Ari Taub

How to Make it in Filmmaking is the story of irrepressibly ambitious Brooklyn director Ari Taub, and the community that surrounds him. His strategy to get noticed by Hollywood is to make a war movie, period accurate, in three languages. So he embarks on a ten-year odyssey of guerrilla filmmaking, along the way confronting cultural ideas of success and how one should (and shouldn't) achieve it.

DocuFest 2012
Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival
The Goat Farm Arts Center
Friday, September 21st, 2012
Main Auditorium, 8:45pm

NewFilmmakers NYC
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, NYC
Tuesday October 4th, 2011
Documentary Series, 6pm

Brainwash Drive-in Film Festival
Oakland, CA
Saturday Sept 3, 2011

The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Cleveland, OH
Saturday August 27th, 2011

Indie Gathering Awards:
Best Feature Documentary (3rd Place)

NYC Premiere:

Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St.
Thursday June 23, 9:30pm

Most Promising Filmmaker (nomination)
Best Editing (nomination)

Cast and Crew


Ari Taub
Caio Ribiero
Ted Ciesielski
Andrei Khrenov
Rick Morrison
Francesca Maniglia
Cristina Pronzati
Walter DeForest


Shanna Maurizi - Writer and Director, Editor
Eva Llona Brzeski - Contributing Director
Karine Baczynski - Cinematographer

Special Thanks/Advisors

George O Donnell
Julia Shirar


Ari Taub is an award-winning film maker whose work has been showcased around the world. His short films have won numerous awards, and he received the Best New Director award at Brooklyn International Film Festival, and Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival for his first feature The Fallen. An NYU Film School graduate, he has produced music videos and commercials, has worked on hundreds of indie commercials, features, and shorts, has directed Off-Broadway theater, and is the president of Hit and Run Productions, Inc., a production company that provides equipment to emerging filmmakers. His films have been screened on Showtime, Arts & Entertainment, HBO, and the Disney Channel, and past awards include the Nissan Focus Award, Warner Award, Mobil Award, several Cine Golden Eagles, 1st Prize at Certamen Intl. Film Festival, and 1st Prize at Klagenfurt Intl. Film Festival. His new film Last Letters from Monte Rosa recently premiered at Indiescreen in New York, to critical acclaim. Currently he is in pre-production on a new film, 79 Parts, a romantic comedy that takes place in Brooklyn in 1979.

Shanna Maurizi is a filmmaker and visual artist working in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts, and is a graduate of San Francisco State’s Photography department. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her short films have been screened at Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema, San Francisco Cinematheque, Documental Film Series, Rotterdam Kunsthal, and the Ende Tymes Festival, among many others. Her work has been included in the program for Video in the Built Environment in London, The Archive Project at the Israeli Center for Digital Art, the Tank, Observatory and Ocularis in New York, and most recently she had a solo show at Famous Accountants in Bushwick, Brooklyn. As an Editor and Colorist, her clients include the History Channel, The Discovery Channel, PBS, MTV Truelife, VH1, Time Warner and David McNamara, among many others, and her credits include independent features and documentaries, music videos, and spots. This is her first feature as writer and director.


Composer and cellist Brent Arnold studied with Walter Gray, original cellist for the Kronos Quartet, and legendary jazz violinist Michael White. His latest solo album, An Albatross And A Half, is string-heavy and experimental, with a strong sense of mood and melody. His unique vision has led to work with artists as diverse as Modest Mouse, DJ/rupture, Sleater-Kinney, Eyvind Kang, the Moools, and many more. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

(sound advisor)

Julia Shirar designs sound for feature films, makes video art and paintings, and writes music. She has written, produced, and recorded two records with her band, Pillows, on Show and Tell Music, and her videos and paintings have shown internationally. She was First Editor to Richard Beggs, renowned sound designer of Apocalypse Now, and now is a Sound Designer in her own right. Her credits include Lost in Translation, Adaptation, Galaxy Quest, Virgin Suicides, The Squid and the Whale and most recently Ballast by Lance Hammer.