5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became A Filmmaker, With Dani Menkin

Marco Derhy
Aug 1, 2018 · 4 min read

“I encourage optimism and positivity. Some people have no idea what kind of things they can do if they are positive and optimistic.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dani Menkin. Dani is an internationally acclaimed, award winning writer-director, and twice Israeli Academy Award Winner. His feature and documentary films are selling worldwide including to HBO, LIONSGATE and DISNEY. Dani Menkin is a speaker and film juror at International Film Festivals around the world, as well as a film professor in universities in the U.S. Dani Menkin is also the founder of Hey Jude Productions.

I grew up in Israel and I wanted to become a soccer player. When it didn’t happen I made documentaries, sport stories… and found out that what I really love (and am good at) is making films, entertaining and (hopefully) inspiring people.

When I shot my feature narrative IS THAT YOU? We had a police man stop us and ask for a permit which we did not have with us. We were actually looking for a policeman character on our film so I told him, with my Israeli accent, that we will be happy to “shoot” him. He looked at me and paused… then said “you may wanna rephrase that…”. The film got a great review at the NY TIMES and is now performing successfully on AMAZON PRIME

Following our success of ON THE MAP (purchased by LIONSGATE), I am working on a narrative feature film based on ON THE MAP, as well as a documentary on AULCIE PERRY’s life story.

I am very inspired by my characters, especially Ami, my protagonist from 39 POUNDS OF LOVE. He could not move any part of his body but with his personality, love and talent, he moved the world. At our HBO screening premiere, for the film which was shortlisted for the OSCARS, I met Miriam who became my wife. We live in LA with our two kids, 5 and 9.

Paul McCartney. He’s why I named my company HEY JUDE PRODUCTIONS, from the line “Take A Sad Song And Make It Better”. Paul loves what he does, inspires millions with his uplifting, positive music and uses his fame to spread the message of peace and kindness throughout the world.

I encourage optimism and positivity. Some people have no idea what kind of things they can do if they are positive and optimistic.

  • The filmmaking is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • You must understand business, even if you think you don’t. That’s the movie business.
  • Ego can be a good thing, if you know how to use it for the best.
  • Exercise every day. To be your best physically.
  • Meditate every morning. To be your best mentally.

Paul McCartney! And if we can sing “HEY JUDE” it will really be … !

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