Brad Banacka


Brad Banacka is an award-winning Actor, Director and Producer who has been in the entertainment industry in one capacity or another since he was 6 years old. Starting in community theater then during his 20's he had the largest DJ/Karaoke Company in the Midwest and continued working in community theater is was 10 years ago that Brad made the jump to Hollywood and within one week he was on set as an extra in the Danny Glover movie "The Shift" and by building relationships he became the 2nd-2nd assistant director and had a small role on the project. As of this writing he has been in over 60 projects as an actor and has produced such horror favorites as Beyond the Gates of Hell, Apex Predators 2, Closet Monster, Bubba the series and The Last Roommate and starring and producing the upcoming Christmas Comedy "A Bengal for Christmas".

""I haven't seen a character actor, new to me in a long time and you fit the bill. You can take two lines, one line, seven lines, bring it to the table and no one can take their eyes off you. You Brad are a gift and films are lucky to have you. You are indeed special - Comedy, Drama and all the other genres. Keep up your exceptional work." -- Linda Phillips Palo, CSA. Casting Director
-- Some of her films include The Rainmaker and Jack for Francis Ford Coppola, Radioland Murders for George Lucas, The Secret Garden, Wind, Jeepers Creepers II, The Young Black Stallion and Ginger Snaps.

Learn more about Brad Banacka
1. Your project has entered in our festival. What is your project about?
"More...More...More..." is a thought-provoking and emotional film that delves into the struggles of an aspiring screenwriter named Joe. The title of the film serves as a perfect summary of the protagonist's plight, as he is continually met with rejection and the expectation for more from industry professionals. Despite the constant disappointment, Joe remains determined to make a name for himself in the cutthroat world of screenwriting.

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2. What are your ambitions with your project?

Our ambition is simply to entertain, we found a fun story that we felt was extremely relatable, especially to those within the industry itself. It also serves as an opportunity to show the outside world some of the obstacles that can stand in someone's way.

3. Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?
Ok well let's start from the beginning. My writer Joel LaFlamme and I were in an acting class when a question was asked of a guest, and they brought up writing about a certain male anatomy that has been prevalent in a lot of film and television lately. Joel wrote a 3-minute skit in 90 seconds, and I produced it the following Sunday. Edited and presented to several people. Who said you have something here. We then went into writing mode at the beginning of September and then shot out the entire episode within a week. At that time a well-known manager here in LA stated we should submit to festivals and on November 1st we submitted to our first festival and as of this writing we have 20 Official Selections and 16 Award wins including 4 Best Actor and 2 Best Director Awards for me. And the way all the actors were able to embrace their roles so well through the words and direction.

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4. For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
It's an adult short film/Pilot, aimed for fans of film and television about the inner workings on what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Here is something I have noticed that many people say, this is way too close to home when it comes to what actually happens in Hollywood could ruffle some feathers and I am excited about that. Then there are many have said thank you for showing the truth of what happens.

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5. Why should distributors buy your film?
The awards it has received at this point speak for themselves, comedy is always in, and this project is winning because people are clearly laughing and understanding the content. The other cool part is that this is a full-length feature which is fully written or can be a ½ hour comedy with Act 1 as Episode 1, Act 2 as Episode 2 and Act 3 as Episode 3 thru 8.

6. How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
It's a satirical look into the film industry and the people whose faces are never seen by the public, the names of people who are never talked about around the water cooler. The unsung heroes of the film industry.

7. Why did you decided to become a filmmaker?
I have always wanted to be an actor since I was 6 and told myself when I moved to Hollywood that I had three things I wanted to accomplish: be on the big screen which I did internationally with "Angels Never Cry" , been in national commercials and did a few TV shows. After that it has become harder to audition with the availability of online submission, so instead of going against 100 people for a role now it can be upwards of 4000 submissions. So, I cannot sit still and wait around for an audition as an actor so I started writing and directing small YouTube clips and such that has led me to this. I tell everyone to make your own content.

8. Who is your role model?
My Parents who always have supported me in anything that I do. My mom is my biggest fan.

9. Which movies are your favorites? Why?
I am all over the place. I would say Star Wars was my first movie that I went to when I was 7 years old and was in love with film ever since.

10. Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Rodriguez, and all those out of the box directors and actors that do not follow the cookie cutter way of making film and television.

11. Which topics interest you the most?
That is an open-ended question that would be dependent on the person I am talking with.

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
I would happen to say it would be this project, to understand that I have done this project in the short amount of time as an Executive Producer, Director, AD, Editor and of course an actor being in every scene but one proves to the world that I am ready for the big stage.

13. What do you consider most important about filming?
Tapping into the emotion on the page.

14. Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
The technique that allows you not to see technique, the ability to distend belief to the point of complete immersion in the

story being told. The ability to let the actors be themselves and show you the true emotions of the moment.

15. How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
Well lets just say that the best movies and shows are being done by independent filmmakers

16. What can disappoint you in a movie?

Every element has the ability to pull me out of a story but when I can't seem to follow a story I lose interest very quickly.

17. Who supports you in your film career?
A solid group of people I trust, I currently have 5 productions going at various stages so the support is coming for more places than ever before.

18. What are the reactions to your film? (opinion of spectators, film critics, friends and family)
Incredibly positive across the world, it won awards in France, Canada and the United States, with an overwhelming critical reception to the story, direction and performances.

Review from Film in Focus International Film Festival ... "The lead actor, Brad Banacka, does an excellent job in bringing Joe to life on screen. He effectively conveys the character's stress and determination to succeed in the industry. The film's portrayal of the passage of time is also noteworthy, as the actor effectively conveys the character's growth and change over the course of 18 months. Banacka's performance is made all the more impressive by the fact that he also directed, produced and edited the film. His ability to balance so many roles on set and deliver a powerful performance is admirable.

As the film progresses, we see Joe's character go through a range of emotions, from excitement and hope to frustration and despair. Despite the rejections and setbacks, he refuses to give up on his dream of becoming a screenwriter. As the audience, we can't help but root for Joe and hope that he will finally achieve his goals. The film's portrayal of the struggles of an artist trying to make it in the industry is relatable and will resonate with many.

The editing in the film is masterful and keeps the audience engaged throughout. The pacing of each scene is fast and there are no dull moments. The use of special effects adds to the comedic tone of the film, effectively delivering the "dark" humor. The soundtrack is a great complement to the film's storytelling, adding an extra layer of emotion to the already powerful performances of the actors.

In conclusion, "More...More...More..." is an entertaining and emotionally impactful film that will resonate with anyone who has struggled to make a name for themselves in their chosen field. The film's portrayal of the harsh reality of the entertainment industry is both eye-opening and devastating. While the film has its flaws, particularly in the areas of lighting and color correction, it is a strong debut from the director and lead actor. The film is a reminder that success in any field is not easy, and that it takes hard work, dedication and a never-give-up attitude to achieve your dreams. It's a film that will leave a lasting impression on the audience and make them think about their own struggles and aspirations."

Review from Long Story Shorts Film Festival... "More...more...more... This short film has a great title that perfectly summarizes what disturbingly haunts the main character. Joe is a man who wants to become a screenwriter. He received rejection after rejection but still goes strong in pursuing his dream. He realized that nobody will come to him and make him a star, but he's the one who has to take his fate in his own hands if he wants to become somebody. And as the title says, every time he shows up with a script, everybody expects more...more... and even more from him. It's a tough industry and not many get the chance to build a reputation for themselves. The editing is impeccable, and it delivers each joke or stressful situation very well. Reminds us of TV shows like Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother and many others that were shot and edited this way. There are no dull moments and the pacing of each scene is up-tempo. The SFX also adds a plus to the comic atmosphere, delivering each ''dark'' joke properly.

The main character seems stressed and going through a lot. He's thriving in order to become the best in his field. He's a troubled screenwriter and it seems that the world doesn't revolve around him as he would want to. Maybe he's just unlucky and nothing works in its favor. At some point, after 18 months of writing, when he finally gets out of his house, everybody seems to gaslight him, even the secretary.

The actor does a very good job, carrying the story on his shoulders. In many films, even if the time passes, most actors don't know how to act so we can feel through their acting that something changed for their character, and that's why we appreciate the acting of Brad Banacka who happens to also be the director. It's not an easy job to play more roles on a film set, as some may think, but it's admirable when it happens.

It's an entertaining and also sad story that it was interesting to watch. We believe that many people and artists, regarding their main field of work, can empathize with Joe and his struggle of becoming somebody. Not even 18 months of being locked in his house for focusing on writing didn't seem to do much for his career, and it's horrifying to think that sometimes even if you give your best effort, it can't be enough for this industry to see you and appreciate your work. It was an eye-opening story and with some improvements on the shooting and production part, the next film will definitely become a hit."

19. Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?
Yes, we have had an incredible run with "More" alone, it being accepted to 19+ festivals with 14 awards at this point in only 2 months of eligibility so far.

20. What are your future plans in filmmaking carrier?
I am working with Joel on several projects as writer and producing partner. We are work on additional projects including completing "MORE...MORE...MORE..." and pre production on the thriller called "Last Ride" plus a horror film called "THE AI APP"; a boxing drama called "The Fix"; an episodic thriller called "Retribution"; an episodic baseball comedy called "Around the Horn".

ScreenWriter BIO:
Joel LaFlamme is a multi talented Canadian writer/producer with over 20 completed screenplays to his name. Over the last few years Joel had seen his presence expand across the industry. Currently he has 5 productions on the go, 4 of which are working closely with his partner Brad. Joel also exposed a massive cheating scandal in Major League Baseball. Joel blew the whistle on a massive cheating scandal changing the game and the rules forever. Joel has 75k followers on TikTok for his baseball content and over 200 million views. 2023 looks to be another amazing year as Joel shows no signs of slowing down.

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