Episode 43- Disrupting the Narrative

In this Quest Podcast episode, we chat with the director, executive producer, and leading character of the movie Good Bad Things: Shane Stanger, Steve Way, and Danny Kurtzman respectively. This trio joins us to share their experiences, expertise, advise and hope when it comes to navigating life and Hollywood, and creating a future that is inclusive of everyone.

Keep up on the latest information about the movie release at www.goodbadthings.com.

Your Guests

Shane Stanger

A Southern California native, Shane Stanger is a filmmaker and entrepreneur whose career began in 2009 in the ICM mailroom before spending two years as an assistant to an agent in the motion picture department. Shane went on to associate produce BERNIE, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey. The success of BERNIE paved the way for Shane’s role as the lead producer for the independent feature Pretty Perfect.

In May 2013, Shane founded and launched The Baked Bear, a dessert concept out of San Diego specializing in ice cream sandwiches. In 2016 Shane was a recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Award. By 2021, Shane had opened over 35 Baked Bear locations across 12 states and decided to return to his true passion: filmmaking. Shane enrolled in the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and received his MFA in May 2023.

Good Bad Things is Stanger’s writing and directing debut and during the world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival (2024) won the audience and grand jury awards.

Connect with Shane:

Instagram: @shanestanger

Instagram: @goodbadthingsfilm

 

Steve Way

Steve Way is a 33-year-old actor, comedian, writer, and speaker. He was born with Muscular Dystrophy and is an activist for disability rights and universal healthcare. Steve can be seen in the Hulu show RAMY and is the executive producer of the award-winning film Good Bad Things.

Connect with Steve:

Instagram: @thesteveway 

www.thesteveway.com 

https://thesteveway.substack.com/ 

Danny Kurtzman

Danny Kurtzman is a physically disabled model, actor, entrepreneur, and advocate for the disabled community. Diagnosed with a muscular dystrophy at a young age, Danny never let his disability stop him from doing anything he put his mind to. After graduating from LMU, he joined the family business becoming the 4th generation in the fashion industry. 

His passion and love for fashion drove him to creative direct, design, market, and grow multiple brands. Today Danny’s passion not only lies in fashion, but in making this world a more accessible place for all disabled individuals. Danny uses his platform to spread his disability pride and tell the world that despite being physically disabled that he says “there’s nothing wrong with my body. It is perfect.”

Connect with Danny:

Instagram: @dannykurtzman

Host: Mindy Henderson

Mindy Henderson is MDA’s Vice President of Disability Outreach & Empowerment, Editor-in-Chief of Quest Media, and the host of this podcast.  She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old and has been a life-long partner to MDA.  Mindy is also a motivational speaker and author of the book, The Truth About Things That Suck.

Connect with Mindy: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hendersonmindy/     

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindyhendersonspeaks/

Disclaimer: No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician. 

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