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Interviews

Interview with Studio City Festival Director Steve Sturla

  Sally Kirkland, 2013 winner of Best Actress in a Short, with Steve Sturla Q. This year marks the second year of the Studio City Film Festival.  How big was the learning curve? A. Big. But we prepared a long time leading up to the 2013 Festival, so thankfully were able to pull off a successful festival. We screened 80 shorts and features in six days. We received extremely positive responses from filmmakers and audience members, so that was an encouraging sign that we must be...

Interview with Wieland Speck on Panorama 2014, what cinema can do

With 52 films, Panorama 2014 offers an overview of cinema around the world. Wieland Speck speaks in an interview about the risks of emancipation, the unbroken power of film, and the upcoming return to the Zoo Palast.   Nước (2030) by Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh Looking at the 2014 programme, one notices that almost every film has a political undertone, at the least. Was there a conscious decision to make the status quo and it...

Sonja Kinski: "Diamond on Vinyl" in the Rough

  by Quendrith Johnson   A typical response from actress Sonja Kinski,  Klaus Kinski's granddaughter and Nastassja Kinski's daughter, goes like this: "Study acting? Yeah, I study acting. With Karen Austin, but what does that matter? You won't know who she is."  By turns brash and adorable, the younger Kinski, 27, was born in Geneva, but grew up mostly in Italy. Italian is her first language, and she moved to LA at age six. Legally named Sonja Mous...

Cambodian Film, 'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky' Screening in New York City, November 13th 2013 - NYC & East Coast Premiere

  Asian Film, ‘FREEDOM DEAL’, Reveals a New Supernatural Dimension to the US-Vietnam Conflict   NEW YORK, New York – A new movie from Southeast Asia, ‘Freedom Deal: The Story of Lucky’, will offer the East Coast of the USA a never-before-seen look at a secret part of the US-Vietnam conflict when it screens at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan on November 13th.     “My Cambodian colleagues and I followed ou...

Interview with Denis Côté ('Vic + Flow Saw a Bear')

  'Vic + Flow Saw a Bear' … Or did they? If the bear here is something that is both a very real and life-threatening animal in the forest as well as a mythical (sometimes magical) creature from fairytales, then the film itself is such a paradox. The story begins under the guise of gritty realism but methodically evolves into a Chinese box of mystery and suspense. This is a princess kisses frog who turns prince film. Starting off gradual and slimy, it grows into such illuso...

Interview with Denis Côté ('Vic + Flow Saw a Bear')

Interview with Denis Côté ('Vic + Flow Saw a Bear')

Interview with Denis Côté ('Vic + Flow Saw a Bear')

  'Vic + Flow Saw a Bear' … Or did they? If the bear here is something that is both a very real and life-threatening animal in the forest as well as a mythical (sometimes magical) creature from fairytales, then the film itself is such a paradox. The story begins under the guise of gritty realism but methodically evolves into a Chinese box of mystery and suspense. This is a princess kisses frog who turns prince film. Starting off gradual and slimy, it grows into such illuso...

Interview with Oscar nominated Tom Van Avermaet

  It’s Halloween time again, which means shadows, death and magic are in high demand. Here to speak and sate dark fantastical desires is Oscar nominated Tom Van Avermaet, director of the 2013 Oscar nominated short: DEATH OF A SHADOW. Nathan Rijckx is a dead soldier walking on a thin line somewhere between this world and the hereafter. He walks the sinister and shadowy streets of old world Europe collecting the souls of the decea...

A World Not Ours. Interview with director Mahdi Fleifel

  Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel is writer/director/producer/DOP of the multi award-winning documentary A WORLD NOT OURS (2012), a life tribute and soliloquy dedicated to Mahdi’s hometown Ein el-Helweh, Lebanon. While Mahdi has spent much of his adult life in Denmark, he returned home many times over the last thirteen years documenting family and friends to make this unique memoir. Mahdi begins the film by stating: ‘To me, going to Ein el-Helweh is better than going to Disneyland&r...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Virginia!!! Interview with Virginia Madsen

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Virginia Madsen is also a documentary film producer and film festival ambassador for the Aruba International Film Festival. Madsen is a force wherever she goes, a solar-spirited infectious burst of energy in every room she enters and every film and TV screen she graces. She has led a prolific and fruitful acting career for over thirty years and still going on strong. A few of her past roles include: ‘Princess Irulan’ in David Lynch&r...

Miss Monday, Canadian filmmaker presented in Official Competition short "Panic".

Miss Monday, Canadian filmmaker presented in Official Competition short "Panic".   ...

THE ACT OF KILLING. Q & A with Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer.

  THE ACT OF KILLING (2013) is a 7-10 year in the making documentary about the mass-killings of communists in Indonesia in the mid 1960’s. The film has international audiences in awe of its avant-garde filmmaking techniques never before explored. Joshua Oppenheimer’s organic and daring originality is so visceral that the film screens like a painting, which journeys directly into the oftentimes dark and arresting void of human nature. Recently the film’s Executive Produ...

Interview with Randall Emmett (2 Guns, Empire State, Lone Survivor)

  At a time when independent cinema is struggling to survive more than ever, one independent film producer is at the top of his game, currently taking over Hollywood and the world. Prolific powerhouse producer Randall Emmett has produced over 77 films during his career and he is just getting started. There are few places in the world that have escaped the saturation of P&A for his latest film 2 GUNS (2013) by acclaimed Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (CONTRABAND, 2012...

‘BROKEN’ (2013). Interview with director Alexa-Sascha Lewin

There are three films in development right now about the impressive historical figure Gertrude Bell (aka the 'female Lawrence of Arabia') by these three directors- Ridley Scott, Werner Herzog and Alexa-Sascha Lewin. While Alexa is the less known director, she is the only one that is a woman telling the story of the nonconformist peacemaker and 'kingmaker' Gertrude Bell from the perspective of the female gaze. Having spent over five years of her life devoted to the research...

Interview with actor Tomer Pawlicki (The Deflowering of Eva Van End)

  The Deflowering of Eva Van End by Dutch filmmaker Michiel ten Horn is a quirky comedy reminiscent of the American hit Little Miss Sunshine (2006). The Deflowering of Eva Van End is a smart comedy about an eccentric dysfunctional Dutch family that hosts a well-traveled German exchange student who uses his weird and worldly ways to open the minds of his hosts. The film recently screened at the 2013 Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF). I interviewed actor Tomer...

Interview with Dutch actor Tomer Pawlicki on 'The Deflowering of Eva Van End' (2012)

  The Deflowering of Eva Van End by Dutch filmmaker Michiel ten Horn is a quirky comedy reminiscent of the American hit Little Miss Sunshine (2006). The Deflowering of Eva Van End is a smart comedy about an eccentric dysfunctional Dutch family that hosts a well-traveled German exchange student who uses his weird and worldly ways to open the minds of his hosts. The film recently screened at the 2013 Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF). I interviewed actor Tomer...

PAUL VERHOEVEN @ 4TH AIFF

NTERVIEWS WITH PAUL VERHOEVEN @ 4TH AIFF; JULY 3, 2013   photos by Vanessa McMahon

'Mine Games' (2012) @ 4th Aruba International Film Festival. Director Richard Gray to attend with cast.

  Writer/Director/Producer Richard Gray.   'MINE GAMES' (2012) to screen at the 4th Aruba International Film Festival (2-6 July, 2013). Director of 'Mine Games' Richard Gray to attend AIFF with his wife (writer/producer Michele Gray) and cast of the film Joseph Cross ('Lincoln') and Briana Evigan ('Step Up').  http://2hands20fingers.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ArubaFilmFest?ref=ts&fref=ts   After screening 'Mine ...

'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...
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