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Filmmaker Spotlight: Q&A with Director Casey Kriley


We caught up with Emmy winning reality TV Producer Casey Kriley, who is also the director of The Mighty Mavericks, a film that will be showcased at the NewFilmmakers screening at Sunset Gower Studios on April 16th. Learn about Kriley's goals, influences and future projects. 

“The Mighty Mavericks” 
Casey Kriley 
Director 
Photo credit: David Savinski 
Tell us a little bit about your project and how long you've been working on it. 

I started the project 8 years ago. The film was inspired by the obsessive fans of the Montana Grizzlies football team in Missoula, Montana, my hometown.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank for helping out with this film? 

The faculty and staff of the University of Montana, the Missoula community and my father, James Kriley, the biggest Montana Grizzlies football fan of all.

How does it feel to have your film part of the New Filmmakers Screening at Sunset Gower Studios? 

Exciting. It should be a fun night.

What inspires you? 

People’s lives and their stories, the state of Montana, and creativity.

Who are your influences and who do you admire? 

My father, James Kriley. He taught me so many life lessons that have really helped make me the woman I am today.

What lessons have you learned from the industry so far? 

I have learned that commitment and hard work always pays off.

If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be? 

Lasse Hallström or Giuseppe Tornatore.

What is the toughest experience you've ever had to overcome? 

The death of my father and finishing this film.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you? 

“Just show up and do the work.”

What advice would you give to new filmmakers starting out in the industry? 

Never give up and keep striving to do the best job you can.

Where can we expect to see you next? 

Executive Producer on Top Chef Season 10


For more information on the screenings in Los Angeles, see below: 

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles invites you to join  the Monday April 16th 2012 film screening series and after-party event at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood with a filmmaker lounge throughout the evening.

5:30PM Shorts Program Pre-Screening Reception
6:00PM Shorts Program #1 Screening:

* Dumpling (Dir. Wesley Du)
* Bugbaby (Dir. Rebecca Lorenne)
* Ticket to Hell (Dir. Enrico Natale)
* The Contract (Dir. Ryan Goldstein)
* A Very Office Christmas (Dir. Maital Falkovitz)

7:00PM Feature Film Program #1 Pre-Screening Reception
7:27PM Shorts Film Program #1 After-Party
7:30PM Feature Film Program #1 Screening:

* The Maiden Danced to Death (Dir. Endre Hules)

9:15PM Feature Film Program #2 Pre-Screening Reception
9:35PM Feature Film Program #1 After-Party
9:45PM Feature Film Program #2 Screening:

* The Mighty Mavericks (Dir. Casey Kriley)

11:20PM Q&A with Feature Film Program #2 Filmmakers
11:35PM Feature Film Program #2 After Party

You will have the opportunity to meet the directors of each film, the actors and other crew + participate in a live audience Q&A.

There are pre-receptions and after-parties for each program. Admissions to the programs are only $6 which includes the screening ticket and access to the filmmaker lounge. Visit the NewFilmmakers LA Official Website at www.NFMLA.org for more information and to purchase your ticket now!http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/tickets.html 



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