• Sharmaine Johnson

Unity in film is the goal of Film Independent

The red carpet rolled out last night at The London in Beverly Hills for the premiere of Tankhouse. The film was funded by a nonprofit organization called Film Independent. The purpose of the organization is to help filmmakers make their movies, build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry. With over 250 annual screenings and events, the organization provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry


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Of course, we got the inside tea with the writers and some of the cast of the film before the screening. Writer and director Noam Tomaschoff shared with Newsstitched Media the importance of maintaining genuine connections while chasing your dreams. “There’s nothing more beautiful than growing in your craft and in life with people you care about. There will be difficult times during your journey when you will need genuine support and honest criticism for your own development”.

As the film highlight the postgraduate to reality transition in life, I asked Noam how his mental health affected his creativity during those times. “It was crucial! If I was depressed I wouldn’t have the same creative energy. I learned over time how to channel that frustration or negative mood and use it to tell real stories”.

Writer and producer Chelsea Frei shared with me some tea for those who are experiencing difficulties while chasing their dreams. “Don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself! I think that is very important, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! You will get better over time.” She continued to share with me the times that she hated her art but she continued to post put on Facebook and youtube. “This is a surreal moment for me for that reason. I am here on the red carpet for my first film”!

Tankhouse is the product of early adulthood spent in the trenches of the New York underground theater scene. It explores that critical, post-grad moment when the starry-eyed ambitions of youth collide with the harsh reality of life as an artist, what that can do to the sensitive psyche of a creative person, and the different ways that people find to cope.

It was a great story of dream chasing and growth. Be sure to look out for Tankhouse on a screen near you. See you next time for a refill on the Tea.

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