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Interviews

Nassim Abassi's 'Majid'

                                  Nassim Abassi, the passionate Moroccan director who made The Winter Sun is a Lie (2005)  is here to speak about his new film Majid (2010) MAJID is is expected to be released later this year in Moroccan cinemas and will be the first film project of Nassim's production company 'Moondust ...

Fishing with Jonas Fisch

  Today I am speaking with the passionate Jonas Fisch, the talented TV and Film actor recently featured in films like: Angels and Demons (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and That Side of A Shadow (2010).       ME: Can you talk a little bit about your voiceover role in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)?     JONAS: I feel there's no point talking about "How to train your Dragon" since it was a quick voice over for a Europ...

CAMBOFEST, Cambodia ~ Call for Entries Continues through November 1st

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CAMBOFEST, Cambodia ~ Call for Entries Continues through November 1st  Cambodia's longest running international movie event! UPDATE: For the 4.0 Edition, CamboFest hosts the long-belated Cambodian premiere of Robert Flaherty's classic documentary, "Nanook of the North" - 88 years after its release -  with the kind permission of Flaherty Seminars. Founded in 2550 (2007), CAMBOFEST: Film and Video Festival of Cambodia is one of the only annual international movie events in Cambodia ...

67th Biennale Jury members

On the jury this year at 67th Biennale in 2010, the great writer/director Guillermo Arriaga   Check out my in-depth interview with him in Aruba!   http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/interview_with_guillermo_a...

EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE!

In the midst of all the Venice Film Festival excitement, I'd like to bring your attention to some good old Americana Indie-style. If the title doesn't grab you enough, like it certainly does for me, then hopefully this in-depth interview with the filmmakers Dan Finkel, (Director/Writer/Producer) and Brian McGuire (Actor/Writer/Producer) for the new witty and spirited- che spiritoso!- American Indie film Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010).     First, I...

Film Selections for 2010 Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival!

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The films for 2010 TVIFF: selected films of 2010 Features | Documentaries | Shorts | Animation | BEST OF CANADIAN SHORTS | 48-Hour Project Showcase OPENING NIGHT FILM The US Premiere of ST. ROZ A film by Gregory Sheppard Canada, 2009, 75 minutes Executive Produced by: Michael Lamport and Gregory Sheppard Written by: Maryann Kovalski - Cinematography by: James Gardner Cast: Rachel Wilson, Veronica Snow, Michael Lamport, Jonathan Higgins, Michelle Nolden, Sara...

Nawaf Al-Janahi's 'The Circle'

One of my favorite films this year that I couldn't wait to see since first learning about it at the 2010 Taormina Film Festival was The Circle (2009) by the young and up and coming director Nawaf Al-Janahi from Abu Dhabi. Born on the same year and only four days after me, I have to admit my pride to be a '77 aquarian when seeing such greatness. The Circle left me in deep contemplation about life and indeed as soon as it ended, I found myself watching it immediately a second time. Here to speak w...

Origjanski Zlatko, Anastasia and 'Before the Rain'

Today, September 1, 2010, marks the opening of the Venice Film Festival 2010. Let me take you back to a film that won the Golden Lion sixteen years ago. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Macedonian film Before the Rain (1994), which was winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. Well, I have always believed that the soundtrack makes the film, like frosting makes the cake. One just cannot go without the other. And the melodious music from Before the Rain, that alway...

Talking 'Quietly' with Cole Wiley

                          I am super proud to present my good friend Colen C. Wiley. Cole and I met at an NYU interview four years ago where each of us had been interviewed by then NYU film teacher Milcho Manchevski, director of a favorite film of mine, Before the Rain (1994). Cole Wiley is the most educated up and coming filmmaker I know. He is a Harvard Law...

Interview with Brandon Slagle

Hi Brandon! Thanks for being here to talk about your many recent film projects. You certainly have a lengthy resume for 2010 and it doesn't look like you'll be letting up any time soon!     ME: Can you talk about your latest films? There are so many so I don't know which to focus on.     BRANDON: The most recent ones would be The Super, Avantgarde, 15 Till Midnight, and

Venice Film Festival in 1 week!

  Robert Rodriguez' film Machete (2010) to open at Venice Film Festival 2010   I will be at La Biennale 2010 doing Film Festival updates, market and interviews. Please stay tuned for exciting news and press at La Biennale right here!   In the meantime, check out some other interesting film industry production insight from previous interviews below!   1) Interview with Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) in Aruba at AI...

Roberto Moreira is 'Paulista'

  Roberto Moreira, the brave and brilliant Brazilian director of Paulista (Quanto Dura Amor 2009) is here to speak with us about his international award winning film. I spoke at length with Roberto and actress Maria Clara Spinelli in Palm Springs. See attached links below for previous dialogues with Roberto and Maria.     ME: Robreto, muito obrigada for being here tonight! Can you speak with us about your film Paulista? What is it about and what inspire...

Coming Up Roses and Jayce Bartok

  Today I have the smart, skilled, stylish and sometimes sleazy (only in films of course! ;-)) actor/writer/director/producer Jayce Bartok with us to share his film adventures, past, present and future.     ME: Jayce, how are you? Thanks for the interview. As you know, I'm super excited to hear about your latest film Coming Up Roses (2010) But first, can you speak to us about how you got into acting? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do? &nbs...

LARRY THOMAS, Let Them Eat Soup!

I have the fantastic privilege to share my interview with the fabulous Larry Thomas, first class talented actor of TV and Film and the world famous Soup Nazi from the hit series Seinfeld. Read about Larry's latest projects as well as his experience being forever branded SOUP NAZI with the famous line: ‘NO SOUP FOR YOU!' When I asked Larry if he would do an interview with me, first he replied: ‘No interview for you!' LOL! But then he softened up and his the interview flowed like so...

Hamill with Joseph McKelheer

  Joseph McKelheer in demand; he's an actor, writer and film producer with an impressive film library under his belt. He's here today to speak about himself and his films.   ME: Joseph, can you speak about how you got into writing and producing for film?   JOSEPH: I think most producers get to a point where the sense of urgency to make a film is so great they'll do almost anything to make it happen.  For me, that 'anything' was writing. I never fancied myself as a writer, ...

'Break' out with Frank Krueger

        On the go, go-getter actor Frank Krueger is here today to speak about his recent films The Pink Conspiracy (2007), Break (2008), Gerald (2010) and more!     ME: Hi Frank, thanks for talking with us. First, can you tell us about your film The Pink Conspiracy? Like a brief on what it's about and then your role in it?     FRANK: The Pink Conspiracy is a dark fun relationship comedy about a guy who disc...

The Kindness of Alessandro Parrello

  Today, I present Mr. Alessandro Parrello who plays Giovanni Allegretti in the much anticipated directorial debut of Deborah Hadfield in The Kindness of Strangers (2010). Alessandro Parrello is the Italian acting sensation who is about to explode! Ale takes time out of his Italian holiday to speak about his burgeoning film career.     ME: Hey, Ale, thanks for trekking down the mountains of Abruzzo with all the horses and cows to be here. Ale is a veritable Ital...

Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, cinema Iceland

  Interview with Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, the grand Icelandic director of Polite People (2010) and City State (2011). Olaf speaks in depth about both films and being a filmmaker far north, in Iceland.   ME: First, can you speak about how you got into writing and directing and producing for film?   OLAF: I was depressed, probably because I always take life much more seriously than needed. Out of that depression came a longing to create something and film...

Talking with Tim Seyfert

  http://www.timetravelboyfriends.com   Talking with Tim, a fellow Californian working on film in London. He has a number of exciting film projects going down and tons more on the way. Watch out for this growing fish in the sea of international film circuits!   ME: Hi, Tim. Thanks for joining us. So awesome to talk to you. You're a fellow Californian working in London like me! So, can you tell us how you got into acting? TIM: Acting wasn't something I ini...

CAMERADO wraps 1st BANGKOK INDIEFEST * VN-war era feature 'FREEDOM DEAL' moves through script development

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CAMERADO (www.camerado.com), an innovative production and media group working in Asia, has just wrapped the 1st edition of the BANGKOK INDIEFEST (www.bangkokfest.com), the first international film event to take place in Bangkok since the end of the 'Red Shirt' Protests. An excerpt from a message to participating filmmakers reveals the incredible challenges involved in producing this year's event: "Just a little over two months ago, the 'Red Shirt' protest situation here in Bangkok...

Parley with Daniel Pearce

  Parleying with Daniel Pearce on his role in the upcoming blockbuster hit Salt (2010), working with the beautiful and ‘down to Earth' Angelina Jolie and being an actor in film and TV between LA and NY.     ME: Hey, Daniel, thanks for speaking with us. Well, you're in the upcoming film Salt, (2010) by director Phillip Noyce. Can you speak a little bit about the part you play and a little bit about the film itself? Like a sum up for those who dont know yet. ...

Jose Rosete, the man!

Meet Jose Rosete, without a doubt one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. Mammamia! How many films can you be in one year??? LOL!!! Well, Mr. Rosete is PRO and PROACTIVE! Check him out!!!     ME: Jose, you rule! To be honest, you're in so many films that I realized there can't be an interview about your films. No, we have to talk about you! So, tell us, please... Who is the real Jos

ESCAPE! with Joe Wehinger

    Today I have Director/Writer Joe Wehinger here with me to speak about his new film The AmericanStandards (2010) among other, groundbreaking industry projects. Joe is one of the freshest and most far- seeing directors in the industry today. Read him speak of all his upcoming film and media hip happenings.     ME: Hi Joe, can you speak about your film The American Standards (2010)? As your first feature what inspired you to tell this story? JOE:...

Bangkok's first post-protest int'l fest, BANGKOK INDIEFEST, **WRAPS**

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Bangkok's first 'post-protest' int'l movie fest - the new BANGKOK INDIEFEST (www.bangkokfest.com) - WRAPS after screening 80+ new movies from local and international filmmakers! Stand by while scores are being tabulated for the 'Golden Shirt' awards... Info @ http://www.bangkokfest.com ...

Artan Minarolli is ALIVE!

Interview with Artan Minarolli, director of Albania's internationally acclaimed film Alive (2009). About a young man named Koll in Tirana, Albania who is just trying to live the modern life of a university student but gets stuck in an ancient blood feud in the countryside of his ancestral land. Will modern times help Koll escape his tragic familial fate? I met Artan Minarolli in January in Palm Springs at the closing night party where were all packed tight in a room hiding from ...
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