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Interviews

Alexander Berner on Editing “A Hologram for the King”

The king in A Hologram for the King is Saudi Arabia’s, and the hologram involves the Boston sales exec who pitches it to his royal highness. Alan Clay’s the name. Every bit the emotional golem that would suggest, he is America itself, a creature of the corporate mud. Will our has-been marketer win the bid to supply telecommunications to the King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade megaproject? It doesn’t much matter, because in this film by Tom Tykwer, he&rsquo...

Interview with Michael Repsch, SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures @ 19th SIFF

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) held its 19th edition this past week (March 30-April 3). Presented by the Sonoma Valley Film Society, the annual festival celebrates the best in interantioanl indie film and local gastronomy. This year, over 100 films were screened and almost 200 filmmakers were hosted. Traditionally, SIFF holds a prestigious competition for shorts and feature films judged by jury members consisting of select industry professionals; one of this year's jury ...

Interview with Michael Repsch, SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures @ 19th SIFF

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) held its 19th edition this past week (March 30-April 3). Presented by the Sonoma Valley Film Society, the annual festival celebrates the best in interantioanl indie film and local gastronomy. This year, over 100 films were screened and almost 200 filmmakers were hosted. Traditionally, SIFF holds a prestigious competition for shorts and feature films judged by jury members consisting of select industry professionals; one of this year's jury memb...

Interview with Director of "Leo's Love Letter" Gabriel Rhenals

'Leo's Love Letter' (2015) by young and upcoming director Gabriel Rhenals recently won for Best Opening Night Film at the 6th annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, FL. The film has been making rounds on the festival circuit for the past year since its international premiere at the 5th annual Aruba International Film Festival. Rhenals is an award-winning filmmaker based in Miami, Florida. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he has been active in the visual arts since a very...

Interview with Director of "Leo's Love Letter" Gabriel Rhenals

Gabriel Rhenals is an award-winning filmmaker based in Miami, Florida, USA. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on March 17th, 1986. He later moved with his family to Miami in 1994, where he has lived for most of his life. From a very young age, he has been active in the visual arts. He started making short films in 2002 and since then, he has written, produced, directed, shot and edited 15 short films. He has

Interview with Actor Daniel Fieber @ 66th Berlinale

During the 66th Berlin Film Festival, I interviewed the young up and coming actor Daniel Fieber. Great grandnephew to Erich von Stroheim, Daniel is a lover of theater and film classically trained by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts living and working between Los Angeles and Berlin. He attended this year's Berlinale to promote his upcoming film projects. I was curious to ask the young actor if he found attending a film market/film festival helpful for moving towards his film developmen...

Interview with Director Brian Knappenberger and Producer Belisa Balaban on “Truth and Power”

    Brian Knappenberger’s “Truth and Power” is a 10-part investigative docu-series narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal for Pivot, Participant Media’s Pivot television network. Truth and Power centers on the question, “What happens when private institutions and governments abuse their power and break the public trust Each half hour episode pulls the curtain back on stories of ordinary people going to extraordinary ...

Interview with Sales Agent Yannick Rudynski (EastWest-Filmdistribution) @ 2016 Berlinale

  In recent years there has been a lot of talk about change of pace in the film marketplace with many sales agents and distributors complaining of heavy losses and a dim outlook on future business. The word that many agents used to describe this year's EFM was, “slow”. But when I asked Austrian sales agent Yannick Rudynski of East-West Distribution how his market had gone, he had a big smile on his face and said, “Fantastic!” Curious to know why many ag...

Interview with Director Brian Knappenberger and Producer Belisa Balaban on “Truth and Power”

  Brian Knappenberger’s “Truth and Power” is a 10-part investigative docu-series narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal for Pivot, Participant Media’s Pivot television network. Truth and Power centers on the question, “What happens when private institutions and governments abuse their power and break the public trust Each half hour episode pulls the curtain back on stories of ordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to reve...

Interview with Sales Agent Yannick Rudynski (EastWest-Filmdistribution) @ 2016 Berlinale

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about change of pace in the film marketplace with many sales agents and distributors complaining of heavy losses and a dim outlook on future business. The word that many agents used to describe this year's EFM was, “slow”. But when I asked Austrian sales agent Yannick Rudynski of East-West Distribution how his market had gone, he had a big smile on his face and said, “Fantastic!” Curious to know why many agents are experi...

"Backtrack" (2015); Interview With George Shetsov

  Writer/Director Michael Petroni's film “Backtrack” was sold to international territories at this year's EFM in Berlin by sales agent Bankside Films. The film tells the story of psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) who is himself troubled by a forgotten past that has come back to haunt him. Visited by ghosts of his childhood, Peter seeks to uncover his unconsciously buried memories. But the more he seeks the truth, the more his life and the lives of his fam...

BORIS WITHOUT BEATRICE (2016) at 66th Berlinale. Interview with Writer/Director Denis Côté

  “Boris Without Beatrice” (2016) screened in competition during the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February, 2016). French Canadian visionary writer/director Denis Côté's film follows the story of Boris Malinovsky (played by James Hyndman) struggling with the grave manic depression of his wife Beatrice (Simone-Elise Girard). While Beatrice retreats into a dark space of melancholia- sleeping all day and staring into the oblivion- Boris loses himself ...

Interview with 'Film In Iceland' Film Commissioner Einar Hansen Tómasson @ 66th Berlinale

When people ask what happens at film markets such as Berlinale and Cannes, I always say: “everything!” And that is true. Sure, it's sales agents selling to buyers and buyers trying to fill their territory's content space, but it's also producers packaging and/or selling their films to sales agents, financiers looking for their next films, film lawyers hunting their next lawsuit, location scouts recruiting producers to film in their country, film stars promoting thei...

Interview with 'Film In Iceland' Film Commissioner Einar Hansen Tómasson @ 66th Berlinale

When people ask what happens at film markets such as Berlinale and Cannes, I always say: “everything!” And that is true. Sure, it's sales agents selling to buyers and buyers trying to fill their territory's content space, but it's also producers packaging and/or selling their films to sales agents, financiers looking for their next films, film lawyers hunting their next lawsuit, location scouts recruiting producers to film in their country, film stars promoting thei...

BORIS WITHOUT BEATRICE (2016) at 66th Berlinale. Interview with Writer/Director Denis Côté

“Boris Without Beatrice” (2016) screened in competition during the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February, 2016). French Canadian visionary writer/director Denis Côté's film follows the story of Boris Malinovsky (played by James Hyndman) struggling with the grave manic depression of his wife Beatrice (Simone-Elise Girard). While Beatrice retreats into a dark space of melancholia- sleeping all day and staring into the oblivion- Boris loses himself in his extravag...

"Backtrack" (2015); Interview With George Shetsov

Writer/Director Michael Petroni's film “Backtrack” was sold to international territories at this year's EFM in Berlin by sales agent Bankside Films. The film tells the story of psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) who is himself troubled by a forgotten past that has come back to haunt him. Visited by ghosts of his childhood, Peter seeks to uncover his unconsciously buried memories. But the more he seeks the truth, the more his life and the lives of his family become enda...

Exodus to Shanghai: Interview with German actor Markus von Lingen at the 66. Berlinale

After the successful screening of Exodus to Shanghai at the 66. Berlinale,  the cast attended  the FashonTV After Party at THE PEARL in Berlin. German actor Markus von Lingen, plays Hermann Deutsch, a sadistic evil mastermind elected as the leader of Führer Museum project to recuperate all paintings, especially that of ‘Prinz’ painted by Hitler himself of his first German shepherd and true love. With his companion Kurt, he terrorizes anyone he meets, finding plea...

LIZ IN SEPTEMBER Screening @ 27th Annual PSIFF; Interview with Director Fina Torres

Directed by Fina Torres (Woman On Top, Cannes winner Oriana), the film stars newcomer Eloísa Maturén (upcoming star of a major TV series in Venezuela produced by Venevision) opposite Patricia Velasquez and Mimi Lazo. LIZ IN SEPTEMBER is screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival from January 1-11, 2016. http://www.psfilmfest.org/   Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an...

Interview with Filmmaker Zachary Sluser on THE DRIFTLESS AREA (2015)

Zachary Sluser Filmmaker Zachary Sluser’s debut feature film “The Driftless Area”, based on the novel by Tom Drury, tells the story of bartender Pierre (Anton Yelkin - Star Trek, Onlt Lovers Left Alive) who returns home to the small Midwest town of his birth after the death of his parents. It is an existential homecoming for Pierre whose mind is filled with memories and imaginings of his past while faced with the real world chaos around him caused by the crime capers of loca...

Interview with Filmmaker Zachary Sluser on THE DRIFTLESS AREA (2015)

     Zachary Sluser Filmmaker Zachary Sluser’s debut feature film “The Driftless Area”, based on the novel by Tom Drury, tells the story of bartender Pierre (Anton Yelkin - Star Trek, Onlt Lovers Left Alive) who returns home to the small Midwest town of his birth after the death of his parents. It is an existential homecoming for Pierre whose mind is filled with memories and imaginings of his past while faced with the real world chaos around him caused by the ...

Interview with Filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki on THE GIRL KING (2015)

    The Girl King (2015) Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lilies) and Norwegian born Brazilian raised filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki (The Liar - 1980, Zombie and the Ghost Train - 1991, Three Wise Men – 2008, Road North - 2012, Homecoming - 2015) have paired up forThe Girl King (2015). The film tells the story of one of the most controversial female rulers in the history of Europe, Sweden...

Interview with Filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki on THE GIRL KING (2015)

  The Girl King (2015) Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lilies) and Norwegian born Brazilian raised filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki (The Liar - 1980, Zombie and the Ghost Train - 1991, Three Wise Men – 2008, Road North - 2012, Homecoming - 2015) have paired up for The Girl King (2015). The film tells the story of one of the most controversial female rulers in the history of Europe, Sweden’s queen Kristina. Kristina became queen at the young age of six...

Interview with late Film CPA Robert Fingerman.

The team at Filmfestivals.com team is so sorry to hear that Robert just passed away from a sudden heart attack. Condolences to his family and friends. This below is his last interview. Film accountant Robert Fingerman is one of the film industry's best known CPA's. He holds multiple titles including: Managing Partner of the New York firm Fingerman & Macke, PC President of Independent Films Production Consultants, Inc., C.F.O. of Veritas Gold LLC and Former Chairman of Entertainme...

Interview with Film CPA Robert Fingerman

  Film accountant Robert Fingerman is one of the film industry's best known CPA's. He holds multiple titles including: Managing Partner of the New York firm Fingerman & Macke, PC President of Independent Films Production Consultants, Inc., C.F.O. of Veritas Gold LLC and Former Chairman of Entertainment & Sports Committee. His film titles include: American Dresser (production accountant) (post-production), GenRX (production accountant) (pre-production), 2014 Deser...

Director Nicholas Hytner Rolls with "The Lady in the Van"

Who is the lady in The Lady in the Van and how'd she get there? Nicholas Hytner's newest film puzzles out this enigma till the end, but one thing's settled early on: she's most unladylike. The title also tells us so. Ladies come in manors, not vans. From here the dualities only compound in what fans of testy British humor laced with poignant pangs will surely find a enchantment. It all begins with a motor revving in the pitch black and then boom! -- a shriek and a th...
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