Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mammoth Film Festival - Tanner Beard Interview



Named after his father Ricky Neal Beard, Neal Tanner Beard was born on September 16th 1984 in a Big Spring Hospital just outside his hometown of Snyder, Texas. Is of: Irish, Scottish, English, French, Cherokee and Choctaw descent mostly from his mother Janice's side.

Tanner Beard is a film and television actor as well as CEO of Silver Sail Entertainment. SSE was created during the industry strike of 2008 with a concentration on cultivating professional media content without sacrificing the integrity and artistic vision of the content creators themselves. Tanner has since produced various projects including: a travel show, award winning short films, award winning documentaries, commercials, music videos and multiple seasons of a web-based television series. His feature film producer credits include: critically acclaimed 'Hellion" starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and 'Legend of Hell's Gate,' which he also wrote, directed and starred in alongside Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Summer Glau, Kevin Alejandro and Lou Taylor Pucci.

In early 2014, Tanner Beard entered into a four film partnership with iconic Oscar Nominated Director Terrance Malick and producer Sarah Green. These films have courted the talent of actors including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. The only documentary of the partnership, 'Voyage of Time,' was produced alongside Brad Pitt, who also narrates the film. It recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As a producer, Tanner has had films and documentaries screen in competition at some of the top festivals in the world, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, SXSW and Toronto. Along with the gritty action drama "Riptide" set to film in April of 2017, his upcoming projects include 'Fridgeport,' which he co-created with Paul Khoury and is producing alongside Liam Hemsworth and Ashley Greene. Tanner has just finished writing his latest passion project; a new Christmas Comedy entitled 'Best Worst Christmas Ever' as well as a Trilogy Western series - also a graphic novel called 'In the Name of the Gun.'

Tanner splits his time between his home in Los Angeles and his native land of Texas. He is a frequent collaborator with cousin Russell Cummings and writing partner Jonathan Meyers. He also has a Black Labrador named Charles Bronson The Dog.
MEET THE TEAM

From Left to Right
Tomik, Tanner Beard, Alexandra Chando and Theo Dumont

TANNER - President & Co-Founder
Tanner Beard, Founder and Festival Director of the Mammoth Film Festival, is an award-winning film and television actor, director and producer. His feature film Producer credits include critically acclaimed "HELLION" starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and "THE LEGEND OF HELL'S GATE" which he wrote and directed.

In early 2014, Tanner Beard partnered with iconic Oscar Nominated Director Terrance Malick and producer Sarah Green on a four-film deal. These films have courted the talent of actors including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. These titles including "KNIGHT OF CUPS" and "SONG TO SONG". The documentary "VOYAGE OF TIME" was produced alongside Brad Pitt. It recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

TOMIK - Co-Founder
Tomik Mansoori has made the “Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Companies” as the VP of his former company, Night Vision Entertainment {NVE}. A well-known event production entrepreneur, Tomik's clients included FOX Home Entertainment, Seth MacFarlane, Adidas, Warner Brothers Interactive and much more. With Tomik as one of the company's leaders, Night Vision was generating over $5MM a year in revenue and an 818% growth over 3 years.

In 2014, Tomik left the events world to pursue his dream of making films. He signed on as VP of Belligerent Seal and now sits poised to take the company even further, and their first Paramount feature, The Stars Are Already Dead, is in post-production as well as a controversial thriller titled "Del Playa" which received a 2017 release. Tomik's next film, currently in development, stars Val Kilmer, Michael Chiklis and Mira Sorvino.

THEO - Co-Founder
Theo Dumont is a film festival founder, event producer and entertainment publicist with two decades of experience in Hollywood.

Dumont, the co-founder and co-director of the HollyShorts Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying festival and the largest short film festival in Los Angeles. HollyShorts is devoted to advancing the careers of independent filmmakers through networking events and screenings. For the past 12 years, HollyShorts Film Festival has featured participation from the top filmmakers and artists in the world including: David Lynch, Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel, Eli Roth, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, and many more.

Dumont also works with Film2Future the non-profit creative and technical filmmaking program for at-risk, diverse students between the ages of 14 - 18.

ALEX - Festival Attaché
Alexandra Chando is an actress, producer, and director. With over 14 years of experience acting on network television and film, she is no stranger to the production process. Though acting is her first love, Chando became interested in directing while filming Freeform’s “The Lying Game” where she played two roles. The long days on set gave her the opportunity to become well acquainted with the technical aspects of directing. From there, Chando began shadowing directors on network television series (Mistresses, Scorpion, Switched at Birth) which eventually led to her creating and directing her own female driven unscripted pilot which is currently being pitched, as well as her first short film “LPM, Likes Per Minute”. She continues to act but is excited to expand into other realms of the industry and join the Mammoth Film Festival team. 

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH TANNER BEARD
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival



ABOUT MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL
The Mammoth Film Festival is a retreat for those who love, create and enjoy film. An all media festival celebrating varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work. Regal with the wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes, California as it's beautiful backdrop. The film and media showcase has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A focus on independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television. So put your snow boots on, bring your skis, grab some free popcorn and enjoy this exciting festival.

The Mammoth Film Festivals central aim is to lead the charge for an ever-changing landscape of film and media. As content continues to be consumed on new and different platforms, the fear exists that independent film will become lost in the wayside. Mammoth Film Festival aims to be an important institution towards fostering independent filmmakers and their stories so that strong and important voices always have a way to continue to be seen and heard. The film and media showcase of the Mammoth Film Festival has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A celebration of independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television.

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