Skip to content
Dan Mirvish, Slamdance Film Festival, Slamdance, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, Sundance Film Festival

Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing.

Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish

SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast

In our journeys through the Sundance Film Festival, we ran into the David to the Sundance Goliath, Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish.  Dan has been a rebel, author, filmmaker, disruptor, festival creator, and true indie film hustler. 

This interview is one of the most entertaining I’ve ever done. Dan Mirvish tells stories of how he challenged the Oscars, had Robert Redford call him “a parasite” and why the best deals are done in a hot tub. Here’s a bit on Dan Mirvish:

A co-founder of the upstart Slamdance Film Festival, Dan Mirvish is also an active director, screenwriter, and producer. Labeled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, and “Hollywood’s Bad Boy” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mirvish has been named as one of Variety’s Top 50 Creatives to Watch, as well as one of Film Festival Today’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Independent Film.

Dan also has just written a new book: The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution. Here’s a bit about the book.

In The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, celebrated Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish offers a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films.

Once labeled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to scriptwriting, casting, directing, producing, managing a crew, post-production, navigating the film festival circuit, distributing your film, dealing with piracy and building a career.

Readers will learn how to game the Hollywood system to their advantage, get their films accepted by respected festivals without going broke, and utilize a broad range of media and tactics to promote and distribute their work. A companion website features behind-the-scenes interviews and footage from Dan’s films, and much more.

    • Learn everything you need to know to make, promote, and distribute your independent films, with time-tested lessons and practical advice on scriptwriting, casting and directing A-list actors, financing, producing, managing a crew, editing in post, creating visual effects on a budget, and successfully navigating the film festival circuit
    • Find out what it takes to become a true “cheerful subversive” and adopt new and innovative approaches to producing your films, discover hidden loopholes in the Hollywood system and festival scene, take advantage of a broad range of media formats to promote and distribute your indie films, and generally make bold moves in service of your creative work, all while staying flexible enough to pivot at a moment’s notice
    • An extensive companion website features in-depth interviews with filmmakers, more than an hour of behind-the-scenes footage from Dan Mirvish’s films, festival resources, and much more

Get ready for some very entertaining knowledge bombs with Dan Mirvish.

All of these Sundance Series episodes are co-produced by Sebastian Twardosz from Circus Road Films and Media Circus.

Right-click here to download the MP3
Download on iTunes Direct
Watch on IFH YouTube Channel


LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

SPONSORS

  1. Rise of the Filmtrepreneur®: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business
  2. Rise of the Filmtrepreneur®: FREE AUDIOBOOK
  3. Indie Film Hustle TV (Streaming Real-World Film Education)
  4. Rev.com – Closed Caption Your Indie Film ($10 off Your First Order)
  5. Alex Ferrari’s Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story)

REAL-WORLD STREAMING FILM EDUCATION

  1. Indie Film Hustle TV (Streaming Real-World Film Education)
  2. Hollywood Film School: Filmmaking & TV Directing Masterclass
  3. Filmmaker in a Box – Learn How to Make an Indie Film – 18 Hours+ of Lessons 
  4. Storytelling Blueprint: Hero’s Two Journeys
  5. The Dialogue Series: 38 hours of Lessons from Top Hollywood Screenwriters

FILMMAKING RESOURCES

  1. Filmtrepreneur® Podcast
  2. Bulletproof Screenwriting® Podcast
  3. Six Secrets to getting into Film Festivals for FREE!
  4. FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)

Action Items:



If you like Disrupting Sundance & Making Films with Slamdance Co-Creator Dan Mirvish, then click below:

Elijah Wood, Josh Waller, Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Company X, SpectreVision

Jason Shuman, Rebel in the Rye, Lone Survivor, Sundance Film Festival 2017, Sundance Film Festival, Comic Book Villains

Sundance Film Festival Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival 2017, Trevor Groth, Sebastian Twardosz, The Insiders


Enjoyed Disrupting Sundance & Making Films with Slamdance Co-Creator Dan Mirvish? Please share it in your social networks (FacebookTwitter, email etc) by using social media buttons at the side or bottom of the blog. Or post to your blog and anywhere else you feel it would be a good fit. Thanks.

I welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the comments section below…


Get Social with Indie Film Hustle:
Facebook: Indie Film Hustle

Twitter: @indiefilmhustle
Instagram: @ifilmhustle

Podcasts You Should Be Listening To:
Podcast: Indie Film Hustle Podcast
Podcast: Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast
Podcast: The Filmtrepreneur® Podcast

Stuff You Need in Your Life:
IFHTV: Indie Film Hustle TV
Book:
Rise of the Filmtrepreneur®: How to Turn Your Indie Film into a Moneymaking Business
Book: Shooting for the Mob (Based on the Incredible True Filmmaking Story)


Gain Access to IFHTV Here


Please note some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase or use a service. Understand that I have experience with all of these services, products, and companies, and I recommend them because they’re extremely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to buy something.

 

Facebook Comments

Do You Want to Download the Indie Film Sound FX Library?

FREE 2000 SOUND EFFECTS

This free (and essential) package will give you
2000+ sound fx to help you with your
indie film projects.

No thanks, I don't want to free sound fx

Did you get your

FREE Audiobook?

Make money with your film!

FILMMAKING COURSES - BLACK FRIDAY SALE  (UP TO 70% OFF)

Make a Profitable Indie Film

WATCH A FREE 3-PART FILM PRODUCING VIDEO SERIES

Taught by veteran film producer and best-selling author Suzanne Lyons. The filmmaker behind over a dozen profitable indie feature films.

No thanks, I don't want this free training