Episode 8 – Ben Wiessner

It is with a heavy heart that we present to you this week’s Sundance special episode of Head Above Water. With the tragic, sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter and friends this week, we just wanted to take a moment to send our condolences to the families that have been affected by this week’s tragedy. Grief is something that affects each one of us in its own way, and Kobe meant so much to so many people, that we wanted to remind you to mourn in your own way, and however long you feel is necessary. Take care of yourself and give someone you love a hug.

On this week’s episode we talk to Ben Wiessner, producer of Beast Beast, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival last week, and still has now THREE more screenings coming up:

Monday, January 27th 9:00 PM / Salt Lake City Library Theatre / Salt Lake City
Thursday, January 30th 3:00 PM / Park Avenue Theatre / Park City Theaters
Saturday, February 1st 9:00 AM / Holiday Village Cinema 2 / Park City Theaters

Ben also produced Thunder Road, the 2018 SXSW Grand Jury Award winning film, which is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo On Demand, and more! It was our favorite film coming out of that year’s SXSW, and we recommend you check it out!

Ben has a very unique perspective on finding happiness and success in the film industry, and talks about how his team at Vanishing Angle has found a method in which they can avoid the usual anxiety traps that come with being independent filmmakers, while also producing quality content that connects with a worldwide audience.

Produced & Hosted by Jason Charnick
Music by Jason David White

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