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Vanessa McMahon


Vanessa is a novel writer, screenwriter, rep and a film producer. She shares her discoveries and film surprises. :-)

 


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Interview With Puerto Rican Director Angel Manuel Soto for LA GRANJA (2015)

Puerto Rican film LA GRANJA (2015) recently held its international premier at the 5th annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) in competition for the Caribbean Spotlight Series. In a fresh look at the dim side of Puerto Rican life, director Angel Manuel Soto's style pays homage to the likes of Alejandro Inarritu and Guillermo Arriaga, but holds a distinct tone of its own sure to carry Puerto Rican cinema to the next level and demand international attention. In Soto'...

SUN SETS ON THE 2015 ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  The ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is Aruba’s largest film event of the year, with this edition highlighting over 60 feature and short films. Another Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) has come to an end on the One Happy Island. The fifth annual festival was held from October 7-11 on the exotic Caribbean island of Aruba. Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, this world-class event was honored to host international and regional premieres of feature-length...

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS (2015); Interview with Director Nicole Ma

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS (2015) directed and produced by Nicole Ma, and produced by John Moore, held its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival and its Western Australian premiere at CinefestOZ in Busselton, Australia where the film won a first place film prize of $100,000 AUD. Starring Tom Lawford and Sylvester Rangie, the film is set in the Kimberly region of northwest Australia and tackles the issue of the nation's historical controversial conflict between colonial...

Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off! October 7-11 2015

Oranjestad, Aruba – The island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during the fifth annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), Oct. 7-11. Kicking off with a short film and Q&A session with actor Tyrese Gibson (from the Fast & Furious and Transformers franchises) and sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), this world-class event is filled with international and regional premieres of feature-length and short films from a...

CinefestOZ, "Australia's Answer to Cannes Film Festival"

            In the words of actor George Shevtsov, lead actor opposite Adrien Brody in competition film BACKTRACK (2015), “CinéfestOZ is my favorite film festival. I've been to Cannes and many festivals around the world but this is the best of all!” What makes CinéfestOZ so unique? It's a boutique festival tucked away in the gem wine region of Margaret River, Western Australia where ...

Hugo Weaving Deemed Screen Legend @ CinéfestOZ 2015

  This year's CinéfestOZ hosted a number of star studded Australian talents including internationally beloved Hugo Weaving, recognized by the festival as Screen Legend. While his motley career boasts many credits in theater and film, he is recognized globally for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Matrix, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Interview, Men In Black, Cloud Atlas, Strangerland, The Turning and most recently The Dressmaker. He grad...

Festival de Cinema de Gramado. 7-15 August, 2015.

Festival de Cinema de Gramado. 7-15 August, 2015. Interviews by Vanessa McMahon with HFA (http://www.hfabrasil.com.br/)film crew. About Gramado Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/138879318 Interview with Director/Producer Niny Ring @ Gramado Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/138879318 Interview with Actor Matheus Fagundes: https://vimeo.com/139270718 For more information, visit the festival site here: http://www.festivaldegramado.net/novo/ Production Crew, HFA (Hollywood Film Acad...

Interview With Luc Walpoth For Sci-Fi Film REPLIKA (2015)

REPLIKA (2015) by Swiss filmmaker Luc Walpoth held its North American premiere at the 2015 Palm Springs Shortfest. "When humanity turns functional, the heart of machines beats louder." Summary: In 2061, following a virus that decimated half of the world’s population, humans are compelled to take a daily vaccine making them sterile. To cope with their incapacity to give life, couples buy young androids who grow up with them. Amy, a loving mother is forced to terminate her only...

INTERSECTION (2015) by Brendan Beachman @ Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015

INTERSECTION (2015) by Brendan Beachman held its world premiere @ Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015 Synopsis - Intersection is a short dark comedy about two road construction workers flagging for non-existent vehicles on a remote, desert intersection. The monotony of their day is smashed by the violent arrival of an object from the sky.   In a recent interview with Brendan, here is what he had to say about his film: What inspired you to make a film about two guys in the middle...

TIME TO KILL (2014) Available Online as of July 2015

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke has just been released to the public on July 13, 2015. It is a short film about the long wait of a hitman as he spends all night inside his target's apartment anxiously anticipating his return home. The film held its world premier at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   “Time To Kill is an award winning short that explores what a Hit Man does when all he has to kill is Time." For years, we&...

Interview With Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur On SELLING ROSARIO (2015)

SELLING ROSARIO (2015) by Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur @ Palm Springs International Shorfest. Synopsis: A family of migrant workers send their 12-year-old daughter and her outlaw cousin into the night on the promise of a stranger. Selling Rosario tells the story of a young girl growing up in a migrant labor camp and her parents' risky plan to get her out of an unsafe, squalid environment. They believe almost any place else would be better for her to grow up. We meet Rosario and her...

Interview With Dane Hansen For 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

  Dane Hansen's 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: "‘A New You’ is a short romantic comedy that calls in question the line between loyalty and love when the wingman, Jay, falls for the girl he is trying to pick up for his introverted friend."   In a recent interview with Dane about his film, here is what he had to say:   Were your characters inspired by real ones or are they each a part of your ...

Interview with Barbara Cigarroa for MARTA ROSA (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

      MARTA ROSA (2015), a short film by Barbara Cigarroa, won the Panavision Best North American Short and Best Student Live Action short 15 Minutes and Under prizes at Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Synopsis: Immediately following the death of her young child, Marta Rosa, a rural, Mexican woman, must struggle to persevere through both her own internal grief and the harsh realities of the external world around her.   ...

Interview With Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015) @ Palm Springs Shortfest

Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015), a film about every question you’ve had about your life in 8 minutes or less. Synopsis: A man wakes up in the afterlife -- alone in a pure white nowhere -- faced with an all-knowing light that shows the answers to all the questions he’s ever had about his life. Who stole his bike in 7th grade? How many people did he meet? Who was his perfect match? The answers ultimately reveal connections and missed opportunities that change th...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko on O-STAR (2015)

O-STAR (2015) by Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko. Good-natured country boy Rudy is 19 when he discovers that life on Earth may end this week. But the worst part's already happened: His girlfriend just dumped him. Now he has just a few days to discover what it ever meant to be in love in the first place. Told through fantastical music videos, 'O-Star' features a core cast of actor-singers performing 7 original pop-punk rock songs, hearkening back to 'American Id...

MINI SUPREME (2015) by Michael Phillis @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

MINI SUPREME (2015) by Writer/Director Michael Phillis: SYNOPSIS: Jeremie has a hard time being a grown-up. When his childish behavior gets him fired from his stuffy corporate job, he hatches a plan to use immaturity to his advantage. Enlisting the aid of Dominika, his dour Russian landlady, Jeremie sews, preens, plucks, and bedazzles himself into “Jennie Jo,” a seven-year-old pageant princess with a (fictional) growth disorder. Disguised as mother and daughter, Dominika and ...

Interview With Director Amos Geva for THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) by Amos Geva @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: A look at the life and work of an Israeli immigrant to Germany who gives ‘Holocaust’ tours at key historical sites.   In an interview with Amos Geva about his film, here is what he had to say:   How did you meet Nirit, your tour guide? Can you tell the story of how you went about telling this story?   I met nirit while working on research for a film about...

Interview with Peter Pontikis for BOY RAZOR (2015) @ Palm Springs Short Film Festival

Synopsis: A bullied boy tries to get even with his tormentors by sticking a razorblade through a crack in a waterslide. When he realizes his revenge is out of proportion he starts a race against time to set things right.   In an interview with Peter during the festival, here is what he had to say:   What was the inspiration behind this story and was it based on an actual event? I'm really not sure that it was an actual event, but growing up I heard about something s...

2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest Festival Winners

Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa "Carry On" Receives Best of the Festival Award "Submarine" Receives Future Filmmaker Award; "The Way of Tea", "Body Team 12" and "Bear Story" Receive Audience Awards; PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 21, 2015) – The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 21, 2015. 330 short ...

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums:

Jason Reitman Serves as Keynote Speaker; Representatives from Anonymous Content, The Black List, CAA, CSA, Fandor, ICM Partners, IndieGogo, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many others The Palm Springs International ShortFest is best known for its award-winning film shorts, but each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums’ Panels and Roundtables. Academy Award nominated director ...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs China-US Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

2015 Palm Springs Shortest Kicks Off With Opening Night Films

WHO: Expected to attend Opening Night are: Director Adriano Valentini (The Age of Insecurity: Little Men), Director Alexis Van Stratum (Albertine), Director Michael Phillis and Producer Alexa Fraser-Herron, (Mini Supreme), Producer A.J. Kelly (Warning Labels). ShortFest Programming and Executive Director Darryl Macdonald, Forums Producer Helen du Toit, and filmmakers from around the world. WHAT: This year’s opening night screening titled “Make ‘Em Laugh” on Tuesday, Ju...

American Film Market (AFM) Launches New Initiatives For 2015

China Conference, Networking Receptions, Cinando Subscriptions Lead the New Programs LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2015) – The 2015 American Film Market (AFM) has unveiled several new initiatives ahead of this year’s event. These include the addition of two new conferences: The AFM China Conference and the AFM Festival Conference. Additionally, Carousel Cocktails will offer producers and filmmakers new networking opportunities and, for the first time, AFM and Cinando are providing all reg...

Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up For 2015

Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tara Fitzgerald and Starring Troian Bellisario, John Cusack, Loretta Devine, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Patrick Fugit, Janeane Garofalo, Kat Graham, Richard E. Grant, Matt Groening, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Mara, Rose McGowan, Sandra Oh, Jason Patric, Zachary Quinto, Amber Tamblyn, Danny Trejo, Rufus Wainwright and Kristen Wiig Palm Springs, CA, June 2015 – It’s time to put on your shorts for the 2015 Palm S...

DHEEPAN (2015) by Jacques Audiard; A Review.

Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by renown French director Jacques Audiard. While Audiard was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2009, he took away his first Palm d'Or this year with DHEEPAN. The film ...
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