Shaping a Career in Film: John Wayne S. III, Filmmaker


John Wayne S. III: Critically Acclaimed Producer / Director / Writer (Red All Over, Ebony Hustle, Plugged)

Esteemed filmmaker and visionary storyteller John Wayne S. III, affectionately known as JW, takes center stage to unravel the mysteries behind crafting compelling narratives that leave an indelible mark on audiences worldwide.

Jay Franze delves into JW’s illustrious entertainment industry career spanning over two decades, from his humble beginnings as a production assistant on George Tillman’s “Scenes for the Soul” to his meteoric rise as a producer, director, and writer, JW shares the pivotal moments and lessons learned along his journey.

You will be captivated by JW’s unique blend of film and music expertise, honed through collaborations with Grammy-nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and managing international A&R teams. Discover how JW’s diverse experiences have shaped his approach to storytelling, seamlessly blending the worlds of music and film to create immersive narratives that resonate on a universal level.

JW offers invaluable insights into his creative process, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of producing over 200 music videos for renowned artists and bringing five feature films to life, including “Red All Over” and “Ebony Hustle.” From navigating the complexities of production to staying true to his vision, JW’s unwavering commitment to excellence shines through in every aspect of his work.

JW shares his philosophy on pushing creative boundaries, embracing new technologies, and staying ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving industry. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker, a seasoned professional, or simply a lover of great storytelling, this episode promises to leave you enlightened and eager to embark on your creative journey.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: John Wayne S. III
  • Recorded: February 26, 2024


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From Being Bullied to Winning Awards: Mollie Leivars, Filmmaker


Mollie Leivars: Award-Winning Writer / Director / Filmmaker (For The Love of Eve, Washed Out, Jack)

On this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we welcome Mollie Leivars, an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Spirit Productions. Join us as we delve into Mollie’s remarkable journey from a bullied teen to a successful producer and director.

Mollie opens up about her experiences growing up and how she used her experiences to find solace and creativity in the world of filmmaking. She shares her early inspirations and the driving forces that have led her to where she is today.

We also discuss Mollie’s latest film, For the Love of Eve. Mollie takes us behind the scenes and shares the creative process behind the movie, from the initial concept to the final product. She talks about the challenges she faced during production and the critical lessons she learned along the way.

In this in-depth interview, Mollie also shares her thoughts on the film industry and the role of women in the entertainment industry. She provides valuable insights into the challenges faced by women in the industry and the importance of mentorship and support.

This episode of The Jay Franze Show is a must-listen for aspiring filmmakers and anyone interested in the world of entertainment. Mollie’s inspiring story and insightful commentary on the industry provide valuable lessons and perspectives for anyone looking to pursue a career in filmmaking.

So, grab your popcorn and get ready to learn all about the incredible journey of Mollie Leivars, from bullied teen to award-winning filmmaker. Tune in to The Jay Franze Show and be inspired by one of our time’s most talented and successful filmmakers.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Mollie Leivars
  • Recorded: February 5, 2023