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We provide a platform where independent filmmakers can get actionable advice, celebrate their creativity, and share their experiences and perspectives with the indie film community.

MAKE IT Bonsai Creative

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We provide a platform where independent filmmakers can get actionable advice, celebrate their creativity, and share their experiences and perspectives with the indie film community.

    Bored Apes, Indie NFT's, AppleTV's Secret Strategy, and What Indie's Can Learn From The Squid Game - Indie Talk #50

    Bored Apes, Indie NFT's, AppleTV's Secret Strategy, and What Indie's Can Learn From The Squid Game - Indie Talk #50

    Hello, Indie Film Creatives!

    In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the film, television, and gaming future of NFT company Bored Ape Yacht Club, Apple's competitive differentiators, and why they are the most relieved by the IATSE/AMPTP deal, and the data game that Netflix plays with top shows like The Squid Game. Enjoy!

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    The Indie Memphis Film Festival, Being A Courageous and Compassionate Filmmaker - A Conversation w/ Executive Director and Artistic Director Knox Shelton & Miriam Bale

    The Indie Memphis Film Festival, Being A Courageous and Compassionate Filmmaker - A Conversation w/ Executive Director and Artistic Director Knox Shelton & Miriam Bale

    Hello, Indie Creatives!

    In this episode, we have a conversation with the Executive and Artistic Directors of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Knox Shelton and Miriam Bale. We talk about why Festivals around the country are taking more COVID precautions than theaters and sporting venues, what sacrifices they look for in serious filmmakers, how festivals can create more opportunity and remove barriers for Black filmmakers, and much, much more. Enjoy!

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    Using The Filmtrepreneur Method to Make Profitable Indie Films - A Conversation w/ Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & Podcaster Alex Ferrari

    Using The Filmtrepreneur Method to Make Profitable Indie Films - A Conversation w/ Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & Podcaster Alex Ferrari

    Hello, Indie Creatives!

    In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, and Podcaster Alex Ferrari. In addition to his best-selling books, 'Shooting for the Mob' and 'Rise of the Filmtrepreneur,' we talk about his latest film 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire,' his childhood growing up in Jamaica Queens, NY, where and how he developed his "Hustle" mentality, his infamous Hollywood Video and GameStop arbitrage stories, and why he decided to retire from Post Production work.

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    What It's All About - Film Investment Series #52

    What It's All About - Film Investment Series #52

    Hello, Indie Producers & Investors! 

    In this final episode of the Film Investment Series, Chris and Jason talk about when to use your gut and when to use the investment playbook, and why investing in your brand is a win-win, even if you're not profitable. Enjoy!

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    Forbidden Festival Knowledge, Addison Rae, and the Irony of the IATSE Protests - Indie Talk #49

    Forbidden Festival Knowledge, Addison Rae, and the Irony of the IATSE Protests - Indie Talk #49

    Hello, Indie Creatives! 

    In this episode, Chris and Nick talk about the stacked deck experience for Indie Filmmakers at most Festivals, Addison Rae's Netflix deal and how Indie actors can best respond, and why stronger unions might prevent IATSE members from getting their protest demands. Enjoy!

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    Bet on Story, Invest In Founder Filmmakers - Film Investment Series #51

    Bet on Story, Invest In Founder Filmmakers - Film Investment Series #51

    Hello, Indie Investors and Producers! 

    In this episode, Chris and Jason highlight the importance of all of the "Why Questions" and what they reveal about the temperament of the Founder Filmmaker. Enjoy!

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Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

38 Ratings

janvierbuggs ,

Too Tier!!!

The research in this podcast is on a different level! Nick and Chris’ personalities show they really care about the work they’re doing. The interviews give you a great perspective of the other side of film making! Lovin’ it! #BonsaiCreative

Simon Morse ,

They do their homework

Nick and Chris clearly have a passion for film and the people who make it. They are warm, thoughtful interviewers who do their homework in advance. Fun conversations that inform and inspire. Good job guys.

Indie Film Queen ,

Interesting and Easy

I love how they bring out the real person in interviews. And, it’s an easy format to get used to.

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