Episode 602: Phil Newsom

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, Phil Newsome, producer of Albanian Gangster and Every Time I Die, talks about producing and distributing indie films.

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A Halloween Treat from Film Riot

Review by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

“Write. Shoot. Edit. Repeat.” has been Ryan Connelly’s mantra since starting the Film Riot YouTube channel in 2006. Over the years we’ve seen the channel grow and Connelly’s filmmaking skills along with it. There’s Comes a Knocking is the latest in a long line of short film offerings from the writer/director. 

There Comes a Knocking is the story of Emma, a young woman who is mourning the loss of her lover. She is all alone in a new house, a house he bought for them. 

Stefanie Butler is compelling as Emma. She conveys a lot of emotion given the short run time, and makes us feel for her even before the screaming starts. We are drawn into her world by Connelly’s slow-moving camera, which seems to float omnipotently as we stay with Emma right until the chilling climax when the horror is revealed.

Cinematographer Chase Smith’s use of warm and cold light take the story from a drama about loss to a supernatural thriller perfectly complemented by Daniel James’ foreboding score. 

This film feels like what David F. Sandberg would have made when he was making his horror shorts if he had more money and a crew. It’s easy to see that Connelly and company have come a long way since their DIY days. 
There Comes a Knocking is a proof of concept short for what will hopefully become a feature film, a first for Connelly. After years of helping filmmakers improve their skills, he has sharpened his own and is ready to move to the next level, proof that his practice of writing, shooting, and editing will definitely open doors.

Episode 524: Kate Forsatz

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode actor/filmmaker Kate Forsatz talks about the making of her indie feature Thre3bound. We first met Kate at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

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Episode 523: Alex Emanuel

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Actor/Producer Alex Emanuel talks with host Jason Godbey about his indie feature, The Incoherents. We first met Alex and the team behind The Incoherents at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

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Episode 521: Simone Policano

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, actor/producer Simone Policano talks about her latest film, Auggie starring Richard Kind.

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Indie Film News 9. 27. 19

Indie Film News for September 27, 2019

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode host Jason Godbey talks about the NYWIFT Road to the Emmy’s Event, the Katra Film Series, the new documentary Don’t Be Nice. The week we ask the question: why aren’t you watching indie films?

Indie Film News is a supplemental show in addition to our regular weekly episodes to keep you updated on news and events going on in the indie film world today. These are audio exclusive episodes, so subscribe on your favorite podcast app for the latest Indie Film News episodes.

Zero at the Katra Film Series

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

This week I attended the Katra Film Series,. This season Geoffrey Guerrero and his team put a great program of films together.

The stand out of the evening was the film Zero directed by The Brothers Lynch and starring Bella Ramsey who you may know better as Lady Mormont from Game of Thrones. The film is about a young girl who is left to survive the apocalypse alone after her father dies. Ramsey gives an exceptional performance and the film is very well-made with some stellar cinematography and special effects. 

Other standout films include: Juniper- a sci-fi short about a man who loses his wife and has her brought back via a company that can clone people. It has a very Black Mirror-esque vibe to it.  It’s a film that keeps you guessing and surprises the audience.

The Desecrated is a horror short, a real crowd-pleaser with equal parts scares and laughs. Horror is huge on the indie film scene. Making horror shorts was a road to Hollywood for David F. Sandberg. Perhaps director John Gray will take a similar path.

The Katra Film Series has four exhibitions a year, and now they’re making their home at the Alamo Drafthouse. If you’re making short films, and you’re looking for a festival, I highly recommend submitting to them. 

For more about the Katra Film Series, check out episode 421 where I interview founder Geoffrey Guerrero. He’s also the co-founder of the Bowery Film Festival which we also covered this year. You can find our interviews at both Katra Film Series and the Bowery Film Festival on our Facebook and YouTube pages.


Episode 520: Juan Castilla

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode experimental filmmaker Juan Castilla talks about his film, Exposed and the importance of experimental film.

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Episode 516: Cait Cortelyou

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode accomplished actor/producer Cait Corleyou talks with host Jason Godbey about her independent feature, Ask for Jane.

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Episode 509: Neil Goss

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, director Neil Goss talks about the making of his indie feature Juvenile Delinquents-New World Order.

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