Episode 188 – Cassian Elwes (Creating More Opportunities for Women in Film)

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Episode 188 – Cassian Elwes (Creating More Opportunities for Women in Film)




Cassian Elwes is one of the top film producers in the business today. His latest produced film, Mudbound, was purchased by Netflix.

In this episode, Cassian & I chat the changes in Hollywood, giving women more opportunities in filmmaking, the Horizon Award, producing Mudbound, and tons more.


Pre Show Notes

Game Over is the TV pilot I shot several years ago about 5 employees working at a video game store struggling to get to the next level in their lives.

Tagline: In life there is no reset button

The goal is to get a lot of eyeballs on this so if you know anyone that’d be interested please share this with them.

Game Over – Making a TV Pilot – The blog post with all of the behind the scenes details about making, Game Over.

How NOT to make a TV Pilot – My interview with Alex Ferrari at Indie Film Hustle

— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.

— A HUGE shout out to our friends at the new podcast, The Film Fiver, with a really simple and cool concept: each episode is one filmmaker, five minutes, that’s it — the perfect shot of film inspiration to kick off the day or fill a coffee break. The show’s first season kicks off this week with Patrick Brice (director of Creep, The Overnight, Creep 2), and continues on with Wonsuk Chin (director of Sundance selection Too Tired to Die) and Carolyn Funk (projectionist at the Museum of the Moving Image).

Show Notes

Dallas Buyers Club – In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Sundance Film Festival – The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is a film festival that takes place annually in Park City, Utah. With over 46,660 attendees in 2016, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Premieres and Documentary Premieres. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 19 to January 29, 2017.

Patty Jenkins – is an American film director and screenwriter. She directed Monster (2003) and Wonder Woman (2017).

Monster – is a 2003 biographical crime drama film written and directed by Patty Jenkins. The film is about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men (she was not tried for a seventh murder) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and her semi-fictionalized lover, Selby Wall (based on Wuornos’s real-life girlfriend Tyria Moore), was played by Christina Ricci.

Kathryn Bigelow –  is an American director, producer, and writer. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark (1987), the action crime film Point Break (1991), the science fiction action thriller Strange Days (1995), the mystery thriller The Weight of Water (2000), the submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), the war film The Hurt Locker (2008), the action thriller war film Zero Dark Thirty (2012), the short film Last Days (2014), and the period crime drama Detroit (2017). The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. She has also acted as producer and writer for many of her films.

Near Dark – is a 1987 American western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes involved with a family of nomadic American vampires. Starring the little-known actors Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright, the film was part of a revival of serious vampire movies in the late 1980s.

Mudbound (novel) – Mudbound is the debut novel by American author Hillary Jordan published in March 2008. It has been translated into French, Italian, Serbian, Norwegian, Swedish and Turkish and has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. The novel took Jordan seven years to write. She started it while studying for an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Mudbound (film) – Mudbound is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. It stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige, and follows a pair of World War II veterans who return home to rural Mississippi and must cope with racism and PTSD in their own ways.

Principle photography began in May 2016 in Louisiana. Mudbound premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017, and will be released on Netflix and in select theaters on November 17, 2017. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised Dee’s writing and directing, as well as the performances of Mitchell and Blige.

Mudbound on Netflix

Netflix – is an American entertainment company founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California. It specializes in and provides streaming media and video-on-demand online and DVD by mail. In 2013, Netflix expanded into film and television production, as well as online distribution. The company is headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

Netflix Buys Sundance Drama ‘Mudbound’ for $12.5 Million

— Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?

Horizon Award 2018 – Live now on IndieGoGo.

What is the HORIZON AWARD? 

This award is part of the solution to a not just a growing problem in filmmaking today, but rather a systemic breakdown in who is being afforded the opportunity to get behind the camera. The 4th Annual Horizon Award will be given to  2 female directors who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where they will meet with producers, filmmakers, festival programmers and others in the film industry to help put them at the head of the line as for too long they have been forced to stand in the back.

Gender Disparity in Filmmaking. The simple fact is that there are not enough female directors in the film industry. A 2012 report published by Women In Film and the Sundance institute showed that of the the top 250 domestic grossing movies worldwide in 2012, women comprised only 9% of directors.

More recently, a  2015 Study was published and showed that of the top 100 domestic grossing movies in 2014, only 1.9% had a female director. The purpose of the horizon award is to confront this discrepancy by giving a female college student or recent graduate the opportunity to have their work seen by some of Hollywood’s most influential directors and producers and raise the profile of female filmmakers.



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