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Interview with Writer/Director Meryam Joobeur for BROTHERHOOD (2018)

Malek  Mohamed Salha Known for previous films ‘Born in the Maelstrom' (2017) and 'Gods, Weeds and Revolutions' (2012), award-winning director, writer and producer Meryam Joobeur’s latest oeuvre ‘Brotherhood’ (2018) premiered at TIFF where it won Best Canadian Short Film in the Short Cuts Awards section. Set in Tunisia, the film tells the story of Mohamed, his son Malek and the latter’s obscure new Syrian wife. In a recent interview, here is wh...

Interview with Editor/Director Gregory Cusumano for IF ONLY YOU WERE FREE (2018)

Film editor turned writer/director Gregory Cusumano- known for IN THE DARK (2019), GREY'S ANATOMY (2018) and TEEN WOLF (2012-2016)- made his directorial debut this year with IF ONLY YOU WERE FREE (2018), a dark cautionary succubus tale about loneliness and the lengths lust can lead one, if not tamed. The film held a market screening at the Palm Springs International Shortfest as well as screened at the First Glance Film Festival in LA.   What inspired this story? GREG: The idea ...

Interview with Mike Wozniak for SUMP (2017)

Mike Wozniak  Jeany Spark and Gemma Whelan in SUMP.  Actor Mike Wozniak, known for his work in TV series MAN DOWN (2013-2017) and THE MOONSTONE (2016), made his directorial debut with the short film SUMP (2017), a dark and ironic tale set in England after a tragic diving accident. The film screened at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest.  I interviewed Mike about his experience making the film. Here is what he had to say:   Were the events in SUMP ba...

Interview with Director Thiago Dadalt for 'DUKE' (2018) @ NVFF

  Thiago Dadalt Brazilian born Los Angeles, California resident Thiago Dadalt is an award-winning and celebrated writer, director and editor. He got his start in the entertainment business as a teenager by writing and directing plays in a Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to Sao Paolo at the age of 17, he got work as an editor for a production company then later as a 1st assistant director to high profile Brazilian advertising directors, of whose clients included Unilever, Merc...

Interview with Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace @ NVFF

Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace began his entertainment career on the stage at Improv/Olympic in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to LA, he wrote for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show then later went on to make performance appearances on major TV series Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, Narcos and more. As producer, he his titles include: The Scenesters (2009), It's A Disaster (2012), Mothers & Daughters (2016) and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), which was his di...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Vanessa Knutsen for 'Only Humans' (2018) at NVFF

Director Vanessa Knutsen Film still of Ivy Matheson and Micah Hauptman  Vanessa Knutsen's feature film Only Humans (2018), an arresting and lyrical tale about love in varying forms, is making its way around international film festivals; it most recently screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Known for her work on such high profile films as The Interpreter (2005), Maps to the Stars (2014) and The Deep End (II) (2008), Only Humans is her directorial debut.   Is the...

Interview with Director Yuri and Scriptwriter Marcela Garces for @ NVFF

Scriptwriter Marcela Garces Director Yuri Morejon    Spanish director Yuri Morejon and scriptwriter Marcela Garces screened their 54 minute film 'The Txoko Experience. The Secret Culinary Space of the Basques' (2017) at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. In homage to the film, a Txoko food demonstration at the Studio by Feast it Forward, hosts of the NVFF.   In an interview with Yuri and Marcela about their film, here is what they had to say: &...

Interview with Spencer K. Jones, Chelsea Alden and David Beatty for 'The Human Project' (2017) @ NVFF

    The Human Project (2017) is a heartfelt short about siblings dealing with the death of their father in conflicting ways. Reminiscent of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia (2011), the story is told with a poetic, albeit melancholy, depth that reels the viewer in with each intense moment, enlightening yet leaving one in suspense. Written by David Beatty, directed and edited by Spencer K. Jones and starring Chelsea Alden, their film screened at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Fe...

Interview with Writer/Director Chris Paine for 'Do You Trust this Computer' (2018) @ NVFF

A graduate from Colgate University, writer and director Chris Paine also studied documentary film at Stanford University. He is most known for his two documentary features 'Revenge of the Electric Car' (2011) and 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Paine also works as a prolific producer. Some of his producing titles include independent documentaries- 'Bikes vs Cars' (2015), 'Faster' (2003) and 'No...

Interview with Writer/Director Marco Calvani for 'The View from Up Here' (2017)

New York based Italian writer/director Marco Calvani's latest short film 'The View from Up Here' (2017) is a drama about contrasts in culture, worldview and perspective in today's geopolitical climate. Set in New York, neighbors Claire (Melissa Leo) and Lila (Leïla Bekhti) face a complicated situation when forced to live beside each other despite their polarized differences. Produced by Falling Up Films and Move Movie, it held its world premiere at the 2017 Savannah ...

Interview with Katie Locke O'Brien for 'Have It All' (2018) at 8th Annual NVFF

Katie Locke O'Brien is an award winning actress, writer, director and producer for stage, TV and film. Known for her appearances in TV series 'Community' (2009), 'Justified' (2010) and 'I'm Dying Up Here' (2017), she has also worked on numerous independent feature films and written, directed and produced three short films. Her latest oeuvre 'Have It All' (2018) has recently swept up the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the 8th annual Napa...

Interview with Writer/Director Kelly Tatham at 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Vancouver native writer/director Kelly Tatham screened her directorial debut film 'Multiverse Dating for Beginners' (2017) at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. With a background in acting and writing, Kelly only recently began directing her own work. Her previous credits include webseries 'The New Romantics' (2017).   I interviewed her during the Napa Valley Film Festival about her film. Here is what she had to say:   What were the events t...

Interview with "Production Without Borders” Panel Speakers, Hosted by Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International

Cloud21 International ( and Kultura PR International ( host a "Production Without Borders” panel alongside the 2018 American Film Market on November 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica, CA (1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401). Speakers at the panel include industry powerhouse professionals: founder of International Film Trust Michael Benaroya, Roskino Moscow Film Commission CEO Katya Mtsitouridze, E! founder and pre...

Interview with Producer Jonathan Light on New Venture Four Five Media at 2018 AFM

Jonathan Light is a New York based actor/director/writer with a post graduate degree in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and an MFA from the TV Writer's Studio in Brooklyn for Writing and Production. After college, he proceeded in his entertainment career in theater and music and as an international script consultant. Throughout his profession, he has worked for various clients making corporate videos, some of which include The College Board, The Julliard Scho...

Interview with Director Ari Gold for 'Song of Sway Lake' (2017) at AFM

Actor/director/writer Ari Gold's latest film “The Song of Sway Lake” (2017) is about nostalgia, obsession and grief experienced by two unlikely soul friends Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) and quirky Russian Nikolai (Robert Sheehan) and the retired Charlie Sway (Mary Beth Peil) during a summer on Sway Lake in upstate New York. Gold wrote the film with Elizabeth Bull, as well as produced and directed it. The film is being distributed by The Orchard and was being sold to internati...

Interview with Steve Solot, President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center)

American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center) based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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 in the audiovisual sphere as Senior VP of MPAA (Latin American division of Motion Picture Association of America), Steve Solot is now founder and President of the Latin American Trai...

Voltage Pictures Boards International Sales on Maven Pictures and Oren Moverman's "SKIN"

VOLTAGE PICTURES BOARDS INTERNATIONAL SALES ON MAVEN PICTURES AND OREN MOVERMAN'S “SKIN”   GUY NATTIV’S TIFF AWARD WINNING FILM STARS JAMIE BELL, VERA FARMIGA AND DANIELLE MCDONALD Voltage Pictures will be handling foreign sales on Guy Nattiv’s Skin starring Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle McDonald, it was announced today by company President and COO Jonathan Deckter. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival where it ...

LATC Announces its Film, TV Series and Project Line-up for American Film Market 2018

This year LATC is pleased to announce a highly-diversified, international film, TV Series and project line-up for the 2018 American Film Market-AFM in Los Angeles.  Content originates from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the US, and may be viewed on The Film Catalogue. The LATC Representation Office generates huge global visibility for producers, writers and directors seeking sales, licensing, distribution, coproduct...

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...

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...

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 inspired this ...

Interview with Matthew Berg and Thomas Besançon for 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) and 'Accomplice' (2018)

Filmmaker Matthew Berg's debut Short 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest film market. Harry (played by Vincent Palmieri) is an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's when visited by Asher (Calvin Devereaux), pretending to be a psychic to help bring back his memories. The youngest director with a film at the film market, Berg wrote, directed, produced and edited the film. Producer Thomas Besançon attended the festival with Be...

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

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 at the ...

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...


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