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Interviews

Interview With Producer Filip Jan Rymsza on 'The Other Side of the Wind' (2015).

Photo credit to Lauren Faretta Filip Jan Rymsza, 37, is a Polish-born producer and filmmaker. He resides in Los Angeles, where he manages Royal Road Entertainment, an independent production company. During the 68th Cannes Film Festival, Filip announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the finishing of legendary filmmaker, Orson Welles' last and never before seen film, 'The Other Side of the Wind'. Since his death in 1985, Welles’ film was embroiled in ...

Joachim Trier: Interview for Louder than Bombs

  By Martin I. Petrov Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and scriptwriter. His third feature film Louder than bombs, and first in the english language after Reprise and Oslo, August 31, was presented in this year’s Competition at Festival De Cannes 2015.  The film tells the story of a single father and his 12 year old son in New York City struggling to rebuild their life after his wife commits suicide.  Read our review of the film here: http://www.film...

César Augusto Acevedo - Camera D'or Winner 2015 / Interview

By Martin I. Petrov   César Augusto Acevedo is a Colombian filmmaker. Land and Shade is his first feature film, presented at this year’s Semaine de la Critique. The story takes us to rural Colombia, where an old man returns to his family after many years of absence to find his son very ill and his wife in denial of leaving the land she so much loves. He is challenged to re-integrate into the family, while at the same time, the circumstances are indicative of a big change i...

TimesTalks Presents: Pixar’s “Inside Out”

  Today at the American Pavilion at 10AM, some of the cast of Pixar’s newest film “Inside Out” came to talk about the film. The program began with a showing of the preview for the film, which is about the mind of a little girl, and the feelings, joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust, which control it.   In attendance today was Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. They talked a lot about how the main character of the...

Teo Corban - Interview for One Floor Below

Teo Corban is a Romanian actor, working mostly in theatre and known for his appearances in Christian Mungiu’s 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and the recent Berlinale success Aferim! by Radu Jude. Corban plays Patrascu, the main character in Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Patrascu lives a happy family life in contemporary Bucharest. His life is challenged when he witnesses a domestic quarrel that end with a murder.   Would you s...

#DIGITALCANNES

  #DIGITALCANNES   Today, tucked away in the beautiful Hotel Eden on Rue D'Antibe was a very informational panel on the importance of digital marketing and strategic planning for the film industry. Kicked off by a selection of short films ranging from 2 to 15 minutes selected by the panelists, the 3 hour event was filled with useful information, intruiging dialogue and enjoyable films.  Benedicte Beaugeois from Film Festival Life stated, “The opportunities of ...

Radu Muntean: Interview for One Floor Below

Radu Muntean is a Romanian Filmmaker. His fifth feature film One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mai Jos) is at the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Festival De Cannes.  Patrascu lives happy family life in contemporary Romania. After he witnesses domestic quarrel that ends up with a murder, Patrascu's world is challenged and he is called to discover a side of his character he never explored before.    Interview: Martin I. Petrov Photo credits: Chloé Vollmer-Lo   ...

Interview with CODE Documentary Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds

By Maria Esteves – May 15, 2015 Robin Hauser Reynolds (RHR) is an Award-winning producer and director. At age seven, she began pursuing her passion for the arts and film as a professional photographer. She is an MBA graduate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2013, Reynolds first documentary feature Running For Jim received numerous awards including Best Documentary at SOHO International Film Festival and Best Feature Film at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Reyn...

"Irrational Man" Press Conference

  One of the most talked about films of the festival is Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” starring Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, and Emma Stone. The mystery drama which is scheduled to release July 17th, 2015 tells a story of philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) that finds a new sense of meaning to his life after entering a relationship with one of his students (Emma Stone). At the crowded press conference today, the elegant Stone was asked about working w...

Culture of Cannes

  I sat down with Nydia Simone to talk about her film The Lost Book of Rap and hear her perspective on the Cannes Film Festival as a filmmaker in the Short Film corner. Simone mentioned her previous experience at the Cannes Film Festival as an intern, and how that experience helped her to learn the business and to become more comfortable in Cannes, which we all know can be overwhelming the first visit, or even for those who go to the festival every year.   As a second time Cannes ...

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) Press Conference

    Tale of Tales Press Conference There was a fully packed audience at the Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone) press conference as moviegoers prepare for it's premiere today. Loosely based on Giambattista Basile's collection of stories from the 17th century, the film focuses on the Queen of Longtrellis (Salma Hayek) who is desperately trying to conceive a child. The fantasy fairytale, though not aimed for a children's audience, also stars Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and Jo...

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Laura Bispuri (Director/Writer) and Alba Rohrwacher (Actress) - “Sworn Virgin”

Sworn Virgin is the story of a woman who sacrifices her femininity for her freedom, and years later must renounce her honor to become a woman again. Hana Doda, a young woman living within the confines of a Northern Albanian village, longs to escape the shackles of womanhood, and live her life as a man. To do so she must evoke an old law of the Kanun and take an oath to eternally remain a virgin. Years later, as Mark, she leaves home for the first time and travels to Italy to stay with her sist...

Seeking Volunteers (& Interns!) for the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, June 10 - 18 at L.A. LIVE

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  Seeking Volunteers for the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, June 10 - 18 at L.A. LIVE Now in its twenty-first year, the Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent by bringing them together in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. Our volunteers are a key component to making the ...

Glasgow FF 2015: Interview with Morgan Matthews for X+Y

Morgan Matthews is a successful filmmaker and producer, mainly known for a number of documentaries like Beautiful Young Minds and Shooting Bigfoot. X+Y is his first feature film, inspired by a the true story of a young boy, diagnosed to be on the autistic spectrum, who travelled from the UK to China to participate in a mathematical olympiad. There, he did not only succeed in pursuing his dream, but also in discovering friendship, love and in finding his real self.       ...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Justin Kelly for I am Michael

  Justin Kelly - I am Michael, 2015 US - Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Justin Kelly is an American writer and director, who has mainly directed music videos before entering the film industry with several short films. I am Michael is his first feature film that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it was part of the Berlinale Panorama. The film tells the story of a gay activist and writer, who suddenly turned to religion, developing a theory against ho...

Interviews with Director Andy Siege

Festival Des Film Du Monde - Montreal (August 2014) Moscow Internatinal FIlm Festival - Moscow (June 2014) Bahamas Internatinal Film Festival - Bahamas (December 2014) ...

2015 Newport Beach Film Festival Deadline Approaching!

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Enter your film today to be a part of the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival! The Newport Beach Film Festival regular deadline is DECEMBER 19th.   During the week of the festival, Newport Beach Festival hosts over fifteen special events and mixers, including our intimate Sunset Series receptions for filmmakers, that offer the opportunity to meet fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.   FEATURE FILM: $65 SHORT FILM: $55   The Festival will run from April 23rd to April...

2015 Newport Beach Film Festival Thanksgiving Special

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The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 350 films from over 50 different countries, including short and feature length narrative, documentary, animated and student films. In addition to film screenings, the Festival hosts premiere galas, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, and an industry seminar series whose past participants have included Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), and Joe Walker (1...

Festival do Rio 2014 Sways to Documentary "Samba & Jazz": Interview with Jefferson Mello

The documentary Samba & Jazz is a vibey affair. Stressing harmonies between Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, Jefferson Mello's tale of two rhythms is also a tale of two cities. It's their shared pulse that makes American jazz and Brazilian samba close "brothers of blackness," despite differences in instruments, culture and geography. And both family representatives trace their roots to Africa. Beginning in Rio -- which is also where the film played for Festival do Rio aud...

Blue Sky Studios Cinematographer Renato Falcão Talks Animation at RioMarket

  If you're among the global moviegoers who helped bring 3-D adventure comedies Rio and Rio 2 nearly a billion dollars at the box office, you've beheld some of the latest CGI magic coming out of Blue Sky Studios. Both of these animated works feature the input of wizzy cinematographer Renato Falcão, who joined the Greenwich, Connecticut hit factory in 2009. Other Blue Sky titles he has collaborated on include Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic and the imagery to date for Pean...

Israel Horovitz Gets with "My Old Lady"

With 70 stage plays under his belt, Israel Horovitz is no stranger to the human condition. His debut effort in writing and directing a film, My Old Lady, shows that his dramatic flair isn't limited to theater. Adapted from his 2002 play of the same name, this three-character chamber piece unfolds in Paris, where many of Horovitz's plays have been produced and where he frequently cultivates his garden. The paradise around which My Old Lady's action is centered is at once found ...

'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...
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