Ep 1: God Bless The Child director Robert Machoian


EPISODE 01: Ryan Watt speaks with filmmaker Robert Machoian about his new film GOD BLESS THE CHILD, co-directed with Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, premiering at the 2015 SXSW film festival.

Robert discusses his inspiration for the story and directing his five young children.

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Show Notes:

Rodrigo not available, two car accidents

Inspiration for the story about a mother’s depression

God Bless The Child_Rodrigo EzraFilming with your own family

Robert Bresson – Filmmaker

Challenge of working with children

Motivation of scene VS exact dialogue

Harper – Ella and The Astronaut

Choices for the Mother character

Scripting feels unscripted

Cactus scene

Shoot, Watch, Reshoot

Dardenne Brothers “Rosetta” style inspiration

US in Progress – Rough Cut filmmaker feedback

God Bless The Child_JonahNathan Silver

Forty Years From Yesterday – first feature

Talking to kids about death

Superheros and media impact

Licensing Soulja Boy ‘Superman’

Wildlife refuge, Dave Nelson sound design

Kids traveling to SXSW premiere, first flight


NEXT EPISODE: Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak

Honeymoon is now streaming on Netflix and Amazon, watch it before next week’s episode!




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Independent Film Producer. Host of the 'Indie Film Picks' podcast. Board President of Indie Memphis film festival. Director of Development at New School Media, Inc.

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