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Low-Budget Rebels: An Indie Filmmaking Conversation with Josh Stifter

  • Season 5 Episode 15: THE LEGEND OF EL CHUPACABRA Director Rob Mabry

    10 GIU 2024 · This week I had the pleasure of chatting with writer and director Rob Mabry.If you look at our film's synopsis, you can instantly see that my film Greywood's Plot and his The Legend of El Chupacabra have some things in common. Watching the movies, it's interesting how unique both movies are as well! Rob and I discussed his rise from early days of playing with cameras, to the break in his filmmaking process and coming back to it through 48 hour film fests and making a plethora of shorts, to eventually making his first feature film. We also chat about Rob's preproduction process, finding the shot in the moment, messy effects shots, and the fun of creating monsters with practical visual effects.This and so much more!  Make sure to follow @ to find out more about Rob's movie.
    1 h 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 14: FEY Director Scott McElroy

    3 GIU 2024 · Director Scott McElroy came on the show to discuss his feature film Fey, a twisting, independent psychological-thriller about a rock band that goes to a secluded studio to record their album and finds out they may be in for more than creating tunes and drinking booze. We discuss a wide variety of independent filmmaking topics including how to direct when you don't have technical knowledge, building a friend and family group that you can call on for help when it's time to get out and make a movie, and tricks for taking advantage of sound design to build the mood. We also chatted about music and how other forms of art beyond filmmaking help to build storytelling and structural style when it is time to make a feature length movie. Make sure to follow Fey on social media @feythemovie on instagram and stay tuned for the release of this truly independent, twisted flick!
    1 h 23 min. 30 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 13: MY FRIEND MOLLY Filmmakers The Farx Brothers

    28 MAG 2024 · Even with the busy holiday weekend, I was able to chat with two indie filmmakers who've made some interesting movies and are looking to take them out to theaters and try a new model of low-budget film distribution. While they're called The Farx Brothers, you'll find out early in this episode that they are not actually brothers. Nick and Kyle are two Minnesota based filmmakers creating short form movies and proof of concept videos. We discuss their background, how they each bring different ideas and style to the projects they make, and new ideas about how they want to distribute their films this year. They also discuss four walling, new projects, and working in the industry versus having a day job outside of filmmaking. This and much more!
    1 h 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 12: KUYASHII GONZO Director Jeff Frumess

    20 MAG 2024 · I'm in my studio and recording new episodes of Low-Budget Rebels Podcast! For my first episode in the new studio, I have Romeo's Distress director Jeff Frumess on to talk about what he's been up to since the last time we chatted on the show. Not only has he been running his patreon page and youtube channel, he's also directed a new film called Gouge Away, and created a gonzo style documentary using diaries and home videos called Kuyashii Gonzo: Blood Visions and Chaos Magic! We also discuss a wide range of topics from the process of finishing a feature and setting deadlines to the benefits of table readings to how important it is to find a way to distribute your own projects in the modern era of film.  Head over to to learn more about where you can see Jeff's films. Follow Jeff on Social Media: X : Instagram: Check out more from Low-Budget Rebels and hear all the episode ad free at  Cheers, Josh
    1 h 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 11: BAMPIRE Director Taylor Morden

    8 APR 2024 · On this episode of the podcast, Josh Stifter sits down for a conversation with returning guest Taylor Morden. They discuss what has happened since they recorded the last episode, The Last Blockbuster and it's run on Netflix, the challenges of getting projects off the ground, being hired to direct a movie about Build-a-Bear Workshops, and Taylor's newest adventure in crowdfunding with his horror/comedy Bampire!  Make sure to go over to and help support this fun and unique take on indie monster movies.  Follow the film on social media @bampiremovie Cheers!
    1 h 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 10: ONCE AND FUTURE SMASH Director Michael J Epstein

    27 DIC 2023 · On this episode of the podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Michael J Epstein. In his second appearance on the show, he discussed the movies he's directed since the pandemic. Experimenting with mocumentary mixed media projects that included short scenes from other filmmakers during the pandemic and mocumentaries, Michael and his partner Sophia Cacciola have made three incredibly experimental films including The Transformations of the Tranformations of The Drs. Jenkins, The Once and Future Smash, and End Zone 2. We discuss the making of these films, how the pandemic effected them, and the process of distibution for these truly independent features. Make sure to check out the kickstarter for the release of The Once and Future Smash here: And follow Michael J Epstein on social media by going to Cheers, Josh
    1 h 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 9: THIS IS YOUR SONG Director Hassan Said

    21 NOV 2023 · This Is Your Song is a beautiful, sad, and completely unique film about relationships gained and lost. I had the pleasure of sitting down with independent filmmaker Hassan Said to talk about the process of making such an ambitious film. Filmed as one long take, the movie tells a story that many of us can relate to - but also will impress the hell out of all you indie filmmakers. We discussed the casting process, the massive endeavor that is filming large takes, things that can go wrong on a film like this, and why his director of photography had to build her core before production. Six weeks of rehearsal and preproduction, screenings of the film, getting permits for the shoot, color correcting a movie for mood, distribution of a film like this, and finding the right locations are just some of the topics we discuss! Make sure to follow Hassan Said by checking out his website at and look for THIS IS YOUR SONG through Indie Rights available now! Have a great week, everybody! Cheers, Josh Stifter
    1 h 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 8: LOVE VIRTUALLY Director L.E. Staiman & Co-writer Cheston Mizel

    6 NOV 2023 · On this weeks episode of Low-Budget Rebels, I had the pleasure of talking with first time feature filmmaker of the new sci-fi comedy Love Virtually L.E. Staiman and his co-writer Cheston Mizel. We discussed how they got into making movies and why a comedy about the Metaverse seemed enticing. They tell me about the writing process and how it came together during the Covid quarantine, what the biggest challenges were, and how the process of editing this movie challenged them. They also discuss the benefits and shortcomings of relying on visual effects and animation and how Cheston learned animation based on the needs of the film. This and much more! Love Virtually is releasing November 7th on digital and on demand. Cheers, Josh
    53 min. 32 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 7: FROGMAN Director Anthony Cousins

    23 OTT 2023 · I am so excited for you all to hear this weeks episode of Low-Budget Rebels! My friend Anthony Cousins hopped on the show to talk about his new film FROGMAN and the shorts that helped him get to where he is. We discussed the movies and t.v. shows that introduced us to the world of filmmaking, his decision to pursue filmmaking, and the sacrifices that you have to make to do what you love. We also discuss the challenges of moving from short films to features and the inspiration behind the stories we tell, working with collaborators, and the challenges that come with making a found footage film. This and so much more! Make sure to follow Anthony on instagram at @cousins_anthony, check out his short films and segments from the SCARE PACKAGE films, and keep an eye out for where you can see FROGMAN! Have a great week, everybody. Cheers, Josh
    1 h 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Season 5 Episode 6: BREAD AND BUTTER Director Liz Manashil

    15 OTT 2023 · Happy Monday! And we're rollin' into it with a brand new podcast episode. Liz Manashil is a wonderfully different type of director than the folks I usually get on the show. Her two features, Bread & Butter and Speed of Life, are fascinating character studies that are not only low-budget inspiring but a type of movie that makes me want to work outside of the box. She also was the kind of candid chatter that I LOVE to have on the show. She discussed growing up as a precocious and quiet child, the anxiety that comes with filmmaking, and balancing being a parent with creating art. She also discussed going to film school at USC, working with actors, and the benefits of doing shorts as well as features. All of this and so much more. Make sure to follow her on twitter @LizManashil and check out her films Bread and Butter and Speed of Life, available now on Amazon and other streaming sites. Also, head over to and leave me an audio message! Ask questions, leave indie film reviews, and have your voice heard! Cheers, Josh
    1 h 1 min. 10 sec.

Independent Filmmaker Josh Stifter of Flush Studios and Robert Rodriguez's show "Rebel with a Crew," sits down and speaks with indie filmmakers, creative artists about life in independent filmmaking, the...

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Independent Filmmaker Josh Stifter of Flush Studios and Robert Rodriguez's show "Rebel with a Crew," sits down and speaks with indie filmmakers, creative artists about life in independent filmmaking, the creative process, and making it the crazy film business.

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