DIY filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and industry experts, share their tips on creating, marketing and distributing socially conscious content.
S4_06 Pastor turned filmmaker, actor, director, producer screenwriter, podcaster and CEO of BraveMaker Film Festival
Tony has worked on stage and in front of the camera acting, in print and film for thirty years. Originally from Chicago, Tony grew love for acting through theatre and now lives in Northern California as a SAG-AFTRA actor and filmmaker. His first feature film, Last Chance Charlene, was screened at the Cinequest Film Fest April 2022. See more info here>.
Tony loves storytelling and started a non-profit film organization, BRAVEMAKER, to support, celebrate and equip filmmakers, actors and brave storytellers of all kinds. They host monthly film screenings, panel discussions and an annual film fest in Redwood City, California as well as hosts a live Youtube show every Wednesday talking to makers all around the world.
S4 05 ndie Film Alchemy,with Independent Film Producer Franco Sama
Independent feature film producer Franco Sama is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations, and nearly two decades of independent film development, production and financing experience.
Sama has Executive Produced and/or produced an impressive array of over twenty-four (24) successful independent feature films including most notably, “Guns, Girls and Gambling” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is now a cult favorite; this film acquired a distribution deal from Universal Home Entertainment.
Other films Sama has produced include; “Black Limousine” starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, “Tooth and Nail” starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, and "Paid" starring Corbin Bernsen. Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the film festival darling “Petunia” starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.
Aspiring screenwriters gain advice and insight into the importance of producing one's own work. Franco provides a glimpse into his current projects and future plans emphasizing the value of partnerships in filmmaking.
The conversation expands beyond filmmaking to discuss networking and building connections in the film industry. Franco's journey into the film industry serves as an inspiration for aspiring filmmakers.
Tune in to this episode for an insider's perspective on indie film alchemy, from script to screen, and discover the keys to success in the ever-evolving landscape of independent cinema.
S4 04 New Year New Mindset with The Mindset Guy, DaJuan Johnson
You've seen him killin' it for 7 Seasons on Amazon's hit show Bosch and in emotionally powerful episodes on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. But there's more...he's also the #1 Acting Coach!
He's not just another acting coach. He is a consistently working actor and a certified transformation coach. He is passionate about helping actors and all creatives, shift their mindset to find clarity, so they can push through uncertainty and take focused action to reach their dreams.
Change your thoughts, change your life is his motto. You're gonna love this episode with The Mindset Guy, DaJuan Johnson.
S4 03 The birth, benefits and community of Stowe Story Labs with Co-founder and director David Rocchio
David Rocchio is an attorney, writer, filmmaker, founder, and director of Stowe Story Labs: a nonprofit dedicated to connecting screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers from around the world with seasoned industry professionals to develop skills, and projects, within a network of like-minded artists in a collaborative community.
Stowe Story Labs' ultimate goal is to get film and TV projects made and seen.
As a creator, David Rocchio conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, an Emmy-nominated documentary that premiered primetime on the UK Channel 4’s Cutting Edge series and then played worldwide.
His award-winning short films have screened internationally and He has several feature and TV scripts, which have placed in top script competitions.
As a practicing attorney, he worked both as a litigator and served as legal counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. He consults with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies on mission, internal culture, and complex problem-solving.
About Stowe Story Labs
Founded in 2013, Stowe Story Labs is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit working with screenwriters and filmmakers to help develop skills and projects, with the ultimate goal of helping to get work made and seen.
They do this work through labs, retreats, ongoing mentoring, market experience, and long-form online writing programs.
S4 02 Harmony Unleashed: Angelo Moore's Musical Journey and Artistic Revelation
Harmony Unleashed: Angelo Moore's Musical Journey and Artistic Revelation
Multi-talented artist Angelo Moore, the legendary frontman of Fishbone, shares deep insights into his diverse musical projects and his creative process.
Angelo reveals his current project, 'Dr. Mad Vibe and the Missing Links', a double art installation album with only 500 copies available. He also details his journey into music, from learning the saxophone in junior high school to eventually dabbling in other instruments like the drum and the organ.
Highlighting his talents in writing, he shares how his English-teacher parents influenced his poetry and lyric creation process. Angelo also provides aspiring creators with advice on overcoming self-doubt and the importance of not comparing oneself to others.
Join Angela Matemotja and Angelo Moore on this musical odyssey, where creativity knows no bounds, and the artistry of one of the industry's legends comes to life.
S4 01 From Stage to Page: Levvy Lee Simon's Artistic Odyssey
"From Stage to Page: Levvy Lee Simon's Artistic Odyssey"
Angela Matemotja holds an in-depth interview with multiple award-winning playwright, actor, and director, Levy Lee Simon.
Lee discusses his journey of becoming a playwright, starting off as an actor, and eventually finding himself in the unique position of storytelling.
He shares the genesis of his NAACP Theater Award nominee for Best Playwright and Ovation Award nominee for Best New Play series, 'For The Love of Freedom', and its anticipated grand launch in New York City. Lee also is planning to launch his memoir in December, based on his unique life experiences.
Odyssey Towards the Light. The book launch and signing will take place on, Friday, December 8th, 2023 7 PM at Greenway Court Theatre in Hollywood. 544 N. Fairfax Avenue. 7-10 PM Admission Free.
Levy Lee Simon’s memoir takes us on an odyssey from a man child, growing up in Harlem, to HBCUs, NYC Theatre, The Roaring 80s, Sex, drugs, theatre, the fall and rise of an artist, Iowa, and more. And this is just Part One.
Multiple Award Winning playwright, actor and director, Levy Lee Simon is originally from Harlem USA and a graduate of the University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop, MFA. He is presently a member of the Actor’s Studio PDU (Playwright/Director’s Unit) and The Tent Playwrights Collective. Levy Lee is recognized as one of the most prolific playwrights of our
time, haven written over twenty plays with 50 productions produced in New York, Los Angeles, theatres across the country, and the Caribbean.
His most noted works include: God the Crackhouse and the Devil, The Bow Wow Club, Same Train, The Stuttering Preacher, For the Love of Freedom trilogy: (Part I - Toussaint, Part II - Dessalines and Part III - Christophe,) Caseload, The Guest at Central Park West, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, A Heated Discussion and A Heated Discussion Revisited
(commissioned by the Robey Theatre) New Plays include: Gentrified – Metaphor of the Drums and Fractured developed in the Actors Studio PDU, which received a Workshop Production July of 2022 by New Circle Theatre Company. Critical Awards and Recognition: Playwright of the Year Award, San Diego Writers Festival – 2022. New Voices Playwriting Award – Sacramento Theatre (Smell the Power) - Audelco Award, ‘Best Playwright’ and ‘Dramatic Production of the Year.’ (The Guest at Central Park
West.) - OOBR Award (Same Train) - Lorraine Hansberry/Kennedy Center Award for, Best Full Length (The Bow Wow Club) - Best Plays of 2006 (The Stuttering Preacher.)
Nominations include: Beverly Hills NAACP Theatre Awards/Best Playwright - Toussaint and Christophe. Ovation Award nomination - Best New Play – Dessalines. Critics Pics LA Times and Weekly: The Bow Wow Club, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, A Heated Discussion and A Heated Discussion Revisited. Levy Lee had the honor of being the first artist in the history
of the National Black Theatre Festival to be invited as; a playwright, actor, director and producer in the same year.
Film and Television projects include: The Last Revolutionary feature film premiered at the Pan African Film Festival 2017. (Amazonprime.com.) Options: The Guest – MoJo
Films, The Bow Wow Club – FOX Searchlight and Vendetta Films, and The Stuttering Preacher, Javon Johnson Productions, slated for production, fall 2023..
As an actor, Levy Lee has performed On Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theatres, and the Caribbean. In June of 2023, he performed his first solo performance, Odyssey Race and Racism, in the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews. In 2022, he appeared in the world premiere of, In the Upper Room by Beaufield Berry, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and received a “Best Supporting Actor,” nomination by the Colorado Theatre Guild. He was a cast member of the Pulitzer Prize Winning-Tony Nominated – The Kentucky Cycle and the England production of Ms. Ever’s Boys at the Bar
Start with Episode 005
"Laziness is disguised as fear..."
"Don't get it perfect, just get it going."
I think this episode encapsulates the mentality for this entire podcast.
Part motivation, part application, and all wisdom, Angela knows what it takes to be an independent filmmaker.
She knows the mentality required to execute, and she has a gift at explaining it in a genuine tone without pretentiousness of other podcasts.
Do yourself a favor and subscribe, and get into the mindset to execute your vision and make content that matters to the world.
Thanks for doing this Angela.
Timely and Inspiring
I love the mission of this podcast - to inspire people to create socially conscious media. Couldn't be a better time for that, and the interviews themselves are both informative and inspiring and makes the dream seem completely attainable. Great work!
Great information for the industry
Thank you for providing this information to actors! It is so needed. I'm looking forward to more podcasts.