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Interviews

Interview - "Is That You?" director Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Jorge Enrique Caballero

(Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Tania Gomez on day 2 of the festival, photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Oldenburg Filmfest) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Cuban culture is often portrayed as exotic and vibrant, filled with lively music and sun-kissed faces. If you were to walk into a screening of "Is That You?" (¿Eres tú, papá?) expecting a happy-go-lucky experience you'd be sorely mistaken. Cuba has finally become the...

Interview with Rudy Riverón Sánchez - "Is That You?" currently at CPH PIX after its Oldenburg world premiere

(Rudy Riverón Sánchez and Jorge Enrique Caballero after the world premiere of "Is That You?", photo courtesy of Lawrence Diederich / Oldenburg Filmfest)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Cuban culture is often portrayed as exotic and vibrant, filled with lively music and sun-kissed faces. If you were to walk into a screening of "Is That You?" (¿Eres tú, papá?) expecting a happy-go-lucky experience you'd be so...

King of Beasts world premiere - An interview with filmmaker Tomer Almagor

(Photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Filmfest Oldenburg)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER    ...

Interview - Isabella Eklöf's striking debut film "Holiday" knocks Oldenburg dead

  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER     "Holiday" is Swedish director Isabella Eklöf's feature directorial debut but one would never know it. Her film has been catching audiences off-guard since its premiere at Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of this year. The one very graphic and unwavering depiction of rape, the kind of rape that happens more often than naught by someone the victim knows, has surely been causing much of the stir. Yet ther...

Short Short Story Film Festival 2018 - call for entries

The Short Short Story Film Festival is a competitive international festival of films that tell a story in under six minutes in its 12th year.  There is no fee to submit. Click here for more information: http://www.mergingartsproductions.com/Film/SSS/Submissions.aspx ...

"Unforgiven" Opening Film at Oldenburg: An Interview with the Filmmakers

  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Unforgiven", the new film from Armenian-Russian director Sarik Andreasyan was the the opening film of Oldenburg International Film Festival this year. We had a packed house for this affecting Russian production that surely left its mark. The story is based on the tragic and true events surrounding the life of Vitaly Kaloyev and his family before and after the disastrous Überlingen mid-air collision. It was an emotional journey,...

A Chat With Lav Diaz About "Season of the Devil" (Berlinale 2018)

Filipino auteur Lav Diaz may not be a household name, but among the film festival circuit he is held in high regard. This was clear at the first two press screenings at Berlinale 2018 that were so packed they turned away quite a few journalists. His rock opera "Ang panahon ng halimaw" (Season of the Devil) clocks in at almost four hours, but hardly feels that long, although those who left mid-screening might disagree. Taking place in The Philippines in 1979 during the brutal Marcos ...

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...

Screenwriting Event! August 16, 2018!

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One of our 2018 sponsors, ISA, is holding a free event on August 16th at 7 pm in NYC! As a part of their Third Thursdays events, ISA will be presenting 'From First to Final Draft' - a disucssion with screenwriter, James V. Hart!  WHERE: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John Street, New York, NY, 10038 "Join us for a special Third Thursdays with the ISA - New York as we present the next in our "First Draft to Final Draft" discussion series with screenwriter ...

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 '...

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...

Must Watch: Panels and Presentations!

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Let's be real: we are filmmakers not business people! The artsitic side of filmmaking may come easy to you but how about getting your film out there? Raising money? Aqcurining the rights to the perfect score? Don't worry we have you covered! Visit our YouTube Channel for videos from our 2018 panels and presentations, including, 'Creating Your Own Work Panel', 'Music Licensing Panel' and 'Seed&Spark Presentation on Crowdfunding'! Enjoy and good luck on your n...

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. Frangin...

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 inspi...

10th Annual NYC Indie Film Fest Announcement and 2018 Interviews!

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As we gear up for the 10th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival, we are thrilled to announce that in celebration of a decade of ‘never boring’ cinema, we will be screening all past ‘Best in Music Video’ winners from 2012-2018!  We thank all past winners for allowing us to screen their music videos again as a special treat for all of you. Get ready to jam! In other exciting news, all of our 2018 interviews are now available to watch on our website. Intereste...
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