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Interviews

'The Cleaner' (2012). Interview with Adrian Saba.

Peruvian director Adrián Saba’s breakout first feature film ‘The Cleaner’ (‘El Limpiador’, 2012) has won multiple awards (including the prestigious the New Voices/New Visions award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival) and traveled to numerous film festivals around the globe since its world premier in the New Directors category of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. This haunting and lyrical Peruvian gem is reminiscent of the post apo...

‘The Cleaner’ (‘El Limpiador’, 2012) at 4th Aruba International Film Festival (2-6 July, 2013)

Peruvian director Adrián Saba’s breakout first feature film ‘The Cleaner’ (‘El Limpiador’, 2012) has won multiple awards (including the prestigious the New Voices/New Visions award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival) and traveled to numerous film festivals around the globe since its world premier in the New Directors category of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. This haunting and lyrical Peruvian gem is reminiscent of the post apo...

‘The Cleaner’ (‘El Limpiador’, 2012) at 12th TIFF

Peruvian director Adrián Saba’s breakout first feature film ‘The Cleaner’ (‘El Limpiador’, 2012) has won multiple awards (including the prestigious the New Voices/New Visions award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival) and traveled to numerous film festivals around the globe since its world premier in the New Directors category of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. This haunting and lyrical Peruvian gem is reminiscent of the post apo...

'GLORIA' (2013) at 12th TIFF. Interview with Sebastián Lelio.

  When I met Sebastián Lelio it was under the influence of ‘Carpathia’ vodka and in the bowels of a dark Transylvanian nightclub. Sebastian, myself, and a group of others were dancing our booties off to this summer’s club music hits. None of us knew each other’s name, but we were all smiling cheek-to-cheek, dancing and bonding. We were happy and free celebrating life beyond worldview, career or age. The next day I went to see Sebastián’s f...

'GLORIA' (2013) at 12th TIFF. Interview with Sebastián Lelio.

  When I met Sebastián Lelio it was under the influence of ‘Carpathia’ vodka and in the bowels of a dark Transylvanian nightclub. Sebastian, myself, and a group of others were dancing our booties off to this summer’s club music hits. None of us knew each other’s name, but we were all smiling cheek-to-cheek, dancing and bonding. We were happy and free celebrating life beyond worldview, career or age. The next day I went to see Sebastián’s f...

Interview with Bob Jones, president of IPA Asia Pacific.

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  At the Cannes film market during the 66th Cannes Film Festival, I thought it would be interesting to interview an international buyer from one of the hottest (and rapidly transforming) international territories; Asia. While running to a meeting to see the famous Bob Jones (president of IPA Asia Pacific), I was stopped by two sales agents and asked to attend a lunch with them. I said I couldn’t as I was already running late for an important meeting with ‘Bob’. Immediate...

Interview with president of IPA Asia Pacific, Bob Jones, re: 66th Cannes Film Festival / Market.

   'Blood Ties' (2013)  'The Immigrant' (2013) At the Cannes film market during the 66th Cannes Film Festival, I thought it would be interesting to interview an international buyer from one of the hottest (and rapidly transforming) international territories; Asia. While running to a meeting to see the famous Bob Jones (president of IPA Asia Pacific), I was stopped by two sales agents and asked to attend a lunch with them. I said I couldn’t as I was alre...

'A Month in Thailand' by Paul Negoescu, winner of 'Romanian Days Breakthrough Award' at TIFF.

At the 12th Transylvania International Film Festival (31 May- 9 June, 2013), the winner of the 'Romanian Days Breakthrough Award' (1.000 Euro offered by URSUS) – 'A Month in Thailand' (by Paul Negoescu). ‘A Month In Thailand’ (2012) by writer/director Paul Negoescu screened in competition recently at the 12th Transylvania International Film Festival. The film depicts a grey Bucharest, Romania in the course of one night in the life of 'Radu' (play...

'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch at 12th TIFF

  On June 7, 2013 Romanian film 'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch of the film at the TIFF Lounge during the 12th annual Transylvania International Film Festival.  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS &ls...

'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch at 12th TIFF

On June 7, 2013 Romanian film 'Adalbert's Dream' (2011) held its official DVD launch of the film at the TIFF Lounge during the 12th annual Transylvania International Film Festival.  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS ‘Inte...

'Paradise: Love' (2012) by Ulrich Seidl at 12th Transylvania International Film Festival. Q and A with Ed Lachman.

‘Paradise: Love’ (‘Paradies: Liebe’, 2012). No one comments about sexual tourism when it deals with men traveling to foreign countries for bargain sex (Amsterdam, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, etc., etc.) but when Ulrich Seidl takes on the anything but subtle subject of women traveling the globe for sex tourism, the film is controversial and hotly debated. Sometimes labeled as racist and vulgar, ‘Paradise: Love’ is a story about consensual sex for money between ...

‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013): Interview with Catherine Jayasuriya

  During the illustrious and world-renown Cannes Film Festival, which just celebrated the close to its 66th year, the St Tropez International Film Festival took place next door in Nice, France from May 13th-17th. One of the films to feature at this year’s St. Tropez Film Festival was ‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013), a labor of love documentary about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that affects boys and young men around the world. The film by newcom...

‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013): Interview with Catherine Jayasuriya

  During the illustrious and world-renown Cannes Film Festival, which just celebrated the close to its 66th year, the St Tropez International Film Festival took place next door in Nice, France from May 13th-17th. One of the films to feature at this year’s St. Tropez Film Festival was ‘Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo’ (2013), a labor of love documentary about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that affects boys and young men around the world. The film by newcom...

'Last Days on Mars' at 66th Cannes Film Festival, Director's Fortnight.

Irish director Ruairi Robinson’s feature film debut, sci-fi thriller ‘Last Days on Mars’ (2013), screened at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section. Written by Clive Dawson, the film is about the last days an astronaut crew spends on their journey to Mars. During their trip they find some vestiges of life on this supposedly dead planet. In their last hours before leaving, the extraterrestrial life turns out to be more evolved than they thought...

Going Their Way? Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Zal Batmanglij & THE EAST

  by Quendrith Johnson   When Ellen Page tells you she "was playing it cool on the inside" meeting with Brit Marling ("Arbitrage") and Sundance darling director Zal Batmanglij, you have to wonder what all the fuss is about.  To hear Zal tell it, "when I heard Ellen Page wanted to meet with us..." The movie in question, "The East," premiered last night in Hollywood at the ArcLight to an adoring hometown crowd, uh, hometown of Hollywood,...

'Matt's Chance' (2013). Interview with director Nicholas Gyeney.

'Matt’s Chance' (2013) is the third feature by the prolific talent Nicholas Gyeney. This is a surreal Dramedy about ‘Matt’ (Edward Furlong) who hasn’t had much luck in his young life, so who can blame him for drowning out his sorrows in a seedy bar professing the blues? The film opens on an inebriated Matt drinking a beer at the bar as he recounts a story to his friend about how he finally got lucky and met the girl of his dreams, ‘Jessica’ (Brandy K...

Director Aydin Erel's interview in Channel 17 Cape Cod

Channel 17 Cape Cod Media Center Interview with director Aydin Erel            

Director Aydin Erel's interview in Channel 17 Cape Cod

Channel 17 Cape Cod Media Center Interview with director Aydin Erel            

'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 ...
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