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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Buggs

242 - Brian Frankel - Filmmakers Either Have Reasons or Results

MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Brian Frankel, Filmmaking, Film

In this episode, we have a conversation with filmmaker, lawyer, and Executive Director of the Wheaton Film Festival, Brian Frankel. We talk about the Wheaton Film Festival, his experience growing up in a hotel, the impact of Cuban Immigrants on South Beach, how he balances being a filmmaker and lawyer, protecting filmmakers Intellectual Property, the importance of diversity in filmmaking, and how to get results instead of reasons for failure.

About Brian Frankel

Brian Frankel is the managing partner. He is a business, intellectual property, and litigation attorney based in Washington, D.C. Through his practice, Brian has represented clients who include brand managers, Amazon sellers, film & video producers, manufacturers, retailers, investors, distribution companies, Fortune 50 companies, online marketplaces, marketing firms, professional athletes & athletic teams, event producers, music professionals, information product entrepreneurs, media influencers, etc. Brian has extensive experience with matters involving Amazon (and other mass market sites) that range from various types of agreements to brand enforcement to brand registry and beyond. Brian works with clients both as outside general counsel and on a project-to-project basis. Brian is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, in Florida, and before the D.C. Federal Court.

Brian's legal practice reflects his interests and passions. Brian earned a wide range of professional experience, so can advise on both legal and operational considerations involving retail sales, launching new products, media production, manufacturing, wholesale, event production, negotiation, etc. Brian stays active and engaged in the creative community. Brian serves on the Board of Directors as the Education Chairman of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts where he has volunteered since 2007. Brian also serves as the Executive Director of D.C. Filmmakers and as the Festival Director for the Wheaton Film Festival. Brian earned both his undergraduate degree and his law degree at the University of Florida with additional technical training from NYFA at the French National Film Academy, the Art Institute of Phoenix, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Dade College.


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