Dan Mirvish – Slam Dance, Feature Films, And The Academy Awards

Episode 18! I have another special guest who is the co-founder of the well known Slam Dance Film Festival, who have beautifully spawned some phenomenal filmmakers who have made big marks in cinema.  Dan is also a film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter with a recent movie out called Bernard and Huey. He is also the only filmmaker that I know of who produced a feature film for the sake of getting his previous feature film up for consideration by the Academy. He tells the captivating story in this episode as well as how he got creative when a meeting fell through by casually convincing a New York Publisher to take on his book, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking. I got so inspired by Dan, after the interview I stayed at the coffee shop for 5 hours longer to finish rearranging a script of mine that I wrote a couple years ago. It was fun this month I’m planning to have a table read of it. And now it is time for Mr. Dan Mirvish. Please enjoy!
Show Notes:
[2:20] Interview Starts
[5:30] Creativity with Dan
[11:30] On Patience
[13:45] Dan’s movie that changed the rules of the academy awards.  Open House The Musical
[31:45] Dan’s recent book on Indie filmmaking, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking
[36:15] How Dan accomplished his recent award-winning feature film, Bernard and Huey
[41:45] Dan’s New York film meeting was canceled – so instead he pitched and sold a book idea
[48:00] Advice if you’re new to the film industry
[56:00] Robert Rodgrigues’ first movie El Mariachi, Richard Linklater’s cult classic Slacker and Dan’s Omaha The Movie
[58:00] Slam Dance Film Festival inception
[1:02:45] Paranormal Activity, a Slam Dance Film Paranormal Activity
[1:07:30] Submit to Slam Dance via Without A Box or directly to www.slamdance.com
[1:08:00] How Dan recharges his life
[1:14:15] On Dan’s gravestone “The Man Who Changed The Rules Of The Academy Awards”
[1:16:45] On building a career with a body of work
[1:19:30] Where to find Dan www.danmirvish.com on twitter @davmirvist and  www.slamdance.com
[1:21:30] One word Dan is constantly working on: POSTURE
[1:22:15] Dan’s final words

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Tony Suriano

Tony is an America Director, Actor, and the host of "Unfake It Till You Make it", a podcast featuring professionals in the entertainment industry. It is a creative guide that provides advice, strategies and moldable methods in the field. Additionally, he is a working Director, Producer, and Writer. While attending high school, Tony completed Disney Producer, Kevin Kelly's film program, which started his journey as a Film Auteur. His film, "The Face In The Vile", (Director/Actor) was selected and featured on NBC's Chiller TV station. Throughout that same year, he began producing branded content, receiving multiple awards & recognitions for his work. In front of the camera, Tony's acting landed his first Netflix role in a Martin Scorsese film called, "The Irishman." Tony's film & music background bleed into each story he tells. With a mix of audacity and prudence, he believes deeply in synergy and searching for the best third alternative.

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