Film Florida Podcast Episode 117- Franklin Ritch is a Jacksonville resident and independent filmmaker focusing on writing, directing and editing. Collaborating with Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, Britt McTammany, Franklin's early short, "Bedridden," kicked off a number of short film productions. In 2018, Franklin was presented the Rising Star Award by the mayor of Jacksonville. In 2022, he released his debut feature film, "The Artifice Girl," starring sci-fi legend Lance Henriksen, which was screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where the film won the Golden Audience Award and later took top prize at its European premiere in Italy. The film was also screened at SXSW and The Florida Film Festival. Franklin has also been named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 116- Pete Zuccarini is a Cinematographer and Second Unit Director or Assistant Director. He’s most known for his underwater cinematography work on films like “Life of Pi” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” multiple “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2” to name just a few. Pete talks about his career, the extensive training, safety concerns and challenges involved in being an underwater cinematographer, favorite projects and experiences and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill
Film Florida Podcast Episode 115- Katja Esson is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker based in Miami. She is known for her character-driven documentaries tackling race, class, and gender. She was awarded the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship at Kansas University and her films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Knight Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. And some of her most meaningful work has been done in and about Florida. She talks all of this and much more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 114- Jaimie Engle is a Florida-based novelist and screenwriter. After a decade as a critically acclaimed indie novelist, with 15 published books, she made the transition to screenwriting in 2021. And in a very short period of time, she sold her first feature length screenplay. Jaimie writes stories with a magic touch in books, streaming, film, and comics across multiple genres. She talks about her inspiration for writing, her career as a novelist, the transition to film and television, and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill. Jaimie's website: https://jaimieengle.com/ Jaimie's YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/@jaimieenglewrites "Just Jake" Trailer: https://youtu.be/-uQMfHCamjM?si=ejyOdC9KtGjM8w47
Film Florida Podcast Episode 113- Elsten Torres is a Cuban born, New York City raised singer-songwriter, having been credited as one of the prominent creators of the Latin Alternative Rock sound of the late 1990’s. His eclectic and unconventional sound has been heard for more than 3 decades now. Elsten is a multicultural bilingual artist who has performed on stages all over the world as well as being an award-winning songwriter with major international hits, earning two GRAMMY nominations, two BMI songwriting awards, and six Billboard top ten hits throughout his career. He talks about all of this, plus his strong ties to Florida, and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 112- David Tochterman is an Emmy-nominated executive and producer with a record of launching award-winning television and digital properties. His first job in Hollywood was the director's assistant on the pilot of "Seinfeld." He was the Executive VP of Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Senior VP of the Carsey Werner Company, where he developed hit shows including "That 70's Show," "3rd Rock From the Sun," and was an Executive Producer of "Grace Under Fire." David has also been a digital strategy consultant for ABC, PBS and Starz, and a partner in the production company Pemberley Digital, winners of two Interactive Emmy Awards for video adaptations of literary classics on YouTube. He is the founder and CEO of Canvas Media Studios, providing storytelling expertise, video strategy and content production for any business looking to reach and influence audiences on digital platforms. And like most guests, David has strong ties to Florida. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 111- Frank Patterson is the President & CEO of Trilith Studios in Atlanta, the largest purpose-built film studio in North America. Prior to Trilith Studios, Frank co-founded and served as the CEO of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a technology company that produces hyper-realistic digital humans for live and virtual reality applications. As an educator, Frank is still a faculty member of Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where he served as dean from 2003 to 2016. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 110- Reed Martin is the author of the book "The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film." The Reel Truth details the challenges that aspiring filmmakers encounter while candidly describing how to spot and avoid issues and obstacles. We talk about Reed’s background, his time in Florida, why he decided to write the book and the follow up on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill. Available on Amazon: https://a.co/d/7X6A2oI and download Chapter 1 of the book at https://filmflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/The-Reel-Truth-Chapter-1.pdf
Film Florida Podcast Episode 109- Florida resident Nathan Frankowski is an award-winning director who got his start in documentaries and has traveled to more than 30 countries for his work, including filming multiple projects in Florida ("To Write Love on Her Arms" and "Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher"). He talks about his career, his travels, filming in Florida, what caused him to move here and his most recent project, "The Devil Conspiracy," and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill. Note, this episode includes a discussion about self-harm, addiction, or depression.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 108- Antonio Saillant is a leader in the field of sustainable performance, with a diverse set of skills and expertise spanning from aerospace and environmental engineering to filmmaking, writing, acting and coaching. As a filmmaker, he recognizes the importance of reducing the impact of the entertainment industry on the environment and is dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices. He assists individuals and organizations in achieving a sustainable edge by enhancing personal and business performance and raising awareness about environmental issues. His experience in the film and television industry as an actor and producer has given him a unique perspective and purpose in the entertainment and business worlds. We talk about all of this and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 107- Chuck Malkus is a multi-platform storyteller specializing in media, production and TV and film projects. His work as an executive producer includes Heist on Netflix and Chuck’s book, FULL CIRCLE: The Remarkable True Story, is the basis for an Emmy-nominated ESPN documentary. He’s the Co-Founder of Neighbors 4 Neighbors, an international disaster relief organization. He has also served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement and Nova Southeastern University. Chuck talks about all of those things and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill.
Film Florida Podcast Episode 106- Actress, Writer and Producer Kelsey Scott is a graduate of Florida A&M University and Florida State University best known for her roles on "How to Get Away with Murder," "12 Years a Slave" and "Fear the Walking Dead: Passage." Kelsey talks about how she got into the entertainment industry, her various roles, her professional growth, a special performance she has coming up in Florida, her philanthropic efforts and more on this episode of the Film Florida Podcast. Audio editing by Rob Hill.