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'A Month in Thailand' by Paul Negoescu, winner of 'Romanian Days Breakthrough Award' at TIFF.

At the 12th Transylvania International Film Festival (31 May- 9 June, 2013), the winner of the 'Romanian Days Breakthrough Award' (1.000 Euro offered by URSUS) – 'A Month in Thailand' (by Paul Negoescu). ‘A Month In Thailand’ (2012) by writer/director Paul Negoescu screened in competition recently at the 12th Transylvania International Film Festival. The film depicts a grey Bucharest, Romania in the course of one night in the life of 'Radu' (play...

'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch at 12th TIFF

  On June 7, 2013 Romanian film 'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch of the film at the TIFF Lounge during the 12th annual Transylvania International Film Festival.  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS &ls...

'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch at 12th TIFF

On June 7, 2013 Romanian film 'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch of the film at the TIFF Lounge during the 12th annual Transylvania International Film Festival.  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS ‘Inte...

'Paradise: Love' (2012) by Ulrich Seidl at 12th Transylvania International Film Festival. Q and A with Ed Lachman.

‘Paradise: Love’ (‘Paradies: Liebe’, 2012). No one comments about sexual tourism when it deals with men traveling to foreign countries for bargain sex (Amsterdam, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, etc., etc.) but when Ulrich Seidl takes on the anything but subtle subject of women traveling the globe for sex tourism, the film is controversial and hotly debated. Sometimes labeled as racist and vulgar, ‘Paradise: Love’ is a story about consensual sex for money between ...

‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013): Interview with Catherine Jayasuriya

  During the illustrious and world-renown Cannes Film Festival, which just celebrated the close to its 66th year, the St Tropez International Film Festival took place next door in Nice, France from May 13th-17th. One of the films to feature at this year’s St. Tropez Film Festival was ‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013), a labor of love documentary about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that affects boys and young men around the world. The film by newcom...

‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013): Interview with Catherine Jayasuriya

  During the illustrious and world-renown Cannes Film Festival, which just celebrated the close to its 66th year, the St Tropez International Film Festival took place next door in Nice, France from May 13th-17th. One of the films to feature at this year’s St. Tropez Film Festival was ‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013), a labor of love documentary about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that affects boys and young men around the world. The film by newcom...

'Last Days on Mars' at 66th Cannes Film Festival, Director's Fortnight.

Irish director Ruairi Robinson’s feature film debut, sci-fi thriller ‘Last Days on Mars’ (2013), screened at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section. Written by Clive Dawson, the film is about the last days an astronaut crew spends on their journey to Mars. During their trip they find some vestiges of life on this supposedly dead planet. In their last hours before leaving, the extraterrestrial life turns out to be more evolved than they thought...

Going Their Way? Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Zal Batmanglij & THE EAST

  by Quendrith Johnson   When Ellen Page tells you she "was playing it cool on the inside" meeting with Brit Marling ("Arbitrage") and Sundance darling director Zal Batmanglij, you have to wonder what all the fuss is about.  To hear Zal tell it, "when I heard Ellen Page wanted to meet with us..." The movie in question, "The East," premiered last night in Hollywood at the ArcLight to an adoring hometown crowd, uh, hometown of Hollywood,...

'Matt's Chance' (2013). Interview with director Nicholas Gyeney.

'Matt’s Chance' (2013) is the third feature by the prolific talent Nicholas Gyeney. This is a surreal Dramedy about ‘Matt’ (Edward Furlong) who hasn’t had much luck in his young life, so who can blame him for drowning out his sorrows in a seedy bar professing the blues? The film opens on an inebriated Matt drinking a beer at the bar as he recounts a story to his friend about how he finally got lucky and met the girl of his dreams, ‘Jessica’ (Brandy K...

Director Aydin Erel's interview in Channel 17 Cape Cod

Channel 17 Cape Cod Media Center Interview with director Aydin Erel            

Director Aydin Erel's interview in Channel 17 Cape Cod

Channel 17 Cape Cod Media Center Interview with director Aydin Erel            

'The Iceman' (2012). Interview with director Ariel Vromen.

‘The Iceman’ (2012) is based on the true story of Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, a veritable sociopath who led parallel lives- a brutal contract killer and a devoted family man- until his arrest in 1986. Richard was an American hitman who joined the mafia as a contract killer for the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey and the Five Families in New York. Directed by Ariel Vromen, the film stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schw...

'The Iceman' (2012). Interview with director Ariel Vromen.

‘The Iceman’ (2012) is based on the true story of Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, a veritable sociopath who led parallel lives- a brutal contract killer and a devoted family man- until his arrest in 1986. Richard was an American hitman who joined the mafia as a contract killer for the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey and the Five Families in New York. Directed by Ariel Vromen, the film stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schw...

'FAVOR' (2013). Interview with director Paul Osborne.

Director Paul Osborne’s film ‘Favor’ (2013) is a dark dramatic satire about two best friends who help each other with a series of favors. ‘Kip’ (Blayne Weaver) lives a seemingly perfect male chauvinist life with a well-paying ‘suit’ job, a hot stay-at-home wife and a sexy mistress on the side. One day, tragedy hits the calm in Kip's life, sending everything into a domino-effect series of chaotic events until it all seems anything but perfect. Enter...

'FAVOR' (2013). Interview with director Paul Osborne.

Director Paul Osborne’s film ‘Favor’ (2013) is a dark dramatic satire about two best friends who help each other with a series of favors. ‘Kip’ (Blayne Weaver) lives a seemingly perfect male chauvinist life with a well-paying ‘suit’ job, a hot stay-at-home wife and a sexy mistress on the side. One day, tragedy hits the calm in Kip's life, sending everything into a domino-effect series of chaotic events until it all seems anything but perfect. Enter...

'Breakaway' (2012). Interview with director Ian Loreños

The film ‘Breakaway’ (2012) by the breakout director Ian Loreños is a gripping and heart-wrenching story about the love of a father for his son. Told in a succinct and seamless narrative, this is a real-like ‘Taken’ story about trafficking in modern day Manila, Philippines. 'Robert Lim' (Jericho Rosales) is a frustrated and anxious, albeit loving, father raising his motherless son 'Brian' alone. Despite a genuine love for his son, Robert is beset ...

'Isolated' (2013). Interview with producer Geoff Clark.

Produced by Geoff Clark and his ‘Something Kreative’ production company, and directed by Justin Le Pera, ‘Isolated’ (2013) is a film about five professional surfers who travel to a ‘No Media Zone’ in western Papua New Guinea in search of unexplored virgin waves and a unique adventure, but find themselves in the midst of a political hot zone and a journey that will change their mission and their lives. What starts as a story of extreme surfers in search of p...

'Battle for the Elephants' (2013) at 16th Sonoma International Film Festival

"Battle for the Elephants" (2013) by director John Heminway screened recently at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival. In this stunning and emotionally harrowing film that gives a voice to the endangered elephant, we follow journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and China as they attempt to penetrate into the psychology of the Chinese and their reasoning behind the ongoing slaughter of these majestic animals for their ivory tusks, even at ...

'Isolated' (2013) at Newport Beach Film Festival. Interview with producer Geoff Clark.

Produced by Geoff Clark and his ‘Something Kreative’ production company, and directed by Justin Le Pera, ‘Isolated’ (2013) is a film about five professional surfers who travel to a ‘No Media Zone’ in western Papua New Guinea in search of unexplored virgin waves and a unique adventure, but find themselves in the midst of a political hot zone and a journey that will change their mission and their lives. What starts as a story of extreme surfers in search of p...

'Raze' (2013) at Tribeca. Interview with actress Zoe Bell

    Not many professional actresses in the film industry can boast that they are also an award-winning stuntwoman, and a film producer. The beautiful and charismatic Kiwi actress/stuntwoman/producer Zoe Bell started her career as a gymnast in New Zealand and later became a stuntwoman for TV’s ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ and 'Hercules' and for films including ‘Kill Bill’ Vol. 1&2, ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and ‘Django Unchained&rsqu...

'Raze' (2013). Interview with actress Zoe Bell

    Not many professional actresses in the film industry can boast that they are also an award-winning stuntwoman, and a film producer. The beautiful and charismatic Kiwi actress/stuntwoman/producer Zoe Bell started her career as a gymnast in New Zealand and later became a stuntwoman for TV’s ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ and 'Hercules' and for films including ‘Kill Bill’ Vol. 1&2, ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and ‘Django Unchained&rsqu...

'Battle for the Elephants' (2013) with John Heminway

"Battle for the Elephants" (2013) by director John Heminway screened recently at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival. In this stunning and emotionally harrowing film that gives a voice to the endangered elephant, we follow journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and China as they attempt to penetrate into the psychology of the Chinese and their reasoning behind the ongoing slaughter of these majestic animals for their ivory tusks, even at ...

'Breakaway' at Newport Beach Film Festival, 2013. Interview with director Ian Loreños

The film ‘Breakaway’ (2012) by the breakout director Ian Loreños is a gripping and heart-wrenching story about the love of a father for his son. Told in a succinct and seamless narrative, this is a real-like ‘Taken’ story about trafficking in modern day Manila, Philippines. 'Robert Lim' (Jericho Rosales) is a frustrated and anxious, albeit loving, father raising his motherless son 'Brian' alone. Despite a genuine love for his son, Robert is beset ...

Interview with Award-winning Documentarian Hilla Medalia

By Maria Esteves – April 28, 2013 Hilla Medalia (HM) is an Award winning producer and director. Her documentary shorts and features have received numerous awards. In 2004, Daughters of Abraham received the Angelus Award for best documentary short. In 2005, 39 Pounds Of Love received the Ofhir Award (Israeli Academy of Film & Television) and an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short. Her film John Foppe received the Regional Emmy Award for best Documentary Short. In 2007, Medalia...

'Lost for Words' (2013). Interview with director Stanley Orzel.

Directed by Stanley J. Orzel (‘4 Assassins', 2012), ‘Lost for Words’ (2013) is a lyrical love story between an American ex-Marine ‘Michael’ (Sean Faris) and a Chinese ballerina ‘Anna’ (Grace Huang) amidst the varying and vast backdrop of Hong Kong. ‘Lost for Words’ held its world premier in March at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival and its U.S. premier in April at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival. I interviewed...
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