This month, independent DC documentary filmmaker Andy Fernandez joins Reel Talk. He talks about the film process behind his new documentary "RISERS," which follows young undocumented immigrants that are students at the University of the District of Columbia while they pursue their American dream in the face of prejudice and discrimination.
Published October 20, 2015 | Transcript: Risers Director/ Producer Andy Fernandez Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
Documentary filmmaker and American University film professor Brigid Maher joins Reel Talk this month. Brigid partnered with talk show host Ricki Lake and her partner Abby Epstien to produce and direct The Mama Sherpas, a recently-released documentary that shines a light on the rising trend of midvives during the birth process.
Published August 10, 2015 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: The Mama Sherpas Director/ Producer Brigid Maher Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
Andrew Niccol, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, producer, joins Reel Talk this month. Andrew Niccol wrote, produced and directed award-winning and nominated films The Truman Show, Gattaca, In Time, Lord of War and he most recently directed and wrote Good Kill, which opens in theatres nationwide on May 15.
Published May 13, 2015 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Good Kill Screenwriter/Director Andrew Niccol Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
Reel Talk with Film DC is joined by Hawah, the co-founder and executive director of One Common Unity and producer of the new feature-length documentary “Fly By Light.” The film, which will premiere May 1 at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Theater in DC, chronicles the stories of a group of DC teenagers seeking to change their lives through their participation in the "Fly By Light" program, a peace education and conflict resolution initiative for local at risk youth.
Published April 23, 2015 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Fly By Light Producer and One Common Unity Co-Founder Hawah Joins Reel Ralk with Film DC
Reel Talk with Film DC interviews Secretary of the District of Columbia Lauren Vaughan and DC Councilmember Vincent Orange, coordinators of the District’s Emancipation Day festivities. Secretary Vaughan and Councilmember Orange discuss the history and significance of Emancipation Day and the host of festivities planned to celebrate this important day for the District.
Published April 6, 2015 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Special Edition of Reel Talk with Film DC Honors DC Emancipation Day
Angie M. Gates was recently appointed as the new director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME). Angie Gates comes to OCTFME from a diverse career in live entertainment and film, having served most recently as the general manager of the historic Warner Theatre. Angie speaks on her background, vision for the agency, and what she finds most promising about the film and television landscape in the District.
Published March 9, 2015 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: New MPTD Director Angie M. Gates Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
This month Reel Talk with Film DC is joined by the creator of the Spotlight on Screenwriters, a groundbreaking new initiative from Women in Film and Video (WIFV) that compiles the work of talented screenwriters in the DC metropolitan region into a professionally produced Spec-catalog to be presented to major producers. Monica Lee Bellais, WIFV Board Member and creator of Spotlight on Screenwriters, gives Reel Talk with Film DC listeners a first-hand take on how Spotlight on Screenwriters was conceived and how it's already helping talented screenwriters in the region. She is joined by featured screenwriters in the catalog.
Published November 24, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Spotlight on Screenwriters Join Reel Talk with Film DC
RIFE producer and programmer Anthony Greene and founder and executive producer Spencer Johnson join Reel Talk with Film DC to discuss this year’s upcoming festival, what makes it so different than other festivals around town, and why you should be there. They also share details on the first annual Indie Capitol Awards, which is an extension of RIFE, and honors DMV based filmmakers.
Published October 2, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE) Coordinators Join Reel Talk with Film DC
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.
Published July 24, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Reel Talk with Film DC Interviews DC WebFest Coordinators
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.
Published July 24, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Reel Talk with Film DC Sits Down with MPTD Director Pierre Bagley
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.
Published May 20, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Fort Bliss Director Claudia Myers Joins Reel Talk with Film DC
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.
Published March 19, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Experienced Unit Production Manager Patty Hess Joins Reel Talk
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.
Published January 15, 2014 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: MPTD Interview with Life of a King’s Eugene Brown
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.
Published December 23, 2013 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: MPTD Interview with SpeakeasyShorts Winners
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.
Published November 26, 2013 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Interview with Executive Director of Women in Film & Video DC Melissa Houghton
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.
Published October 17, 2013 | Download.mp3 | Transcript: Interview "Fate of A Salesman" Creators Tessa Moran and Ben Crosbie
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.
Published March 28, 2013 | Download .mp3 | Transcript: Emmy-Award Winning Producer Richard Heus
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.
Published Aug 21, 2012 | Download .mp3
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.
Published Aug 21, 2012 | Download .mp3