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The No Budget Film School is taught by Mark Stolaroff. Stolaroff will be joined by a number of low-budget filmmaking experts.


Mark Stolaroff at Sundance


Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low budget, high quality digital features. He recently completed work on Meera Menon's Farah Goes Bang, which premiered in April at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, winning the Nora Ephron Award; and on award-winning writer/director Henry Barrial's fifth feature, The House That Jack Built, which premiered in June at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.  Stolaroff produced Barrial's fourth feature, the micro-budget film Pig, which was an official selection at over 35 film festivals worldwide, winning 10 awards, including 7 Best Feature award.  Pig is being distributed by Kino Lorber later in the year. With Ron Judkins, Stolaroff produced Barrial's third feature, True Love, which was developed in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and was a hit on the festival circuit. Other projects include: The Trouble With Men And Women, (2006, Associate Producer); the feature documentary Paper Chasers, (2005, Co-Producer); Some Body (2002, Associate Producer); Manic, (starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Don Cheadle, and Zooey Deschanel) (2001, Associate Producer); Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale (2000, Associate Producer), and others.

Stolaroff was formerly a principal of Next Wave Films, a company of The Independent Film Channel that provided finishing funds to exceptional, low budget films; and through its production arm Agenda 2000, financed and executive produced digital features.  Included in Next Wave's 13 films are Christopher Nolan's (Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Memento,) first feature, Following; Joe Carnahan's (The A-Team, Narc) first feature, Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane; Amir Bar Lev's (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That) first feature Fighter; the Academy Award-nominated documentary Sound And Fury; and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Southern Comfort.  In all Next Wave took seven films to Sundance and five to Toronto; nine were released theatrically in the U.S. and two premiered on HBO; nine were shot digitally and six of those were transferred to film.

Stolaroff has lectured on low/no budget and digital filmmaking throughout the world and at many of the major film festivals.  He has taught film classes at UCLA Extension, the Maine Film Workshop, and The Learning Annex and has written for Scientific American, Filmmaker, Sight & Sound, Film Festival Reporter, and Film Arts Magazine. He has been on countless filmmaking panels over the last two decades, including serving as the Series Moderator for IFP/LA's Digital Filmmaking Series in 2001 and 2002.  He has sat on the juries of several film festivals and was on the Advisory Board of HBO's US Comedy Arts Film Festival. He currently serves on the advisory board of Filmmakers Alliance. Stolaroff founded No Budget Film School in 2005, and in addition to teaching his classes, has lectured at most of the major film schools.

Stolaroff has extensive production experience on several low budget features and shorts, including production managing the Academy Award winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satan's Disciples in New York. His background also includes two years in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and five years as the Managing Director of Curtains Theater, an innovative legitimate theater he founded in Houston.  A native Texan, Stolaroff received his BBA from the prestigious Business Honors Program at the University of Texas in Austin and minored in Film Production, directing several 16mm shorts.

Guest Speakers for the Nov. 9-10, 2013 Class:

Peter Broderick


Peter Broderick (left)
PETER BRODERICK is President of Paradigm Consulting, which provides strategic consulting services to filmmakers and media companies. In addition to advising on financing, sales, and marketing, Paradigm Consulting specializes in state-of-the-art distribution techniques -- including innovative theatrical service deals, cutting edge video strategies (mixing retail and direct sales online), and new approaches to global distribution. It helps filmmakers reach target markets effectively and build core personal audiences.

Broderick was founder and President of Next Wave Films, which helped launch the careers of exceptionally talented filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. A company of the Independent Film Channel, Next Wave supplied finishing funds and other vital support to filmmakers, and financed digital features through its production arm--Agenda 2000. Next Wave's features included Christopher Nolan's Following, Joe Carnahan's Blood Guts Bullets & Octane, Jordan Melamed's Manic, Kate Davis's Southern Comfort, Josh Aronson's Sound and Fury, and Amir Bar-Lev's Fighter.  Broderick played a key role in the growth of the ultra-low budget feature movement and has been a leading advocate of digital moviemaking, giving presentations on digital production at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and many other festivals. He has lectured at Harvard, taught courses at UCLA, and written articles for Scientific American, The New York Times, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, and Filmmaker magazine.  A graduate of Brown University, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, he practiced law in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Broderick has focused on the coming revolution in independent distribution. In addition to giving keynote speeches on the subject internationally,  he published a groundbreaking article, "Maximizing Distribution," in the Directors Guild of America magazine (Jan. 2004, In 2004 he launched a website,, designed to harness the power of film to impact elections utilizing new distribution techniques.  For more information on his sought-after consulting services, visit his website:

Destin Daniel Cretton


Destin Daniel Cretton
Destin Daniel Cretton was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, where he spent 3 of his summers picking pineapples in the fields near his home. He has a BA in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and completed his Masters in Film at San Diego State University. He’s written and directed 4 award-winning short films: “Longbranch: A Suburban Parable” (Premiered at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival), “Bartholomew’s Song” (2006 Student Academy Finalist), “Deacon’s Mondays” (2007 Student Academy Finalist, 2007 Angelus Winner, HBO Films Best Student Film Award), and “Short Term 12”, which won the U.S. Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, followed by top awards at Seattle International, Aspen Shorts Fest, Independent Film Festival Boston, CineVegas, GenArt, and was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards. His feature film debut, the $65,000 I AM NOT A HIPSTER, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Along with his narrative work, Destin has also directed two feature-length documentaries.  DRAKMAR: A VASSAL’S JOURNEY premiered on HBO Family in 2007 and won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Comic Con. BORN WITHOUT ARMS premiered on TLC/Discovery in 2009. The script for Destin’s second feature SHORT TERM 12 (based on the short of the same title) was one of five to win a 2010 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  “Short Term 12” premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize.  It was picked up for distribution by Cinedigm and was released theatrically in August 2013.  Still playing in theaters, it has grossed nearly $1 million.

Mike Ott


Mike Ott
Mike Ott studied filmmaking under Thom Andersen (of LA Plays Itself fame) at the California Institute of the Arts where he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film/Video. Upon graduating, Mike directed music videos for bands like Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Blood Brothers, and The Cave Singers, (all of which premiered on MTV or MTV2).  His first feature, Analog Days, premiered at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival. After making several shorts, and frustrated by his inability to find substantive financing for his next film, he put together $12,000 and made his next feature, Littlerock, which premiered in 2010.  Littlerock has screened at over 50 festivals internationally and won several awards, including the Audience Award at the 2010 AFI Fest,  and a Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You.” Littlerock was ultimately released by Kino Lorber. In 2011, Mike won the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards and he was also the recipient of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation/San Francisco Film Society grant.  In addition to teaching film directing at USC, he is in the process of completing his Antelope Valley desert trilogy--his Littlerock follow-up, Pearblossom Hwy, has been playing festivals worldwide and Lake Los Angeles is in post production.

Matt Radecki


Matt Radecki
MATT RADECKI is a Los Angeles-based producer, director, editor and cinematographer, and the co-founder of Different by Design, a high-definition production and post-production company. Included in Matt's credits are "TV Junkie," a feature-length documentary he co-directed and edited which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and is currently screening on HBO. "Chasing 3000," which he co-produced with his Different By Design co-founder Greg Lanesey (who directs), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and stars Ray Liotta, Rory Culkin, Lauren Holly, Seymour Cassell, Keith David and M. Emmet Walsh. He also produced and is co-cinematographer of "Red White Black & Blue," which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2007. He also edited "Who’s Back" (shot by DA Pennebaker), which appeared on the definitive Who DVD collection “Incredible Journey.”  More recently, he was the producer of the multi-award winning documentary Marwecol.

Different By Design was founded in 2004 to produce interesting and entertaining films and provide high definition production and post-production services to their clients. Since its inception, Different By Design has produced six feature length films and has provided HD services on over 100 films, documentaries and music videos, including "Me & You & Everyone We Know," "The Aristocrats" and music videos for Keith Urban and Switchfoot. Different By Design can provide high definition camera packages through its partnership with HD Cinema, high definition and standard definition online and color correction as well as dubs, down converts and deck rentals.

Calvin Lee Reeder


Calvin Lee Reeder
Calvin Lee Reeder’s work is a mix of underground horror shock and existential atmosphere. He made a name for himself with the short films PILEDRIVER and LITTLE FARM, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and THE RAMBLER, which appeared at the Festival the following year. His feature debut, the shot-on-film $14,000 THE OREGONIAN, divided Sundance Film Festival audiences in 2011 just as his shorts had before it. Cinemad released it to theaters in 25 cities. His second feature THE RAMBLER, adapted from the short and starring Dermot Mulroney, played in the Midnight section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released later that year by Anchor Bay.  Reeder specializes in turning lo-fi splatter pics into art films by meshing high-concept thought and design with genre story lines.

Instructor for Nov 16-17 "Cinema Language" Classes:

Instructor Tom Provost
Tom Provost

TOM PROVOST has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry as an author, screenwriter, editor, director, producer, actor, and instructor.  Before graduating from The University of Texas in Austin's prestigious Plan II honors program with an emphasis in film, he wrote and directed several shorts and authored a published thesis on director Alfred Hitchcock.  He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.  After landing several parts in film and TV, including a recurring role on Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, Provost took up editing, learning the Avid system just as non-linear editing was beginning to make its way on the scene.  After editing short films and a couple of features, he worked for several years cutting  and producing award-winning promos for the WB and Bravo Television Networks.  During this time he was hired to adapt a script for Morgan Freeman's production company, Revelations, a screenplay eventually made into the film Under Suspicion starring Freeman and Gene Hackman, directed by Stephen Hopkins. The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award.  This lead to work as a script doctor, where his ability to shape story has been highly prized. 
Provost's feature directorial debut The Presence, (, which he also wrote, was recently released by Lionsgate.  The inventive ghost story/modern-day gothic romance stars Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Shane West (ER), Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk (Weeds), and Tony Curan (Pearl Harbor, Gladiator).  In addition to directing commercials and editing reality TV (The Bachelor, The Apprentice [Emmy nominated], and several others), Provost has been a popular film instructor at a variety of venues all over the country for many years. 

A graduate professor of Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, you can read some of Provost's writing at his blog: