A terrific documentary....with a cast of brilliant minds
Better than a $2,500 creativity workshop..

Steven Fischer, a two-time Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, is traveling the United States in search of meaningful conversations with master storytellers.

OSNS collects intimate conversations between Fischer and master storytellers from all disciplines (dance, music, literature, cinema, etc.) into a cinematic study that explores how an artist can reach his full creative potential. The conversations center on three major themes: how to find your own voice, taking risks, and defining success in the arts. These accomplished artists offer engaging insights and generous wisdom, sharing a lifetime of real-life lessons learned about the essential matters every serious storyteller wants and needs to ponder.

The incisive on-screen questions by Steve Fischer and the revealing answers from the cast of brilliant minds participating in the documentary engage any viewer in a participatory way. The answers reveal an insight of their creativity process as individuals and they become the master advice to anybody who is searching their creative path and probably life purpose.

Although OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL is still a work in progress, the message becomes very personal to the audience and after the editing process is done, the sequential inter-cutting of questions & answers could become an anticipatory progression to a climax. There is a final answer to achieve your goals? There is a golden key or a template?. Or taking risks while you are trying to succeed is the answer?.


WILLIAM FRAKER, ASC - six-time Oscar nominated cinematographer of "Rosemary's Baby", "Bullitt", "War Games", "The Freshman". Select ON-DEMAND to watch a portion of the interview with Mr. Fraker.

EMANUEL AZENBERG - Tony Award winning Broadway producer of "Rent", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Biloxi Blues", "Long Day's Journey Into Night".

BEN JONES - actor "The Wonderful World of Disney", "As the World Turns", "The Daily Show", most recognized as Cooter from "The Dukes of Hazzard".

KIRSTIE SIMSON - Britain's celebrated dance artist. Simson teaches and performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

JOHN BAILEY, ASC - Legendary Hollywood cinematographer of "American Gigolo", "The Producers", "In the Line of Fire", and "He's Just Not That Into You". Select ON-DEMAND to watch a portion of the interview with Mr. Bailey.

JAMES RAGAN - acclaimed poet and former head of USC's Professional Writing Program.

SAM McCREADY - renowned Yeats scholar and playwright. Former teacher of Liam Neeson, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Spacey.

OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL, marketing and distribution strategy for completion funds seems more altruistic than solely commercial. At key presentations, the original interviewees are invited for a Q&A talk and in their absence another brilliant guest panel is invited for the Q&A talk to dissect creativity and other issues from own their perspective. All panels are composed by high caliber creative people at the top of their totem pole providing fantastic inside vision of the creative process. The screening and the Q&A portion is a motivational and educational evening for personal enrichment. I would summarize it as better than any $2500 creative workshop offered often around Hollywood or New York City.

The last screening of OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL to which I was fortunate to attend was organized by Hollywood Shorts, Kimberley Browning. The Q& A panel was a chuck full of creative wisdom and experience composed by Brett Pasel (author Mommies who Drink), Mark Goffman (producer Law & Order: SVU), Steve Melendez (producer The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Peanuts, Garfield), Mike Polcino (director The Simpsons, Family Guy) and moderated by Steve Fischer.
Steven Fischer conferencing at
Bill Melendez Productions