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Jen McGowan

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Sn. 2, #17 Jen McGowan: Directing, Filmmaking and Feminist Horror Movies


If we only rely on the people who are being disenfranchised to solve that disenfranchisement, then it will never change. In today’s episode we speak with Director and Filmmaker Jen McGowan whose recent feminist horror, Rustcreek was lauded by Harper’s Bazaar as being “Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now”. Jen is the founder of Glass Elevator, an international skill-sharing, networking, and jobs resource for professional women in film and television. The organization has over 4000 members and has been featured in Forbes as well as named Best in LA by LA weekly. In our conversation, Jen shares how she originally trained as an actor because she was good at it and enjoyed it, but realized that she didn’t find the working life of an actor fulfilling and decided to pursue directing in order to have a more active career. She worked her way up by starting out in production roles that are generally more open to women. Jen reflects on how it was only once she actively started pursuing directing that she realized she had never worked with a female cinematographer, sound engineer, or first assistant director in her working life. Later we discuss Glass Elevator and how it has helped women connect, and we hear some of the success stories of women who have found work through the platform. We also speak about the #MeToo movement and why disenfranchised people alone can’t solve disenfranchisement, the dominant culture needs to get onboard. For all this and much more, join us today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


18 May 2021

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309: Living The Filmmaking Dream with Director Jen McGowan!

Making Movies is HARD!!!

In our second episode in our double episode week we welcome Director Jen McGowan on the show to talk about her second feature Rust Creek and making the leap from indie features to directing episodic television. Jen drops all kinds of knowledge bombs on us throughout this episode, including how she handles pitches/meetings, her approach to her career and what it takes to make the leap to directing television. This was a really fantastic conversation about setting specific goals and what it really means to be a director so if you are heading down that path, this is a must listen! We also have filmmaker Karl Richter on the show to talk about his latest film Mirror Site and we do another installment of You’ve Got Mail, as always!

1hr 18mins

6 May 2021

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The Business of Filmmaking & the Importance of Diversity with Director Jen McGowan | #15

The Frantic Filmmaker Podcast

In this amazing podcast we speak with Director Jen McGowan, Director of Rust Creek (Netflix) and The Purge TV Show, about filmmaking, both the creative side to the industry as well as the business side. We also discuss diversity and other tips for aspiring filmmakers! Jen is also the founder of Glass Elevator, a networking and skill sharing tool for professional women in the industry.


4 Feb 2021

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Director Jen McGowan on Rust Creek, Building Relationships, and Finding Your Perspective

DreamPath Podcast

Jen McGowan is a film director whose first feature film, Kelly & Cal, won the Gamechanger Award at the South by Southwest film festival. Her most recent feature film, Rust Creek, is currently #5 on Netflix. Jen is also the founder of Glass Elevator, a networking and skill sharing site for women in the film industry, and recently directed episodes of The Purge and The Twilight Zone.  What you will learn: How Jen has coped creatively and professionally amid the pandemic and political turmoil over the last year, and how screenplays have evolved throughout the pandemic. [0:00-11:53]  What was unique about her film Kelly & Cal, how Juliette Lewis went above and beyond to promote the film, and what tough decisions she had to make on that film with an indie budget, especially regarding music rights. [11:15-19:17]  The differences between working as a director on indie films without representation vs. being represented while working on studio films with larger budgets vs. directing television; how the freedom her parents provided growing up factored into her decision-making educationally and vocationally. [19:17-31:18] What it was like making Rust Creek, from inception, to casting, to production, to making necessary scene cuts, and finally the premiere. [31:18-41:26] How distribution of films work and the importance of festivals, especially for indie movies; how Netflix and other streaming services factor into the distribution strategy, relative to theater ticket sales. [41:26-46:20] What Jen believes the turning point was for women in the film industry, based on her personal experience, what exciting (but secret) plans Jen has for the future, and advice she has for listeners interested in breaking into film. [46:20-55:41]   Resources: Jen McGowan’s: IMDb, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Glass Elevator website


3 Feb 2021

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Episode 93: An Evening with Jen McGowan

A Necessary Evil

for this week's dose of evil I am joined in the lair by Director Jen McGowan. We discuss her latest movie Rust Creek, the founding of Glass Elevator, and so much more. Check out Rust Creek now, and find info about Glass Elevator here https://www.glasselevate.com/about


20 Apr 2020

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Cultivating Community | Director Jen McGowan

Okay Back to One!

Director Jen McGowan is the perfect guest for this crazy moment in time because she understands the importance in cultivating community. She is the founder of the online resource for women in film and television, Glass Elevator, and you can see it in her film work, too. Check out her features Kelly & Cal and Rust Creek.  *SHOW NOTES*Jen McGowan on IMDb:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0569653/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0Kelly & Cal:https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/0FSC5A301T0FA3ZWPS6HXNSFX3/ref=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvc_ifcunlimited?tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvc_ifcunlimited-20Rust Creek:https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/0MJDYJ3UDLUMBSMNLSEDPAHZGB/ref=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvc_showtimeSub?tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvc_showtimeSub-20Glass Elevator:https://www.glasselevate.com/aboutMad Max: Fury Road:https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/0TZUGU34M6ERS1P05O1NRT8H5O/ref=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvt_aiv?tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvt_aiv-20


24 Mar 2020

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IFH 296: The State of Indie Film for Women with Jen McGowan

Indie Film Hustle® - A Filmmaking Podcast with Alex Ferrari

Today on the show we have writer​/director Jen McGowan on the show. We discuss the state of women directors in Indie FIlm, her new film Rust Creek and what it is really like to be a female director, from her perspective in today's world.Jen McGowan is a director based in Los Angeles. Her first feature KELLY & CAL (Juliette Lewis & Cybill Shepherd) premiered at SXSW where she won the Gamechanger Award. The film was released theatrically by IFC Films to rave reviews. McGowan got her start with award-winning short films, CONFESSIONS OF A LATE BLOOMER and TOUCH, both of which played at over a hundred festivals worldwide. TOUCH qualified for the Oscar when it won the Florida Film Festival.McGowan studied directing in the MFA program at USC where she was honored with a scholarship from Women in Film and a grant from The Caucus Foundation. She received her BFA in Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, studying under David Mamet, Bill Macy & Sam Shepard at the Atlantic Theatre. She is the creator of filmpowered.com, an international skill-sharing, networking & jobs resource for professional women in film and television.With nearly 2,500 active members, Film Powered was named Best in LA by LA Weekly, is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource and was featured in Forbes. A Film Independent Fellow, a finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, recipient of the AWD Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing and one of Vulture’s Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring, she was named one of 50 Women Who Will Change the World in Media & Entertainment by the Take the Lead Foundation.The tv series she created, Angelica, about the last remaining abortion clinic in a small Midwest town was one of twelve series selected from 4,000 submissions and the only American project for the MIPTV In Development program at Cannes 2018. McGowan’s second feature film, the survival thriller, RUST CREEK, is being released in theaters January 2019 by IFC Midnight.Enjoy my eye-opening conversation about the state of women directors in indie film with Jen McGowan.

1hr 14mins

31 Jan 2019

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Director Jen McGowan (Rust Creek)

Movie Geeks United

The Movie Geeks welcome director Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal) to the show to discuss her new film Rust Creek, which is currently playing in select theaters and across most VOD platforms.


17 Jan 2019

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BEHIND THE LENS #196: Featuring Jen McGowan

Behind The Lens

BEHIND THE LENS kicks off its fifth year with a jam-packed show and special guest, director JEN McGOWAN. First up we're talking about THE UPSIDE. An update and fresh English-language version from director Neil Burger of the acclaimed, internationally popular, "The Intouchables." Starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman, THE UPSIDE is one of the first "must see" films of the year. And one of the things that makes this a "must see" is KEVIN HART's performance. Not what we're accustomed to from Hart, in THE UPSIDE he finds a perfect balance with a light comedic touch and a sobering dramatic arc that is revelatory. Listen as Hart talks about this performance and stretching his acting chops from within. And then we go to the birds with BIRD BOX. Take a listen to excerpts of our exclusive interview with screenwriter ERIC HEISSERER as he talks about developing Sandra Bullock's character of Malorie as well as the depth of development for the supporting characters. Plus, Eric talks about his unique visual screenwriting approach with this film and the "rules" he established for this story. Very exciting is our special guest who joins us live at the mid-point of the show – director JEN McGOWAN. The last time we spoke with Jen was several years ago for her freshman feature, the charming and engaging "Kelly & Cal." Jen is now back with her sophomore feature film – RUST CREEK, a thriller with a twist and opening in theatres February 11th. Shot on location during the winter in the Kentucky woods, listen as Jen talks about some of the logistical challenges presented by the location and the weather, the process of casting and the ultimate chemistry between her two leads, and the importance of gender parity on film crews. In fact, the RUST CREEK crew boasts more than one-half of the department heads as female! Plus, find out about FILM POWERED, a networking group for women in the entertainment and film industry which was founded by Jen in 2015.http://behindthelensonline.net http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com

1hr 2mins

7 Jan 2019

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'Under the Skin' with 'Rust Creek' Director Jen McGowan

Switchblade Sisters

This week we've got director Jen McGowan (Rust Creek, Kelly & Cal) on the program to discuss Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Jen takes April deep into the world of filmmaking as she discusses the concept of "process dictating product." They examine the differences between making films in Europe and the US. They break down the genius of Jonathan Glazer and the exact steps he took to complete this film. Jen explains what it's like pitching as a director for hire. Plus, she and April dissect Scarlett Johansson's risky performance and how she's both sexy and scary at the same time. You can see Rust Creek in limited theaters and VOD on January 4th. And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Under the Skin on Netflix. With April Wolfe and Jen McGowan. You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.


3 Jan 2019