Mike Parker is a stage and film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and the founder of WordCrafts Press. He joined me from Middle Tennessee where he lives with wife, author Paula K. Parker.
Mike talks about his journey and how he started his publishing company; marrying his high school sweetheart and the secret to marriage; his time as an officer in the famed 5th Special Forces Group; what compels him to want to publish a particular book; some projects near and dear to his heart; how he juggles all his roles; what it means to him to go all in; and the mantra that helps him overcome struggles.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues; 3rd song: “Dancing in the Minefield” by Andrew Peterson.
Michael Venn is a director and producer who made his writing and directorial debut in 2010 with the short film “Dark Scribbles”, which premiered in the short film corner at the 2010 Festival De Cannes and was an official selection at film festivals across the country. Michael’s latest project is the feature documentary film “The Heroin Effect”, inspired by the opioid crisis that is currently plaguing the United States. Michael shares how he got into the film business, his connection to music, why he decided to make The Heroin Effect, and what it means to him to go all in.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Ooh La La” by Tim Timebomb (Armstrong); 2nd song: “Stop” by Janes Addiction; 3rd song: “Robin Hood” by Jamie T.
Karlina Lyons is a producer with 20 years of experience in domestic and international media production. Her career focus is on educational programming for children and families, most notably with Sesame Street. Recently, Karlina produced The Heroin Effect and Light Attaching to a Girl.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I’m Free” by Soup Dragons; 2nd song: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison; 3rd song: “Pilgrim’s Progress” by Kris Kristofferson.
Natalia Iyudin, an award-winning Polish born filmmaker, is a Director and Development Producer at Fictionless. Her films have been screened around the world. As an editor and writer, she has worked on nonfiction series for MTV, BET, PBS and VH1 alongside hundreds of short pieces with partners like ESPN, Sothebys, Intel and Verizon. Natalia shares what it means to “go all in” in this business and gives excellent advice specifically to filmmakers, but anyone who is pursuing their dreams.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Harry Nilsson; 2nd song: “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck; and 3rd song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.