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

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  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...

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, ...

Interview with Writer/Director Michael Gallagher for “Funny Story” (2018)

Writer/Director Michael Gallagher's recent feature “Funny Story” (2018) is a road trip dramedy about “good people who do bad things,” set in the lush forest backdrop of Big Sur, Californa. In this “Sideways” reminiscent tale that demands its viewers to laugh and cry simultaneously, womanizer father Walter (Matthew Glave) travels to a weekend retreat to visit his estranged daughter Nic (Jana Winternitz) in hopes of mending his relationship with ...

Interview with Director Andrew Peat on "SCOTCH: A Golden Dream" (2018)

Director Andrew Peat American director Andrew Peat's debut documentary 'SCOTCH – A Golden Dream' (2017)' follows some of the most important personalities in the world of Scottish whiskey (aka “Uisge beatha,” Gaelic for “water of life”) as they tell the story of the world of Scotch, past present and future; some of the scotch industry legends featured are Richard Paterson, Jim McEwan and Glasstorm, whose bottles hold rare whiskeys which sell...

Interview with Alexei Barrionuevo on 'WAITING FOR THE DROP: Rise of the Superstar Djs' (2018)

Alexei Barrionuevo Argentinian/American filmmaker Alexei Barrionuevo's debut feature doc 'WAITING FOR THE DROP: Rise of the Superstar Djs' (2018) follows the fascinating modern EDM (Electronic Dance Music) movement from the early 90s through its rises and falls to present day. The film travels to exotic party 'it' locales around the world including Ibiza, London, Miami and Las Vegas. The film's legendary DJ Superstar guests include: Paul Oakenfold, Sebastian Ingrosso, ...

Interview with Writer/Director Dean Matthew Ronalds for "Fourplay" (2018)

Dean Matthew Ronalds is a New York based Writer/Director/Producer known for films “Meet the Browns” (2009) and “Screamers” (2016). His recent short film “The View From Up Here” (2017) that he produced for director Marco Calvani stars Cesar winning Leila Bekhti and Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo has gained international recognition. His recent feature as writer/director “Fourplay” (2018) is a black and white Woody Allen-esque New York dramedy a...

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 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 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 ...
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