Liz is the director of the feature film “Bread and Butter” and is prepping her second feature “Speed of Life.” This week we hear how Liz is making her movies on a microbudget, finding name actors, getting distribution and sustaining her career as a filmmaker.
After earning her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University, Liz moved to Los Angeles to attend USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
After graduating USC she found work in LA under John Morrison of the California Film Institute, Michael Shamberg of Double Feature Films, Adam Goodman at Paramount Film Group and distribution consultant Peter Broderick.
She now works for the Sundance Institute as an Artist Services Manager where she talks to filmmakers about distribution, marketing, and fundraising.
Her first feature film is “Bread and Butter” which she made for $100,000 using money raised on Kickstarter and from a few small investors.
“Bread and Butter” stars Christine Weatherup, Bobby Moynihan, Micah Hauptman and Lauren Lapkus. We talk to her about getting the movie off the ground, finding the money, getting name actors in her film, and the trials and tribulations of festivals and distribution.
Liz’s excellent article “Filmmaker to Filmmaker: We Need to Talk About Distribution”
Here are some of the topics we cover in our conversation with Liz:
- The difference between Speed of Life and Bread and Butter (budget, shoot days, location and actors)
- how she got a name actors in Bread and Butter:who did she reach out to, what did her letter say?
- why Liz pays her actors scale
- why Liz likes microbudget filmmaking
- The documentary film “Official Rejection”
- Marcus Markou and his distribution of Papodapolous and Sons
- Who pays SAG residuals?
- How does a person get to make more than one film? Does your first film have to make money?
Getting in Touch with Liz Manashil
her website: http://www.lizmanashil.com/
Bread and Butter: http://www.breadandbuttermovie.com/
her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3357568/
you can email Liz: womanashil (at) gmail (dot) com
And if you liked this interview, consider donating a few dollars to Liz’s second feature film “Speed of Life,” she would certainly appreciate it: Help us make our feature film: SPEED OF LIFE!