The Animal People documentary raises conversations about activism and using one’s voice. While it may seem easy to connect the two, there are strong opinions about there being a difference between a Twitter Warrior and an activist, the belief that social issues and causes are more than hashtags, and praise should be reserved for those who are actively working to make change, whether they choose to broadcast it or not. … Read the rest
“There is no direct path to being a director, which is ironic,” Angelfish (2019) filmmaker Peter Lee tells So Booking Cool in support of his debut feature film, starring rapper Princess Nokia and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher, Wu-Tang: An American Saga).
Lee’s interest in film began in his youth, which involved the tradition of going to the “cinema” or “the movies” (he admits he is still … Read the rest
So you’ve figured out that you want to work in a particular industry, let’s say film. But do you know which aspect of film? Do you know the kinds of stories you want to tell and how you want to tell them? Everyone comes to find their place in their chosen field. They realize where they best fit in, and more importantly, where their passion lies. For veteran filmmaker Casey … Read the rest
Though it is never too late, filmmaker Chris Kenneally originally thought he would be an author. Instead of writing screenplays, he’d be writing short stories. His passion for developing stories for screens began during his days as a bartender when one of his co-workers, a film student, had to write a script. Kenneally took over the task. He wrote and helped make the movie.
“I was like ‘wow, this is … Read the rest
Most of us have seen at least one movie or show where the actor is so believable as the character that we can’t help but think that is how or who they really are. Nolan Gross aims to be that actor. The young performer, who has starred in many works including Any Day, The Terminator, Lucky Dog, Noah, as well as CSI, and American Horror … Read the rest
You probably have heard about actors getting into shape for a role, but what about directors and producers? Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker of more than 20 years, Zeke Zelker, ran a marathon when making his new movie Billboard, which proved effective. “I didn’t only want to attach myself mentally and creatively,” the Pennsylvanian said to So Booking Cool. “I also wanted to attach myself physically.” This enabled … Read the rest
If you are a filmmaker or aspiring, you’ve probably received a variety of advice such as taking a class, networking, finding authentic stories, overcoming fear and rejection, etc. But how often have you been advised to take care of yourself, particularly when your film covers a dire topic? Heidi Yewman, the director and producer of the debut feature documentary, Behind the Bullet, believes the emotional well-being of the … Read the rest
1 Billion Orgasms is more than a documentary about sexual intercourse. It is about one following one’s dream, entrepreneurship, and perseverance among other things. “What Aaron’s story really represents is to some extent, is a reflection for all of us to think about what are our hopes and dreams? What do they mean to us and why are we really pursuing them?” co-director Brent Kinetz said when he and co-director … Read the rest
Out of all male nominees, Naghmeh Shirkhan won Best Director for her feature film Maki at this past week’s Chelsea Film Festival, a victory that both surprises but makes sense to the filmmaker. “It’s been such a long road for me, and I have kept at it. To me, it should not matter whether you’re male or female, the work should stand on its own,” Shirkhan told So Booking Cool… Read the rest
For something that was initially a hobby, young actor and musician Zachary S. Williams has serious goals for his career in entertainment. In addition to his aspiration to become a director, the Nickelodeon star also hopes to launch an organization that will connect children to the arts.
“Art, in general, is an important field that I think most people need to experience, and the younger, the better,” the 18-year-old told, … Read the rest