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233 - Motke Dapp - Beware of the Scoundrels In Film (Mistakes in the Making)

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Director Motke Dapp talks about the biggest mistake in his career so far, how you can avoid it, what he learned from it, and how it made him a better creative today.

About Motke

Motke Dapp is an American writer and director whose great grandmother killed a bear with a knife. He’s handcrafted, along with other amazing filmmakers, a plethora of whimsical, award-winning short films and a couple of feature films including his most recent, Another Version of You.

Another Version of You premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in 2018, winning the Audience Award. The film was the third most screened film in the festival’s 49 year history. It also won Best Feature Film and Motke won Best Director at the 2018 Cindependent Film Festival as well as The Daniel Chapp Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Lake County Film Festival. The film is now available to be purchased on most platforms (Amazon, Target, iTunes, etc.) and is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Motke got his start in filmmaking through the 48 Hour Film Project, winning Best Film 5 of the 10 times he’s competed.

“Sorry About Tomorrow,” a short film created in the summer of 2013, was selected by some of the largest film festivals in the country including Seattle International Film Festival, Cinequest, the PBS Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival (where it was runner up best Tennessee short). His films, “Contrary to Likeness” and “Everyday Yeti” won numerous awards and were both in the top 10 internationally at Filmapalooza - where all of the city winners of the 48 Hour Film Project go to compete against one another. Both films were invited to screen at the Cannes Short Film Corner in France by the 48 Hour Film Project.

Motke makes a living directing commercials and is busy working on plans for the next feature film.



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