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Interview with Actor Goran Kostic for 'Little Joe' (2019)

Goran Kostic Accomplished and prolific actor/producer Goran Kostic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. His starring role in Angelina Jolie's directorial debut 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' (2011) catapulted him to international recognition. Having appeared in next to sixty film and TV performances, he has worked on such prominent titles as 'Children of Men' (2006), 'Hannibal Rising' (2007), 'Taken' (2008), 'The Last Days on ...

Interview with Producer Brian Beckmann of Arclight Films at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

CFO & COO of Arclight Films, Brian Beckmann, is a prolific producer in his own right, whose recent titles include: 'Dog Eat Dog' (2016), 'First Reformed' (2017), 'Guardians of the Tomb' (2018) and 'Triple Threat' (2019). With a background in rocket science, he was one of the men to put Pathfinder on Mars and has been headhunted by the likes of Elon Musk. But aerospace engineering aside, his passion is film. At Arclight Films ('Crash' 2004, 'Bobby...

Interview with Greek Producers Nassos Vakalis & Dimitris Anagnostou of Declare Productions @ 72nd Cannes Film Festival

 Dimitris Anagnostou (left) and Nassos Vakalis (right) Animator/Director/Producer Nassos Vakalis, known for his work in the Animation Department of over 37 films including 'Thumbelina' (1994), 'Quest for Camelot' (1998), 'Spirit' (2002), 'Bee Movie' (2007), 'Puss in Boots'' (2011), 'Turbo' (2013), 'Smallfoot' (2018) and Producer Dimitris Anagnostou run their Declare Productions company out of Los Angeles and have recent...

Eiza Gonzalez Joins Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage in “I CARE A LOT”

    EIZA GONZÁLEZ JOINS ROSAMUND PIKE AND PETER DINKLAGE IN “I CARE A LOT” FROM BLACK BEAR PICTURES   Barcelona, SPAIN — Eiza González (Baby Driver, Alita:Battle Angel) is set to join Academy Award-nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, A Private War) and Golden Globe-winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) in Black Bear Pictures’ I Care a Lot, it was announced today during the STXinternational presentation out of CineEurope. ...

Interview with Director Noah Wagner for 'Watch Room' (2019)

Director Noah Wagner NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate NOAH WAGNER is an award-winning director, writer and filmmaker who has appeared on HBO, NBC, BBC, VIMEO STAFF PICKS and THE NEW YORKER. His films have screened at festivals worldwide, including the Oscar-Qualifying Cleveland Int’l FF, Nantucket FF, and Sonoma Int’l FF, where his latest short – AI thriller, 'Watch Room' (2019) - won the Jury Award for Best Dramatic Short. Starring Mamoudou Athie (...

Interview with Producer Kevin Jackson at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

  Irish native Kevin Jackson is a prolific TV series and film producer at Big Fish Films in Belfast and former Assistant Head of Drama at BBC. He is known for such films as award winning 'Behold the Lamb' (2011), 'The Truth Commissioner' (2016), 'Zoo' (2017), 'Ups and Downs' (2019) and many more. His upcoming slate includes a number of exciting projects including 'Reawakening' currently in pre-production.  Kevin frequents international fil...

Interview with Actor, Writer, Director Udayyan Raathore at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Udayyan Raathore is an actor, producer and director whose past works include 'Everybody Gets Screwed Here' (2015) and 'Dangal' (2016). Married to fellow producer Divya Baghela Rathore, they worked together on Udayyan's directorial debut 'Twosome' (2019), starring Preet Kunwar Choudhry and Rishabhraj Mehrota. The film is about two complete strangers who get stuck with each other for an entire night, after which their life tirns into a game which then becomes the...

Interview with Actor, Writer, Producer Tom Malloy at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Actor, writer, producer Tom Malloy's production company, Trick Candle Productions, include films he starred in such as psychological thriller 'The Alphabet Killer' (2008) directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Crime & Punishment in Suburbia); 'Love N' Dancing' (2009) by Rob Iscove (She's All That); 'Ashley' (2013) by Dean Ronalds; 'Hero of the Underworld' (2016) by John Vincent; and a thriller by Mary Lambert called 'The Attic' (2007), star...

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Brian A. Metcalf (WGA, PGA, DGA, VES, ASCAP) is an Asian-American writer, director, producer and actor. His most recent film, Adverse, is a drama/thriller that he produced, directed, wrote and acted in and stars a large ensemble cast with Academy Award® Nominee Mickey Rourke, Academy Award® Nominee Sean Astin, Golden Globe® Nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, Golden Globe® Nominee Penelope Ann Miller, Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin, Andrew Keegan, Luke Edwards, Shelley Regner, Thoma...

Interview with Actor/Producer Nik Goldman at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

  UK native actor/producer Nik Goldman was educated at Salford University and at the Northern Film School. he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his scholastic work. In 2004, Nik produced and acted in the well known short film ‘Briefing’, which was picked up by North America's Big Film Shorts distributor. The film has since been shown on us Comcast cable tv, HBO  Latin America and Canadian television. Nik acted in another short 'The Parting' (20...

Interview with Actress Emily Shah for 'Jungle Cry' (2019) at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Emily Shah Directed by Sagar Ballary, JUNGLE CRY (2019) is a true story based on the lives of twelve underprivileged children from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Orissa. Their 'Jungle Crows' rugby team, coached in Rugby sport by Indian coach Rudraksha Jena (played by Abhay Deol) of KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Science) and Paul Walsh MBE - former employee at British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata- went on to make Indian and British history by winning the Rugb...

Interview with Director Douglass Stewart jr. for Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future (2019)

Known for his work in TV with the Academy Awards, the Emmys and The Screen Actors Guild Awards, editor and producer Douglass M. Stewart Jr. takes the director's chair in his breakthrough documentary feature: 'Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future' (2018), which tells the story of the eponymous unsung architect and painter who has influenced and inspired for generations, yet whose name remains virtually unknown. In architecture, Chesley is known for having worked on the Golden ...

Interview with Director Don Millar for BOTERO (2018) @ SIFF

Producer, director, writer Don Millar's debut feature documentary BOTERO (2018) portrays the life of beloved and iconic artist Fernando Botero. The 86 year-old Colombian native painter and sculptor was born in Medellin in 1932. A poetic ode to the modern master, the film features interviews across ten cities in China, Europe, North America and Latin America, following Botero and his family, revealing the legacy he has created from his youth to life today as he continues to paint and sculpt...

Interview with “The Pollinators” (2019) Director Peter Nelson @ SIFF

The documentary feature “The Pollinators” (2019) by filmmaker/cinematographer and bee-keeper Peter Nelson is a cautionary tale about the current international bee crises. Today, bees face a serious threat to becoming endangered, which would prove a hazard to human food supply; almost all fruits, nuts and vegetables would not exist without bees. For example, on just one crop in California, each year more than 31 billion honey bees pollinate more than 90 million almond trees. Yet, be...

Awards and Special Guests at Sun Valley Film Festival, 2019

Meg Ryan at 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival with SVFF Festival Directors:  Teddy Grennan, Executive Director & Candice Pate, Director   8th Annual Festival - Founded in 2012 by Teddy Grennan & Emily Granville   SVFF Films/Filmmakers Many of the selected films had filmmaker representation at SVFF. 64 total films; 25 features; 10 narratives ,15 documentaries, 2 episodic, 1 WIP, 26 shorts, 11 student films 12 world premieres (4 feature world prem...

Chelsea Handler and Alex Ross Perry at Sun Valley Film Festival Coffee Talks

Chelsea Handler and Alex Ross Perry at Sun Valley Film Festival Coffee Talks   Fest Additional Line-up of Feature and Short Films   The 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Ford. Celebrated host, author, stand-up comic and activist Chelsea Handler will attend the festival as a special guest and participate in the festival’s Coffee Talks on Thursday, March 14.  Alex Ross Perry, who will receive the Festival’s Rising Star Award for Directing, will p...

The Film Lab @ Sun Valley Film Festival, 2019

THE FILM LAB AT SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA A WORK-IN-PROGRESS FILM PARTNERSHIP WITH A PRIZE OF UP TO $185,000 IN POST-PRODUCTION SERVICES   Jay Duplass to Judge Competition   The 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) Film Lab. Now in its sixth year, The Film Lab, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and The Farm Group, selects one team of filmmakers to partner with the Festival and Tito’s to complete their film’s vision. ...

Sun Valley Film Festival, Presented by Ford, 2019 Honorees and Film Slate

Sun Valley Film Festival, Presented by Ford, 2019 Honorees and Film Slate Meg Ryan, Aaron Paul, Alex Ross Perry and Fisher Stevens to Receive Awards; Docs “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and “Running with Beto” to Bookend Fest; Variety to Present Sun Valley Film Festival Pioneer Award, Screenwriters Lab and The Film Lab The 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) film line-up, four of its honorees and additional information on The Film Lab and Screenwriters Lab, all t...

Interview with Director Adina Pintilie for TOUCH ME NOT (2018)

Romanian director Adina Pintilie first came to the international film scene with her first short documentaries Don’t Get Me Wrong (2007) and Oxigen (2010); her recent breakout award-winning feature documentary TouchMe Not (2018) won the Golden Bear & Best First Feature at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. The film was awarded by a renowned jury that included TIME Magazine's film critic Stephanie Zacharek and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Touch Me...

Interview with Cameron Nugent for Sailboat (2018) at Berlinale

Actor, director, producer and editor Cameron Nugent began his entertainment career as a child with lead roles in TV series Round the Twist, Ratbag Hero and award winning The Big Wish, for which he received an AFI Nomination. He later appeared in Australian feature films Snowy, Dusty II, The Merchant of Fairness and Blackrock with Heath Ledger. As a young adult, he performed in television programs Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Halifax. After studying at Deakin University, Camer...

Interview with Director Gustavo Steinberg for 'Tito and the Birds' (2018)

Brazilian animation "Tito and the Birds" held its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). A comment on the epidemic of global collective fear, the film tells the story about a worldwide panic caused plague spreading like rapid fire, which ages people then petrifies them. Tito's father had been close to finding a bird based cure to the disease when he caught it himself. Young Tito takes it upon himself to continue where his father left...

Interview with Producer, Director Writer Stu Levy @ 2019 Berlinale

  Stu Levy Fluent in Japanese with a background as a California attorney, business owner, producer, director and writer Stu Levy has one of the most prismatic careers in the international film industry. As publisher and entrepreneur, Stu is the founder and CEO of TOKYOPOP, a manga graphic novel company spanning three continents with bases in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Berlin.  Stu produced the English adaptations of TV and home video anime series 'Initial D', 'GTO...

Interview with Brazilian Director Marcus Ligocki at Berlinale

Director Marcus Ligocki Brazilian producer, writer and director Marcus Ligocki is known best for his films 'As Vidas de Maria' (2005), 'Felix Varela' (2006), 'Uma Loucura de Mulher' (2016) and 'Pureza – The Movie' (2019). A prolific filmmaker based our of Brasilia, he is expanding his now horizons, taking on his first international feature with Artificial Intelligence Formula One tale 'Grid' (2020), jointly written by Ligocki ...

Writer, producer Vanessa McMahon to Direct 'Purple Gold' (2020)

"Purple Gold” (2020) The story of Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy, AKA 'Father of California Viticulture', and other trailblazers (i.e. Charles Krug and Mondavi family), who made the California wine industry what it is today. When most Americans headed west to mine for gold during the California Gold Rush (1848–1855), Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy came to plant crops and grow wine (aka 'Purple Gold'). Haraszthy, along with a handful of other visio...


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