Episode 123

Published on:

7th Feb 2020

First Time Doc Filmmaker Wins the Stanley Cup, with Joshua Riehl

Joshua Riehl was a first time doc filmmaker when he decided to make a film about his passion for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. So how exactly did he manage to pull this feat off, including getting actor Jeff Daniels and some of the world's most recognizable names in hockey to agree to be in his film? Trust me. I wanted to know the same!


Topics Discussed

  • how having audacity to believe in yourself is half the battle
  • how sending handwritten letters to key personnel scored him the critical first meeting
  • moved his location to a place where he most likely could raise financing
  • how he ultimately found the one person who believe in his project and financed the entire film
  • what it was like working with an animation team in Ukraine


Additional Resources

Trailer for The Russian Five



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The Documentary Life
Documentary filmmaker & host, Chris G. Parkhurst, inspires & informs you on how to best live and lead your own doc life.
Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

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