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238 - Nick Frangione - Focus On The Experience Of The Audience, Not Perfection

Nick Frangione, The MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Filmmaker, Film

In this episode, we have a conversation with Director/Writer Nick Frangione. We talk about his fantastic feature 'Buck Run,' his work on a forthcoming musical and why he's making it, how mourning his beloved mother and healing wounds with his father shapes his filmmaking and his top tactics on getting the best performances out of his actors on set.

About Nick Frangione

In 2021, Freestyle Digital Media acquired Nick Frangione's BUCK RUN (James Le Gros, Kevin J. O'Connor, Amy Hargreaves, Alicia Goranson, Jim Parrack, Angus Macfadyen, and starring Nolan Lyons) for release on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Movies, Cable, and Satellite On Demand. The atmospheric and delicate drama premiered Opening Weekend at Palm Springs International Film Festival alongside films such as A STAR IS BORN and IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK and toured the festival circuit. BUCK RUN won Best Feature at Flickers Rhode Island International and Fayetteville Film Festival; Best International Feature at Nordic International Film Festival and Santorini Film Festival; Best Actor for lead Nolan Lyons at Breckenridge Film Festival; and the Orson Welles Award for Achievement in Directing at Tiburon International Film Festival.

Critics have called the film "Evocative," "Timelessly Melancholy" (Dennis Harvey, Variety). "Beautifully acted. Very well shot." (Ray Greene, LA Critics Association). "A masterly done meditation on America's working-class dilemma, broken fatherhood, abandonment, and acceptance" (Brazilian Press).

Before BUCK RUN, Frangione directed ROXIE. Tommy Cook of said of the film, "Roxie, at its heart, is a tragedy about lives spent reliving the past, an unmasking of the harsh realities of time and aging, on the need for a real connection and how any false one inherently corrupts and leaves you bare. It's a testament to zero-budget filmmaking and how even the smallest of films can possess the greatest of ambitions. It was, by far, the best film I saw during my stay at Sonoma (International Film Festival)".


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