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Interviews

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf for 'Living Among Us' (2018)

  Filmmaker Brian Metcalf wrote, directed, produced and DP'd his found footage vampire tale 'Living Among Us' (2018). In one of the late actor John Heard's last performances, this horror/sci-fi flick follows some documentarians as they make an ethnological study on vampires living among mortals. Produced by Brian's Red Compass Media production company, Vision Films is handling international sales and US distribution in association with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

   Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three de...

Interview with Dan Damman and Chris Thomas for 'Awarewolf' (2017) at Napa Valley Film Festival

  Writer/director Chris Thomas co-directed short film 'Awarewolf' (2017) with director Dan Damman. The film tells the story of an young boy who is forced to prematurely become a professional yoga athlete by his despondent and no longer pliant mother who lives vicariously through him. The film is beautifully produced with a remarkable performance by newcomer Nicolas Yurkevich. It screened at the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival where I had a chance to interview both fi...

Interview with Director Nicholas Brennan for 'MAMA' at 20th SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  'MAMA' film still. Photo by Anne Ackermann. Director of 'MAMA'. Photo by Anne Ackermann. Filmmaker at New York's CNN Courageous Studio, director Nicholas Brennan screened his short film 'MAMA' (2017) at the 20th annual SCAD Savannah International Film Festival. Produced by Samson Ntale, Brennan's film tells the story of real life wonder woman Gertrude Nakanwagi in Ugandan village Kayunga; a traditional birth attendant, she acts as a 2nd 'mama'...

Interview with Nicholas Brennan for 'MAMA' (2017)

Filmmaker at New York's CNN Courageous Studio, director, Nicholas Brennan screened his short film 'MAMA' (2017) at the 20th annual SCAD Savannah International Film Festival.  

Director Nora Twomey on “The Breadwinner”

A scrolling band of carnelian clouds circling clockwise, a boy in an Afghani folk costume swirling within, a radiant beam at the center: The opening frames of Nora Twomey’s animated film The Breadwinner tell a tale of light and shadow, conjuring dream imagery of the pyche’s quest towards wholeness in the larger world. In case you haven’t guessed, we’re in the realm of universal truth, seen from toon-spun Afghanistan. The allegory quickly blossoms into...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

 Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three desperate charact...

Interview with Actor William H. Macy and Producer Rachel Winter for 'Krystal' (2017) at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Director William H. Macy onstage at 'Krystal' Q&A during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 3, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Actor William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut 'Krystal' (2017), about a sickly young man who is forced to live a sequestered existence who forms an infatuation with a stripper, recently screened at the 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. As an act...

Interview with Meg Thomson, VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment

Meg Thomson is VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment, a division of distribution company Lionsgate. With offices in the US and London, Globalgate specializes in the co-financing (through its Globalgate Fund), production and international distribution for local-language films within their home territories. I recently interviewed Meg about her experience, position and the company.    Before your current position with Globalgate Entertainment, you were a film producer....

Interview with Dan Damman and Chris Thomas for 'Awarewolf' (2017) at Napa Valley Film Festival

Writer/director Chris Thomas co-directed short film 'Awarewolf' (2017) with director Dan Damman. The film tells the story of an young boy who is forced to prematurely become a professional yoga athlete by his despondent and no longer pliant mother who lives vicariously through him. The film is beautifully produced with a remarkable performance by newcomer Nicolas Yurkevich. It screened at the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival where I had a chance to interview both filmmakers togethe...

Interview with Actor William H. Macy and Producer Rachel Winter for 'Krystal' (2017) at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Director William H. Macy onstage at 'Krystal' Q&A during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 3, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Actor William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut 'Krystal' (2017), about a sickly young man who is forced to live a sequestered existence who forms an infatuation with a stripper, recently screened at the 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. As an actor, Macy has won mult...

Interview with Director of Montreal International Film Festival Laurie Gordon

  Laurie Gordon is a producer, writer, director and festival director for the Montreal International Animation Film Festival. Laurie is one of the international film industry's most avid supporters of animation and has recently run the 3rd annual Animation Day at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Laurie regularly attends the film marketplaces, including Cannes, Berlin and AFM for new innovative animation content.   In a recent interview with Laurie, here is what she had t...

Interview with Actor Robert Pattinson at 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Actor Robert Pattinson at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Robert Pattinson ('Harry Potter' 2005, 'Twilight' 2008, 'Cosmopolis' 2012, 'The Lost City of Z' 2016) recently starred in the indie film 'Good Time' (2017) about two bank robber brothers who get separated when a heist goes wrong. The film has met with critical acclaim at international film fe...

Interview with Actor John Boyega at 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Actor John Boyega poses backstage with Vanguard Award at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Actor John Boyega first received worldwide attention with his breakout role as Moses in director Joe Cornish's film 'Attack the Block' (2011). Since then, he has been steadily ascending his illustrious career ladder with roles in followup films as Ugwu i...

Interview with Actor Robert Pattinson at 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Actor Robert Pattinson at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Robert Pattinson ('Harry Potter' 2005, 'Twilight' 2008, 'Cosmopolis' 2012, 'The Lost City of Z' 2016) recently starred in the indie film 'Good Time' (2017) about two bank robber brothers who get separated when a heist goes wrong. The film has met with critical acclaim at international film festivals. Directe...

Interview with Actor John Boyega at 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Actor John Boyega poses backstage with Vanguard Award at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Actor John Boyega first received worldwide attention with his breakout role as Moses in director Joe Cornish's film 'Attack the Block' (2011). Since then, he has been steadily ascending his illustrious career ladder with roles in followup films as Ugwu in 'Half of a...

Interview with Director of Montreal International Film Festival Laurie Gordon

Laurie Gordon is a producer, writer, director and festival director for the Montreal International Animation Film Festival. Laurie is one of the international film industry's most avid supporters of animation and has recently run the 3rd annual Animation Day at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Laurie regularly attends the film marketplaces, including Cannes, Berlin and AFM for new innovative animation content.   In a recent interview with Laurie, here is what she had to say:   H...

Interview With Director Cameo Wood for 'Real Artists' (2017)

  Director/Producer Cameo Wood’s first narrative film 'Real Artists' (2017) starring Tiffany Hines (Bones, 24: Legacy) and Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club/Berlin Station) made its debut at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival as part of the 2017 Marché du Film. Adapted from the short story by bestselling author Ken Liu, 'Real Artists' takes place in the near future and tells the story about an animator challenged to ch...

Jonathan Wolf Interviewed on AFM 2017

    A graduate of USC Business School, Jonathan Wolf has held an illustrious career in finance and business within the film industry. He joined IFTA in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Business and has been Managing Director of the AFM since 1998. I sat with Jonathan Wolf at the Fairmont Hotel during the 2017 AFM to get his opinion on the climate of the current marketplace. Here is what he had to say:   This is an interesting year in distribution, right? ...

Interview with Producer J. Miles Dale and actor Richard Jenkins at 20th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Producer J. Miles Dale onstage at 'The Shape of Water' screening at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Winner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival, Guillermo del Toro's latest film 'The Shape of Water' (2017) is a Cold War magical realism love story set in 1962. The film is sweeping up awards at international film ...

Interview with Actress/Director Kyra Sedgwick at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Actress Kyra Sedgwick. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD) 'Story of a Girl' (2017). Synopsis: “When a compromising video of sixteen year old Deanna Lambert hits social media, her teenage life is changed forever. Overcoming bullies, hurtful school-yard taunts and the enduring rage and disappointment of her father, Deanna longs to escape a life defined by her past. Directed by Kyra Sedgwick (feature directorial debut) and starring Ryann Shane, Jon Tenney an...

Interview with Writer Jim Taylor at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Writer Jim Taylor onstage at 'Downsizing' Q&A during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD)   Oscar Winning writer/producer Jim Taylor attended the 20th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Taylor has written scripts such as 'Election' (1999), 'About Schmidt' (2002), 'Sideways' (2004), for which he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most re...

Interview with Producer J. Miles Dale and actor Richard Jenkins at 20th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Producer J. Miles Dale onstage at 'The Shape of Water' screening at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Winner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival, Guillermo del Toro's latest film 'The Shape of Water' (2017) is a Cold War magical realism love story set in 1962. The film is sweeping up awards at international film festivals and ha...

Producer J. Miles Dale onstage during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival

SAVANNAH, GA - NOVEMBER 02: Producer J. Miles Dale onstage at 'The Shape of Water' screening at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD)

Interview with Actress/Director Kyra Sedgwick at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Actress Kyra Sedgwick. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD) 'Story of a Girl' (2017). Synopsis: “When a compromising video of sixteen year old Deanna Lambert hits social media, her teenage life is changed forever. Overcoming bullies, hurtful school-yard taunts and the enduring rage and disappointment of her father, Deanna longs to escape a life defined by her past. Directed by Kyra Sedgwick (feature directorial debut) and starring Ryann Shane, Jon Tenney and Kevin Bacon, b...
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