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Interviews

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...

Interview with Composer/Filmmaker Carla Patullo on Lotte Reiniger's "Cinderella" Animation

    Composer and filmmaker Carla Patullo's re-edited version of animation artist Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger's "Cinderella" screened at the 2015 Savannah Film Festival in the animation shorts competition. The film is beautifully scored to the images that depict a darker psychological take on the legendary fable. Reiniger was a German film director and pioneer of silhouette animation. Born in 1899, she died in 1981 after having made over 40 films. ...

Interview With Actor Gary Busey on CANDiLAND (2016)

Director Rusty Nixon’s film CANDiLAND (2016), based on "Elizabeth Engstrom's novel, sold to international markets during this year’s AFM. Oscar nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon) stars in the film alongside Chelah Horsdal (Arrow, Hell on Wheels) and James Clayton (Minority Report, Down The Line). In one of his most honest performances yet, Busey plays ‘Arnie’, an ex-marine father trying to become a gentler man in order to right the wrong ...

Interview With Actor Gary Busey on CANDiLAND (2016)

Director Rusty Nixon’s film CANDiLAND (2016), based on "Elizabeth Engstrom's novel, sold to international markets during this year’s AFM. Oscar nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon) stars in the film alongside Chelah Horsdal (Arrow, Hell on Wheels) and James Clayton (Minority Report, Down The Line). In one of his most honest performances yet, Busey plays ‘Arnie’, an ex-marine father trying to become a gentler man in order to right the wrong ...

Interview with Adam Nelson for "Schoolcraft" (2015)

Writer Director Adam Nelson's short “Schoolcraft” (2015) tells the real life story of NYPD cop Adrian Schoolcraft who exposed corruption within his precinct and the punishment he received as a result. Nelson's film is a harrowing account of what goes on behind the scenes within institutions of authority which are supposed to protect and serve but which too often abuse. “Schoolcraft” won the Silver Screen Award at the Savannah Film Festival; this is an annual awa...

Interview with Composer/Filmmaker Carla Patullo on Lotte Reiniger's "Cinderella" Animation

  Composer and filmmaker Carla Patullo's re-edited version of animation artist Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger's "Cinderella" screened at the 2015 Savannah Film Festival in the animation shorts competition. The film is beautifully scored to the images that depict a darker psychological take on the legendary fable. Reiniger was a German film director and pioneer of silhouette animation. Born in 1899, she died in 1981 after having made over 40 films. Patullo's ed...

Interview with 12 MONTHS IN ONE DAY Director Margot Schaap

EEN DAG IN ‘T JAAR/12 MONTHS IN 1 DAY (Netherlands) is book-ended by two new years eve parties. In the span of one year, we follow three friends (Misha, Seb and Yvonne) who have been brought together by the death of someone close to them (Twan- brother, old friend and first love). Lyrical and introspective, the film weaves stream of consciousness inner monologues of each character with their conversations together as they help each other grieve. The film recently won Best International F...

Interview with Kai Ephron on “BENJAMIN TROUBLES” @ AFM 2015

“BENJAMIN TROUBLES” is magical realism meets urban comedy set in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Ben Solano is a depressed and lackadaisical young man who one day finds himself sleeping on the streets. Down and despondent, Ben meets a homeless man who hands him a pair of vintage jeans; but these aren't just any jeans, these are magical ones that produce $100 bills. The film explores what one man does when given a genie in the bottle in the form of his jeans. I interviewed...

Interview with Kai Ephron on “BENJAMIN TROUBLES” @ AFM 2015

“BENJAMIN TROUBLES” is magical realism meets urban comedy set in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Ben Solano is a depressed and lackadaisical young man who one day finds himself sleeping on the streets. Down and despondent, Ben meets a homeless man who hands him a pair of vintage jeans; but these aren't just any jeans, these are magical ones that produce $100 bills. The film explores what one man does when given a genie in the bottle in the form of his jeans. I interviewed...

"Theeb": Naji Abu Nowar's Beduin Western

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What the title hero of Theeb does for his beduin tribe, avenging a dishonor, the Arab world has dreamed of doing ever since modernity and colonial intrigue took a shot at its integrity a century ago. Naji Abu Nowar's stunning debut film unfolds on the Arabian Peninsula during this epochal transition. It's October of 1916, two months into World War I, four months into the Great Arab Revolt and five months into the secret dealmaking between Britain and France that would carve up the ...

Interview with 12 MONTHS IN ONE DAY Director Margot Schaap

   EEN DAG IN ‘T JAAR/12 MONTHS IN 1 DAY (Netherlands) is book-ended by two new years eve parties. In the span of one year, we follow three friends (Misha, Seb and Yvonne) who have been brought together by the death of someone close to them (Twan- brother, old friend and first love). Lyrical and introspective, the film weaves stream of consciousness inner monologues of each character with their conversations together as they help each other grieve. The film recently won Best Int...

Interview with Paige Morrow Kimball on PLAY DATE (2015)

  I recently attended the Savannah Film Festival where filmmaker Paige Morrow Kimball was a guest with a short film in competition. Enthusiastic and vibrant, she represented her socially active film not just with pride but purpose with intent to raise awareness to the massive number of homeless currently existing in America and the blind eye turned to this fact. Paige is a writer/director/producer born and raised in New York City. She received a B.F.A. in film from NYU after whi...

Interview with Paige Morrow Kimball on PLAY DATE (2015)

I recently attended the Savannah Film Festival where filmmaker Paige Morrow Kimball was a guest with a short film in competition. Enthusiastic and vibrant, she represented her socially active film not just with pride but purpose with intent to raise awareness to the massive number of homeless currently existing in America and the blind eye turned to this fact. Paige is a writer/director/producer born and raised in New York City. She received a B.F.A. in film from NYU after which she worked as...

Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio...

Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio and working...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

  Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank Williams (1923 &...

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal ...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

    Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank William...

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal massacr...

Costume Designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux Spruces Up "Brooklyn"

Brooklyn, a period drama starring Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant to America, is about love, loss and what Ronan wore. Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux spoke with me about creating wardrobe for the film's Trans-Atlantic cast: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1161/costume_designer_odile_dicks_mireaux_spruces_up Brooklyn was a selection of the New York Film Festival and opens theatrically on November 4. ...

The Look of "Truth": A Conversation with Director James Vanderbilt

In my chat with filmmaker James Vanderbilt, we delved more into what his movie Truth got right about its visuals than about the world of journalism. Read here: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1160/director_james_vanderbilt_on_the_look_of_truth ...

Matheus Fagundes on "Ausência" @ Chicago International Film Festival

  Ausencia (2014) has screened at multiple international film festivals including the 51st Chicago International Film Festival from 15-29 October, 2015.  "Ausencia" is a real life coming of age drama by director Chico Teixeira starring Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce. "'Absence' is a family, sexual, emotional and everyday drama. We follow Serginho's daily routine: taking care of his mother and his 5 year-old brother; the work at the stre...
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