Past Guests on CTG

All of our CHECK THE GATE programs can be found on Youtube.  For individual episodes click on the REPLAY EPISODE button below.


3pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Scilla Andreen -Co-Founder, IndieFlix Group, Inc.   

Scilla Andreen is an award-winning Producer, Director, Emmy nominated Costume Designer, Author, CEO & Co-Founder of IndieFlix Group Inc., a global, streaming and offline screening distribution service that focuses on content for a purpose. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, Today and South China Morning Post. She’s produced and/or distributed social impact films, Nevertheless, Screenagers, Angst, and Empowerment Project. Scilla directed and distributed two feature documentaries; LIKE (2019) a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives and The Upstanders (2020), an in depth look at resilience, attention and the power of connection to end bullying. Scilla is Included in Screen International’s Women to Watch, Variety’s Women’s Impact Report and PSBJ Woman of Influence. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, BeBold and Women in Film. Scilla is also the Founder of IndieFlix Foundation. Scilla is on a mission to change the world with film. IndieFlix.com


3pm Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Alex Ferrari, INDIE FILM HUSTLE  

Alex Ferrari is an author, blogger, speaker, consultant, the host of the #1 filmmaking podcast on iTunes Indie Film Hustle Podcast, and an award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry.   As a director, his films have screened in over 500 international film festivals.  Alex exploded onto the indie film scene with his award-winning short film BROKEN. To date, the film has screened at over 200 international festivals and has been reviewed by over 250 news outlets world-wide including famed film critic Roger Ebert. “Broken is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques.” – Roger Ebert.   Through self-distribution, the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD has also sold over 5000 units worldwide.  Frustrated that his fellow filmmakers were being “chewed up” by the film business, Alex decided to start Indie Film Hustle®, a website dedicated to educating filmmakers and artists on how to survive and thrive in the film business. He also launched a podcast focused on filmmaking called The Indie Film Hustle® Podcast. Within three months of its start date the show became the #1 filmmaking podcast on Apple Podcasts. He’s also the host of the popular screenwriting podcast Bulletproof Screenwriting®, and the filmmaking business podcast Filmtrepreneur®.


3pm Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Anasa Troutman,  CEO Culture Shift Creative       

Anasa has provided strategic and creative support in many important cultural, political and social justice spaces; she has designed and facilitated national learning exchanges, served as a consulting producer, trained and transitioned the leadership of organizations to integrate cultural strategy as a community organizing tactic, produced tours & festivals, curated artistic programming, shepherded many artists and creative thinkers through the process of manifesting their own creative vision and has been invited twice to the White House by the Obama administration to advise on cultural policy.  While she experiments with many forms of creative practice, her deepest love is writing.


3pm Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Josh Friedman, CEO Crew Me Up

Friedman is the author  of “Getting It Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide Handbook.”   A Decade of experience on shows such as Law & Order: CI to his feature film Warning Shot have led Mr. Friedman to create a mobile labor platform to Connect filmmakers around the world (Crew Me Up).  Mr. Friedman loves sharing his experience and cultivating new talent.   Crew Me Up is a New Mobile labor platform for the film industry available on iTunes.  Why make 60 phone calls to hire 6 people?  Crew Me Up offers detailed crew profiles, interactive availability calendars, favorite lists and more… all at the touch of button.  Friedman is building a community based on a simple mission:  Connect. Create. Collaborate … Crew Me Up.


Recorded April 30, 2020  – WHY INVEST IN THE ARTS?

Featuring Valeria Landsburg (actress, writer, producer, director), Chet Opalka (angel investor), Marcus Pryor (Albany Wine and Dine, philanthropist), Joe Ventura (Eden Cafe, financial advisor), hosted by Mike Camoin.


Recorded April 28, 2020  – Jess Fuselier – Sundance CO//AB   

Jess Fuselier is a community outreach, marketing and data specialist living in Los Angeles, California. As senior manager of research and education for Sundance Institute, Jess is working to cultivate meaningful insights rooted in data transparency, in order to create resources that impact the sustainability of the independent film community at large.

Originally a Texan with an early career as a professional ballet dancer, she concentrated her love of people, technology and social purpose towards helping filmmakers target and engage their audience. She pioneered a community outreach program to connect film sets across the U.S. with the communities in which they operate and led efforts to support critical non profit community service providers. An experienced coder, she has worked for several early-stage companies in Austin, and co-founded Young Women Who Code, teaching elementary age girls the building blocks of STEM education.


Recorded April 23, 2020 – Carole Dean, From The Heart Productions   

Carole Dean, author/producer/grantor.  The Art of Film Funding Second Edition & The Art of Manifesting: Creating your Future.  Executive Producer credits BAM 6.6, Women Behind the Camera, Step Away From the Stone, American Chain Gang, and more on IMDB.  Carole is an entrepreneur, created and ran a film business in Hollywood, NYC and Chicago for 33 years, and sold it in 2001. Carole created the Roy Dean Film Grant in 1992 and has given over $2,500,000.00 in grants to independent filmmakers.  She is currently the President of From the Heart Productions, 501(c)3 nonprofit where she managing the Grant and fiscal sponsorships for the non-profit and teaches film funding through her Intentional Filmmaker classes found on  FromtheHeartProductions.com and her pod casts on blogtalkradio.com. Her latest Power Point and book just released is How to Fund Your Film.

How to Fund Your Film from Carole Dean on Vimeo.


Recorded April 16, 2020 – Elliot Grove, Raindance Film Festival

Elliot Grove founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.  He has produced over 700 short films and seven feature films under the banner of his production company.   In 2013 Focal 
Press published his book:  Raindance Writers Lab: How to Write and 
Sell the Hot Script. His second book, Raindance Producers Lab: Lo-To-
No Budget Filmmaking was published by Focal Press in July 2015.  His 
novel, THE BANDIT QUEEN is being illustrated by Dave McKean and is 
scheduled for publication later this year.

  His production company operates under the Raindance banner and is 
currently developing a slate of ten features.  In 2009 Elliot was awarded a PhD by Open University for services to film education.


Recorded April 9, 2020 – Boston Casting, Inc. Angela Peri & Lisa Lobel

Angela Peri, CSA – Owner and founder of Boston Casting and co-founder of the Massachusetts Production Coalition.  30 years casting experience, Angela has worked with the nation’s top directors, advertising agencies and production companies in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.  A Five-time Artios Award Nominee and 1st time winner in 2020 for the feature film KNIVES OUT.  A featured speaker for the Independent Film Festival Boston, New York City’s Winter Film Awards and the Savannah Film Festival – along with being a frequent Guest Lecturer at Berklee College of Music.

Peri’s work includes local casting in over one hundred feature films, 1000s of commercials and hit  television series – most notably the Academy Award Nominated films, AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE FIGHTER and the Golden Globe Nominated film JOY and Golden Globe Nominated TV Series SMILF. Her upcoming work can be seen in television series DEFENDING JACOB starring Chris Evans and one of the most anticipated films of the year KNIVES OUT directed by Rian Johnson.

Lisa Lobel, CSA – Over 25 years of casting experience, co-owner of Boston Casting and co-founder of the Media Performance division of Boston Casting (an Acting School at Boston Casting). Frequent featured speaker for the Massachusetts Production Coalition, the Independent Film Festival Boston, New York City’s Winter Film Awards and the Savannah Film Festival.  Speaking to Students and Actors on careers in casting and acting, Lobel is the recipient of the 2018 “Woman of the Year” Imaginaire Award. She cast the critically acclaimed indie, DONALD CRIED, STRONGER, the Jeff Bauman story, the teen thriller SLENDERMAN and the hit Netflix Series, THE SOCIETY. This year her work can be seen in the upcoming FREE GUY, directed by Shawn Levy, starring Ryan Reynolds and in SOUND OF METAL starring Riz Ahmed, winner, BEST PICTURE at the 2019 Zurich International Film Festival.


Recorded April 8, 2020 – Hal “Corky” Kessler – Entertainment Attorney

Industry expert Corky Kessler of Rubenstein Business Law speaks with Mike Camoin about how federal tax incentives helps investors recoup early returns and why investing in motion pictures is now consider a “conservative investment.”

Contact Corky (o) 312.466.5612  (e) CKessler@RubensteinBusinessLaw.com