Panda Bear It director Evan Kidd speaks with actress & musician Brigitte “Moneybound” Kelly who plays the role of Rhonda in the film. Evan talks with Brigitte about her approach to blending her musical background into her acting debut through the role of Rhonda. Welcome to season two of Convincing Creatives. Each episode features director/writer Evan Kidd speaking with a different person involved in the making of his latest feature film Panda Bear It. We hope to showcase the many talented individuals here in North Carolina who made this indie feature film possible.
Panda Bear It director Evan Kidd speaks with actress Kimberly Avery who plays the role of Grandma in the film. Evan talks with Kim about her approach to balancing both dramatic and more comedic moments plus acting alongside the character of Panda. Welcome to season two of Convincing Creatives. Each episode features director/writer Evan Kidd speaking with a different person involved in the making of his latest feature film Panda Bear It. We hope to showcase the many talented individuals here in North Carolina who made this indie feature film possible.
With the advent of streamable television more folks are watching TV than ever. You want to pay this some mind if you’re a filmmaker deciding on a series or a traditional feature film. (Evan did. Heres how that went…)
A shorter recap episode hosted by Evan with lessons attached from past Convincing Creatives guests. Why on earth do us creatives deal with so called “imposter syndrome” time and time again? How can we overcome it and get back out there to make new works?
Evan speaks with fellow NC filmmaker Debbie Vu. Debbie studied electronic journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was through this process that she was introduced to documentary filmmaking which she preferred. This seemed to be the healthier route to sharing her stories, rather than working based on the idea that “if it bleeds, it leads.” Debbie aims to share stories of hope and inspiration with her films.
Evan speaks with Team USA hurdler & filmmaker Johnny Dutch. Johnny is also the subject of Evan’s five year documentary “Run of the Picture”, releasing on Amazon Prime Video on April 13th, 2019. Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Johnny attended Clayton High School before making his way to Columbia and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in Media Arts. At 19, he was 5th at the 2008 Olympic Trials, three-tenths on a second from making the team. Johnny holds a top-5 rank in the world and has represented Team USA at the World Championships in 2009 and 2015.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with comic book writer & publisher Jacques Nyemb. Jacques is an author from Raleigh, North Carolina seeking to inspire & entertain with his line of “Not So Super” comic books featuring stories of everyday individuals.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with fellow NC filmmaker Rain Bennett. Rain creates projects focused on cultural or social issues, food, music, art and health. He has directed several documentary films, most recently releasing RAISE UP: The World is Our Gym via Red Bull TV.
Happy New Year! Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Jennifer Dasal. Jennifer is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where she has been employed since 2008. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Notre Dame as well as a BA in art history from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed PhD coursework in art history at the Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer also hosts the ArtCurious Podcast, a bi-weekly show exposing the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in art history. ArtCurious puts story first, shining light into unseen corners of art history.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with hip-hop artist Alex Aff. Alex is an upcoming musical talent ready to showcase his music to the world. Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Alex has experienced ups and downs while pursuing his dream, but his struggles have fueled his fire and only added to his sounds. Over the years Alex Aff has cultivated a sound and style that people seamlessly compare to the 90s era, so to say. As an advocate for lyricism and originality, Aff’s main goal as an artist is to create content that resonates with its listeners. Alex’s latest release Things Could Be Worse is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, and more.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Dion ‘Showtime’ Chavis. Showtime currently hosts at K-97.5/WQOK where he plays hip-hop and R&B in the Raleigh / Durham area. Additionally Showtime is an author & motivational speaker. The Self-proclaimed “Mr. Talk of The Town,” has become the voice that listeners and readers have come to recognize as their own. Showtime is an accomplished radio professional, author and blogger who uses his voice to help guide the lives of today’s youth.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Jacob Boehm executive chef & owner of Snap Pea Creative Dining in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A graduate of Stanford in Music & Theatrical Lighting Design, Jacob combines a theatrical experience with the joys of a quality meal. Jacob has hosted pop up dinners in the Morehead Planetarium, PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, on the banks of the Haw River, the rooftop at Citrix in downtown Raleigh and inside the Raleigh Denim workshop.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Chapel Hill, North Carolina singer/songwriter Sarah Shook. Sarah is currently on your with her band the Disarmers in support of their new album “Years” released via Bloodshot Records. Sarah walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have been covered by the likes of Rolling Stone, The FADER, Noisey/VICE, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Their song, “Good as Gold,” was chosen as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 best country and Americana songs of the week in March 2018.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Raleigh, NC based watercolor artist Rachel Loftis. Rachel enjoys utilizing the medium of watercolor illustration to inspire creativity in others in and out of her community. Rachel was recently featured in 2018’s Raw Artists – Raleigh.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with North Carolina rapper NANCE. NANCE has created a local buzz by landing performances in various venues headlining his own shows and opening for popular hip-hop artists such as Action Bronson, MGK, KYLE, Mobb Deep, Caskey, SonReal, Chevy Woods, and Kooley High. He has also performed up and down the east coast and touches the festival stages at Hopscotch 2016 and Packapalooza 2016 in Raleigh, A3C 2016 in Atlanta, and Art of Cool 2017 in Durham. NANCE released his first studio album No Excuses in April of 2018. In preparation for the album, NANCE successfully crowdfunded $10,724 through Kickstarter help finalize, shoot music videos, and promote his new music.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with photographer Raquez Rouse. Raquez’s mission is to promote healthy self-esteem in people of all demographics worldwide through his art. Raquez also founded The Raquez Rouse Company, based in Raleigh, NC.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with video producer, Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and now YouTuber Cole Brian (ColeB). Cole’s humble beginnings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana sparked an interest in filmmaking and art. Cole’s path lead to a thirst for travel, and soon he saw the world from Africa to the Appalachian Trail. Exploration is a must for a creative life according to Cole.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd speaks with Smokehouse Porter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smokehouse is an accomplished blues musician who has played the blues for over half his life alongside his wife Mamie Porter. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, both Smokehouse & Mamie fell in love with the sights and sounds of Louisiana blues. And not long after, each other. Fast forward to August 2016, and we find Smokehouse and Miss Mamie Porter in a fight for survival as Baton Rouge and the greater community they’ve built around swamp blues falls prey to rising flood waters.
Filmmaker Evan Kidd hosts our very first guest fellow Brooklyn based filmmaker Victoria Negri on “Convincing Creatives”! Victoria Negri is an award-winning writer/director/producer/actress. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, alongside Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance.
Welcome to the start of Convincing Creatives. My name is Evan Kidd. I’m a filmmaker, drummer, and hot sauce aficionado. I call North Carolina home, and I’ll be your host. I hope this show brings value to your creative life.
What truly empowers creatives? How are today’s creators convincing in their process? Do they need convincing? Filmmaker Evan Kidd & curated guests dialogue to navigate how the makers of this world define our very culture.