Episode 311: Alana Marie – Storyteller, Documentary Filmmaker

Alana Marie is a storyteller and digital content creator. Alana’s passion stems from her belief in everyone having a story, everything having a meaning, and every experience serving a purpose. Alana recently completed her first short, The Kinloch Doc, which screened in the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and the St. Louis International Film Festival. She is currently producing and directing the feature length of the Kinloch Doc, the first documentary about the rise and demise of Missouri’s First Black City – Kinloch, MO.

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In addition to filmmaking: Alana is a college access advocate exposing first-gen and underrepresented youth to college, a community organizer in overlooked and neglected neighborhoods in St. Louis, and  a freelance writer whose work has been published on several known online publications including Blavity, xoNecole, The Root & Delux Mag.

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Alana Marie www.iamalanamarie.com / www.thekinlochdoc.com

Shivawn Mitchell www.shivawnmitchell.com www.thecreativeoutsiders.com 

 

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Episode 310 : Dana & Sarah Films

Dana & Sarah Films LLC is owned by two women filmmakers, Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, who have been passionately directing and producing independent documentary films since 2008. They are the Producers, Directors, and Editors of the award winning documentary films GOSHEN (2015) and BACK TO EDEN (2011). Their documentary features have broadcast on PBS, FNX, and Amazing Discoveries and were selected by several On Demand channels including Amazon Video, Telus, Steep Edge TV, Grind TV, Eco Streamz, and FMTV. ​Their films are concerned with social and environmental issues, covering stories such as sustainable food systems and the impact of climate change on indigenous cultures. They have a unique way of storytelling that is entertaining, educational, and inspires change.

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Dana & Sarah Films https://www.danasarahfilms.com/

Shivawn Mitchell www.shivawnmitchell.com www.thecreativeoutsiders.com 

 

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Episode 309: Jillian Bullock – Director, Filmmaker

Jillian Bullock is the CEO/President of Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC, an empowerment and entertainment production company based in Pennsylvania. After graduation with a degree in Communications from La Salle University, Jillian got her start in filmmaking as an intern on Spike Lee’s movie “Malcolm X.” From there, she has worked on her own, and other people’s movies as an actor, writer, producer, director, and fight
choreographer.

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As an award winning filmmaker, Jillian wrote and directed the documentary “A Filmmaker’s Personal Journey.” She went on to write, direct and produce the drama “Spirit.” Jillian recently completed “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives,” a feature film that focuses on veterans, PTSD and military sexual assault.Currently, Jillian is in pre-production on the movie “A Cup Full of Crazy,” a psychological thriller.
Since 2007, Jillian has been a screenwriting judge for the Set In Philadelphia Screenwriting Contest, which is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

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Jillian Bullock https://www.jbullockspeaker.com/ 

Shivawn Mitchell www.shivawnmitchell.com www.thecreativeoutsiders.com 

 

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Episode 308 : Janine Sherman Barrois – Writer, Producer, Showrunner

Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer who is currently the showrunner/executive producer on the TNT hit dramedy Claws, starring Niecy Nash. She has been writer/executive producer on such shows as ER and Criminal Minds and has won numerous awards including a Humanitas and several NAACP Image Awards. Barrois graduated from Howard University. French Fries marks her directorial debut.

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Listen HERE – On This Episode We Cover:

What it takes to be a Screenwriter

Wearing the hat as a Showrunner

French Fries – Short Film

Finding balance as a filmmaker

Working in the industry

 

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Janine Sherman Barrois  https://www.frenchfriesshortfilm.com/

The Creative Outsiders http://www.thecreativeoutsiders.com     http://www.shivawnmitchell.com

 

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Episode 307: Carolyn McDonald – Writer, Producer & Director

From grassroots community projects & podcasts to award winning network TV films & documentaries, Carolyn McDonald generates & facilitates provocative content for a
variety of creative platforms.

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Fresh out of New York University’s Dramatic Writing/Film Program, Carolyn joined the
East Coast advertising/publicity division of Warner Bros. Television in New York. There
she ran buyer screenings and developed network publicity campaigns for such films as
THE ROAD WARRIOR, CHARIOTS OF FIRE and BLADE RUNNER, and conceived
marketing campaigns for the Warner Bros. cartoon catalogue.
Carolyn also served as a Creative Executive at Cinecom Entertainment Group, where
she was involved in various stages of development & production on such films as THE
HANDMAID’S TALE, ONCE AROUND, MISSISSIPPI MASALA and TUNE IN
TOMORROW.
As Executive Vice President of Danny Glover’s Carrie Productions, she executive
produced TNT’s Emmy & Image Award-nominated civil rights saga, FREEDOM SONG,
written and directed by Oscar® nominee Phil Alden Robinson. Carolyn also co-produced
the critically acclaimed Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS, and executive
produced AMERICA’S DREAM for HBO, which featured Wesley Snipes, and won 4
Cable Aces and an NAACP Image Award for Best Made-for-TV Movie.
While executive producer for Country artist Big Kenny Alphin’s (Big & Rich)
LoveEverybody.com portal, she oversaw the documentary “Bearing Light” which aired
on National Geographic Channel, and produced an array of short content & music
videos.
As a filmmaker, Carolyn produced, co-wrote and directed the short film P.N.O.K.,
featuring Elle Fanning; and directed the music video “Run” featuring Grammy-winning
artist Shannon Sanders. She has also produced and directed a number of short films
and documentaries for Nashville Film Festival’s “Livin’ Reel” At-Risk Youth Program, the
Nashville Civic Design Center, and Nissan Motor Company’s Diversity Initiative.

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The Pitch Process

The Foundation You Need As A Filmmaker

Wearing the hat of Producer

Finding her way in Hollywood

Creative Process

Marketing yourself as a Storyteller

 

Connect

Carolyn McDonald https://digmevision.com/

The Creative Outsiders     http://www.shivawnmitchell.com

 

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Episode 306 : Maya Table – Director & Executive Producer

Maya Table is the owner of Sam Frank Productions. Sam Frank Productions’ approach is to build rich digital experiences for our clients that authentically resonates with their brand and a global audience. We work with a talented group of creatives to produce visually stimulating work. And we pride ourselves on providing compelling work within a highly collaborative, creative workflow.

 

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Maya graduated from Georgia State University as a Film and Video major. During her college years, she interned for Radio One, BET’s 106 & Park, BET’s RapCity, Atlanta Ballet and on various movies and music video sets. The first music video that she interned on was T.I.’s “24s” video. For years she worked as a digital branding specialist for artists like Trey Songz & Jeezy and companies like TiVo, Coca Cola and Raymond Weil. Maya recently finished a documentary entitled “Reclaiming Nappy.”

 

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Juicy Crab – Just Listen you’ll understand

Starting her production company Sam Frank Productions

Wearing the hat of Producer

What did Interning teach her

Music Videos

The Documentary Reclaiming Nappy

Creative Process

Marketing your Film

 

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Maya Table http://www.mayatable.com/credits       http://www.samfrankproductions.com

The Creative Outsiders http://www.thecreativeoutsiders.com       http://www.shivawnmitchell.com

 

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