GRINDHOUSE FILMMAKER JEFF CARROLL ON HOLLA IF I KILL YOU, FINDING A DISTRIBUTOR WHO WON’T KEEP YOUR MONEY + WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH COMEDIANS + SUSPENDED LIQUOR LICENSES (MF GALAXY 134)


WORKING WITH DAVE CHAPPELLE, WHY JORDAN PEELE WOULD LOVE IT HAPPENED ON NEGRO MOUNTAIN, WHEN TO GO FULL SHARKNADO ON YOUR SCRIPT

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This show is mostly about creators in various fields showing and proving what they know about how to make what they make and how to make money from what they make.

Today we get to combine two fields: making movies and making novels. Jeff Carroll is an amazing creator. He's worked as a booker at comedy clubs and also managed comedians, which gave him access to plenty of working comics whom he could cast the movies he wrote and produced, including his Blaxploitation/ B-Movie/ Grindhouse films such as Holla If I Kill You and the award-winning Gold Digger Killer.

When his distributor went belly-up and took his money beyond the grave, Carroll leveraged his existing intellectual property by turning one of his features into a novel. He's also a speaker and known online as Yo Jeff the Hip Hop Dating Coach. So the man definitely knows how to hustle to keep on reaching audiences through multiple venues.

In today's episode of MF GALAXY, Jeff Carroll discusses:
  • The ideal locations for indie movie-making and why you should use night clubs with expired liquor licenses
  • Why you should hire comedians to star in your movies--and it's not just because they're funny
  • What movie-making taught him about writing and promoting his own novels, and
  • How he shapes his screenplays and characters, and why he solves script problems by going Full Sharknado

We spoke by Skype on June 23, 2017.

Jeff Carroll's blog 
Coach Yo Jeff the Hip Hop Dating Coach
Jeff Carroll page at African American Literature Book Club
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