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Interview with Director Jordan Peele for 'Get Out' (2017)

    Jordan Peele is an actor, writer, producer and director known most for films like 'Keanu' (2016), 'Storks' (2016) and most recently 'Get Out' (2017). While Peele has made a name for himself as an actor and writer for TV and films, he has only recently donned the director's hat with his first feature 'Get Out'. The film makes a comment on the current topics of race issues and politics in America, telling the story of a young African Ameri...

Interview with Clifford Miu for 'Bargain' (2017) at SBIFF

  Director/writer/producer Clifford Miu's short film 'Bargain' (2017) is a bone-chilling paranormal thriller about a young Chinese woman Li who moves to NY to live chic Manhattan style with a birdseye view of the city; but just when she thinks she's living the dream, she realizes she has stepped into someone else's nightmare. The film is a paranormal excalmation point that leaves you wanting more, much more. 'Bargain' screened at the 2018 Santa Barbara Internati...

Interview with Director Jordan Peele for 'Get Out' (2017)

  Jordan Peele is an actor, writer, producer and director known most for films like 'Keanu' (2016), 'Storks' (2016) and most recently 'Get Out' (2017). While Peele has made a name for himself as an actor and writer for TV and films, he has only recently donned the director's hat with his first feature 'Get Out'. The film makes a comment on the current topics of race issues and politics in America, telling the story of a young African American male trappe...

Interview With Guillermo del Toro for 'The Shape of Water' (2017)

  Mexican director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro is what many deem the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of cinema. While Marquez popularized magical realism in literature, del Toro has mastered it in film. One of his first films was the horror flick 'Cronus' (1993), after which he has been straddling the line between genres creating one that is all his own; some of his most known works include: 'Hellboy' (2004), 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006), 'Pacific Ri...

Interview With Guillermo del Toro for 'The Shape of Water' (2017)

Mexican director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro is what many deem the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of cinema. While Marquez popularized magical realism in literature, del Toro has mastered it in film. One of his first films was the horror flick 'Cronus' (1993), after which he has been straddling the line between genres creating one that is all his own; some of his most known works include: 'Hellboy' (2004), 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006), 'Pacific Rim' (2013) a...

Interview With Writer/Director Thiago Dadalt for 'Chocolate' (2017)

  Multi award winning short 'Chocolate' (2017) is the latest work by Brazilian writer/director/producer Thiago Dadalt. Thiago's career began with the stage as a play director; after which, he switched to film. Since producing and directing his first short film, 'The Postman', (2007), he also made films 'Life on a Leash', 'On My Way'', '2nd Time Around' and headed commercials for Unilever and Mercedes Benz. Thiago is currently based in ...

"A Fantastic Woman": Interview with Director Sebastián Lelio

Forget “character is destiny.” A Fantastic Woman goes one better: character as aesthetic destiny. With a trans actress playing a trans woman, the challenge for filmmaker Sebastián Lelio was to unfold “a being in flux” in both form and content. His solution? A hybrid work that encompasses elements of romance, mystery, fantasy, musical and social exposé. Punsters will appreciate that the Spanish word genero means both “gender”...

Interview with Sales Agent Carlos Rincon @ Premiere Entertainment Group

  Sales Agent and Producer Carlos Rincon has been working world markets for a decade, having started his career with international sales and distribution company Spotlight Pictures, where he worked on dozens of film titles including James Franco's films 'Sal' (2011) and 'Child of God' (2013). He now works for Premiere Entertainment Group as VP of Development & Acquisitions (Executive); the company has been in business for 15 years and has distributed film l...

Interview with Rasmus Dinesen for 'Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017)

  Danish director Rasmus Dinesen's documentary 'Michelen Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017) recounts the history of the Michelen Guide's coming to being and its evolution into the canon go to book reference for the best culinary restaurants. The film travels to Michelen star restaurants around the globe to hear stories and perspectives from the kitchen by their award winning chefs. Produced by Jasper Jarl Becker, the film is being distributed by Juno Films. It r...

Interview with Meg Thomson, VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment

  Meg Thomson is VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment, a division of distribution company Lionsgate. With offices in the US and London, Globalgate specializes in the co-financing (through its Globalgate Fund), production and international distribution for local-language films within their home territories. I recently interviewed Meg about her experience, position and the company.    Before your current position with Globalgate Entertainment, you wer...

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf for 'Living Among Us' (2018)

    Filmmaker Brian Metcalf wrote, directed, produced and DP'd his 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 ...

Interview with Sales Agent Carlos Rincon @ Premiere Entertainment Group

Sales Agent and Producer Carlos Rincon has been working world markets for a decade, having started his career with international sales and distribution company Spotlight Pictures, where he worked on dozens of film titles including James Franco's films 'Sal' (2011) and 'Child of God' (2013). He now works for Premiere Entertainment Group as VP of Development & Acquisitions (Executive); the company has been in business for 15 years and has distributed film like 'The Pa...

Interview with Rasmus Dinesen for 'Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017)

Danish director Rasmus Dinesen's documentary 'Michelen Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017) recounts the history of the Michelen Guide's coming to being and its evolution into the canon go to book reference for the best culinary restaurants. The film travels to Michelen star restaurants around the globe to hear stories and perspectives from the kitchen by their award winning chefs. Produced by Jasper Jarl Becker, the film is being distributed by Juno Films. It recently screene...

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf for 'Living Among Us' (2018)

  Filmmaker Brian Metcalf wrote, directed, produced and DP'd his 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 Entertainment. ...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

   Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three de...

Interview with Dan Damman and Chris Thomas for 'Awarewolf' (2017) at Napa Valley Film Festival

  Writer/director Chris Thomas co-directed short film 'Awarewolf' (2017) with director Dan Damman. The film tells the story of an young boy who is forced to prematurely become a professional yoga athlete by his despondent and no longer pliant mother who lives vicariously through him. The film is beautifully produced with a remarkable performance by newcomer Nicolas Yurkevich. It screened at the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival where I had a chance to interview both fi...

Interview with Director Nicholas Brennan for 'MAMA' at 20th SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  'MAMA' film still. Photo by Anne Ackermann. Director of 'MAMA'. Photo by Anne Ackermann. Filmmaker at New York's CNN Courageous Studio, director Nicholas Brennan screened his short film 'MAMA' (2017) at the 20th annual SCAD Savannah International Film Festival. Produced by Samson Ntale, Brennan's film tells the story of real life wonder woman Gertrude Nakanwagi in Ugandan village Kayunga; a traditional birth attendant, she acts as a 2nd 'mama'...

Interview with Nicholas Brennan for 'MAMA' (2017)

Filmmaker at New York's CNN Courageous Studio, director, Nicholas Brennan screened his short film 'MAMA' (2017) at the 20th annual SCAD Savannah International Film Festival.  

Director Nora Twomey on “The Breadwinner”

A scrolling band of carnelian clouds circling clockwise, a boy in an Afghani folk costume swirling within, a radiant beam at the center: The opening frames of Nora Twomey’s animated film The Breadwinner tell a tale of light and shadow, conjuring dream imagery of the pyche’s quest towards wholeness in the larger world. In case you haven’t guessed, we’re in the realm of universal truth, seen from toon-spun Afghanistan. The allegory quickly blossoms into...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

 Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three desperate charact...

Interview with Actor William H. Macy and Producer Rachel Winter for 'Krystal' (2017) at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

  Director William H. Macy onstage at 'Krystal' Q&A during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 3, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD) Actor William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut 'Krystal' (2017), about a sickly young man who is forced to live a sequestered existence who forms an infatuation with a stripper, recently screened at the 20th Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. As an act...
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