Atlanta Film Chat
The #1 show about the Atlanta film industry since 2014. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @ATLFilmChat for updates!

Forrest Tuff discusses his company One Vision Productions, why he’s a “filmpreneur,” his love of martial arts and sci-fi movies, and much more!


Michelle Caruso discusses the Seed & Spark for her film Behind the Screen, making challenging films like silent and western films, and working in the art department!


Michael Sokol and Lance Smith from Catador Film talk about their new film Postal, the project that got them together, and the importance of filmmakers getting set experience!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_245_-_Catador_Film.mp3
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In part 4 of our Dragon Con Film Festival coverage, Emily Soppe discusses her film All the Fellas I Haven’t Kissed, directing herself as an actor, and much more!


In part 3 of our Dragon Con Film Festival coverage, Jeremy Garcia discusses his film The Arrow Falls and what the Augusta Film Festival is all about!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_243_-_Jeremy_Garcia_from_The_Arrow_Falls.mp3
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In part 2 of our Dragon Con Film Festival coverage, Wesley Jamal Fleming from Eagleman discusses designing a new superhero, why the film pissed so many people off, Marvel vs. DC, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_242_-_Wesley_Jamal_Fleming_from_Eagleman.mp3
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In part 1 of our Dragon Con Film Festival coverage, Charlie Stauffer from Tuneless discusses making the film, working with blood and musical numbers, and teases a potential feature version!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_241_-_Charlie_Stauffer_from_Tuneless.mp3
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Ryan Simmons and Jeff Walsh discuss their documentary Running A.T. Full Speed, the world of Appalachian Trail hikers, editing 300 hours of footage, and much more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_240_-_Running_at_Full_Speed.mp3
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Jamey Giddens, creator of OWN Network’s Ambitions, discusses growing up with soap operas, what makes a good soap, running a writers’ room in Georgia, and much more!


Feeling creative? Me neither! Here are 5 things you can do when the juices just aren’t flowing but you still wanna work.


Luke Pilgrim and Luke Kennedy from Sozo Bear Films discuss their new alien series Encounters, running a production company in Dahlonega, and much more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_238_-_Sozo_Bear_Films.mp3
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Matt Schwartz from Pacifico tells us about film scoring and music directing, the evolution of his musical sound, and working on films like the Never Back Down and Universal Soldier series!


The stars of Amazon Prime’s The Evil Inside Her, Melissa Kunnap and Eric Roberts, discuss making the film, the struggles of acting in the digital age, and much more!


Actor and teacher Josh Daugherty discusses his acting philosophy, the great community he found after moving to Atlanta from LA, and acting in the upcoming Season 3 of Mr. Mercedes!


Jon Graham returns to the show to discuss his new ventures Faith Film Fund and Peachflicks Funding, how the abortion law affects him as a filmmaker and evangelical, and much more!


Jil and Joanna Pasiecnik from J and J Productions discuss the making of their film Unemployable, moving to Georgia, and starting their production company!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_233_-_J_and_J_Productions.mp3
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Comedian and podcaster Eddie Pence discusses his recent comedy special, how he got into comedy, and much more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_232_-_Eddie_Pence.mp3
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Brent Lambert-Zaffino from the Etowah Film Festival discusses creating the fest from the ground up and his own filmmaking career!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_231_-_Etowah_Film_Festival.mp3
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Molly Coffee and Melissa Simpson discuss how their organization Film Impact Georgia is helping to promote indie filmmakers in the state!

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re:imagine/ATL Executive Director Kimberlin Bolton discusses the organization's programs helping to raise the next generation of filmmakers!

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Chuck discusses issues surrounding the ending of your film in episode 19 of our spinoff Chattin’ with Chuck!


Writer & director Liz Manashil discusses the making of her film Speed of Life that played at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_228_-_Liz_Manashil.mp3
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Agency 850 CEO Chris DeBlasio discusses how he uses branding to fund films and why it could work for your projects as well!

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Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission Shelbia Jackson discusses why you should make your film in DeKalb County and the great programs they have for filmmakers!

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Filmmakers from feature film Reckoning discuss making the film in advance of their screening at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_225_-_Filmmakers_from_Reckoning.mp3
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Dustin Jacobs discusses his series Driv and More Than a Game, why eSports are like baseball, upcoming projects, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_224_-_Dustin_Jacobs_Returns.mp3
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Filmmakers from thriller feature film By Night’s End discuss dealing with rain, surprising issues with a single location shoot, finding your conquering factor, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_223_-_By_Nights_End.mp3
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Paul Jenkins from META Studios discusses working for Marvel, moving to Georgia, why creators shouldn’t restrict themselves to one medium, and much more!


Patrick Ladonis discusses getting discovered at the DMV, keeping creativity alive while in corporate America, and the filming of his web series Scales!


Get tips on being efficient with your screenwriting in episode 18 of Chattin’ with Chuck!


Anthony R. Page from Blue Bistro Creative discusses creating unique and diverse content for film, TV, and the theater, working as an actor around the country, and his origins growing up in a small town!


Hudson Phillips discusses his latest film This World Alone, finding early success in his career, the state of the Atlanta screenwriting scene, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_219_-_Hudson_Phillips.mp3
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Filmmakers from experimental film Torn Together discuss the duality of humans, why horror lets you get get away with controversial subjects, expectations in film, and more!


Filmmakers behind the comedy series Julian Assange’s Embassy Suite discuss distribution models, our fast-paced and crazy political times, creating the series, and more!


Director Tony Reames and actors Evan Reames and Haley Nicole Leary discuss their film Playtime’s Over, using creativity to deal with rough situations, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_216_-_Playtimes_Over.mp3
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Katherine Blanford and Hope Leigh discuss making their film My Lethal Weapon, telling authentic stories, challenges women face in filmmaking and in life, and much more!


Van Jensen tells us all about his past life as a crime reporter, how writing comic books helped with his screenwriting, why more public domain works is a good thing, and his work with ArtsATL.org!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_214_-_Van_Jensen.mp3
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Chuck discusses five ways you can make 2019 “Twenty Mine Teen” in our spinoff Chattin’ with Chuck!


Molly Hale from You42’s “Molly Tries” series discusses how her divorce led to the show, figuring things out on the fly, and why she loves Instagram so much!


Filmmakers from upcoming series #PrettyFunny discuss overcoming adversity, troubles with shooting comedy, and the plans for release on Georgia based streaming service You42!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_212_-_Hashtag_Pretty_Funny.mp3
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Harrison Powell from Astute Films and Giving Films discusses getting more Georgia produced content out there, how to find and talk to rich people about investing, and his own slate of films coming up!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_211_-_Harrison_Powell.mp3
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Chuck discusses the benefits of letting story ideas stew a bit in the latest episode of our spinoff Chattin' with Chuck!


Learn all about starting your own business, changes in tax deductions, and all about the Georgia film tax credit with film accountants Kristy Clabaugh and John Thomas!


Learn all about the process of acquiring music for your films with music licensing lawyer Lachelle Pulliam!


Do you love making excuses instead of writing? So do I! Here's how to overcome that and still make your stuff.


Learn all about the Rome International Film Festival with Executive Creative Director Seth Ingram and Associate Director Melissa Simpson!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_208_-_Seth_and_Melissa_from_RIFF.mp3
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Martin Kelley and Eddie Singleton discuss their new film Beauty and the Beholder in advance of the film’s run at the Aurora Cineplex and release on VOD!


Cast and crew from feature film Smoke stop by to talk about overcoming adversity to make the film in advance of their Atlanta premiere on October 20th!


Georgia Governor Libertarian Nominee Ted Metz discusses his vision for the Georgia film industry should he win in November!


Gabrielle Pickle and Russell Bradford from the Vote GA Film initiative discuss why every filmmaker needs to be registered to vote in the November election!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_204_-_Vote_GA_Film.mp3
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Benjamin Wiessner, producer of Beast Beast, tells us about making the film, how Alec Baldwin signed in as co-producer, turning a short into a feature, and more!


Writers & actors Michael Rowe and Matt Wells are joined by sales agent Stanislav Shkilnyi to discuss their gritty indie drama Crown & Anchor, the dark side of Newfoundland, and how touring with a film is like touring with a band!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_202_-_Crown_and_Anchor.mp3
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Cast and crew from web series and film The Adjuncts discuss the project, distribution deal with THEA, and more in advance of the premiere at Cinefest on Saturday 15th!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_201_-_The_Adjuncts.mp3
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It’s episode 200! Keith Brooks returns to catch us up on his life, his projects, and discuss stuff like the Mortal Kombat movie soundtrack and the James Gunn/Disney controversy!

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Molly talks with Casting Director Jordan Blair Brown about casting Kaylee, Age 8, as well as the temporary setbacks that have delayed the filming of the movie!

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Filmmakers from horror anthology feature film Evil Little Things discuss making the film and more in advance of their screening at the Dragon Con Film Festival!


Ken Feinberg (Buffy, Charmed, Santa’s Boot Camp) from Creative Studios of Atlanta discusses all the panels, classes, and more he’s involved with at the 2018 Dragon Con Film Festival!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_198_-_Ken_Feinberg_at_Dragon_Con.mp3
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Fray and Catherine from Coki Productions discuss their film Pop-Pop is Dead, shooting in small towns, and utilizing resources you have to make your own films!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_197_-_Pop-Pop_is_Dead.mp3
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The creators and filmmakers behind the Midnight Movie Showcase showing on September 1st tell us about the Showcase and the films in it!


Georgia Governor Democratic Nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her vision for the Georgia film industry should she win in November!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_195_-_Stacey_Abrams.mp3
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Jonothon Mitchell and Hart Morse from Pageant Material discuss making the film, drag culture, how Jonothon managed to snag high-profile celebs for the film, and more!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_194_-_Pageant_Material.mp3
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Cameron Munson, Festival Director for the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, discusses this year’s fest, the nature of film festivals, why he loves horror so much, and more!


Molly is joined by writer, director, and Make Films Like a Girl founder Lynne Hansen to catch everyone up on the progress of Kaylee Age 8 in advance of the first day of production!

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Actress Mia Mendez discusses her previous life as a radio DJ in Philadelphia, why she chose Atlanta over L.A., and her starring role in the Amazon Prime film Boston2Philly (Boston to Philly)!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_192_-_Mia_Mendez.mp3
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Paige Jarvis tells us about becoming a grip, her love of Star Wars, career aspirations, and the importance of finding your tribe!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_191_-_Paige_Jarvis.mp3
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Part 2 of our coverage of the Get Connected & Indie Film Loop Industry BBQ!


Interviews with directors, writers, actors, and more during our visit to the Get Connected/Indie Film Loop Industry BBQ!


Chuck discusses ways you can develop the world of your script by using all the tools in your arsenal in part 14 of our special series!


New media content creator Micah Moore discusses his years making Youtube content, moving to Atlanta, and his new project Legend of Micah!


Locations expert Kalena Boller discusses her career in the locations department, the challenges locations scouts and managers face in Atlanta, and why she started her Atlanta film podcast The Credits!


You’ve finished your first draft - now what? Here are Chuck’s top things he looks for when that second draft is staring him in the face!


Filmmakers from wrestling film The Mark discuss the film, their unique Seed & Spark campaign perks, what kayfabe is, and much more!


A recording of the podcasting panel at the Atlanta Film Festival Creative Conference featuring us and the creators of podcasts like Tribulation, Atlanta Monster, and The Credits!


Filmmakers from Atlanta Film Festival selection Are You Glad I’m Here discuss shooting the film in Lebanon and their future filmmaking plans!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_185_-_Are_You_Glad_Im_Here.mp3
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Our Atlanta Film Festival coverage continues as we talk with writer/director Katie Orr about her film Poor Jane!

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ScreenCraft Writers Summit Executive Director Emily Dell discusses the Atlanta Film Festival edition of the Summit and various screenwriter issues!


Atlanta Film Festival Creative Conference Director Linda Burns discusses everything we can expect at this year's Conference as well as her life as a pirate!


Torey Haas, Tony Reames, and Jay Holloway from Dead By Midnight (11 PM Central) tell us about making the horror anthology and their screening at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_181_-_Dead_By_Midnight_11_PM_Central.mp3
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Headkrack discusses the origins of Dish Nation, his hip-hop career, astral projection, his love of horror movies, as well as some TV projects he has in the works!


Josh Wilcox, Chris Nalesnik, and Raymond Carr discuss their film Between the Walls and how genre films winning big time Academy Awards might influence future movies!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_179_-_Between_the_Walls.mp3
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Writer and director Vashmere Valentine discusses being a script reader and creative consultant out in LA, his move to Atlanta, and his film The Wish and The Wisp which is in over 30 festivals!


Valerie and Jared from Prominence Films tell us about their feature Of Fortune and Gold on Amazon, filming in Africa, and why they moved the business from L.A. to Atlanta!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_177_-_Prominence_Films.mp3
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Your characters need conviction in their actions. No matter what they're doing, from choosing a restaurant to killing teenagers in the woods, we need to feel like they believe in what they're doing.


Director Jason Winn discusses the making of his films Let's Make It, Rave Party Massacre, and Shifting Gears which comes out in theaters and VOD in March 23rd!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_176_-_Director_Jason_Winn.mp3
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Tay Smith and Christopher Young from BYSB Talent Agency tell us about starting the new business, their literary division, and what actors can do to get noticed by their agents!

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Stunt performer Nick DeKay talks about his life as a Muay Thai kickboxer, racing bikes in Costa Rica, and pulling off crazy stunts in TV and films like Black Panther, St. Agatha, & Game Night!


Molly Coffee returns to the show to discuss her huge 2017 including working on shows like Stan Against Evil and Brockmire plus shooting her short film Cracks!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_173_-_Molly_Coffee.mp3
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AZ Yeaman from Bridge 17 Scripywriters' Studio chats about the various screenwriting classes you can take at Bridge 17 and what she loves about the screenwriting process!


Ian Covell, Michael Sokol, and Frances Chang from Highwire Comedy Company talk about improv, working with Funny or Die, and try to figure out what the heck pickleball is!


Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Mother's Day) talks about his career, a creepy old man living in his attic as a kid, and the Georgia filmed St. Agatha!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_170_-_Darren_Lynn_Bousman.mp3
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Erin Elizabeth Burns along with special guest Jordan Blair Brown tell us about Erin's new online acting class "I Don't Give a F#@K About My Acting Career!"


Seth Michaels and Sara Sometti Michaels, producers of mysterious horror film St. Agatha, discuss the origins of the story and tell us why they produced the film in Georgia!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_168_-_St_Agatha.mp3
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Janlatae Mullins & Chris Anthony Hamilton discuss their recent films Soul Fire and Something Bigger as well as working at BARK BARK!


Erin Bethea and Drew Waters tell us about their new film New Life and all the upcoming films they have planned to film in Georgia!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_166_-_New_Life.mp3
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Producer Tara Ansley and 1st AD Gene M. Smith discuss the making of indie horror hit Tragedy Girls!

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Anissa Matlock, a.k.a. Porcelain Mutant from The Gifted, tells us about acting in the show, her love of zombies and The Goonies, and her segment in the upcoming horror anthology Dead By Midnight (11 PM Central)!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_164_-_Anissa_Matlock.mp3
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"Where do you get all your ideas?" Every writer has heard this before. But what are people really saying, and what can you learn from it?


Terrell Sandefur tells us all about the 2017 Rome International Film Festival including fun stories about special guest Burt Reynolds!


Jon Graham and Joshua Sims tell us about their true life film Kind Katie and the process of crowdinvesting and how it differs from crowdfunding!

Direct download: Atlanta_Film_Chat_-_Episode_162_-_Kind_Katie.mp3
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The owners of Cinestage Atlanta discuss what their studio offers and the film projects they have in the pipeline!

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