Reel Talk with Film DC Interviews DC WebFest Coordinators
Reel Talk with Film DC sits down with Otessa Ghadar, creator and producer of the DC Web and Digital Media Festival (DC Web Fest) along with festival coordinators Kathleen Loughran and Ashley Mumford. The festival, in its second year, will take place September 19 and 20th and will feature some of the industry’s brightest and talented thought leaders and innovators in digital media and technology.
Reel Talk with Film DC Sits Down with MPTD Director Pierre Bagley
Pierre Bagley is the recently appointed director of the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTD). As an active filmmaker with more than 35 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Pierre brings a unique background to the city’s lead agency for supporting and attracting film and television production. Pierre talks with Reel Talk about getting his start in the industry, why he chose MPTD as his next venture and his vision for attracting multimedia production to the District.
Fort Bliss Director Claudia Myers Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
Claudia Myers, esteemed filmmaker and director of the new film Fort Bliss starring Michelle Monaghan, joins Reel Talk this month. Claudia Myers is an award-winning filmmaker who produced and directed the Emmy-nominated documentary The Long Road Back about soldiers who were severely injured in Iraq and produced the award-winning comedy Below the Beltway starring Tate Donovan. Claudia is also an MPTD filmmaker of the month.
Unit Production Manager Patty Hess Joins Reel Talk
Reel Talk with Film DC features local unit production manager Patty Hess. Patty has worked on numerous features including The Pelican Brief, JFK, The Bourne Ultimatum and the recent Oscar nominated film Philomena. Her most recent work includes the new Amazon web series Alpha House and an upcoming network television pilot about a female Secretary of State to be released later this year.
Reel Talk with Film DC features Eugene Brown, the man whose story is the inspiration behind the new independent feature Life of a King starring Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film, which premieres in DC this week, is an inspiring story of an ex-convict who starts a chess club for at-risk youth in the District’s Deanwood neighborhood.
The recent winners of the SpeakeasyShorts film competition Travis Edwards and September 2013 Filmmaker of the Month Anthony Greene join Reel Talk with Film DC to discuss their winning projects and what it’s like to be filmmakers in the District.
Executive Director of Women in Film & Video DC Melissa Houghton Joins Reel Talk
The DC Film Office interviews Melissa Houghton, executive director of Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C. (WIFV) to talk about her organization and the media industry in D.C. She gives pertinent advice to those women and men who are working as media professionals in the District of Columbia.
MPTD Interview "Fate of A Salesman" Creators Tessa Moran and Ben Crosbie
This month's Reel Talk with Film DC spotlights producer/directors Tessa Moran & Ben Crosbie (MPTD's June 2012 Filmmaker of the Month). The husband and wife filmmaking team discuss a range of topics including the upcoming television broadcast premiere of their new documentary Fate of a Salesman.
This month's Reel Talk with Film DC features Arch Campbell, veteran movie critic and entertainment reporter, and host of WJLA/News Channel 8’s The Arch Campbell Show. He discusses the recipe for a great movie, his favorite DC based show and movie, and what DC storyline he'd like to see on the big screen.
This month MPTD speaks with Dagmar Wittmer, president of Central Casting, one of the top casting agencies here in the District of Columbia. She has provided extras casting on such blockbuster projects as the Exorcist, Forrest Gump, Salt, J. Edgar, Wedding Crashers and Syriana. She provides some insight on how aspiring actors and actresses can get started in the local film and television industry.
This month's Reel Talk with Film DC features Emmy-award winning producer Richard Heus from NBC's new pilot Blacklist, which filmed in DC this week. The pilot revolves around "Red" (James Spader, The Practice/Lincoln), the world's most-wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent Liz Keen (Blue Bloods' Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection. Heus is also the producer behind such hits as Showtime's The Big C, ABC's Ugly Betty, and the new FX series The Americans.
Anthony Anderson, Otessa Ghadar: How to Create a Web Series
MPTD sits down with popular DC-based web series creators and Filmmakers of the Month Anthony Anderson and Otessa Ghadar to discuss what goes into creating a web series and why everyone is so hooked on their shows. Anthony Anderson's Anacostia: The Web Series is heading into its 4th season and Otessa Ghadar's Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden is in the middle of its 6th season. Both shows are appreciated not just locally but nationally and internationally as well.
This month's Reel Talk with Film DC features Chan Claggett, local location manager. A more than 20 year veteran in the film and television industry, Chan has worked on a number of high profile commercial, television and feature film productions shot here in the District ranging from a recent Adidas commercial featuring RG3 to MSNBC promos directed by Spike Lee.
Basheerah Abdusshahid, intern with the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, sits down with Carol Flaisher, local location manager and owner of Flaisher Films. Known as a veteran amongst the local film community, she has worked on such big film and television projects as Salt, State of Play, National Treasure and The Amazing Race.
Leslie Green of the DC Film Office interviews Jon Gann, executive director of the DC Film Alliance and DC Shorts and Amy Saidman, artistic executive director of Speakeasy DC. They discuss a new partnership between the DC Film Office, DC Shorts and Speakeasy DC for a new film competition called Speakeasy Shorts that will debut on November 9.
Thea Bender, intern with the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, speaks with Peggy Pridemore, one of the premiere local location managers. Over the past 25 years, Pridemore has served as location manager for the District on such blockbuster hits as Forrest Gump, Independence Day, Wedding Crashers and Minority Report.
Lauren Bellamy, intern with the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, chats with Matthew (Matt) Noonan, a local location manager. Noonan is the owner of Noonan Films and has worked on several major film and television projects shot in the District including J. Edgar, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Wire.
Basheerah Abdusshahid, intern with the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (DC Film Office), interviews Leslie Green, Senior Communications manager with the DC Film Office. They discuss the mission of the DC Film Office and the various activities and functions of the agency.