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IFH 335: How to Attract an Oscar Nominee to a $10K Indie Film with Nick Psinakis

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How to Attract an Oscar Nominee to a $10K Indie Film with Nick Psinakis

Today on the show we have writer, producer, and actor Nick Sinakis. Nick and his writing partner created the film My Best Friend’s Famous, an indie film produced for under $10,000 and made it entirely out of his apartment. He acted, co-wrote, produced and edited the film while his writing partner directed, produced and scored the film.

Through a little HUSTLE (haha couldn’t help myself) he managed to attract to the film MINDY STERLING (most known as Frau Farbissina from Austin Powers, Goldbergs) as well as OSCAR® NOMINEE RYAN O”NEAL (Love Story, Barry Lyndon).  The rest of the cast is rounded out with DAVID ROSS PATERSON (Saving Mr. Banks, Benjamin Button, Frost Nixon) as well as some young up and coming comedians.

I wanted him on the show to, first of all, find out how he attracted his cast for such an indie film, to discuss how he was able to make his film look much bigger than a $10k indie and what he learned from Indie Film Hustle that helped him along his journey making his film.

Sean is a walking cliche. He is trapped in a dead-end catering job and relationship with a girl that’s out of his league all while living in the underwhelming city of Los Angeles. Once his best friend, Freddy, becomes an overnight TV star, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. Sean attempts to conform to this new world but jealously and the stress to be successful prove to be too much to endure when everyone else seems to have it figured out in the areas of love, career and relationships but him.

Enjoy my conversation with Nick Sinakis.

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