#34 The Party That Mushroomed Into More by Ben Cresciman

For writer/director Ben Cresciman (Sun Choke), his untold tale was supposed to be about a teen Hollywood party filled with trippy drugs, red-eyed Russians, and fashion-forward sandals. But upon further review, the party is only the midpoint of a deeper story about dealing with life’s realities.

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#31 Trying Not to Fangirl on Andrew Lloyd Webber by Alexis Marsh

If you’re a 24-year old woman in Toronto who yearns to become a TV composer in Hollywood one day, how do you get there?  For composer, and lead singer of Dyan, Alexis Marsh, that path to success started on a Canadian reality singing competition show called How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, where she worked with one of her musical heroes, Andrew Lloyd Webber.  And there’s brunch involved.

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#12: The Soldier That Read My Screenplays While at War by Lila McLaughlin

The release of her book, G.I. Hollywood, is a celebratory moment for author/screenwriter Lila McLaughlin, but it’s also a time to make sense of her unique relationship with the subject of her book, a war veteran, and a period in her life where she couldn’t write for several years. (Lila’s novel: G.I. Hollywood)

“As a writer, I know that a finished work is the result of a series of work-in-progress versions.  But sometimes, I forget that the author herself is the result of a life-in-progress.  Lila’s conversation was a refreshing reminder of this.  Though we were both celebrating the release of Lila’s first novel, Lila takes the conversation into a deeper space and examines her writing career from the time she couldn’t write for years until now.  It was a fantastic talk about writing and writers.  Also, we mention Suge Knight twice.” 

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#10: Pitching to a Priest by Kevin Del Principe

Pitching a feature movie to an executive is tough enough, but what if you had to do it to a Catholic Priest in rural Michigan?  I Animal author and filmmaker Kevin Del Principe explains.  

“Kevin is a long-time creative collaborator and friend of mine.  We both know the throes of being in and out of Hollywood at the same time.  It’s like that for a lot of creatives.  The stars in the all the magazines are really just a small minority in the huge pool of those making content.  Kevin is one of those dudes that just works to make things happen for himself, regardless of whether he is “in” or “out”.  One day, he was like, “I’m making my first feature film.”  And then roughly a year later, he’s on a plane to Michigan to shoot his film.  It’s cool for me to hear that he had quite a memorable experience during his shoot of Up On The Glass, one that involved an unexpected Catholic priest.  Kevin goes deeper into the significance of that priest in this episode.  We also joke about our old web series that forecasted Putin before the 2016 election happened.  We used to do a lot of Putin jokes, but now we’re scared to do more.” 

(Kevin’s handles: Twitter @kevdelprincipe, Facebook @kevindelprincipe, IG: @kevdel22, www.kevindelprincipe.com)

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#9: Key Lime Pie by Jin Yoo-Kim

Producer/Director Jin Yoo-Kim has never told anyone this story, even her husband, and it involves a Key Lime Pie, America, and personal connections.  

“Full disclosure, Jin is married to me.  I know I’m biased, but who cares, Jin can light up a room and hold court at a dinner party or any social gathering, really.  She is a fantastic storyteller, who is always able to catch someone’s attention through her words and expressions.  And I thought I’ve heard every story she’s ever told, so to hear one that she’s never told before, at my request, was a fun experience.  And it’s true, I never heard her Key Lime pie story before this episode, and it wasn’t what I was expecting.  It touched on America, life as an immigrant, and personal connections.  It was definitely more than a foodie story.” 

(Jin’s handles: Instagram @jykfilms, www.jinyookim.com)

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#3: A Blunt 20-Year Secret by Bernie Duran, Jr.

At a mysterious location during the post-production of small indie movie Creed 2, film producer Bernie Duran, Jr. reveals his true identity as the Walter White of East LA and a secret that has lasted over two decades.

“I can’t believe Bernie, a person I know to be a legit guy, has been living a secret life for over two decades.  He is Bryan Cranston if Bryan was Latino.  Bernie’s revelation about his true identity is genius, hilarious, and quite an amazing acting performance.  It’s no surprise that Bernie was working on Creed 2 at the time of this episode’s taping, as Bernie delivers a Oscar-worthy performance.  This is the most Hollywood episode ever.” 

(Bernie’s Twitter @bernieduranjr)

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