June 10, 2020

Changing the World Through Film, with Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen

Episode 51: Changing the World Through Film, with Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen

Scilla Andreen is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, and Emmy-nominated costume designer (The Wonder Years). She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Indieflix, a global entertainment screening and subscription streaming service based in Seattle. IndieFlix produces and distributes social impact films and series to create positive change in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you will learn:

  • How Scilla went from NYU with aspirations to become a litigator, to answering the call of Hollywood, telling stories through film.
  • How Scilla’s passion and boldness got her a job working as a Hollywood costume designer.
  • How a jarring experience as a costume designer caused her to seek something more fulfilling in the film industry.
  • Why she co-founded IndieFlix and how it became more successful after the controversial decision to remove 7,000 titles from its catalog.
  • How IndieFlix opens opportunities for dialogue, engagement, and catharsis that mainstream competitors don’t.
  • How her documentaries Like, Angst and Upstanders fit within IndieFlix’s ethos as “content for a purpose.”
  • Why Scilla plans to circle back into narrative films.
  • Why she believes that it is mentally healthier to consume media through streaming as opposed to network television.
  • How she learned to embrace IndieFlix’s inevitable comparisons to Netflix and use them to her advantage.
  • Why she turned down an offer to produce HBO’s Six Feet Under to work on a sitcom.
  • Why she enjoys working with millennials, and what unique assets they bring to an organization.
  • How young people tell stories every day through social media, and how those skills can cross over into filmmaking.
  • Why marketing and storytelling abilities are critical skills to develop as a filmmaker.
  • What advice she would give to a graduating senior who is interested in storytelling through film.
  • What film festivals like Sundance, SIFF, and Cannes, offer to audiences and filmmakers, and the importance of film in general.

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