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June 27, 2019

I had the privilege to interview the expert Assistant Editor Laura Yanovich, whose works includes Pacific Rim: Uprising. Jumanji. Star Trek Beyond. Furious 7. Nobody knows how a film is made quite like she does.

"From breaking in as a lowly PA to delivering "Pokémon De...

October 14, 2018

"I’ve spent years debating my responsibility in glamorizing, demonizing, or anatomizing that fact."

I got a chance to speak with the filmmaking and life partners Jimmy and Chai on their new film about Alex Honnold, and also ruminate on my own experiences when it comes t...

October 10, 2018

"You can have political, feminist, and intellectual ideas in a movie. But putting them in the visuals is the best way to make them work."

That's what Anna Biller told me in an interview when her film The Love Witch came out. No Film School recently re ran the original i...

September 28, 2018

I was very excited to be able to speak to David Lowery about his new film 'The Old Man and the Gun' -- featuring the last role of Robert Redford's career.

Read the full thing here: https://nofilmschool.com/2018/09/david-lowery-directing-old-man-gun

July 10, 2018

I love talking to documentary filmmakers about the clever strategies we employ on set to get the story!  I decided to compile a few case studies from some of the most talented, creative filmmakers I know about sound. (Yes, that's Bill Nye in the above pic with Jason Su...

May 22, 2018

I'm so proud of the talented high school students who have been a part of Kinlani Film Project this year. It's been the first year piloting a brand new thing with these teenagers at Flagstaff Borderdown Dormitory (aka Kinlani Dorm) and it has been very exciting to see...

May 20, 2018

I compile this four times a year, and the list keeps growing. Summer deadlines for all those who need film funds. Check it out!

https://nofilmschool.com/2018/05/summer-2018-grants-list-filmmakers

March 2, 2018

"The first feature is usually more focused. The creator uploads the subject he was most anxious to express, and the budget, which is usually low, forces him to focus and set limits. In his second film, he wants to upload all the rest. All his ideas, thoughts, emotions,...

February 27, 2018

I freakin' love getting to sit down and chew the fat with filmmakers. It's one of the coolest things about working for No Film School. Check out one of my favorite conversations of 2018, this podcast with filmmakers who had shorts at Sundance 2018. 

Check it out on nofi...

February 8, 2018

"Once in a while, a documentarian is actually yearned for...

Stephen Maing is the rare storyteller persistent enough to follow a film over several years that will  anger people in important places. Maing’s new documentary, Crime + Punishment, follows 12 police officers...

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 ABOUT OAKLEY: 

 

I was named after Annie Oakley, the illustrious sharpshooter made famous in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In my life, I prefer to shoot with camera. I’ve shot and edited over 2000 hours of vérité documentary footage. I'm a filmmaker. I generally subscribe to the DIY life, and I respect anybody trying to tell stories in their own original way.I was born in a smallish town in beautiful Washington state, and then moved to a handful of big, big cities across the globe. I first discovered how much I liked watching movies after I moved to São Paulo, Brazil at age 9, and would go across the street to rent subtitled VHS tapes whenever I felt homesick.I’m always looking to meet other filmmakers and future collaborators with the same spirit! 

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03/23:  Laemmle NoHo Screening of Brave New Wild

 

04/05:  Regal Rancho 7 Screening of Brave New Wild

 

04/07:  San Diego Screening of Brave New Wild

 

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