The Squee's The Thing!

Episode #3 of The Hollywood AWAC podcast is now available and I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2019 than with my guest, Hansi Oppenheimer.

Hansi is a New York based documentary filmmaker, artistic provocateur and ‘obsessed fan’ of some of the most interesting corners of pop culture. I’ve always respected her work and think of Hansi as a ‘documentary McGyver’, which is another way of describing her as a ‘by any means necessary’ filmmaker. The bottom line is, in today’s world of technological advancement and creative possibilities, anyone with a story and the passion to tell it can do so.—And that benefits us all.

The main focus of our conversation was about fandom and her latest project, Squee!, which is focused on female fandom. I learned a lot in the hour we spent together including the most basic, what it means to Squee!

Hansi oppenheimer with stan lee

Hansi oppenheimer with stan lee

Squee! started as a passion project, a series of short films, and has evolved to include a recent convention created by Hansi called SqueeCon. The inaugural SqueeCon was launched recently at the Lyric Hall Theater in New Haven, CT. The event brought together fans and creators and sought to showcase works “from female identifying creators that explore topics through the female gaze.” Check out the website at www.squeeprojects.com.

This was my first shot at recording a show across a distance, computer to phone. I’m looking forward to doing more of that and getting better at the tech side so we can deliver even better results. My goal is to keep improving as we go.

As I write this on the first day of 2019, I have to say how thankful I am for all the great guests we’ve recorded so far and for all the positive feedback we’ve received. I’ve always considered our first twelve shows to be inside our learning curve of how to deliver a podcast. Having Hansi Oppenheimer on as one of the original ‘dirty dozen’ was a real treat.

Beyond personal improvement goals, I definitely want to use our platform to promote female creators and share a broad range of perspectives with our audience. This is a collaborative business and, rather than curse the conditions that have left certain perspectives out of finished works, I believe it’s our job to help nurture where we can, to embrace long overdue changes to the business and to be appreciative fans of new and groundbreaking works. (I’m looking at you, Black Panther, Hanna Gadsby, etc.)

2018 was a great year for the business, creative works and for the actors, writers and artists that brought them to life. And as long as people like Hansi Oppenheimer are around to start the conversation early, and to shine a spotlight on that which was once in the shadows, I remain more than hopeful that the art and business of Hollywood will continue to be a positive force on the culture at large.

Here’s to a 2019 that is guaranteed to delight and surprise!