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Apr 12, 2024

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In this episode, Chris and Nick talk with filmmakers Dexter Strong Buell and Derek Mindler about their experiences in the indie film space, including Dexter's recent short film "The South Shore" and Derek's work as a cinematographer. They also discuss challenges in filmmaking and education, using new technology like 360 videos for location scouting, and an upcoming film school in New York City focused on below-the-line skills.


We also talk about:

- The differences between working on indie film sets versus studio sets

- Finding success through creative solutions in the indie film world

- Bridging the gap between film education and the current film industry

- A student-made feature film that was widely distributed on Amazon Prime after starting as a high school short

- The cultural impact of low-budget films that are financially successful but not necessarily well-received critically




Indie Artist Spotlight


Artist: Steve Lewis 


Track: Get You


Recording artist Steve Lewis is a writer and performer who can take a listener to a special place, one where the music transports you and time slips away. While straddling the line between riff rock and melodic lyricism, his material evokes stylists like Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco while luxuriating in steady grooves and high energy. “Get You” is a high-energy rock tune with a celebratory and conversational lyric about the excitement and optimism of finding a new love.



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