Episode 149 – Dan Mirvish (Slamdance: The Film Festival Revolution)



Dan Mirvish is a filmmaker, teacher, author of the book, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution, and co founder of the Slamdance film festival.

We discuss learning filmmaking from a convicted axe murderer, starting Slamdance to rival Sundance, what happens when Dan is rejected from his own film festival, and TONS more.

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Show Notes

— USC School of Cinematic Arts – is a private film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California.

— Hikers Find Body of Man Suspected in Death of Wife, Girl – The story about Aziz Ghazal, Dan’s former teacher

The Brave – Johnny Deep’s directorial debut. A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to “star” as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.

The Day The Clown Cried – Jerry Lewis’ unreleased 1972 movie about a clown entertaining children in a Nazi camp during World War 2.

Alexander Payne – an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), and Nebraska (2013).

Nebraska – Nebraska is a 2013 American black-and-white comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk.

Sundance Film Festival – a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Park City, Utah.

Slamdance Film Festival – an annual film festival focused on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films, created in 1995.

The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution – Dan’s book on filmmaking



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