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Courtney Balaker

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EP 22: The powerful habit of Focus w. Filmmaker: Courtney Balaker

Habits for Happiness

Join Courtney Moorehead Balaker to talk about the POWERFUL habit of FOCUS. This is a different take on productivity, and one that has let allowed her to be so extremely successful!Courtney is an award-winning filmmaker, theatre director, and co-founder of Korchula Productions.Courtney wrote, directed, and produced Little Pink House, an award-winning Korchula Productions feature film about Susette Kelo’s historic fight to save her home and neighborhood. The film stars two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out, Being John Malkovich, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Emmy nominee Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, The Firm, Grey Gardens). The film has been lauded by the likes of The Hollywood Reporter (“The bottom line—it hits a nerve”) and Deadline Hollywood (“Keener nails the combination of anger, grace, and attitude that made Kelo a nationally known crusader”). It has won a variety of awards including the HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Vail Film Festival Audience Award. Courtney’s script was selected as a finalist for the Athena List, which recognizes the best screenplays with strong female protagonists. Courtney’s feature film production credits include The Collector (Josh Stewart), American Pie Presents the Naked Mile (Eugene Levy), and Pulse (Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder). She produced Can We Take a Joke?, a Korchula Productions documentary featuring comedians such as Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jim Norton. The film has been lauded by The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, and comedy icon Seth MacFarlane, among others. Courtney served as a producer on America in Primetime, an award-winning four-hour PBS documentary series that examines the creative process behind primetime’s most iconic and groundbreaking shows. The series features interviews with Ron Howard, James L. Brooks, Sarah Jessica Parker, Larry David, Norman Lear, Alec Baldwin, David Lynch, Jon Hamm, Danny DeVito, Mary Tyler Moore, and Dick Van Dyke, among others. Courtney began her film career at Neo Art & Logic, a feature film production company with an overall deal with Dimension Films where she developed new screenplays and went on to serve as Vice President of Development. Neo’s credits include He Was A Quiet Man (Christian Slater, William H. Macy), Dracula 2000 (Gerard Butler, Nathan Fillion), and The Prophecy (Christopher Walken). Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and a master’s degree in theatre directing from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College London. She is currently producing the feature documentary The Coddling of the American Mind, based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same title.


1 Apr 2022

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BEHIND THE LENS #167: Featuring Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill, Courtney Balaker, Ted Balaker and Mark Raso

Behind The Lens

An eclectic mix of fact and fiction-based-on-fact with this episode of BEHIND THE LENS as we take a look at three wonderful films – COMING TO MY SENSES, LITTLE PINK HOUSE, and KODACHROME - in discussions with the respective filmmakers: DOMINIC GILL and NADIA GILL, COURTNEY BALAKER and TED BALAKER, and MARK RASO.http://behindthelensonline.net http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com

1hr 3mins

14 May 2018

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