Josh Seftel applied for a grant to make a film about toxic mold. He got the grant and made the film. After it developed a bit of a cult following, he started getting calls from Hollywood. Eventually, he would go on to work with talent like Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei and John Cusack.
On a separate day, he ran into an old friend on the street. Three years later, the film that resulted from that chance meeting would grace the front page of The New York Times web site.
Josh and I talk about all this and more on the latest episode of Coffee with Creatives. Head on over to iTunes to hear about:
- Why Josh skipped on medical school to make films and produce stories, eventually leading him to work with such outlets as HBO, PBS and This American Life
- The importance of gaining and nurturing a network across disciplines — and how that helped land his short documentary, The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, on the home page of The New York Times
- How and why Morgan Spurlock got involved with The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano
- Working in a morgue during college, and his longtime affinity for dark things
- The benefits of getting up early
- The importance of finding a mentor, and the one crucial thing you you should do in parallel while working for or with that mentor