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Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes

By Mann Robinson
Navigating the world of indie-filmmaking can be overwhelming at times. What camera should you use? How to become a better storyteller? Where do you find funding?

Got more questions? The "Behind The Scenes" podcast has answers. Host, Mann Robinson is an award winning film director with over 10 years of experience writing, producing, and directing films for himself and clients alike. And with such an extensive network that includes SAG actors such as Brad James, Torrei Hart, and Jamal Woolard, Mann's next guest could easily be one of your favorites.

Tune in every other Wednesday to "Behind The Scenes with Mann Robinson" on Blackfilm.com, Spotify, and iTunes to hear great interviews, but more importantly to learn industry 'best practices' to jumpstart your career in film from a pro.
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Christine Swanson- Behind The Scenes, BLACK WOMEN (In the Film Industry)
This week Mann Robinson sits down with the Award-winning director Christine Swanson. She is a filmmaker and producer of Faith Works Studios, who directed the TV One movie Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story starring Teyonah Parris, episodes of the hit TV show Chicago PD and FBI, and the indie romance films All About You and its sequel All About Us. In 2020, Lifetime will air her latest film, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, a biopic about the legendary gospel singing group.  In this episode, we talk about being a Black woman in the industry and what it entails. Breaking records with Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016).& Breaking records with The Clark Sisters(The original sisters of Gospel) Biopic produced by Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, and Mary J Blige. The Clark Sisters movie ranked in 2.7 million viewers making it the highest-rated original movie of that year on all of television. Stream this episode on Spotify & Itunes or watch it HERE, or on www.blackfilm.com
44:40
July 15, 2020
Behind The Scenes - Special Edition 10th episode w/ Justice On The Trial the movie
Behind The Scenes Podcast NEW episode!!! Featuring chad lawson cooper, Rudolph Mckissick, Todd Bridges and Harry Lennix. We talk about his role in the film the roots, being the only black kid in Hollywood 40 years ago, dealing with racism and the importance of the new movie Justice On Trial in current times for the black community. ⁠The Film Brings Historical Black Martyrs To The Modern Day Courtrooms Of The U.S. Dept. of Justice. Based on the off-Broadway play Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter, Too Produced & written by Chad Cooper. The he play began following the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile. The movie "Justice on Trial was initially released in selected AMC theaters for Black History Month February 2020. Due to COVID-19 the film will stream online July 4th. The movie follows two civil rights attorneys who sue the U.S. Department of Justice for reparations and damages on behalf of African Americans citizens, bringing back time travel witnesses, like Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, and Emmett Till in full character, to tell their stories to a modern-day courtroom.
1:03:09
July 2, 2020
Coke Daniels, Behind The Scenes-Just Write It!
Today Mann sits down with the talented, successful, genius filmmaker, Coke Daniels.⁠ We get into the craft of writing, styles, productive work processes, and his new Film, "Fruits of the Heart".  A realistic dramedy encompassing the tale of a mother and daughter navigating through life, love, and their relationship with each other.  Starring Clifton Powell, Lil' Mama, Brad James, & Dorian Wilson to name a few. & we cover our time working together on the (Romance, Comedy) His, Hers, and The Truth Available NOW on Apple TV, UMC, Amazon Video, & Sling TV. Come soak up some Knowledge, practical information, and motivation, only here on BTS! Don't Talk About It, Be About It!!
50:41
June 24, 2020
E. ROGER MITCHELL - BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MANN ROBINSON, Know Your Role
Today's guest is Emmy nominated American actor E. Roger Mitchel  We talk to the decorated actor about  the art of the craft of acting, some of his memorable performance past and present, AND how one role, in particular, was created for him after auditioning for the popular tv series "Walking Dead."
55:41
June 10, 2020
SEAN BLAKEMORE - BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MANN ROBINSON, Philosophies of the Acting
Today's guest, Sean Blakemore is an American actor, known for The Quad (2017), Bosch (2014) and American Crime (2015) and most recent, OWN Network's "Greenleaf". We talk with Sean today about his philosophies in the film industry as it pertains to acting. "I like pieces that are totally opposite of you. It's cool to play a cool guy (laughs), but it's a stretch to play a villain."
29:55
June 3, 2020
Torrei Hart- The Producer, The Actress, The Comedian-Women In Film
Torrei Hart is letting her light finally shine. In this episode, Mann discusses Torrei's budding career in the entertainment industry, her relationship with ex-husband Kevin Hart, and her love for her hometown of North Philly. 
38:44
May 27, 2020
OMAR DORSEY - BEHIND THE SCENES, NO ROLE TO SMALL
Today's guest, American actor with over 20 years experience in the film game with credits such as The Blind Side, Django Unchained, Selma, Netflix series "When They See Us", and most notably,  Ava Duvernay's Queen Sugar on OWN as the beloved "Hollywood", Omar J. Dorsey.
37:54
May 13, 2020
DENNIS LA WHITE - BEHIND THE SCENES, Testing Positive for Covid-19
Dennis L. A. White is an American stage and screen actor with over 40 film and tv credits to date, including sitcom "Parenthood", (2011-2013) "A Love To Die For" (2020) with host Mann Robinson, and his most notable role as Damion 'D-Roc' Butler in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, "Notorious"(2009). As you may or may not, White took to social media in March 2020 to inform the public he tested positive with the novel coronavirus. We talk to the seasoned actor /instructor who is now home in recovery to hear his personal encounter with the pandemic.
42:54
April 30, 2020
BRAD JAMES - BEHIND THE SCENES, CREATIVE DURING COVID-19
This episode Mann Robinson sits down with Actor Brad James from Tyler Perrys, "For Better or Worse", "A House Divided" "Superstition"  and more. We discuss finding creative ways to reach an audience during the Covid - 19 crisis and of course film tips for you to use on your journey. Follow @mannrobinson 
39:16
April 29, 2020
T'Keymah Crystal Kehmáh - BEHIND THE SCENES, Filmmakers Making Quarantine Work Part 2
We sit down with the cast of Revival! to talk about the making of their Easter movie special and how they've had to pivot in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The one and only- T'Keymah Crystal Kehmáh (In Living Color, That's So Raven, Cosby)
55:38
April 10, 2020
Harry Lennix- BEHIND THE SCENES, Filmmakers Making Quarantine Work
We sit down with the cast of Revival! to talk about the making of their Easter movie special and how they've had to pivot in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Alicia & Chad Cooper (Justice On Trial) Harry Lennix (Blacklist, The Five Heartbeats, Matrix Reloaded& Revolution ) T'Keymah Crystal Kehmah (In Living Color, That's So Raven, Cosby) and more!
1:00:55
April 8, 2020