Brett Smith (re-release)

Season 2 | Episode 11
29m | Feb 9, 2024

Hey, y'all, it's Ben -- I re-released this episode because FREEDOM'S PATH just got picked up by Paramount starting on February 1 -- and it's fantastic. It's on Showtime, a bunch of other places. It was streaming before but now it's in front of a larger audience.

Check it out if you can and then listen to the interview I did back in September with Brett Smith. See you next week.

I talk with Brett Smith about his feature directorial debut, FREEDOM'S PATH. In our conversation, we discuss:

  • how he came about filmmaking -- it wasn't the usual way;
  • the boldness of making a first feature film a military period piece;
  • how he worked to get the racial component of the film right;
  • where he shot the film;
  • and whether he would make a short first or a feature if he could do it again.

Brett Smith's story shows the level of determination and resilience required to be a successful indie filmmaker.

Brett's Indie Film Director Highlight: J.A. Bayona


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