SWB Films
Meet Sara Hofstein: Associate Producer, SWB Films
Meet Sara Hofstein: Associate Producer, SWB Films

Sara Hofstein was born into a family of filmmakers in Los Angeles, California. Due to her parents’ filmmaking careers she benefitted early on from traveling and working on a number of film and television productions. In her early years, she worked as a child actress. Although quite skilled, she found greater enjoyment working behind the [...]

Meet Charlie Gillette: Producer, SWB Films
Meet Charlie Gillette:  Producer, SWB Films

My main passion is acting, though I enjoy all aspects of filmmaking! I have written, directed and produced several short student films and indie commercials. While a student at Barnard, I got a dream opportunity: working in the writers’ room for MTV’s Skins. The show was unique, gritty and true to life. While at Skins [...]

Production Diary – Reel Day 1: “John” / “The Date”
Production Diary – Reel Day 1: “John” / “The Date”

“I love it when a plan comes together.” – John “Hannibal” Smith And so after many months of planning and hard work, it was finally time for SWB Films to shoot something.  Sam and I had been bouncing projects off each other for some time, until we had enough ideas to easily fill a year [...]

Progress update
Progress update

There’s a famous maxim about film production: “Quality= cheap or quick – pick one.”  Doing it cheaply takes time, and doing it quickly costs money, there’s no way around that.  Quick isn’t a priority for us.  But over the last few months, we’ve quietly made some major strides towards our goal of a sustainable non-profit [...]

Meet Melissa Sundaram: Casting Director, SWB Films
Meet Melissa Sundaram: Casting Director, SWB Films

Prior to working at the SWB I worked at Maysles Films and North Sea Films in addition to various stints in publishing and non-profit work.  I hold an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School and I was a theater/music geek as a kid. My theater background is predominately with musicals, but my music background is that [...]

Meet Sam Sundaram: President/writer/director, SWB Films
Meet Sam Sundaram: President/writer/director, SWB Films

Firstly, thanks so much for checking out our website and joining (hint, hint!)!  I’m eager to get this group moving and we’re just a few crew members away from a complete crew: GO TEAM SWB!  I’m not really a fan of talking about myself, but Ross and company were completely right that we should get [...]

Building Rome in a month
Building Rome in a month

The last two days of recruitment interviews have been invigorating– we’ve already met and accepted a number of talented people who will be a big part of our organization going forward.  It is truly inspiring to meet others who share our vision of a collaborative, non-profit, no-budget digital film collective.  In particular, we were pleasantly [...]

Nostalgia…
Nostalgia...

Found these pictures and they really do bring back some great memories of SWB version 1 (I’ll never refer to this new iteration as ‘Version 2.0,’ promise!).  Many thanks to all the volunteers who made that experience so memorable and looking forward to making some new memories while learning by doing!

Recruitment has begun!
Recruitment has begun!

The recruitment ads have gone up on Craigslist, and we’re already getting our first responses.  If you’ve submitted an application, kindly give the staff a few days to reply, as we plan on reviewing them all thoroughly before responding.  Our next step is to schedule interviews and auditions — we will try to be as [...]

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