This week we spoke with writer/producer/director Marty Lang on to talk about crowdfunding, filmmaking, and distribution. Marty has been a college professor, an actor, and an all around creative and has a vast knowledge of the industry as well as a quest for learning new things. We had a very enlightening talk with him.
A WORD FROM MARTY:
My name’s Marty Lang, and I’m an award-winning filmmaker, professor and journalist. I attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and covering entertainment for the New York Times. After producing the independent feature “A Little Bit of Lipstick,” starring Mia Tyler and Soupy Sales, I was accepted into the Florida State University Graduate Film Conservatory in 2002.
I worked on over 50 short films at FSU, associate producing the Student Academy Award-winning comedy “The Plunge,” and co-producing the Oscar-qualifying “Fields of Mudan.” After working for Zide/Perry Films and Magnet Management in Los Angeles, I moved back home to Connecticut.
Since then, I’ve co-produced the satire “Being Michael Madsen,” starring Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, David Carradine and and Lacey Chabert, associate produced the supernatural drama “The Other Side of the Tracks,” starring Brendan Fehr and Tania Raymonde, and associate produced the drama “Out of My Hand,”a 2014 IFP Labs film that will world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition, I developed the curriculum for the nationally-recognized Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, and was its Assistant Director from 2008 to 2012.
I also wrote, directed and produced the feature romantic dramedy “Rising Star,” which was acquired for worldwide distribution by Content Film in 2013. The film won Best Premiere and was an Audience Award nominee at the 2012 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Southeastern New England Film, Arts and Music Festival. It has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine, Film Threat and Film Courage. It also won indieWIRE’s Project of the Month for September 2011. It can be streamed at Amazon.com.
I’m a co-founder and Creative Director of the digital/social media startup Catalyst Media, in New Haven, Connecticut. I oversee production of narrative, documentary, promotional and educational video content, including “Protesters,” a short film I wrote, directed and produced that was an Official Selection of the 2014 Woods Hole Film Festival. I also run my own production company, Evergreen Media.
I’ve taught film at Stage32.com, and at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. I’m currently in development on my second feature film, and a television pilot.
My favorite movies are “The Big Lebowski” (and yes, I’ve been to Lebowski Fests), “Fight Club”, “The Puffy Chair,” “Brick” and “The Godfather.” I love UConn basketball, pugs, and my adorable niece Lindsay.
If you’re interested in seeing Marty Lang’s actual resume, just click here.
This is the 2015 directors reel for Marty Lang, It includes clips from the feature film RISING STAR, the short film PROTESTERS, and the documentary WHERE THEY TURN: THE CONNECTICUT VETERAN’S SEARCH FOR HELP.
From Marty’s Blog at his website https://martylang.wordpress.com/
It amazes me how many podcasts and sites exist for independent film now. They’re great ways for filmmakers to get their projects out in the world. It’s also a great way to impart some knowledge to the world, about what you’ve done, and how people can make better films, or work more efficiently. I’ve been interviewed for 2 podcasts, a Web series, and wrote a blog post for an indie film site, this past month. Thought you might like to check them out.
First, I was interviewed for the Dave Bullis Podcast, featuring (you guessed it) Dave Bullis. You can listen to that here: http://www.podbean.com/media/player/e83ah-533e61/initByJs/1/auto/1?skin=2
Then, I was invited to speak on the Film Reverie podcast, with Michael Bekemeyer and Bradley Kingston. This one was cool; we talked for over an hour about crowdfunding, and how filmmakers can work with their local communities to build audiences. (And I talked about my first theatrical experience, acting in my first short play!)
My old student Cory Maffucci, who has his own production company (!) called CineSlinger, invited me to be interviewed for his indie film Web series, THE HOT SET. Cory was my cinematographer on my short film PROTESTERS (which you can see in my Directing section), and we talked about the inspiration for that film, and how we went through the process of making it. Here’s that video:
And finally, I was asked by the wonderful RB Botto at Stage32.com to write a blog for their community. I was able to write something for their community about working in film production outside of Los Angeles. If you’re looking to break into the business, maybe this blog can help! Check it out:
Hope you enjoy them! And if you have an indie film podcast or blog that needs a guest, let me know!
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