearance record holder (he’s been on the show 13 times) writer, producer, actor, and [REDACTED] to come in and take hosting duties for me. [REDACTED] and I sit down to look back at 500 episodes of Indie Film Hustle.
[REDACTED] asks deep questions about my journey with Indie Film Hustle and the podcast. If you have heard any other episodes with [REDACTED] you’ll know that they were EPIC and this episode was no exception. [REDACTED] digs deep so I really think you will enjoy this episode.
I also reveal some BIG NEWS. Indie Film Hustle has relocated cross-country to a new company location. I get into why I decided to move out of Los Angeles and much more. Here’s to another 500 episodes of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. Thank you all for continue to allow me to serve you and do what I love.
Thanks to my friend, [REDACTED] for interviewing me.
FT 083: The State of Self Distribution in Indie Film with Klaus Badelt
Today on the show I have Klaus Badelt. We do a deep dive into the state of independent film and self-distribution. We also discuss the Distribber debacle and how filmmakers can get access to their films back from Distribber.
Klaus is not only a tech entrepreneur he also writes the occasional score for feature films including The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
He also founded Filmhub, a unique way to distribute your indie film. Filmhub allows filmmakers to upload your film for free, while streaming channels discover, order, and stream your work - worldwide. Once revenue starts flowing, 80% goes to you. No deductions or fees. That's it.
Enjoy my epic conversation with Klaus Badelt.
FT 082: The NO Bullsh*t Guide to Making Your Indie Film with Jeff Leisawitz
Have you ever been in a place where nothing is going right creatively? Do you ever feel like you are standing in your own way? Me too. Today's guest is author Jeff Leisawitz who wrote Not F*ing Around— the No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground. This little pack is quite a punch.
I wanted to have Jeff on the show to drop some knowledge bombs to wake up the tribe a bit. To help you get out of your own way; to get you out of any creative rut.
This guidebook is a manual for creatives who can't quite get their creative juices flowing? The day job sucking your soul? Fizzled out before you put the finishing touches on your amazing creation? With relentless positivity, full-on authenticity, and a punk rock thunder spirit, author Jeff Leisawitz pulls back the curtain on the creative process and reminds us that we are all creative SuperStars.
It's time to get off the couch and get on the path. It's time to tap into the cosmic heartbeat that thumps in your chest and shines from your soul. It's time to get NFA!
About Jeff Leisawitz: Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a critically acclaimed author, and an internationally distributed filmmaker who has devoted his life to creativity.
As the guy behind Electron Love Theory, Jeff fused interviews with Seattle’s WTO demonstrators into electronic music, garnering more than a quarter-million downloads worldwide. Jeff has released five studio albums and has landed thousands of music placements in film, TV, and multimedia for clients like HBO, MTV, Discovery, Microsoft, NBC, and many others.
As the founding writer for Seattle’s taste-making alternative rock station 107.7 The End, he chronicled the alternative grunge scene in the 90s.
After training as a Life Coach and practicing NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Re-Patterning) Jeff landed a gig as an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University— teaching college students to rock. (Seriously)
When creative businesses, schools, and organizations like Brown Paper Tickets, Tacoma School of the Arts, Gage Academy of Art, Northwest Film Forum, and others need to amp up the creativity, Jeff leads workshops and events to fire up the creative spirit and empower people to tap into their true potential.
Enjoy my conversation with Jeff Leisawitz.
FT 081: How to Shoot a Feature Film in Two Days with Grant Pichla
Today on the show we have a director who shot a time travel feature film in two days, his name is Grant Pichla and his film is called Making Time. Making Time's 110 pages were shot in just two crazy, fast-paced days, separated by seven months and a house renovation.
After traveling back in time, a divorced workaholic must repeat his past footsteps in order to return to an unaltered present but struggles when it means re-proposing to his ex-wife. How'd they shot a full movie in 2 days? This documentary series explains it all.
This remarkable documentary is available on Indie Film Hustle TV. Grant and I discuss the insanity of shooting a film in two days, how he came up with this crazy idea, and what it took to put this beast together.
Enjoy my conversation with Grant Pichla.
FT 080: The RAW TRUTH about Film Distribution in Today's World with Shaked Berenson
Today on the show we have film producer and distributor Shaked Berenson. Shaked has been on the show a few times now and each time he brings a wealth of knowledge bombs to the tribe. Shaked is the CEO of The Horror Collective company---a community of independent horror filmmakers, connecting their films to fans, transparently. It provides direct distribution combined with a cost-effective, high-impact festival, marketing, and release strategy.
Shaked Berenson produced, and executive produced 22 features and two television series including many horrors and cult favorites such as Turbo Kid (2015), Big Ass Spider (2013), The Aggression Scale (2012), and most recently, The Man Who Killed Hitler, and The Bigfoot (2019), Extra Ordinary (2019), Pretending I'm A Spiderman - The Tony Hawk Video Game Story (2020), and The Lodgers (2018).
In the past 15 years, Shaked financed, marketed, and distributed over 120 films across all genres. He served as a Board Director for IFTA™ (Independent Film & Television Alliance) since 2011, a PGA (Producers Guild of America) member since 2013, and currently on the advisory board of The Film Collaborative, a non-profit committed to distribution education and facilitation of independent film.
In this episode, Shaked and I discuss the realities of film distribution in today's world, why most indie films fail to make money, why many film distributors screw over filmmakers, and how filmmakers can better position their films for the marketplace. The RAW TRUTH that Shaked and I discuss is not for the faint of heart but I truly hope it helps filmmakers better understand the marketplace they are entering.
Enjoy my conversation with Shaked Berenson.
FT 079: Are Film Festivals Worth It Durning COVID with Chris Holland
I've been getting asked almost daily if filmmakers should submit to film festivals during the pandemic since most festivals are moving online? Well, I went straight to an expert to discuss this.
On the show today I have one of the leading authorities on film festivals, Chris Holland from Film Festival Secrets.com. Chris is a 20-year veteran of film festivals, journalism, marketing, distribution and literally wrote the book on the subject, Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook For Independent Filmmakers.
If you are a listener of the show you also know that Chris and I created a FREE Podcast Series called the Film Festival Hacks Podcast. Chris and I discuss the pros and cons of submitting to film festivals in today's world, what value film festivals have in the current marketplace, and if festivals can bounce back after the brutal hit they took from COVID.
Enjoy my conversation with Chris Holland.
Tons of knowledge
Tons of knowledge about people making a living in film and doing things differently - helps you to think outside the box.
One of My Favorite Podasts
Having listened to and tested so many different podcasts I seem to gravitate back to this one more often now. The content is really good and I enjoy the topics a lot.
I look forward to listening a new episode everyday!
Alex does an excellent job with everything he does! I’m hooked on “Filmtrepreneur” and also “Indie Film Hustle”. Not to mention his book, “Rise of The Filmtrepreneur”. His content is the most Inspirational, motivational and realistic in this industry and there’re SOOO many nuggets of info in it!