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EP 109: Sundance Potpourri

Season 1, Ep. 109


Today's episode is a special one, straight from the heart of the Sundance Film Festival. I've titled it "Sundance Potpourri" because it's a collection of mini interviews with some incredible talents I had the pleasure of meeting in Park City, Utah.

First up, we have Ian Bawa, a director from Winnipeg, who shared his journey from "failed law student" to a filmmaker. His short film "My Son Went Quiet" premiered at Slamdance, an indie film festival adjacent to Sundance, and it's a powerful piece based on his true life story, complete with the real 911 call from a pivotal moment in his life.

Next, we chatted with John Mawson, a Merchant Marine-turned-actor, who's now involved in an audio drama project. He shared his transition from the sea to the screen and the importance of creating your own content.

We also hear from Chris Nash and Pierce Dirks, the director and director of photography, respectively, of "In a Violent Nature," the only Canadian film at Sundance this year. They discussed the challenges and improvisations during filming, including reshooting with a stripped-down crew and budget.

Next, I had a heartwarming conversation with Sallieu Sesay, a med-surg nurse turned actor, originally from Sierra Leone. He spoke about the discipline required in both medicine and acting, the importance of a solid financial foundation, and the emotional drive behind his career change.

Finally, a short conversation with actress and filmmaker, Amira Lopez, about the importance of creating your own work and having proper representation within our industry.

Each guest brought their unique perspective on the industry, and it's clear that no matter where you start, passion and perseverance can lead to a fulfilling career...AND A TRIP TO THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

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