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'90 Days' (2014). Interview with Director Timothy Yeung

Toronto based filmmaker Timothy Yeung has wowed audiences worldwide with his breakthrough award-winning short film '90 Days' (2014). The film is a comment on the dark side of contemporary Hong Kong where many arrive with big dreams for a new life but end up finding only hardship and a fight for survival. '90 Days' is the length of time Li jan, a young female Chinese immigrant, has on her Hong Kong tourist visa to make a new life for herself. Sadly, during her quest and urge...

'90 Days' (2014). Interview with Director Timothy Yeung

Toronto based filmmaker Timothy Yeung has wowed audiences worldwide with his breakthrough award-winning short film '90 Days' (2014). The film is a comment on the dark side of contemporary Hong Kong where many arrive with big dreams for a new life but end up finding only hardship and a fight for survival. '90 Days' is the length of time Li jan, a young female Chinese immigrant, has on her Hong Kong tourist visa to make a new life for herself. Sadly, during her quest and urgency ...

What Has Keanu Reeves Been Up To? Quite a Lot, Actually & Makes It 'Rain' Soon

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Everybody has their version of who Keanu Reeves is, that airhead guy from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure or the hero from Speed with Sandra Bullock or the enigmatic character in 47 Ronin released last year. And next he will star in and executive produce a TV series called "Rain." But wait, where has he been for the last few years? Noticeably on-and-off the Hollywood radar. Keanu, who turns 50 on Sept. 2, was ...

'One Armed Man' (2014). Interview with Director Tim Guinee

Actor/writer/director Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife recently made his directorial debut with short film One Armed Man (2014) by writer Horton Foote. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Nominee at SXSW, amongst others. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory. One Armed Man is the story of CW Rowe, wealthiest man i...

'One Armed Man' (2014). Interview with Director Tim Guinee

Actor/writer/director Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife recently made his directorial debut with short film One Armed Man (2014) by writer Horton Foote. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Nominee at SXSW, amongst others. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory. One Armed Man is the story of CW Rowe, wealthiest man i...

'Aban +Khorshid'. Interview with producer Tommee May

It is hard to imagine that even today we live in a world full of hate and intolerance, especially in matters of love. While many still argue about the morality of homosexuality all over the world, some have become martyrs in places where same sex love is punishable by death. "Aban + Khorshid" tells the true story of two young men who were executed for being homosexual and merely for loving each other. Tommee May’s short film "Aban + Khorshid" screened at the Cannes Fi...

The Tide Keeper (2014). Interview with filmmaker Alyx Duncan.

  “Who knows how to stem the tide except through dreams?” Stunning short film 'The Tide Keeper' (2014) by New Zealand newcomer Alyx Duncan is a mesmerizing metaphor of the concept of time through the movements of the tides. Have you ever felt the panicked sensation of time running out and you not accomplishing what you feel you need to do in the short time you have on this earth? Duncan's film emits the feeling of choking anxiety of lost time through breathtaking...

The Tide Keeper (2014). Interview with filmmaker Alyx Duncan.

“Who knows how to stem the tide except through dreams?” Stunning short film 'The Tide Keeper' (2014) by New Zealand newcomer Alyx Duncan is a mesmerizing metaphor of the concept of time through the movements of the tides. Have you ever felt the panicked sensation of time running out and you not accomplishing what you feel you need to do in the short time you have on this earth? Duncan's film emits the feeling of choking anxiety of lost time through breathtaking images ...

Homophonia (2014). Interview with filmmaker Jim Jermanok.

One of the very special films selected to screen at this year's prestigious Palm Springs International Short Film festival was New York filmmaker Jim Jermanok's film 'Homophonia' (2014), an ironic comedy about America's seemingly endless debate on gay marriage rights. This is certainly a topic every American holds an opinion about, and this film tackles it from an East Coast and down to earth humane perspective. I recently asked Jim to say a few words about his film: JIM: ...

'A Truth in Silence' (2014). Interview with writer/producer Felipe Pina

  Based on true events, American writer/producer Felipe Pina's short film 'A Truth in Silence' (2014) takes a peak inside a mother's life who lived under domestic abuse for 17 years. The film participated at this year's Palm Springs International Shortfest film market and most recently chosen for official selection at the LA International Shortfest.   I interviewed Felipe about his film, which is inspired by his mother's life. Here is what he had to say: M...

'A Truth in Silence' (2014). Interview with writer/producer Felipe Pina

  Based on true events, American writer/producer Felipe Pina's short film 'A Truth in Silence' (2014) takes a peak inside a mother's life who lived under domestic abuse for 17 years. The film participated at this year's Palm Springs International Shortfest film market and most recently chosen for official selection at the LA International Shortfest.   I interviewed Felipe about his film, which is inspired by his mother's life. Here is what he had to say: M...

'Time to Kill' @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke is a short film about the long wait of a hitman as he spends all night inside his target's apartment anxiously anticipating his return home. The film most recently screened at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Interview with Cindy Hong, Justin Rettke, and Christopher Wood on 'Time to Kill': ME: You are a producer of the film. How was it brought to you and what made you feel you wanted to he...

10 Ways to Make Distributors Totally Hate Your Guts - by Elliott Grove

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We thought this was interesting! So we are sharing!     10 Ways to Make Distributors Totally Hate Your Guts by Elliot Grove   Here are 10 ways to really annoy distributors.   1) Make it nearly impossible for a distributor to see your film Let’s say a potential film buyer misses the one and only screening of&nbs...

Cosmopolitan Man: An Interview with Director Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman likes Paris. And the feeling seems to be mutual. After all, why not? The American director relocated to the city in 1998 and lived there for twelve years. And this coming week will mark a triumphant return for Stillman, as the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, which runs from June 11-17, pays tribute to his work with screenings of Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress, ahead of the theatrical re-release of Metropolitan, which will open in French c...

Let the community decide who to fund!

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We are an online competition that funds writers and filmmakers, both short and long format.   We are unique, in that we ask writers to judge filmmakers and filmmakers to judge writers.   The  winning filmmaker, as chosen by the screenwriters, chooses one of the top 10 scripts to buy and shoot, and we fund it with the entry fees.   ...

'One the Edge of the World' in the "Visions Sociales" section of Cannes '14.

'One the Edge of the World' screened in the "Visions Sociales" section on the 21st of May at the 2014 Cannes FIlm Festival. Ah, beautiful Paris! City of lights, city of love, city of des Beaux-Arts and grand history...city of great poverty and a rising homeless population. Meet Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and many others who live on the streets all year long in Paris during freezing winters, hot summers and wet shoulder seasons. While they struggle to subsist under th...

Interview with producer Gabe Cowan

New Artists Alliance's partners Gabe Cowan and John Suits are two of the most prolific producers of indie filmmaking today. While most industry players will attest to how hard it is to even finish one film in today's uber competitive climate, this indie powerhouse team is cranking out 5-6 new films a year and going on strong. When asked how they do it, Gabe just replies with a solar smile: “We don't sleep”. Most recent on the NAA slate are two debut films at the 2014...

'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013). Interview with Bill Siegel

  Only a hand full of people in the world can say they spent 23 years involved in the telling of Muhammad Ali's life story, and American director Bill Siegel is one. To Siegel, Ali is not only a world renown international athlete and hero, but a mirror into which any person can see a piece of themselves. In his latest film about Ali, 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013), Bill tells a three part story of the man who went from Olympic winning athlete to spiritual leader for t...

On the Edge of the World (2013). Interview with Claus Drexel

Ah, beautiful Paris! City of lights, city of love, city of des Beaux-Arts and grand history...city of great poverty and a rising homeless population. Meet Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and many others who live on the streets all year long in Paris during freezing winters, hot summers and wet shoulder seasons. While they struggle to subsist under the bridges, in alleyways and in the metros in plain sight, they endure a near invisible existence. In his visually stunning and touching documen...

On the Edge of the World (2013). Interview with Claus Drexel

Ah, beautiful Paris! City of lights, city of love, city of des Beaux-Arts and grand history...city of great poverty and a rising homeless population. Meet Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and many others who live on the streets all year long in Paris during freezing winters, hot summers and wet shoulder seasons. While they struggle to subsist under the bridges, in alleyways and in the metros in plain sight, they endure a near invisible existence. In his visually stunning and touching documen...

'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013). Interview with Bill Siegel

Only a hand full of people in the world can say they spent 23 years involved in the telling of Muhammad Ali's life story, and American director Bill Siegel is one. To Siegel, Ali is not only a world renown international athlete and hero, but a mirror into which any person can see a piece of themselves. In his latest film about Ali, 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013), Bill tells a three part story of the man who went from Olympic winning athlete to spiritual leader for the Nation o...

BASTARDS (2014). Interview with Deborah Perkin.

  BASTARDS (2014) at 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. 'Bastards' by British director Deborah Perkin focuses on the troubled fate of illegitimate children in Morocco. The film opens with the official English definition of the word 'Bastard': “1) a person born of parents not married to each other and 2) an unpleasant or despicable person”. Just after we are reminded of what the word truly means, multiple images of innocent children grace the scre...

BASTARDS (2014). Interview with Deborah Perkin.

BASTARDS (2014) at 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. 'Bastards' by British director Deborah Perkin focuses on the troubled fate of illegitimate children in Morocco. The film opens with the official English definition of the word 'Bastard': “1) a person born of parents not married to each other and 2) an unpleasant or despicable person”. Just after we are reminded of what the word truly means, multiple images of innocent children grace the screen. Adorabl...

Interview with Studio City Festival Director Steve Sturla

  Sally Kirkland, 2013 winner of Best Actress in a Short, with Steve Sturla Q. This year marks the second year of the Studio City Film Festival.  How big was the learning curve? A. Big. But we prepared a long time leading up to the 2013 Festival, so thankfully were able to pull off a successful festival. We screened 80 shorts and features in six days. We received extremely positive responses from filmmakers and audience members, so that was an encouraging sign that we must be...
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