May 12

Filmaka founders and independent film producers Deepak Nayar and Thomas Augsberger will be busy on the Riviera the next two weeks.  Deepak will be generating interest for his latest movies, Filmaka’s SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS and FOSTER, both directed by Filmaka member Jonathan Newman while Thomas will be working on distribution deals for one of his clients, Munich based Tele Muenchen Group, which is owned by Filmaka jury member Dr. Herbert Kloiber.   

Also heading to Cannes are Filmaka award winners Brett Wagner, Rudolf Buitendach, Luca Immesi and Giulia Brazzale.  We’ll have more details about their trip in the coming days as well as Cannes-related announcements about some of our other members.

If you are attending Cannes or have films screening or in competition, shoot us an e-mail at info@filmaka.com – We’d like to share your news with the Filmaka community.

Jan 20

Did our last Reed Martin interview have you begging for more? The wait is over!! We have another amazing interview from Reed Martin. This time he tackles the questions of working your way up the industry ladder, the difference between television and film, and ‘making it’ in Hollywood.

For more advice buy Reed Martins book on Amazon.

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Jan 19

Hello Filmaka’s

Filmaka founders Thomas Augsberger and Deepak Nayar are about to launch their new film Tucker & Dale vs Evil at Sundance! Tucker & Dale are two hillbillies are accused of being killers by a group of college kids camping near the duo’s cabin, starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden.  The film is directed by Eli Craig (The Tao of Steve).

The First screening will be Friday, January 22, midnight – Library Center Theater, Park City. For those lucky filmmakers who are heading to Sundance themselves click here for the full schedule.

Cant get enough Tucker & Dale? Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan 11

Ready for more advice from author Reed Martin (“The Reel Truth”)?    This time, he answers several more of your questions - Should you go to film school?   Do screenwriters need agent?   How important is networking?  


 

Reed’s “The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Independent Film” is a great resource for independent filmmakers (as well as an entertaining read) and can be purchased wherever books are sold, including Amazon where it is on sale. Keep on checking the Filmaka blog as Reed will be answering more of your questions.

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Jan 07
You know you want me.

You know you want me.

Hey Everyone,

We got a huge response for the Werner Herzogs new book Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the makings of Fitzcarraldo. Congrats to the lucky winners: Alan Flurry (Georgia), Jussi Rautaniemi (Finland), Oivind Klungseth Zahlsen (Norway), Sergio C. Ayala (London), Spike McKenzie (Australia), George Keates (ENGLAND), Carlos Duran (Mexico), and Rinaldo Quacquarini (London).

For those who did not get the book, don’t fret! The book is available on Amazon. Pick up your copy and peer into the complex mind if Werner Herzog.

Dec 21

“Pitching” is the subject of part two of our interview with author Reed Martin (“The Reel Truth”). His advice for how to improve your pitching skills to land financing for indie films includes watching Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

Reed’s “The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Independent Film” is a great resource for independent filmmakers (as well as an entertaining read) and can be purchased wherever books are sold, including Amazon where it is on sale. Keep on checking the Filmaka blog as Reed will be answering more of your questions.

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Dec 15

Author Reed Martin recently stopped by the Filmaka office in Los Angeles to answer questions Filmaka members submitted about independent filmmaking, everything from creative and castng to financing and marketing.   Those are among the topics of Reed’s new book “The Reel Truth:  Everything You Didn’t Know About Making an Independent Film.”   Reed, who is also a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, spent several years interviewing such filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Jim Sheridan, Lee Daniels, and Filmaka’s own Werner Herzog about the lessons they learned while making their indie films.   Here’s the first in a series of videos in which Reed answers questions submitted by Filmaka members. 

We received hundreds of questions from all over the world and 20 filmmakers received free copies of “The Reel Truth.” Kevin Miles,   Kevin Royce,   Maria Martinez,   Tsenat H,   Davey Morrison,  Nadarajah Ramalingam, Michael Newman,  Hodges Usry, David Richards,  James Lingwood, Ryan A. Markle,  Travis Seppala, Lucas Smith,   Matt Schuman, Ian Nicholson, Eriq Wities, Will Brooks, Gretel Sophia, Dennis Abad, and  Xonrad

“The Reel Truth” is a great resource for independent filmmakers (as well as an entertaining read) and can be purchased wherever books are sold, including Amazon where it is on sale.   Keep on checking the Filmaka blog as Reed will be answering more of your questions.

by author Reed Martin

by author Reed Martin

Dec 03
The Egyptian Theatre in Park City

The Egyptian Theatre in Park City


JUST ANNOUNCED!
Filmaka’s own Deepak Nayar and Thomas Augsberger will be showcasing their newest film TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL at SUNDANCE in January. It’ll be screened at Midnight….read all about it here. See everyone on Main Street!

Sep 23

Filmaka Jury member, Bill Pullman, is about to open on Broadway in OLEANNA.  This David Mamet play also stars Julia Stiles.  Here’s a interview with Bill and Julia talking about Broadway, David Mamet and acting…..

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Jun 30
Deepak Nayar and Lucas Cruikshank

Deepak Nayar and Lucas Cruikshank

Leading digital agency Digitas invited Filmaka Founder Deepak Nayar to participate on a panel at the prestigious Cannes Lions June 26.   Also on the panel were Lucas Cruikshank, also known as YouTube’s Fred , actress and digital content producer Justine Bateman, and Webby and Streamy Award winning blogger Zadi Diaz.   Digitas’ Chief Creative Officer Mark Beeching hosted the session, entitled “The Film Preditors II: A Dating Game” in which panelists “competed” for the attention of Subway’s Jeff Larson.  From all accounts, Deepak did a fantastic job and his kids were thrilled to get this this photo of their dad with the one and only Fred.   Thanks to Digitas for the invitation.