311 episodes

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

Episodes 238-299 are available at our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

Making Movies is HARD!!!: The Struggles of Indie Filmmaking Liz Manashil & Alrik Bursell

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 184 Ratings

Liz Manashil and Alrik Bursell discuss independent filmmaking, everything from writing, producing and directing to working as crew. But this is not just a podcast about "making it," it's also about struggling with rejection, self-doubt and everything else that comes with pursuing a career in film. Follow along as we forge our own way through the industry and talk to guests who are also making it happen.

Episodes 238-299 are available at our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mmihpodcast

    The Importance of Life Experience for a Writer with Leyla Kader Dahm!

    The Importance of Life Experience for a Writer with Leyla Kader Dahm!

    This week, Alrik and Liz chat with writer and manager Leyla Kader Dahm about how she found her way into management and what she does in her day-to-day. After that, we discuss an article about making festival films more immediately available to the public, read an iTunes review and discuss how we build our daily schedules. Enjoy!
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    Check out this weeks article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/05/netflix-is-a-joke-film-distribution-1234724753/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Therapeutic Films with Richard Ledes!

    Therapeutic Films with Richard Ledes!

    This week, Alrik and Liz chat with seven-time feature filmmaker Richard Ledes about his latest feature, Adieu Lacan. Richard talks about how he was able to shoot the film in ten days and his minimalist approach to indie filmmaking which makes it possible. After that we discuss an article about the Rotterdam film festival firing its programming team and then we read a listener email. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Film That is Worth the Wait with Naveen Chathapuram!

    The Film That is Worth the Wait with Naveen Chathapuram!

    This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Naveen Chathapuram on the show to talk about making his directorial debut The Last Victim, which hits theaters on May 13th. We talk about the long journey to make the movie as well as a separate conversation on piracy. Enjoy!
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Being Great in the Room with Writer AJ Bermudez!

    Being Great in the Room with Writer AJ Bermudez!

    This week Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker AJ Bermudez on the show to talk about her writing process and how she has built her career as a writer and will grow it as a director. We also have an article from Indiewire out of Cinemacon 2022 about how theaters can stop piracy and aid the mental health crisis and then have a chat about how to prioritize projects with limited bandwidth. Enjoy!

    For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io
    Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org
    This week's articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/04/20/netflix-loses-subscribers-russia/
    and https://www.indiewire.com/2022/04/cinemacon-piracy-theaters-1234719274/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Leading Film Festivals and Supporting Filmmakers with Melanie Addington!

    Leading Film Festivals and Supporting Filmmakers with Melanie Addington!

    This week, Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker and film festival director Melanie Addington to talk about getting into the film festival game, making the switch from the Oxford Film Festival to Tallgrass and to hear all about what an Executive Director of a film festival does! We also discuss an article about California, taxes and the streamers and read a listener question. Enjoy!
    For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io
    Check out the ISA at: www.networkisa.org
    This week's article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-hulu-beat-california-city-that-aimed-to-tax-streaming-platforms-1235130559/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Riding the Elevator with Riley Stearns!

    Riding the Elevator with Riley Stearns!

    This week Alrik and Liz welcome writer and director Riley Stearns on the show to talk about his latest feature Dual, starring Karen Gillan. Riley talks about how he wrote the movie on spec, how the film got financed and how his career has grown. After that we talk about Method Acting and how it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for bad behavior and we read a listener email. Enjoy!
    For 20% off your Jambox subscription use code MMIH @ jambox.io
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    This week's article: https://www.indiewire.com/2022/04/will-poulter-method-acting-excuse-inappropriate-behavior-1234715779/

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

@james_casselman ,

Great show!

Liz and Alrik are open and candid about their work in film and their ups and downs.

They bring in amazing guests to share their experience on what it takes to make movies.

It is a great encouragement for anyone who is working or wants to work in the industry.

And it’s fun for any fan of film to hear how it’s made!

Mom of the boys ,

Such a fun and informative podcast!

I just found this podcast and now I’m going to binge the whole thing!

Natalya567 ,

Very Informative and fun hosts!

Thank y’all! Really interesting guests and great insight on distribution which is what I was searching out.

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