Head Above Water - A Filmmaking & Mental Health Podcast

Jason Charnick

With Head Above Water, host and filmmaker Jason Charnick takes listeners on a deep dive with intimate and thought-provoking conversations with some of today's most influential independent filmmakers and creatives. In the vein of WTF with Marc Maron, each episode will focus on in-depth discussions with filmmakers, performers, and creators to discuss the mental challenges of expressing one's self creatively in such hypersensitive times. We get personal with our guests, talking about their fears and personal struggles, what they worry about when they go to sleep, and how they work overcome their own self-imposed limitations.
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Episode 19 - Jack Gravina & Diliana Deltcheva
Episode 19 - Jack Gravina & Diliana DeltchevaEpisode 18 - Tanna FrederickEpisode 17 - Evan KiddEpisode 16 - Alex FerrariEpisode 15 - Liz ManashilEpisode 14 - Cat RhinehartEpisode 13 - Chelsea ChristerEpisode 12 - Megan Petersen & Hannah BlackEpisode 11 - Peter SullivanEpisode 10 - Ben BermanEpisode 9 - Mike PeeblerEpisode 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 CityThursday, January 30th 3:00 PM / Park Avenue Theatre / Park City TheatersSaturday, February 1st 9:00 AM / Holiday Village Cinema 2 / Park City TheatersBen 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 CharnickMusic by Jason David WhiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HeadAboveWater)
Jan 28 2020
57 mins
Episode 7 - Ken SpoonerEpisode 6 - Numa Perrier (Part 2)
Greetings friends and happy new year! We're back! Sorry for the long wait (across two decades!) for the second part of our interview with Jezebel writer/director, Numa Perrier, but the holidays often get hectic, and it was a good opportunity to recharge the batteries as we dive head first into 2020!This second part of our interview with Numa is a special one, and we hit upon some really personal subjects, such as dealing with negative reviews, how to stay authentic to your artistic voices across multiple genres, as well as success, failure, and how we define happiness for ourselves. We also talked about how to relax and relieve stress in such a high pressure industry, which was very interesting. Numa likes to use the Abraham Hicks guided meditation app, which you can check out for yourself here.Don't forget! Jezebel is playing theaters across the United States right now, and you can find out where it's playing near you, but checking out the official web site over at Array Now. And if it's not playing near you, check it next week on Netflix, premiering on January 16, 2020!If you like the interviews we've brought you so far, and want to hear more, please consider supporting the show by saying thanks and buying me a coffee! Head Above Water is a complete solo production, and we can sure use your help to keep the show "afloat!" You can also help by leaving a rating or review on your podcast platform of choice. Every little bit helps spread the word, and we'd love to hear from you!Stay tuned for more fun interviews with today's hottest independent filmmakers and more... coming soon!Produced & Hosted by Jason CharnickMusic by Jason David WhiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HeadAboveWater)
Jan 7 2020
24 mins
Episode 5 - Numa Perrier (Part 1)
This week's episode of Head Above Water brings us the writer/director of the feature film, Jezebel, the inimitable Numa Perrier. Jezebel had its world premiere at SXSW 2019 in the avant-garde Visions category and was recently acquired by Ava DuVernay's ARRAY.The film will be premiering in theaters and on Netflix on January 16, 2020. I was lucky and honored to moderate a Q&A for the film at its buzz screening at SXSW: a sold out, packed out at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas.Numa and I have a fantastic conversation where we cover a whole range of topics concerning independent filmmakers today, such as the fear of making an autobiographical picture, how one comes to find their creative voice when growing up in a non-creative environment, and why a SXSW selection of your film isn't necessarily the cure for one's anxiety when navigating a career as a filmmaker. This episode also marks our move to a weekly format! For the time being, we'll be breaking up our interviews into half hour episodes, so you don't have to wait for 2 whole weeks anymore for a fresh episode! This should also make the shows easier to listen to for folks who can't always find the time to dedicate to an hour-plus long show.Don't forget to leave us a rating or a review on your podcast platform of choice, and we'd love to hear from you! Stay tuned for more exciting news about the show with a little side of bonus content coming at you soon!Produced & Hosted by Jason CharnickMusic by Jason David WhiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HeadAboveWater)
Dec 18 2019
30 mins
Episode 4 - Paulina Lagudi UIrich
Dec 3 2019
1 hr 2 mins
Episode 3 - Anna Keizer (Part 2)Episode 2 - Anna Keizer (Part 1)Episode 1 - Elena Weinberg & Duncan Coe