December 18, 2020
Winners of 10 Emmy Awards, and veterans of PBS, ABC and CNN, co-directors Caren Zucker and John Donvan have been telling stories centered on autism for more than two decades. In this episode of Making Media Now they speak with host Michael Azevedo about their just-completed new documentary "In A Different Key".
Their film is based on their book of the same title, a narrative account of autism’s history that became a New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
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December 11, 2020
Heard any good movies lately? If you've never realized the indispensable role of sound design in your favorite movies, check out Making Media Now host Michael Azevedo's conversation with Midge Costin, the director of "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound".
Midge Costin produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound" which had its world premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival and its international premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
She was nominated for Best First Time Director by the Critics Choice Documentary Awards and the film received multiple other awards and nominations.
Midge has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood for decades, having worked at every major studio. She has collaborated on the soundtracks for filmmakers such as John Waters, David Wolper, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock). Two of the films, Crimson Tide and Armageddon, for which she edited effects and dialogue, received Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing.
Currently, Midge is a Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC where she holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound and Dialogue Editing.
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers of all stripes with its array of benefits and services. Visit FC at filmmakerscollab.org to learn more. And if you’re enjoying these conversations please remember to subscribe, review and share!
December 2, 2020
Filmmakers Collaborative member Josh Seftel is a 2017 Emmy nominee and was a Peabody Awards Finalist for creating the landmark series “The Secret Life of Muslims,” a poignant and insightful documentary series that examined Islamophobia and what it meant to be a Muslim in America.
Josh also directed the breakthrough Emmy-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the feature film War, Inc. starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei and Ben Kingsley, and is a contributor to Ira Glass’ This American Life and CBS Sunday Morning, which has been featuring his hugely popular series of virtual conversations with his 83-year-old mother.
Special thanks to Sound Engineer AJ Kierstead.
November 25, 2020
Meghan Shea is an award winning documentary and branded content film director and producer. She began her career in film at Washington Media Associates as a researcher for “Peter Jennings: Reporting on Guantamnamo,” the first long-form television investigation into the Bush Administration’s detention and interrogation policies. Together with her partner, in business and in marriage, Mike Rogers, Meghan heads up Persistent Productions which has offices in Massachusetts and Singapore.
November 19, 2020
In this episode, I talk with documentary filmmaker Tim O’Donnell. Tim, and his producing partner John Mercer, are the driving forces behind Pixela Pictura and Pixela Pictura films, their branded content and documentary film companies.
As Emmy-nominated and award winning creatives, their films have been seen on ESPN, ABC, PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival and events around the world. Their film "Life Without Basketball" was recognized for its contributions to global sport by Human Rights Watch and a short film adapted from the same body of work was distributed with CNN films and Uninterrupted.
Their feature documentary film "Not a War Story" opened at #1 on iTunes documentaries in 2018 and premiered at the Academy of Motion Pictures.
Tim’s latest documentary film is called "The House We Lived In", a highly personal account of his father’s journey of recovery and re-emergence after sustaining a serious brain injury in 2011.
FilmmakersCollaborative is proud to call Tim and Pixela Pictures FC members and we encourage media makers of all stripes to visit us at filmmakerscollab.org to discover the full range of programs and services we offer.
November 14, 2020
Welcome to the debut episode of Making Media Now, the Filmmakers Collaborative podcast. In this episode your host, Michael Azevedo, speaks with Filmmakers Collaborative executive director Laura Azevedo (yes, Michael's sister!) about FC's services, mission and programs. Special thanks to Sound Engineer AJ Kierstead.