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Voltage Pictures Boards International Sales on Maven Pictures and Oren Moverman's "SKIN"

VOLTAGE PICTURES BOARDS INTERNATIONAL SALES ON MAVEN PICTURES AND OREN MOVERMAN'S “SKIN”   GUY NATTIV’S TIFF AWARD WINNING FILM STARS JAMIE BELL, VERA FARMIGA AND DANIELLE MCDONALD Voltage Pictures will be handling foreign sales on Guy Nattiv’s Skin starring Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle McDonald, it was announced today by company President and COO Jonathan Deckter. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival where it ...

LATC Announces its Film, TV Series and Project Line-up for American Film Market 2018

This year LATC is pleased to announce a highly-diversified, international film, TV Series and project line-up for the 2018 American Film Market-AFM in Los Angeles.  Content originates from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the US, and may be viewed on The Film Catalogue. The LATC Representation Office generates huge global visibility for producers, writers and directors seeking sales, licensing, distribution, coproduct...

Interview with Filmmaker Meredith Hama-Brown for 'Broken Bunny' (2018)

Film stills from 'Broken Bunny' (2018) Filmmaker Meredith Hama-Brown's latest short 'Broken Bunny' (2018) screened earlier this summer at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Inspired by a childhood experience of hers, it tells the story of a young girl who finds a dying rabbit in the middle of the road. Just as she's trying to figure out what to do with it, another young girl picks it up and takes it home as a kind of broken pet. Meredith wrote, directed and ex...

Interview with Filmmaker Edward Worthy for 'Crescent' (2017)

  Edward Worthy Filmmaker Edward Worthy's latest short 'Crescent III' (2017) screened in the market at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film tells the story of African American Adam Lucas (played by actor Aspen Kennedy Wilson) and the challenges he faces after transferring from a majoroty white school to an all black school. Worthy's other works include his first film 'Witness Monitor' (2013) and TV series currently in pre-production '365 Day...

Interview with Filmmaker Tommaso Frangini for 'The Plague' (2017) and 'Ecate' (2017)

  Writer/director Tommaso Frangini's latest opus 'The Plague' (2017) premiered at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner. The Frankenstein-esque tale takes place in the late 18th century and tells the story of alchemist Parsifal (played by Omar Maestroni) who creates half human half monster Homunculus (Riccardo Maria Manera). Having ignored his master's foreboding, Parsifal must learn the hard way about the dangers of mixing magic with science. Frangini also...

Interview with Filmmaker Joel Villegas Saldaña for 'Subterra' (2017) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

Writer/director Joel Villegas Saldaña's 'Subterra' (2017) tells the story of musician/singer Robbie (played by newcomer Dan Chavez-Wright) as he struggles to make it performing in a cover band. The film premiered at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. This is Villegas' directorial debut after working as a producer, editor and writer on multiple short films. I interviewed Joel shortly after the festival. Here is what he has to say: What inspired this ...

Interview with Matthew Berg and Thomas Besançon for 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) and 'Accomplice' (2018)

Filmmaker Matthew Berg's debut Short 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest film market. Harry (played by Vincent Palmieri) is an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's when visited by Asher (Calvin Devereaux), pretending to be a psychic to help bring back his memories. The youngest director with a film at the film market, Berg wrote, directed, produced and edited the film. Producer Thomas Besançon attended the festival with Be...

Interview with Filmmaker Franco Volpi for "August Sun" (2018)

Actors Miguel Di Lemme and Silvina Sabater with Franco Volpi Argentine native filmmaker Franco Volpi, known for his previous film LOW COST (2014), premiered his latest work AUGUST SUN (2018) at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Set in Buenos Aires, it's a heartfelt endearing story about an ailing mother reuniting with her estranged expatriate son. The film will screen next in Brazil at the Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival and has been selected as a semi-finalist at the ...

Interview with Filmmakers Philip Burgers and Kitao Sakurai for "The Passage" @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

  The Passage Created by Philip Burgers Directed by Kitao Sakurai Writer/Actor Philip Burgers and Director Kitao Sakurai screened their short “The Passage” (2018) at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film is a comedic and creative tour de force about funny man Phil as he journeys through multiple continents, traveling the world in a single day without speaking a word or ever actually leaving Los Angeles, California. In Phil's and Kitao's words, &ldq...

LATC Anuncia Novedades en Los Ángeles para Profesionales de la Industria Audiovisual que Buscan Oportunidades Internacionales

Este año, además del tradicional y actualizado Global Film & TV Program en Los Angeles, el Latin American Training Center anuncia su nueva oficina de representación internacional en el American Film Market-AFM. El LATC Representation Office ofrecerá gran visibilidad internacional para películas, documentales, series de TV y proyectos en desarrollo que están buscando vendas, concesión de licencias, distribución y coproducci...

LATC Announces New International Opportunities in Los Angeles for Audiovisual Industry Professionals

This year, in addition to its traditional and updated Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles, the Latin American Training Center announces a new International Representation Office at the American Film Market-AFM, the world’s most prestigious audiovisual market.  The LATC Representation Office will offer huge international visibility for films, documentaries, TV series and projects in development seeking sales, licensing, distribution and coproduction at the AFM, which runs O...

Roundup from the PGA/Film France/UPC Networking event at 71st Cannes Film Festival

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Kayvan Mashayekh (Co-Chair, International Committee PGA), Ms. Regina Di Santo (Private Financial Sponsor), Calvin Walker (Film France) Photo Credit @FilmFrance. On May 12, 2018, during the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Kayvan Mashayekh (PGA International Committee, Co-Chair) held a panel on “Navigating your way through an International Co-Production” at the Jordan Pavilion as a part of his annual “Producers Without Borders” series. The PGA ev...

Interview with Filmmakers Christopher Knoblock and Dana White for "In the Orchard" (2018)

Director Christopher Knoblock's breakthrough first feature is an honest heartrending tale about survival in the midst of life's many physical and psychological battles. Charlotte Winston (played by Dana White) loses her husband and child in a tragic car accident. She is left to take care of the many acres of their California orchard alone. The loss is so great it seems she will not survive; until she meets Marine veteran Nick (Jonas Ball) hiding out in her shed. Nick has PTSD and she h...

Interview with Filmmaker Ben Zolno for "Status Pending" (2018)

Director/writer Ben Zolno's breakthrough film 'Status Pending' (2018) is a roller coaster love story between American, Ryan, and Kiwi, Lizzie, living in New Zealand. They met on Tinder and exist posting their personal lives on social media, as most millenials do. At first, their hook up is a lot of fun, until it's time to either move forward or move on. Starring Ben Zolno and actress Ivana Palezevic, the film is currently traveling international film festivals, includin...

Interview with Producer Steve Lee Jones for "Bigger" (2018) at 71st Cannes Film Festival

Producer | Writer | Director Steve Lee Jones' latest film “Bigger” (2018) held market screenings at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. “Bigger” tells the story of brothers Joe and Ben Weider, founders of the modern fitness and work out gym phenomena. In this rags to riches story, with just a few dollars in their pocket and a fight against anti-Semitism and racism, the Weider brothers set out to revolutionize the world of physical fitness and build an empire. ...

Interview with Mark Cousins on "The Eyes of Orson Welles" (2018)

Filmmaker Mark Cousins Prolific filmmaker Mark Cousins' latest oeuvre “The Eyes of Orson Welles” (2018) is a documentary about the eponymous genius canon auteur director, his influence on cinema and shaping the collective psyche of our modern culture. Starring Northern Irish-born, Scottish resident director Mark Cousins himself and Orson's daughter Beatrice Welles, they set out to show us who Orson really was, giving us an intimate view of the man behind the mast...

4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Winners Include “My Name is Myeisha,” “Tower. A Bright Day” and “White Tide” The 4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony at the Sierra Event Center in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The festival, held from May 23-27, screened over 70 films, including 63 in MLFF’s competition categories. Each of the festival winners received an Orson the Bear...

Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo Honored at 4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

  Leo receives the “Sierra Spirit Award for Acting”during a special tribute on May 26   At the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) actress and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo received the Sierra Spirit Award for Acting during a special tribute which took place on Saturday, May 26. The tribute consisted of a screening of Leo’s film, Frozen River, followed by a moderated conversation and award presentation. Leo is best known for her Academy Award winning perf...

Interview with Writer, Director, Producer Maria Pulera for "Between Worlds" @ Cannes

  Writer, director, and producer Maria Pulera's mystery thriller Between Worlds debuted at the film market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Between Worlds, stars Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, and Penelope Mitchell. The story follows Joe, (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente), a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mit...

Interview with Writer/Director David Eng for "Grand Cru" (2017)

  Driector David Eng Director/Writer David Eng's documentary feature “Grand Cru” (2017) has been sending ripples through the international film festival world for wine lover cinephiles. It tells the story of renown Montreal native poet/wine-maker Pascal Marchand who immigrated to Burgundy, France at the age of 21 and has lived there for three decades. There, he found a magical place where he could synergize making wine a poetry and writing poetry of wine. Afte...

Interview with Director Lillian Glass at Cannes for "Reinventing Rosalee" (2018)

  Rosalee Glass Director Lillian Glass   Director/writer/producer Lillian Glass's debut feature documentary "Reinventing Rosalee" (2018) screened at the Cannes market during the 71st Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the inspiring story of Lillian's mother Rosalee Glass who survived life in concentration camps during WWII and is today one of the war's oldest survivors. Not only has she recently reached 101 years of age but every day she...

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf @ 71st Cannes Film Festival

Filmmaker Brian Metcalf wrote, directed, produced and DP'd his third film to date, a found footage vampire tale 'Living Among Us' (2018). In one of the late actor John Heard's last performances, this horror/sci-fi flick follows some documentarians as they make an ethnological study on vampires living among mortals. Produced by Brian's Red Compass Media production company, Vision Films is handling international sales and US distribution in association with Sony Pictures Home...

Producers Guild of America at Cannes!

  Kayvan Mashayekh Co-Chair, International Committee Producers Guild of America Returning to the Croisette for his 15th year, Kayvan Mashayekh, the newly elected Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Producers Guild of America, is excited over the prospects of expanding the PGA brand globally. As the World’s largest trade organization of film, television and multi-media producers, the membership now exceeds 8500. With multiple committees dedicated to perfecting th...

Interview with Filmmaker Jeff Witzeman for “Cancer Can Be Killed” (2018)

 Jeff Witzeman   Filmmaker Jeff Witzeman's “Cancer Can Be Killed” is a groundbreaking labor of love documentary sending ripples of controversy and debate through the oncology world. The film tells the story of Jeff's wife Kerry Witzeman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead of undergoing surgery and chemo therapy, as her traditional American doctors had suggested, she opted for an alternative medicine treatment in Germany. Kerry and Jeff traveled to Ge...

Interview with Composer/Director Carla Patullo on “Lotte That Silhouette Girl” (2018)

Composer/Director Carla Patullo's recent film “Lotte That Silhouette Girl” (2018) is an homage to who many deem the mother of animation, Lotte Reiniger. Using music and voice-over by Lotte herself, the film is a visual symphony. Carla's background is music. Her past work includes Sundance film "Spa Night" (2016). Her song "The Ocean" and score to "Cinderella, A Shadow Ballet" (2015) were nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Further, ...
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