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Interviews

'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...

Unforgettable Fire: The U2 cover Band. Interview with director Michelle Regina.

    Everyone has heard of the beloved Irish band ‘U2’, but few have heard about their most devoted cover band. ‘Unforgettable Fire’ is one of the longest running U2 tribute bands in the world, having performed for over 18 years. The new documentary film ‘Unforgettable Fire: The Story of a U2 Tribute Band’ (2012) delves into the lives of these passionate U2 devotees. Directed by Michelle Regina, the film explores the multi-faceted lives of the band ...

‘Lost for Words’ (2013) at 16th Sonoma Film Festival. Interview with director Stanley J. 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...

‘Unforgettable Fire: The Story of a U2 Tribute Band’ (2012). Interview with director Michelle Regina

  Everyone has heard of the beloved Irish band ‘U2’, but few have heard about their most devoted cover band. ‘Unforgettable Fire’ is one of the longest running U2 tribute bands in the world, having performed for over 18 years. The new documentary film ‘Unforgettable Fire: The Story of a U2 Tribute Band’ (2012) delves into the lives of these passionate U2 devotees. Directed by Michelle Regina, the film explores the multi-faceted lives of the band member...

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012): Interview with actor Jonas Chernick

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012) is one of my favorite Tribeca films. This is a romantic comedy sure to have you laughing and crying simultaneously; it uniquely explores the complications of intimacy and relationship, an innovative look at the ageless battle of the sexes. Just when I thought I’d seen it all when it comes to romantic (sex) comedies, this one sneaks out of the depths of freezing ‘Winter-peg’ (Winnipeg), Canada, and heats up the screen with love, sex...

Q&A WITH DIRECTOR CHRISTINA VOROS OF 'THE DIRECTOR' (2013)

DIRECTOR CHRISTINA VOROS & PRODUCER JAMES FRANCO 'THE DIRECTOR' (2013) is an intimate portrait of Gucci’s Creative Director, FridaGiannini, THE DIRECTOR spans 18 months behind the walls of the iconic Italian fashion house, exploring the intricacies and inspiration behind the quietly brilliant power woman, whose own evolution as the creative force behind force the brand is as nuanced as that of the storied fashion house itself.   Q&A WITH DIRECTOR CHRISTINA VOROS ...

"La Clef des Terroirs" ("Wine: The Green Revolution") on DVD. Interview with director Gauillaume Bodin.

During the 16th Annual Sonoma Film Festival (April 10-14, 2013)- where fine films and wines are observed in unison- a story that encapsulates both novelties in one is something to celebrate. For this reason, French winemaker Gauillaume Bodin’s film ‘La Clef des Terroirs’ (2011) should be mentioned as this month it will be released on DVD in France and America. The film held its international premier at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Relevant to the situat...

"At Any Price"? Moby Scores It, Dennis Quaid Hoofs It, and Heather Graham's Big Food Beef

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   If you don't listen to Moby, the magical musical wizard of performance/DVD/scores, Moby will listen to you. And that's exactly what happened at last night's LA star premiere of "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid ("The Words"), teen idol Zac Efron, Heather Graham ("Hangover"), Kim Dickens (HBO's "Treme"), and killer newbie Maika Monroe. "At Any Price" has a scor...

"La Clef des Terroirs" ("Wine: The Green Revolution") on DVD. Interview with director Gauillaume Bodin.

During the 16th Annual Sonoma Film Festival (April 10-14, 2013)- where fine films and wines are observed in unison- a story that encapsulates both novelties in one is something to celebrate. For this reason, French winemaker Gauillaume Bodin’s film ‘La Clef des Terroirs’ (2011) should be mentioned as this month it will be released on DVD in France and America. The film held its international premier at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Relevant to the situat...

'OCCUPY: THE MOVIE' (2013) at 28th SBIFF. Interview with Corey Ogilvie.

‘Occupy: The Move’ (2013) by Canadian director Corey Ogilvie tells the story about the global social movement known as ‘Occupy’ which began in Wall Street, New York on September 17, 2011. The movement ‘Occupy’ protests the banking system, its control over the people at large and its ability to cripple an entire national (and world) economy when catastrophe hits. While the ‘Occupy’ social movement spread rapid-fire internationally, giving voi...

'OCCUPY: THE MOVIE' (2013). Interview with Corey Ogilvie.

‘Occupy: The Move’ (2013) by Canadian director Corey Ogilvie tells the story about the global social movement known as ‘Occupy’ which began in Wall Street, New York on September 17, 2011. The movement ‘Occupy’ protests the banking system, its control over the people at large and its ability to cripple an entire national (and world) economy when catastrophe hits. While the ‘Occupy’ social movement spread rapid-fire internationally, giving voi...

'Angels in Exile' (2013). Interview with Billy Raftery.

Written, directed, produced by Billy Raftery (‘Children Rise’, 2012), ‘Angels in Exile’ (2013) is a documentary of the social disaster of rampant poverty in South Africa. The film focuses on two indigent youths- Zulieka and Ariel- who have grown up in the streets of Durban, South Africa. Billy follows the lives of these two for nearly a decade from glue-sniffing children to young adults. The film is narrated by Charlize Theron. Recently I interviewed Billy Raftery abou...
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