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217 - Alex Ferrari - How to Make Profitable Indie Films as a Filmtrepreneur


MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Alex Ferrari, Filmtrepreneur, Filmmaking, Film, Indie Film Hustle

We have a conversation with Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, and Podcaster Alex Ferrari. In addition to his best-selling books, 'Shooting for the Mob' and 'Rise of the Filmtrepreneur,' we talk about his latest film 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire,' his childhood growing up in Jamaica Queens, NY, where and how he developed his "Hustle" mentality, his infamous Hollywood Video and GameStop arbitrage stories, why he decided to retire from Post Production work, and so much more.



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I'm Alex Ferrari. I've been in the film industry for over 25 years and have worked on well over 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries, and webisodes. My personal films have been screened in 600+ film festivals around the world.

I created Indie Film Hustle to share what I've learned over the years as a writer, director, producer, and post-production/VFX supervisor. IFH is here to give you the REAL DEAL. The truth on how to make it as a filmmaker in this crazy and sometimes brutal business. You'll find my approach to the biz a bit raw and real. That's because I care about my fellow artists and filmmakers. I've seen and personally made many missteps over the years and I want to help you avoid making the same costly mistakes.

IFH is part truth bomb, part motivation, and part kick in the butt. Never give up on your dreams...no matter what! IFH Academy www.ifhacademy.com IFHTV: www.indiefilmhustle.tv (The World’s First Streaming Service for Filmmakers and Screenwriters) Author of Rise of the Filmtrepreneur: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story) Become a Fan: www.facebook.com/indiefilmhustle Follow us @indiefilmhustle Instagram @ifilmhustle Listen to the IFH Podcast: iTunes Listen to the Bulletproof Screenplay Podcast: iTunes Listen to the Filmtrepreneur® Podcast: iTunes Links:

Shooting for the Mob (book) Rise of the Filmtrepreneur (book) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (film) François Truffaut (writer) Akira Kurosawa (writer) Martin Scorsese (producer) Predator (film) Lethal Weapon (film) Chad McClarnon (writer) Drew Maynard (filmmaker) Logen Christopher (cinematographer) Richard Linklater (producer) Sundance Film Festival SXSW Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival Nashville Film Festival LA International Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival (film) Stanley Kubrick (director) Autobiography of a Yogi by P. Yogananda (book)

 

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