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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 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 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...

2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Award Winners

2017 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   Winners include “Quest,” “Stuck” and Mackenzie Davis for “Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town”   Napa Valley, CA - The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Festival, held from November 8-12, screened 124 films, including the 18 in NVFF&r...

Seventh Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Films, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees

Seventh Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Films, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees   Honorees Included Will Ferrell (Maverick Actor Tribute), Nancy Meyers (Legendary Filmmaker Award), Michael Shannon (Trailblazer Tribute) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Spotlight Tribute)   Rising Star Tributes Were Awarded to Ana de Armas, Odeya Rush, Austin Stowell, Gregg Sulkin and Alex Wolff   A Special Humanitarian Tribute was given to Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder   Addit...

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 director Ryan Suffern for 'Finding Oscar' (2017)

Director/Producer Ryan Suffern's award winning documentary 'FINDING OSCAR' (2017) recounts the tragic story of the infamous massacre of Dos Erres, Guatemala which took place on December 6th 1982 during which over 200 people, including women and children, were brutally murdered by the Guatemalan military under de facto president Efrain Rios Montt. The film follows the decades long search for Oscar Ramirez, the unlikely survivor of the tragedy who was then only three years of age. P...

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 choose between her dr...

Interview with Actress/Director Karen Allen @ 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

Actress Karen Allen has been acting for over 35 years in commercial film and theater. With some of her most renown characters being Katy from 'Animal House' (1978), Marion Ravenwood from 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' (1981) and 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008), Jenny Hayden from 'Starman' (1984) and Claire Phillips from 'Scrooged' (1988), she has played hundreds of roles in film, TV and theater. An award winning actress and h...

Interview With Italian Composer Umberto Smerilli

Pescara born Umberto Smerilli is one of Italy's emerging masterful film composers. A graduate of the Italian National School of Cinema at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Umberto is best known for his work on 'Scrambled' (2007), 'Il Torneo' (2008) and 'Worldly Girl' (2016). He is a multi talent who synergizes the old and new world with confidence, grace and Italian panache. My first encounter with Umberto was at the Off Camera Film Festival in Krakow, Poland i...

Interview with Director Romina Schwedler for 'THE VISIT' (2017)

  Argentine born Director/Writer/Producer/Actress Romina Schwedler is a woman of many talents. She moved to NY at the age of 15 and began her career studying dance at the School of American Ballet and music at The Juilliard School. She followed with intensive acting training at the William Esper Studio during which she began to be featured in films and TV series. In 2014, she jumped behind the camera for the first time to direct a spec commercial. Through it she was s...

Interview with Animation Director Alain Delannoy on 'The Talk True Stories About the Birds & the Bees' (2016)

Producer/Director/DOP Alain Delannoy's short animation film 'The Talk True Stories About the Birds & the Bees' (2016) relates the very adult story about grownup men remembering the moment their fathers explained to them about the birds and the bees. Since its premiere, it has since been travelling to international festivals picking up numerous awards in its wake, including the Prix De Varti Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Audience Award at Dawson City International Short ...

Interview with PSIAF Animation Festival Director Brian Neil Hoff

    Brian Neil Hoff is the founder and festival director of the Palm Springs International Animation Festival (http://www.psiaf.org/home.html), the first edition of which is set to take place post AFM from November 9-11, 2017. Hoff has been working in animation for the last fifteen years and is a teacher/mentor of animation at the Palm Springs High School. He began the works for the PSIAF in 2009 and has now created a snowball effect with over 2,000 film submissions and...

Interview With Writer/Director Amman Abbasi for 'DAYVEON' (2017)

  Writer/director Amman Abbasi's debut film 'Dayveon' (2017) is a coming of age story about 13 year-old Dayveon as he navigates his way through the oppressing Arkansas summer heat and the relentless bullying of a local gang after having just lost his older brother. The film screened to international buyers at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Market with Visit Films conducting international sales. FilmRise is handling North American distribution. The film pre...

Interview With Kayvan Mashayekh About PGA "Producers Without Borders" @ 70th annual Cannes Film Festival

  PGA producer Kayvan Mashayekh  PGA “Producers Without Borders” started in Cannes three years ago by PGA member Kayvan Mashayekh and the general manager of The Royal Film Commission of Jordan Geroge David. The event is sponsored by The Royal Film Commission of Jordan.   After having helped to cast the various panelists myself for this year's 3rd annual PGA PWB edition, I interviewed Kayvan. Here is what he had to say:   How did ...

Interview with Daphne Schmon for "All of Me" @ Cannes 2017.

  American director, editor and actor Daphne Schmon's short film “All of Me” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Marché du Film, which was selected “Best of Cannes shorts to screen” by Creative Market Group. Made by an all female team, “All of Me” is the story of a talented, genderqueer musician named Viv (played by British actress Chereen Buckley). Director Schmon, writer Emily Carlton, producer Jemma Moore and editor Philippa Carson w...

Interview with Cyril Morin @ 70th Cannes Film Festival.

  French born Cyril Morin is a man of many talents. A prolific music composer, writer, director and producer, some of his many credits include: 'Samsara' (2001), 'A Simple Heart' (2008), 'I Do' (2015), 'Hacker's Game' (2015), 'NY84' (2016) and 'An American Trilogy' (2017). He spends his time working between Europe, USA and China and is proof that to be successful in the film business, it helps to be a Renaissance personality like...

Interview With Acclaimed Actress Cloris Leachman

Acclaimed actress Cloris Leachman was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1926 where she lived until she moved to Illinois to attend Illinois State University and later Northwestern University. A drama student, she participated in various local beauty pageants which she won, including Miss Chicago in 1946. With dreams of becoming an actress, she moved to New York where she began her theater career which segued into TV and film. Cloris has successfully graced our TV and silver screens for over 65 years...

Interview with Directors Daniel Mentz and Julia Butler for SLIPAWAY (2017)

  Director/writer Daniel Mentz and director/writer Julia Butler co-direct 'Slipaway' (2017), a heartrending film about the unlikely friendship between an older woman, Fall (played by Elaine Partnow), and a young man, Adam (Jesse Pepe). Reminiscent of The Intouchables (2011), the film presents a story about the platonic bond between an elderly ailing woman at the end of her life and a young man beginning his. Adam is a young homeless drug addict who dreams of becoming a musician bu...

Interview With Writer/Director Dmitry Milkin For Award Winning Animated Short 'Curpigeon'

Dmitry Milkin Writer/director Dmitry Milkin's award winning 3D animated short 'Curpigeon' (2016) is making audiences coo and awe as it tells the story about birds communicating with humans in a spiritual transcendent way. The ancient Egyptians did this, so why not in 2016 with a group of old bonding men in a community park? Reminiscent of Pixar's 'UP' (2009), this unique animation leaves audiences feeling closer to each other and nature in an ...
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