Testimonials

We're building our family. Here's what they have to say.

JESSIE MCCORMACK

Writer | Director | Producer “Expecting”

I was lucky enough to meet Diane and Chris at a film festival and a wonderful friendship came out of it. I continue to be bowled over by their unceasing generosity when it comes to supporting other filmmakers. In fact, it is largely due to their help and guidance that my own first movie came together. I am forever indebted to them and am confident that anyone who attends their Rebel Heart workshop will feel the same.

I have worked for Diane and Chris many times as a composer and they never fail to be anything other than inspirational. They are true lovers of film and they have a relentless respect for the art and creativity that underpins great work. They are beyond passionate in every aspect of the film making process and have a unique vision which is as honest and practical as it is maverick. Making a film with them is always an education and a genuine joy.

LIAM HOWE

Sneaker Pimps – Musician | Composer, “Obselidia”

Thank you again for the incredibly insightful, practical and completely inspiring seminar this weekend. A lot of mysteries have been debunked. You and Chris made a viable and sustainable film career understandable.

– Adam Stockman

Thank YOU AND CHRIS for inspiring, educating, and motivating me to follow my heart!

– Dan Eason

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Your workshop was just what I needed to gain clarity and take another pass at the script with new eyes. Your spirit and integrity are palpable and infectious!

– Lisa Todd Peterson, actor

The Rebel Heart Film Workshop, was a fantastic experience where I met a lot of like minded and interesting people, and received a wealth of information as well. The workshop was intimate, and we all received a lot of personal attention. I highly suggest the workshop to anyone who wants to get their project off the ground, no matter their level of experience.

-Ricardo Lopez-Franco

DAN HALSTED

Manager, MANAGE-MENT | Producer “Garden State”

I’ve worked with Diane as her manager since we met when Obselidia was at Sundance 2010. She and Chris are very positive, talented, creative filmmakers who have a ton of hands-on experience and knowledge to share. I have no doubt they will be inspiring guides and I look forward to seeing movies created under the guidance of Rebel Heart.

I was thrilled to learn that Chris and Diane have created Rebel Heart Film. They are two of the most kind, generous, and committed filmmakers I know. I can’t think of a better duo to educate and inspire visual storytellers nationwide. It’s important work. The world needs more authentic, risk-taking storytelling, and artists need to be encouraged in this way.

JENNIFER KUSHNER

Director of Artist Development, Film Independent

The Rebel Heart filmmaking workshop is a wealth of information and an inspiring blueprint for any film maker with ambitions to tackle their own indie feature production.
- AJ Vargas

 I’m grateful I came across you and your workshop. For years I’ve been struggling (and a little afraid) with trying to figure out how to get filmmaking in to my life and you gave me a direction to start. Thank you!

– Kristin Clark

Thank you so much for this unbelievably empowering and informative weekend. The Rebel Heart Film Workshop was one of the greatest investments I have made for my career. It was truly inspiring and answered all of my questions and gave me the extra confidence I needed to move forward with all of the ideas I had floating around in my head. It helped me to realize that there is a tried and true way to get projects done without sacrificing creativity and to continuously build a reliable ongoing group of filmmakers and actors to get great projects done.

The workshop helped me to simplify my projects in order to take a great idea and produce it for a modest budget, with out sacrificing quality. It has reinforced the idea that actors can truly take charge of their careers and create great content! Thank you for motivating me and breaking everything down into understandable and doable steps. Thank you for reminding me that I have made a great career choice and connecting me with a great group of filmmakers that I can collaborate with in the near future! Thank you again Diane and Chris for sharing your knowledge, experiences and expertise!

-Jeff Gadigan

The Rebel Heart Film Workshop is the quickest way to learn how to budget and schedule a low budget independent feature. With concrete paperwork and examples, they show you how to hire a crew, budget your film, and schedule your production. As a director with micro-budget music videos, shorts, and one feature under my belt, I found this intensive invaluable. The workshop bridges the gap between no-budget filmmaking and studio indies, giving you an actionable roadmap. I left the workshop empowered and inspired to make my second feature. I highly recommend her workshop to anyone who is looking to make an independent film.

– Rory Gory, Director AUDIENCE

Thank you Diane and Chris again for an unbelievable weekend. I told a friend, “Its the best money and time I’ve spent in LA since I moved here.” I truly feel like I can stop waiting for the phone to ring and go create my own career – as an actor especially, you have no idea how empowering that is. To be able to collaborate with others of like mind and have the support of a community is invaluable. I’m more motivated than ever.

– Alvin Cowan

Your willingness to share your experiences and stories was so helpful for me as I’m exploring my first long-form narrative project. The workshop helped me understand the formal constraints of creating a successful create a micro-budget film. It was super helpful for me to hear how the relationships between the director and cinematographer, director and editor and LLC and producers work. I’ve read about these roles but until the workshop I didn’t fully understand how these worked together to leverage the talents and intelligences of each of these people and roles.

I admire you for your commitment to art. You’re both so very alive and engender a great and positive energy that’s refreshing and contagious. I was captivated by this spirit when I saw the interviews with you guys on Film Courage and then I saw it again when I watched “Obselidia”—you deserve all the good things that have come to you and many more.

– Jeff Oliver, poet