The Doorpost Podcast Project is a weekly entertainment business podcast, hosted by Duane Barnhart, interviewing some of today’s most successful and inspiring Entertainment Entrepreneurs. It was Milton Berle who said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” We help our audience learn to build doors of opportunity. Each episode shines a spotlight on our featured guest as they share their journey of successes and failures, hard work and big breaks, lessons learned and the steps taken to turn those lessons into accomplishments. The Doorpost Podcast Project is all about inspiring our listeners to take entrepreneurial ACTION and realize their dreams!
47: Steven Conrad - Writer/Director
Steven Conrad is the writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. His latest work includes Patriot, a pilot for Amazon that he wrote/directed/executive produced, and Belushi (pre-production) which he will be writing/directing.
46: Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and Managing Director of the American Film Market
Jonathan Wolf is the Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and Managing Director of the American Film Market.
The IFTA is the global trade association of independent producers and distributors of motion picture and television programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to 150 member companies from 23 countries.
Since his appointment in 1998, Mr. Wolf has guided the growth and repositioning of the American Film Market (AFM), the world’s largest film market that takes place annually in Santa Monica. A pivotal destination for independent filmmakers and business people from all over the world, the AFM is a global marketplace where more than $800 million in motion picture and television production and distribution deals are closed each year. The eight day Market hosts more than 8,000 industry professionals and screens more than 500 feature films.
Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press, and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.
45: Scott Teems - Writer/Director
From short films to Rectify on SundanceTV, hear how Scott Teems found success in Hollywood… on this episode of The Doorpost Podcast Project!
Scott Teems is a Georgia-born writer-director who currently writes, directs, and produces the acclaimed SundanceTV drama Rectify, which has been hailed as “astounding” (Indiewire), “engrossing” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “unlike anything on TV” (The Daily Beast).
Prior to Rectify, he wrote and directed the award-winning feature film That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook and Mia Wasikowska, which premiered at South by Southwest, where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Award, then went on to win more than a dozen major awards at festivals across North America. It was a New York Times Critics Pick, was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards, and was the recipient of the Wyatt Award, given annually by the Southeastern Film Critics Association to the film that “best represents the essence of the South.”
In addition, Scott recently directed and produced the feature documentary Holbrook/Twain, which chronicles six decades of Hal Holbrook’s Tony and Emmy Award-winning one-man show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” The film, which features Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Martin Sheen, among others, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it received rave reviews from The Huffington Post (“an instant classic”), The Los Angeles Times (“intimate, poignantly honest”) and The Hollywood Reporter (“one of the best films showcased in the entire festival”).
Scott has several film and television projects in development, including adaptations of Stephen King’s classic novella The Breathing Method for Blumhouse, Abraham Verghese’s best-selling novel Cutting For Stone for Anonymous Content, and Andre Dubus’s celebrated short story “A Father’s Story.”
44: Marquette Williams, Writer/Producer/Director - Williams and Co
What does an artist with an entrepreneurial spirit think about a company man that wants to collect a check? Find out what Marquette Williams has to say on this episode of The Doorpost Podcast Project!
As a writer, director, and producer Marquette Williams’ visual skills leap from the screen with every cut. Translating to deep emotional cinematic experiences. He has written and directed such award-winning films as “Bella Rose”, “Buckle Brothers”, “Unspeakable”, “Malachi IX” and “Fatherhood 101”. His creative ventures into television include “The Making of Black Rose”, “My Second Chance”, “Urban Mods”, and “Trimmers”.
Prior to embarking down his directorial path, Mr. Williams was on the management team for 20th Century Fox. While there he oversaw the daily operations of large scale media content for clients such as NASCAR, National Geographic, Universal, Fox Latin American Channels and Fuel TV to mention a few.
Marquette Williams brings ideas to life from thought to screen. He knows the way and he can take you there.
43: Tom Bajoras - Music Composer/Audio Producer
Who else wants to win an Academy Award and run their own recording studio? Listen to how Tom Bajoras did it in this episode of The Doorpost Podcast Project!
Tom Bajoras has over thirty years of experience in music production, recording, and composition. He works on a wide variety of projects from his custom-built studio, including producing song demos, recording narration for videos and audio books, songwriting, and keyboard performance. Working closely with his clients, Tom offers personalized one-on-one services which can include mentoring, talent development, and coaching. Art & Logic is a company that Tom and his partners started. He has seen much success with that effort including an Academy Award. Currently he's producing an original audio drama series that can be heard at www.TheStrangeDisappearance.com
42: Frank Chindamo, Founder - Fun Little Movies
Learn how to produce and monetize online content from the man who wrote the book (and college course) on it. Don't miss Frank Chindamo on this episode of The Doorpost Podcast Project!
Frank Chindamo founded and runs Fun Little Movies (FLM), one of the world's top producers of comedic “Advertainment” videos for the web and TV. FLM’s Roku channel review reads: “The shorts are eclectic and ironic. It’s as though Vine and Netflix merged into one service.” FLM has won over 30 awards for its work, including being awarded a Chevrolet by Kevin Spacey for a series starring NBC’s Whitney Cummings. FLM has graced the front pages of Forbes Magazine, the LA Times, and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, and USA Today. FLM’s campaigns and endorsements feature companies such as: Petco, Walmart, Best Buy, Intel, Kingston Technologies, eVite, Radio Shack, CakeMania, Planet Green TV channel, Jump and Jacks and Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau’s TED talk.
Frank holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from NYU. His teaching appointments include posts at Emerson College, USC, UCLA, and Chapman University. Past students include: Primetime Emmy Winner Bernie Su, billion-hitter Freddie Wong, and 5SecondFilms. Frank co-wrote the book Internet Stardom: Insider Secrets to Web Fame and Fortune, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Web Television.
I really appreciate all the love and heart you put into every show.
Your guests are conscientious and giving. Your host Duane as well as all the guests, all are relentlessly generous and candid with their own stories, their advice etc.
It’s a pleasure and comfort to know that there are those in this business who’s missions are to uplift and aid others; that we all want the same things: to be great, to do great things, and most importantly, to create work that does both.
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This is an awesome platform to INSPIRE people in the entertainment industry and those who are wanting to get into it. It is a very competitive field and many times people need a little encouragement from those who have done it and are doing it. Kudos to you Duane for bring this “light” to the people. It can be a dark and daunting path to navigate without something or someone to light the way. Good on you, sir! Keep ‘em coming! ~TR
Very interesting to hear how actors, stuntmen, directors etc. got their start and the advice they have to give. Great stuff.