10 episodes

Forward Filmmaker shares stories and advice from a new generation of filmmakers bucking "traditional" filmmaking norms. Join host Max Sanders as he interviews directors and producers. Each episode features a different forward-thinking filmmaker redefining how great cinema is made.

This podcast is brought to you by Filmhub, the leading distribution platform where filmmakers monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights. Go to Filmhub.com to join thousands of filmmakers landing streaming deals with Amazon Prime Video, IMDb TV, TCL, Tubi, The Roku Channel, Plex, and dozens more.

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Forward Filmmaker shares stories and advice from a new generation of filmmakers bucking "traditional" filmmaking norms. Join host Max Sanders as he interviews directors and producers. Each episode features a different forward-thinking filmmaker redefining how great cinema is made.

This podcast is brought to you by Filmhub, the leading distribution platform where filmmakers monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights. Go to Filmhub.com to join thousands of filmmakers landing streaming deals with Amazon Prime Video, IMDb TV, TCL, Tubi, The Roku Channel, Plex, and dozens more.

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch actor turned director David Lascher on casting Grace Kaufman, learning from Ridley Scott

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch actor turned director David Lascher on casting Grace Kaufman, learning from Ridley Scott

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features actor-turned-director David Lascher, whose background includes roles on iconic 20th century TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Hey Dude, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In more recent years, he has directed and co-written the award-winning film Sister, now streaming on Tubi and Amazon Prime. He joins us to discuss how he has made the acting-to-directing shift and how his experiences on the other side of the camera help inform his directorial style.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 25 min
    Filmmaker Michelle Ehlen on deadpan satire and directing a lesbian twist on Tootsie

    Filmmaker Michelle Ehlen on deadpan satire and directing a lesbian twist on Tootsie

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features actor, writer, producer, and director Michele Ehlen, who has held all of those titles on four award-winning feature films, including the first lesbian comedy trilogy: Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and SandM Sally. On this episode, she discusses creating work that strikes a comedic tone while illuminating issues including gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 24 min
    Emmy-winning director Akira Boch on documentaries, indie rock, and Asian culture

    Emmy-winning director Akira Boch on documentaries, indie rock, and Asian culture

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features Akira Boch. An LA-based, Emmy-winning filmmaker, Boch has been directing shorts, documentaries, and music videos since high school. His films reflect his strong ties to his Japanese heritage and passion for music. Among them are the PBS documentary Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience, as well as Atomic Café, which delves into the 70s LA Punk scene, and The Crumbles, an indie-rock comedy about an up and coming band. He discusses all of this, with an emphasis on how he infuses music and culture into his work.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 24 min
    Director Jennifer Stein on aliens, UFOs, and docs for niche audiences

    Director Jennifer Stein on aliens, UFOs, and docs for niche audiences

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features Jennifer Stein, an award-winning Arizona-based filmmaker whose work focuses on UFO sightings and alien abductions. On this episode, we'll hear how she gets her films distributed to alien enthusiasts worldwide.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 22 min
    Director Ryan Balas on sex scenes, vulnerability, and collaborating with Entourage's Adrian Grenier

    Director Ryan Balas on sex scenes, vulnerability, and collaborating with Entourage's Adrian Grenier

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features Ryan Balas, the award-winning New York based director of feature films, docs, and short-form web content like The Really Cool Show, an early YouTube web series with more than 20 million views. Trained as an actor, he focuses on creating deep, emotional resonance, whether it's in wild fictional stories or documentaries. His work often focuses on daily existence and complicated emotions, as evidenced in his trilogy of films: Ice Saints, Our House For The Weekend, and Ex Ex Ex, which star him and his former romantic partner, Dee Herlihy. Ryan also has an upcoming project with Entourage star Adrian Grenier about restoring a Brooklyn brownstone for Adrian's mother. On this episode he'll be talking about sex scenes, lighting, and more.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 29 min
    Actor-director Emiliano Ruschel on scouting amazing locations for your script and budget

    Actor-director Emiliano Ruschel on scouting amazing locations for your script and budget

    This episode of Forward Filmmaker features Emiliano Ruschel, who has worked on everything from theater productions and soap operas to his own action movies. Currently based in Brazil, he has worked with Gerald Butler, Patrick Stewart, and Wagner Moura. He starred in and directed the 2016 action thriller Maverick: Manhunt Brazil, which has been streamed in more than 133 countries. We'll be talking about his filmmaking journey and knack for making action movies like Maverick for non-blockbuster budgets by filming from international locales.
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    Forward Filmmaker is brought to you by Filmhub, the distribution platform where thousands of independent filmmakers distribute and monetize their titles directly to streaming services – without giving up their rights or dealing with the traditional distribution pain points and middlemen. Go to filmhub.com to learn more.

    • 30 min

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Awesome podcast for anyone interested in getting into filmmaking!

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