This is a podcast WITH AND FOR filmmakers, writers, actors and brave makers of all kinds. You'll hear actors dramatically read scripts and get back stories behind why and how brave movers and shakers create culture shaping work. It's all about the brave stories behind brave making.
Hosted by Tony Gapastione and Rebekah Amosah with featured correspondents.
Find us on Apple podcasts, Stitcher, Googleplay, Spotify and more.
Writer/Director: Spencer Folmar in conversation with Timothy Mcmahan King and licensed social worker Aimee Noel.
Filmmaker Jason Hanasik documents a story of childhood trauma. When Nick Hurndon was six years old he and his two older brothers were set on fire by their stepfather in their San Francisco home. Now in his early forties, Nick is a retired Marine and is raising two sons that are about the same age he was when he was set ablaze. This is a film the effects that abuse had on Nick's sense of self worth, and the ways in which one man is interrupting a cycle of violence so that his two sons can thrive.
Co-Host Keren Southall
You just need to listen.
Thank you to Reverend Yolanda for her creative force. He has curated and music and life's work of Beyoncé into life changing, culture impacting expression of humanity and empowerment for black women.
Rev. Yolanda M. Norton is the H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her womanist scholarship explores how Scripture treats foreign women and how this has led to the oppression of women of color who encounter the Bible today. She is also a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and Theology and Practice Fellow at Vanderbilt University.
Rev. Norton is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Special thanks for our BraveMaker ambassador: Keren Southall for co-hosting the conversation.
Mia Mercado is a humor writer based in Kansas City. Her work has been featured in places like The New Yorker, the New York Times, Washington Posts’s The Lily, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Bustle, McSweeney’s, and Hallmark Cards. Her debut collection of funny non-fiction essays Weird but Normal explores the contradictions of being a person, sharing the awkward, uncomfortable, surprisingly ordinary parts of life. Weird but Normal comes out with HarperOne on May, 19, 2020.
Order Mia's book "Weird But Normal": https://miamercado.com/book
Mia's website: www.miamercado.com
Mia's Twitter: www.twitter.com/miamarket
Mia's Instagram: www.instagram.com/mia.market
TV showrunner and show creator JEFF LIEBER. Originally from Chicago, now in LA, Jeff co-created LOST and his most recent credits include episodes of Charmed, Lucifer, The Originals, Impulse and NCIS: New Orleans... to name a few.
Follow him on Twitter if you want to write TV!
He's always sharing tips and once we get out of shelter in place he's gonna come up to the Bay to be with us!
Hope you are all staying well during SHELTER IN PLACE and taking care of yourself.
Enjoy Ragiv's story and meet him online live: April 7th or 8th, 2020.
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Episode 53 is up! We had to postpone our film screening with these two--but we get them on our podcast. Great guys who have lots to share. Recorded on ZOOM via NYC + LA.
Find them online:
Danish on Instagram
Their movie: THE ILLEGAL
Suraj on Twitter
If you liked the film LIFE OF PI, actor Suraj Sharma talks about working with (one of) the 500 pound tiger from the film!
So much going on right now in our world regarding Covid-19/Corona Virus. We're sad to postpone our March and April events in order to flatten out the virus growing.
This podcast also includes a short response about our February 2020 film screening Burden. It created a lot of conversations which is what we had hoped for, but we never want to increase the hostility and aggression for people of color and specifically the black community in this experience. Take a listen.
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As interviewed: Irving Ruan
Henry Alford is a humorist and journalist who writes for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. His stories have also appeared in Spy magazine, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vogue, The Village Voice, McSweeney's, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, and The Paris Review. He is the author of five books Including How to Live, which won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor, and his most recent, And Then We Danced.
Henry's writing in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/henry-alford
Bruce Springsteen Interview for Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/09/bruce-springsteen-cover-story
MUSIC at the end of the podcast by Neil Swany
Tony met director Andrew Heckler and producer Robbie Brenner (Oscar nominated for Dallas Buyer's club) at Sundance in 2018. Burden is an award winning film, Audience Award and it is premiering in the Bay Area 2/24/2020 before it rolls out at the end of February and March nationwide.
If you love theatre, especially Broadway theatre and the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, you'll love all of Rick's stories.
Rick Negrón has worked on two of theatre's greatest hits: In the Heights and Hamilton. He was selected to perform both of these shows in Puerto Rico which was quite the full circle experience because he was born and raised in that very place.
He plays the role of KING GEORGE III with quite the swagger. Don't miss it!
Rick on IG
Rick on Twitter
TICKETS FOR HAMILTON SF:
Rick talks about his brother-in-law's New York walking tour:
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brandon Armstrong struck gold when he booked a role touring as DONKEY in Shrek the Musical.
Take a listen to how he was hand picked by Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform in Puerto Rico (after many, many auditions). He is now a resident of San Francisco. He plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison at the Oprpheum Theatre on Market St.
Find him on IG
I (Tony) met Kathryn connected on Twitter after I saw her at ACT's WAKEY WAKEY co-starring with actor Tony Hale.
Go see it! You have ONE MORE WEEKEND to see it in San Francisco, Valentine's weekend.
Follow her work! She's also on the show DEPUTY on THURSDAY NIGHTS.
Underwear for all shapes, sizes + preferences. That's Play Out Apparel. A non-gendered place to get the underwear you've always wanted. (Have you heard about Athleisure? You have now!).
What is the story here? Ask Abby Sugar: Entrepreneur, fashionista and LGBTQ+ advocate. From NYC but currently living in the Bay while attending Palo Alto's Founder's Institute. She'll also be at BraveMaker's 2/24/2020 event. She's open to get connected with you and talk!
IG + Twitter
Recorded in Park City, Utah FROM SUNDANCE.
Tony and Diane talked about meeting in Chicago at the Blue Whiskey Film Fest, her Oscar/Emmy nominated and Peabody/Sundance winning film MINDING THE GAP as well as her two full length documentaries at South By Southwest this March, 2020--AND ALL THE WORK IT TAKES TO MAKE MOVIES!
Follow Diane on Twitter
Her short film CLIFF SUPERFAN
See her production group
Blue Whiskey Film Fest
Jim Cummings and Tony Gapastione sat down in a hallway, yes a hallway and just talked. And it's all recorded for our listening pleasure.
Jim is very accessible. Say hi on Twitter:
Watch his short film THUNDER ROAD:
See his production company here and look up the films BEAST BEAST, THE BETA TEST AND THE WEREWOLF
**Thanks + shout out to Jeremy Hersh and Twitter for making connections that create stories that become films.
Another great interview from correspondent IRVING RUAN! @irvingruan
Claire Friedman is a staff writer on Showtime’s Desus & Mero. Previously she wrote for Saturday Night Live, in which she won a Peabody award for as well as an Emmy nomination. Her comedy has been published in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Harvard Lampoon.
Claire was born and raised in New York City. She attended Hunter College High School, Harvard College, and Harvard Business School. She lives on the Upper West Side, where she spends her free afternoons wandering through Zabar’s in a full sweatsuit.
Desus & Mero Season 2 premieres on Showtime February 3rd. SNL's "This Is U.S." sketch: https://www.metatube.com/en/videos/404138/SNL-This-Is-U-S
Claire's piece in The New Yorker, "Deleting Instagram, Installing Instagram: The Vicious Cycle": https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/deleting-instagram-installing-instagram-the-vicious-circle
Joy Elizabeth Hoover is MAKING CHANGE + CUPCAKES IN LAS VEGAS.
From her INSTAGRAM:
She's a life + mama
founder + ceo | @cupcakegirlsorg @localforall
podcast | @humanswhogiveashit
ambassador | @lululemon
social impact coach 👇🏼 joyhoover.com
Interviewed by BraveMaker correspondent IRVING RUAN (listen to his BraveMaker interview ep 20)
Caitlin Kunkel is a writer and satirist. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney's, among others, and she's a co-founder of the Satire and Humor Festival as well as The Belladonna Comedy. Along with the other Belladonna editors, in 2018 she published the gift book, "New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay." She created the online satire program for The Second City and teaches and gives talks around the world.
Caitlin's Website: www.caitlinkunkel.com
Satire and Humor Festival: www.satireandhumor.com The Belladonna Comedy Publication: www.thebelladonnacomedy.com New Erotica for Feminists: www.neweroticaforfeminists.com
The Second City - Writing Satire for the Internet: www.secondcity.com/classes/chicago/online-writing-satire-for-the-internet-2020/ Class Instructors: Riane Konc: www.rianekonc.com Brooke Preston: www.brookeprestoncomedy.com
You might know him from playing YOUNG/TEEN RANDALL PEARSON on NBC's "This is Us"
But he also stars in the new film directed by R.J. Daniel Hannah called: Miss Virginia starring UZO ADUBA (out now).
Follow him on IG
This guy is a rising start. Catch him on a new film March 2020 on Disney+.
Listen to find out more.
His film starring Uzo Aduba + Niles Fitch + Matthew Modine is coming to BraveMaker 12/5/19!
Get tix: bravemissvirginia.eventbrite.com
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And he won a SAG AWARD for BEST STUNTS.
Cool story. Never give up. Wakanda forever.
Mark is also a TARGET MODEL + RECENTLY was seen playing Basketball in a scene on SHAMELESS.
Find him on IG:
Currently (as of Nov 2019) Sullivan is in NYC in SLAVE PLAY but he's originally from the Bay Area! You can also find him on: Wu Tang: An American Saga.
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Friendly, witty and British--this is: Adam Campbell.
You might have seen him on a show called GREAT NEWS playing Greg, the young executive producer of the cable news show "The Breakdown." It did two seasons on NBC and now can be streamed on Netflix.
Or you might have seen him in an episode of Drunk History.
Or you might have met him at the SAG AWARDS (That was me, Tony). He's now voicing a character in the new animated film I'm working on called: PICCOLO.
Enjoy our conversation.
Adam tweets to his six friends every leap year (let's help him grow his followers).
From LOS ANGELES--
Tony and Loretta have worked together before on 1440 and Counting and Neighbor (Tony's two short films available on Amazon Prime).
While on set recording voice-over for a new animated project called PICCOLO, they sat down and chatted about Loretta's career from four years on Broadway in Dream Girls, to winning in an Emmy for Grey's Anatomy as well her live performance in Los Angeles happening this week. They also reflected on their first meeting at the airport in San Francisco.
Loretta is the best.
Follow her on Instagram
And binge her show FAMILY REUNION ON NETFLIX
or catch her on this season of Black-ish on ABC.
Actress Izabella Alvarez is a rising Latina star (according to the LA Times).
She's had roles in:
Splitting Up Together (and more)... AND had a leading role in one of BraveMaker's favorite feature films: COLLISIONS!
Now she's voicing the lead character RONNIE ANNE SANTIAGO in Nickelodeon's THE CASAGRANDES. (and she's only 15 years old!).
Congratulations to this brave talent!
Find her on all the socials:
Liz Manashil is straight up filmmaker GOLD.
Podcast co-host of MAKING MOVIES IS HARD + writer/director of two feature films: Bread and Butter and now Speed of Life (screening Thursday November 14th in Redwood City)--(and new mom of baby boy)--- Liz Keeps it real. Take a listen to her process of making micro-budget films, casting diverse body shapes, and creating a canon of 5-6 films she's proud of (before she dies!).
Tickets here to see her DAVID BOWIE inspired sci-film in Redwood City: https://bravespeedoflifemaker.eventbrite.com
SPEED OF LIFE
They say write what you know. I (Tony) know the church world. I've had this unique perspective being both an ordained pastor and filmmaker. I love it and I often roll my eyes at it. I have to poke fun at myself and the institution that I have been a part of for most of my life. It formed me and messed me up. We have good hearts, but we are also ridiculously stubborn, privileged, irrelevant, offensive, racist, power hungry, awkward and down right wrong. (If we would only admit it we might be able to do more good in the world, which is why most of us pastors get into the "biz" to begin with. Oh well, it's been good fodder for my screenwriting. I still believe in the church and value my faith in God...but I also think we need to laugh and pick it apart. So...Here ya go.
Let me know what you think. Want to help me produce it?
From BraveMaker correspondent Irving Ruan:
I had a super energizing interview with Jeremy. We talked about his experience at art school, how much he struggled to make ends meet as an artist when he first moved to New York (e.g. sitting on top of a milk crate and using a table left on the sidewalk for his studio), and his beginnings submitting cartoons to The New Yorker magazine.
In short, we went deep on the artistic journey and how he dealt with an avalanche of rejections.
His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremywins
His Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jeremywins
His website: https://www.jeremywinslife.com
His Waldo cartoon that we talked about at the end: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw9ryh_ncPK/
Daniel is a filmmaker exploring sexual identity , gender formation + religion in his newest film.
We will host https://www.fortheyknow.org/ in October 2019.
Find Dan on all the Social Medias:
Tuesday 10/15/19 in Novato Ca
Wednesday 10/16/19 Redwood City CA
Actor Jesse Garcia is on the podcast.
Not only did he star in one of our BraveMaker film DARLINGS---the feature screening of Collisions. He's starred in and led other TV shows like Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (and you'll be seeing a lot of Jesse in 2020 on certain amount of unannounced streaming shows! Stay Tuned)---but he acted in a BROADWAY PRODUCTION of Pee-wee Herman's show! If you listen in on this episode--you'll hear podcast host Tony Gapastione try to do his best impression of PeeWee's iconic laugh, (which sounds a lot like Tony's real laugh). 🤣
Follow Jesse on Instagram
Watch Jesse's short film THE PRICE WE PAY
Evan is our resident photographer, web designer + BraveMaker! A very passionate, committed and driven guy...and he's a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT--take a listen to his story and see what motivates him!
Looking to get odd jobs done around your house? Need some extra labor for moving or landscaping from a non-professional yet hardworking student? Want to connect with teens and help them find work? He's got a solution for you.
This guy! He's funny and generous. Free tickets to the first 20 people who reach out to him.
Wanna follow our programmer and assitant director RHOBERTINO?
Join us OCT 16th for an amazing documentary
FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO
Rebekah + Tony talk about the process of getting his feature film THE THORNS WE LIVE WITH of the ground.
In this podcast we share a 22 minute dramatic (table read) reading with actors. Please note there is a sensitive scene that deals with suicide and adult language.
For more information on the film or to invest:
The unconventional route to comedy and creative writing.
Short film: ANDI
Starring Irving as the AGENT.
Another interview with our BraveMaker podcast correspondent Jon Fusco who sat down with RIVER GALLO. River [pronouns he/his] is a GLAAD award-winning Salvadoran-American filmmaker, actor, writer, model and intersex advocate with interACT. His work explores the dynamics of personal and confessionary storytelling, and media's healing abilities through re-envisioning minority narratives. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing and the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts MFA program.
"Ponyboi," his USC thesis which he wrote, co-directed, and acted in, is the first narrative film created by and starring an out intersex person in the history of cinema---produced by Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. This year River received the ‘Rising Star Award’ at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards. He was named one of the “Most Exciting Queer People to Follow in 2019” by Out Magazine and made PAPER Magazine’s list of “100 People Taking Over 2019”.
He's known as Detective Alex Sanchez (#DetectiveHottie) in CBS' Bold + The Beautiful but he's also my (Tony) buddy.
Enjoy our chat from TWIST (cafe) in Los Angeles (Hancock Park).
Follow him on INSTAGRAM
During a visit to Spain, Rebekah sits down with friend, YouTuber, & Content Creator Katya Constantine. They talk of Katya's experience growing up in Spain, finding her Niche, finding the power of YOU (being yourself), shutting down your negative voice, and all about being real with procrastination and anxiety.
Follow Katya on her social media channels:
Instagram and Twitter: - kat_constantine
Youtube: Katya Constantine
Well, our first ever SUMMER FILM FEST is complete!
Now, let's recap!
A few references:
On the Corner of Ego + Desire film by Alex Ferrari
Dragon Theatre GENDER SHORT PLAYS
Melanie Victor's Actor's Lounge Podcast
to DOUBLE your donations!
We could have called this segment FILMMAKERS IN CARS TALKING ABOUT MOVIES. Listen to find out why.
Florida filmmaker Kevin O'Brien + Tony Gapastione chat about the making of At the End of the Day, Screening SUNDAY JUNE 2nd 10am at Century 20 theater. Kevin calls his film a story about the tension between the LGBTQ+ community and the evangelical church. A very BRAVE film. A very BRAVE filmmaker.
Follow KEVIN on Instagram
Tricia not only survived cancer but made a movie about it. When her stage 4 breast cancer metastasized to her brain she was faced with even more obstacles to overcome. She wanted to survive and she also wanted to become a parent with her husband Matt. Once she started pursuing that dream through surrogacy she had to answer the question: what if she wasn't around to meet her child? So she started filming the journey and rest is history. Love Always, Mom is a love story to an unborn child.
We hosted Tricia and her film Monday May 13th, 2019. But this interview was recorded December 2018.
Say hi on Instagram
Link for the film and screenings
THE BRAVEMAKER FILM FEST KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY MAY 31ST, 2019!
Welcome JON FUSCO to the BraveMaker family. Jon's debut short film THE GUY will premiere on the west coast with us on June 2nd at 630pm in the Redwood City, Ca, Century 20 theater. Tickets here.
Recorded January 2019 in the cold of Sundance, Park City Utah, Jon and Tony dish on all things filmmaking, festivals and podcasting.
Check out Jon's FILM articles
See the kickstarter to THE GUY; his film here.
Follow him on IG https://www.instagram.com/jimscam/
3 Short film podcasts by JON
How to make a short
pod 2 production
Episode 9 is an adult conversation. NSFW or young children.
Diana Kelly, author of THE SKY TURNED GREEN AND THE GRASS TURNED BLUE. DIANE'S STORY.
About the Story: When Diane’s lover and friend, Jack, comes out seven years into their relationship expressing his well-kept secret desire to transition from male to female, Diane’s world turns upside down. With little information to help answer the question ‘do I stay or do I go’ Diane searches for direction on her own. Navigating the murky waters of the unknown that accompany the challenges of Jack’s changing persona, she is guided by love, loyalty, and a willingness to sacrifice. In this true story, Diane provides her personal and intimate view into gay the lesbian community in her attempt to gauge what impact Jack’s changes might have to their relationship and to her own authentic self.
Race + gender biases. We all have them but what do we do about them?
We were honored to host a San Francisco filmmaker and her film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.
After the film we had a dialogue with leaders who are also doing work in the race space:
Ana Avendaño + Andre Henry (full interview with him on ep 7).
You will also meet BraveMaker's first FISCAL SPONSEE Samah Damanhoori who is making an animated film on her experience of liberation from her oppressive past. More on that soon.
Anti-racist educator, writer, and activist ANDRE HENRY joins the BraveMaker PODCAST.
Find him on Instagram:
Dig in, listen and get activated.
Want to sign up for Andre's HOPE AND HARD PILLS?
Want to become a patron of his work and financially support him?
The second interview of our Spain sessions with multimedia artist and designer Diptee Thapa. Join us as we talk about the power of connection and collaboration, her life as a spiritual teacher, using obstacles to increase creativity and so much more.
ENJOY MUSIC BY SMXF (in our outro!)
Have original music to share? Email your selections to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find a way to promote you!
Our first ever PODCAST recorded LIVE WITH AN AUDIENCE... at BOX in Redwood City, Ca.
NOTES & links from our panelists in this conversation :
Matt's TEDx Talk
Erin Ashford: Photographer
San Mateo Pride Center
Join us for our next event MARCH 25, 2019. BIAS DOCUMENTARY at Century 20, RWC.
*Suicide prevention LIFELINE*
Rebekah went to Spain for three weeks and this is the first of her interviews. Enjoy a conversation with Sheena Karegi and the ups, downs and changes of a designer's life. Go behind the scenes and hear how she BRAVELY rediscovered her creativity.
ENJOY MUSIC BY CLOUD5 (in our outro!)
Have original music to share? Email your selections to email@example.com and we'll find a way to promote you!
500 Miles. 2 best friends. 1 wheelchair.
That is I'LL PUSH YOU an incredible documentary by filmmakers Terry Parish and Chris Karcher. This interview co-director Terry Parish came to the BraveMaker office before our monthly screening to share about his journey.
For more on Terry's creative agency see:
For more on the film or to order: Use code: BraveMaker for a discount.
What are the odds that when we screen a film set in SPAIN Rebekah would actually BE IN SPAIN. Take a listen!
PS. February film screening is FEBRUARY 22ND 7PM IN REDWOOD CITY at Box Inc! Live music and LIVE PODCAST RECORDING with special guest Matt Nightingale and Director Nicolas Jara screening his film GUARDIAN. This event will feature an in-depth LGBTQ+ discussion. It is sure to be an eye-opening event.
Tony & Rebekah interview each other and share their creative journeys.
Rebekah on IG
Tony on IG
Questions, comments, or composed music? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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JANUARY 19TH FILM SCREENING IN REDWOOD CITY 2019
The very first episode of the BraveMaker podcast hosted by Tony Gapastione & Rebekah Amosah. Scripts, stories & conversations with creators.
Filmmaker Richard Levien won the audience award at the Mill Valley Film Festival October 2018 with his touching coming of age immigration story: Collisions. His film stars Jesse Garcia (currently filming Netflix's Narcos: Mexico and the El Rey Network's From Dusk Til Dawn) and Ana de la Reguera (also of TV shows like Narcos, Amazon's Goliath and Power).
He had all star cast of two amazing children as well.
Listen in to hear the journey of bravely making this movie and telling this story.
He did a private screening for BraveMaker on 12/17/18 in Redwood City.