Growing with ‘Tiny Furniture’ producer Alicia Van Couvering

Between film screenings and checking my twitter feed to see where Joe Manganiello has been recently spotted, I attend a packed independent film panel at the YouTube lounge. The topic is “How to Make Your Movie Pop,” led by a […]


Actress/writer fired for her one-woman show about sex

At 7am every morning, Jean Franzblau and I talk on the phone for exactly thirty minutes. We met three years ago at a visions workshop and immediately connected over a mutual creative entrepreneurial spirit and a fear of being “too […]

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Crowdfunding: As enjoyable as skinny dipping with relatives

It started innocently enough. I had an idea to create an original rock opera for my fan fiction web series, Once Upon A…Anonymous. I figured since we had built a decent fan base, and I had financed our first season […]

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YouTube at Sundance?

In a world of doll tutorials, cat videos, and canon-ball fails on ice now comes… an ally in filmmaking? YouTube joins the Sundance Film Festival’s 30th year with its first ever lounge on Main Street. From a plethora of panels […]

Broke actor's guide to Sundance

The broke actor’s Sundance survival guide

Sundance can seem like a total film festival enigma where only that weird indie film you thought nothing of can get you in. Blame it on the abundance of free alcohol or the mountain air but Sundance, in many ways, […]

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How to survive when your friends become more famous than you

You’ve been pounding the pavement hard ever since you graduated with honors from one of the nation’s top theater colleges ten years ago. It’s been a tough road, but after thousands of dollars in therapy and several “spiritual” programs you’re […]