Up for some competition? Try Episode 5 of Pop Art: Best in Show/Series 7: The Contenders


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Up for a little competition? The quarantine got you playing games? The next episode of Pop Art is up at https://hcasner65579.podomatic.com/ as well as on Spotify, Anchor, Soundcloud and other streaming platforms. In Pop Art, my guest chooses a movie from pop culture and I chose a film from the more art/classic side of cinema. For this episode, my guest, filmmaker Michelle Ehlen (Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, S&M Sally and the upcoming Maybe Someday), chose the brilliant, hysterical Christopher Guest ensemble comedy Best in Show and I chose the dark, trenchant, violent satire of reality shows Series 7: The Contenders, both mockumentaries about competitions. And in this show we deal with such issues as: Who gives the best performance in Best of Show and what does Joe Garagiola have to do with it? How long was the script for Best in Show? What does a pregnant woman want to eat after shooting someone in cold blood? How does Star Trek fit in? Don’t forget to comment, like and follow. Next up Robocop and THX 1138.

Previous episodes: Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Goldfinger/The Spy Who Came in From the Cold; Monty Python and the Holy Grail/The Seventh Seal; The Great Escape/A Man Escaped


HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Linda Andersson, author of Triple Crossed and The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul
 
This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Linda Andersson, author of author of Triple Crossed and The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul
Linda Andersson_PicAfter placing highly in the ScriptapaloozaTV writing contest several years ago with her original sitcom pilot, “Misery Loves This Company”, and then soon after having it optioned, Linda Andersson started thinking she might like this screenwriting thing. One thing led to another including a self-produced, TV pilot/webseries, “The Seer/InSight”. She gained some traction with that, and in the film festival circuit with her short films, “When The Time’s Right” and “The 6 Month Rule”. More recently, Linda’s focus is on feature films including “Triple Crossed” (2013) and “The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul” (2015), and writing TV pilots.
  1. What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced, or your first project that was produced, or your first writing assignment?
I produced a lot of shorts and webseries before I sold my first produced, feature screenplay, “Triple Crossed”.
  1. Can you tell us a bit about the journey as to how it came about?
I sold the screenplay through a referral from another filmmaker. It was originally written for a female lead, and I had to rewrite it for a male lead. Continue reading

HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with writer, producer, director and actor MICHELLE EHLEN


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This is the inaugural post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.

 

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SONY DSCFirst up: writer, producer, director and actor Michelle Ehlen
 
MICHELLE EHLEN is a graduate of The Los Angeles Film School where she studied writing and directing. With a focus on comedy, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity.
She produced, wrote, directed, and acted in three award-winning feature films — Butch Jamie, POP-U-larity!, and Heterosexual Jill. Festival awards include Best Actress from the Outfest Film Festival and Best Feature from the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
She has also worked as a Producer on several indie films including three features for the Eating Out series on LOGO, and the dramedy Eat With Me which premiered at the L.A. Film Festival in June.
She is currently in development on the feature comedy S&M Sally, scheduled to be released in 2015.
You can check out more about her work at www.balletdiesel.com
  1. What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced?
My first feature that was produced is called Butch Jamie, and it’s basically a lesbian twist on Tootsie where a butch lesbian gets cast as a man in a film.  It’s a comedy, but like with most of my films, I like to layer in more dramatic themes such as characters grappling with issues of authenticity and identity.   Continue reading