Richard "RB" Botto (Founder and CEO, Stage32.com)
Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the world's largest platform connecting and educating for film, television and theater creatives. With over 500,000 members worldwide, Stage 32 has been described by Forbes Magazine as "LinkedIn meets LinkedIn meets Facebook for film, television and theater creatives.” Botto is a screenwriter, producer, actor and author. His producing credits include Crutch, All Things Hidden (short) and Sundance Best Screenplay winner, Another Happy Day. Botto’s latest script, The End Game, is currently in development with Covert Media. His book on crowdsourcing for film will be published by Focal Press in 2016.
Alex Ferrari (Creator, Indie Film Hustle)
Alex Ferrari is an award winning writer/director who has been in the film industry for over 20 years and have worked on over 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries and webisodes. His film projects have been screened in 600+ film festivals around the world.
He exploded onto the indie film scene with his award winning short film BROKEN. The film went on to screen at over 200+ international festivals and has been reviewed by hundreds news outlets world-wide including the legendary film critic Roger Ebert who went on to say: "Broken is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques.” - Roger Ebert
Through guerrilla marking and self-distribution, the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD has also sold over 5000 units world-wide. Produced on a budget of $8000 and boasting over 100 vfx shots, BROKEN was one of the most celebrated shorts in recent years.
Being frustrated in seeing how his fellow filmmakers were being "chewed up" by the film business, Alex decided to start Indie Film Hustle, a website dedicated to educating filmmakers and artists on how to survive and thrive in the film business. He also launched a podcast focusing on filmmaking called "The Indie Film Hustle Podcast." Within three months of its start date the show became the #1 filmmaking and independent film podcast on iTunes.