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Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio...

Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio and working...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

  Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank Williams (1923 &...

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal ...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

    Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank William...

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal massacr...

Costume Designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux Spruces Up "Brooklyn"

Brooklyn, a period drama starring Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant to America, is about love, loss and what Ronan wore. Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux spoke with me about creating wardrobe for the film's Trans-Atlantic cast: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1161/costume_designer_odile_dicks_mireaux_spruces_up Brooklyn was a selection of the New York Film Festival and opens theatrically on November 4. ...

The Look of "Truth": A Conversation with Director James Vanderbilt

In my chat with filmmaker James Vanderbilt, we delved more into what his movie Truth got right about its visuals than about the world of journalism. Read here: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1160/director_james_vanderbilt_on_the_look_of_truth ...

Matheus Fagundes on "Ausência" @ Chicago International Film Festival

  Ausencia (2014) has screened at multiple international film festivals including the 51st Chicago International Film Festival from 15-29 October, 2015.  "Ausencia" is a real life coming of age drama by director Chico Teixeira starring Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce. "'Absence' is a family, sexual, emotional and everyday drama. We follow Serginho's daily routine: taking care of his mother and his 5 year-old brother; the work at the stre...

Six Two Three Zero @ CinefestOZ 2015

  During this year's CinefestOZ (26-30 August 2015), an interesting sidebar to the film festival was a walk through an outdoor graffiti art museum in the seaside town of Bunbury in southwest Australia. Six Two Three Zero was created by local artist Andrew Frazer (http://andrewfrazerdesigns.com) to provide an outdoor display for gifted Australian graffiti artists. What began as an experimental platform, Six Two Three Zero is quickly becoming a nationally recognized ...

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's...

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'...

Stephen Dunn on his debut feature Closet Monster

  Stephen Dunn is a Canadian director, writer and producer and Closet Monster is his first feature film. It premiered at TIFF 2015 and received the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Closet Monster tells the story of teen boy Oscar, growing up with his single dad. Oscar is working in the local supplies store but aspires to go to NYC and study to become a production designer and photographer. When he meets his fellow colleague Wilder, Oscar is enchanted by his charm a...

Cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler on "Steve Jobs"

In addition to his award-winning skills as a cinematographer, Alwin H. Küchler, BSC, is an articulate interpreter of his craft. He spoke with me about shooting Steve Jobs, the Centerpiece of the 53rd New York Film Festival: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1143/steve_jobs_dp_alwin_h_kchler_shoots_in_three_acts ...

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...

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...

New York Film Festival's "Experimenter": How Production Design Tells the Stanley Milgram Story

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  Michael Almereyda's Experimeter follows the stirrings of social psychologist Stanley Milgram, beginning with his "obedience experiments" at Yale. To get a bead on the film's visual strategy, read on: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1105/experimenter_how_production_design_tells_the       ...

Directors’ Diaries, by Rakesh Anand Bakshi, Book Review: A dozen journeys, a dozen destinations

Directors’ Diaries, by Rakesh Anand Bakshi, Book Review: A dozen journeys, a dozen destinations Aspiring director and son of India’s renowned film-lyricist, late Anand Bakhshi, Rakesh Bakshi has been aspiring to make his first film for a real long time. In the meanwhile, he has been writing, cycling and doing his bit for the under-privileged of local society. So far, the trail to his big break has proven to be elusive. How elusive? How frustrating? As frustrating as that some of h...

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...

Dane Hansen's 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ CinefestOZ

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." The film most recently screened at the 8th annual CinefestOZ Film Festival in Southwest Australia.    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 yo...

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...

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...

Interview with Brendan Beachman for INTERSECTION (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...
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