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Interview with Directors Daniel Mentz and Julia Butler for SLIPAWAY (2017)

  Director/writer Daniel Mentz and director/writer Julia Butler co-direct 'Slipaway' (2017), a heartrending film about the unlikely friendship between an older woman, Fall (played by Elaine Partnow), and a young man, Adam (Jesse Pepe). Reminiscent of The Intouchables (2011), the film presents a story about the platonic bond between an elderly ailing woman at the end of her life and a young man beginning his. Adam is a young homeless drug addict who dreams of becoming a musician bu...

Interview With Writer/Director Dmitry Milkin For Award Winning Animated Short 'Curpigeon'

Dmitry Milkin Writer/director Dmitry Milkin's award winning 3D animated short 'Curpigeon' (2016) is making audiences coo and awe as it tells the story about birds communicating with humans in a spiritual transcendent way. The ancient Egyptians did this, so why not in 2016 with a group of old bonding men in a community park? Reminiscent of Pixar's 'UP' (2009), this unique animation leaves audiences feeling closer to each other and nature in an ...

Interview with Writer/Director Matt Schrader for 'Score: A Film Music Documentary' (2016)

Matt Schrader What is a film without a soundtrack? This questions is answered in writer/director Matt Schrader's crucial and poignant feature documentary 'Score: A Film Music Documentary' (2016). Imagine 'Titanic' without the epic sounds of Enya's voice weaved in with James Horner's haunting pipes; 'Gladiator' without Lisa Gerard's ethereal voice mixed with Hans Zimmer's soaring symphonies; 'Star Wars', 'Jaws' or 'Indiana Jones...

Interview With Producer George Parra

George Parra Producer George Parra has been a venerated industry professional for over thirty years, having worked on such prestigious films as- 'Waterworld' (1995), 'Sideways' (2004), 'The Descendants' (2011), 'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012), 'American Hustle' (2013); to name a very few. He first began his illustrious career as a Set Production Assistant on 'The Terminator' (1984) which led to his position as Second Assistant Director on mo...

Interview with Actor George Kosturos for 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016)

Palm Springs native George Kosturos is a talented acting force in the indie film world making a splash success as 'Ali' in the award-winning film 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016) where he co-stars with legendary actors Jon Voight and William Fichtner. The film recounts the true story of wrestler Ali Afshar who escaped from Iran in the 1980's and moved to the US for a better life, only to be met with hostility by Americans due to the concurrent Iran hostage crise...

Interview with Entertainment "Super Lawyer" Steven Beer @ AFM 2016

Film industry attorney, consultant and published writer Steven Beer has become a super star in his own right, even deemed “Super Lawyer” after his feature in 2006 edition of "Super Lawyers/New York Metro Edition" where he was classified as top 5% in New York. Having successfully represented film producers, financiers, distributors and nurtured some of entertainment's most renown talent including award-winning writers, directors, producers, and multi-platinum...

Interview with AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf @ 2016 AFM

IFTA’s Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of the AFM since 1998, Jonathan Wolf deems the AFM as the global film world coming to its Hollywood Mecca. A graduate of the University of Southern California Business School, Wolf's extensive professional background, previous to his pivotal roles with IFTA and AFM, includes film distribution as well as finance as CFO of New World International in international operations. The AFM acts as a six month Fall bookend market to the Spri...

Interview with Writer/Director Lucky McKee on 'Misfortune' (2017) at AFM

  Writer/Director Lucky McKee's latest film, 'Misfortune', was announced at the 2016 American Film Market. McKee is known for his successes in the horror/thriller genre with such titles as 'The Woman' (2011), 'Red' (2008) and 'May' (2002) under his belt. 'Misfortune' is a noir thriller about three friends in the wilderness caught up in a greedy battle over a fortune; the film is currently in pre-production stages and Radiant Films Internatio...

AFM Interview with PGA Producer Sasha Yelaun

  Moldovan born Sasha Yelaun is an Irvine based PGA producer who opts to stay out of the LA madness. He travels to LA a few times a week for important meetings but for the most part he feels that if you really want to get stuff done you need as little distraction as possible. He recently attended the AFM for meetings about packaging his latest films. He has worked on such films as The Book of Love (2016), Wild Oats (2016), 10,000Saints (2015) and Benjamin Troubles (2015). He has a num...

Interview with Animation Creator Brian Neil Hoff at AFM 2016

  AFM is not only a place where international sales agents sell their titles to buyers from all over the world, but it’s a mecca for independent producers to find their producing partners and financing for their films. Writer and producer Brian Neil Hoff did just that while at this AFM to find partners on his animation project called ‘Secret Agent 00K9’, action adventure about a spy dog detective who travels the animal world solving crimes and mysteries. I interviewe...

Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey to Receive The Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Tribute at 6th Annual NVFF

  Napa, California– The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to host a private VIP screening of TWC-Dimension’s highly anticipated film Gold.  The film stars Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, who will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute, for his outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling. Directed by Oscar® winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), Gold is an epic tale of one man’s p...

SCAD Announces Savannah Film Festival Award Winners

  SCAD ANNOUNCES SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced the award winners for the 19th annual Savannah Film Festival during an awards brunch held at Garibaldi’s Restaurant. Sixteen awards were announced from the 118 films that competed in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, animated shorts, SuperShort! shorts, professional and student shorts and Global Shorts Forum selections.   Narrative and Docume...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces First Slate of Celebrity Tribute Honorees for Sixth Annual Event

  Celebrity Tributes include Zoey Deutch, Chloe Grace Moretz and Glen Powell. Additional Tributes to be announced in September   Napa, California (August 25, 2016) – The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its first three honorees that will receive Tributes during the sixth annual edition of the festival to be held November 9-13, 2016. Additional honorees will be named at a future date.   The highly anticipated Celebrity Tributes, saluti...


  Festival to showcase films starring Jessica Biel, Clea Duvall, Alex Karpovsky, Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta, Melanie Lynskey, Wyatt Russell, Richard Schiff, Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and more   Napa, California – The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 9 - 13, today announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups for juried competition. The members of the jury, as well as the complete program of approximately 120 fi...

New Orleans Film Festival Announces Additional Films, Including Moonlight and Centerpiece Film I Am Not Your Negro

Festival special guests include Jessica Biel and more   New Orleans, La. (October 6, 2016)— The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) is pleased to announce new additions to the lineup for the 27 annual New Orleans Film Festival, to take place October 12-20, 2016. Notably, the festival announced the addition of the new James Baldwin–inspired documentary I Am Not Your Negro as the festival’s Centerpiece Film. The documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festiv...

New Orleans Film Society Announces 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 12th – 20th, 2016

  New Orleans Film Society Announces 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 12th – 20th, 2016   Festival unveils documentary, narrative and Louisiana feature competition lineup + official program artwork   The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced today the feature competition lineup for the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), taking place October 12th – 20th at venues across New Orleans, with an increased presence in the downtown area. &n...

CinefestOZ Film Festival Reveals Official 2016 Program

CinefestOZ today revealed its 2016 program and continues its proud tradition of showcasing the best of Australian film. CinefestOZ is an immersive film and destination experience where audiences are invited to explore a diverse program of quality film from Wednesday August 24 to Sunday August 28. Over 68 venues and spaces will welcomingly open their doors to audiences and VIP guests alike, offering something for everyone with over 110 film and event options. Festival CEO Malinda Nixo...

CinefestOZ 2016 Film Prize Jury Chair announced

CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, is delighted to announce that award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong has accepted the role of Jury Chair for the 2016 Festival. Armstrong is one of Australia’s most successful and respected filmmakers. Her feature film directorial debut, My Brilliant Career, adapted from the breakthrough Miles Franklin feminist novel, was a huge success both here and abroad, launching the careers of...

Interview with Russian/Czech Actress Maria Darkina on Emir Kusturica's film 'On The Milky Road' (2016)

    Actress Maria Darkina with director Emir Kusturica (above) Russian/Czech talent Maria Darkina stars in Emir Kusturica's latest film 'On the Milky Road' (2016). She attended the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes young talent program where she did interviews and promoted her upcoming role in American indie film 'Storefront' (2016). Maria is one to watch on the international film front. Born in Russia and raised in Czech Republic, she now lives in Lo...

Tyrese Gibson, Connor Jessup, Lily Baldwin, Benjamin Rigby @ 2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest

Last week the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest welcomed filmmakers and other guests from around the world. The Festival showcased 327 films from 54 countries while the 4,100 film submissions were available in the Film Market. Attending the festival with their films were Tyrese Gibson (Shame), Connor Jessup (Boy and Crazy House), Lily Baldwin (Swallowed), Benjamin Rigby (Bridge), Amanda Quaid (Toys) and more.         &nb...

2016 Palm Spings International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

    Home Receives Best of the Festival Award; La Laguna, Limbo and Minh TâmReceives Top Jury Awards; The Chop, Phil’s Camino and Taking Flight Receive Audience Awards     PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 26, 2016) –  The 2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 26, 2016.  327 short films screened throughout the Festival a...

Interview with Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson for 'RATED' (2016) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson's short film 'RATED' (2016) has been making its round to film festivals since its world premiere at Sonoma International Film Festival in April where it won the Jury Award for Best Comedy Short. The film stars John's actor wife Christie Lynn Smith (Justified, The Crazies) who plays the lead Maggie, their daughter Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness, Ant-Man), and their son Joshua Fortson. RATED is currently screening at the 2016 Palm Springs Inte...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer/Composer Alain Bidard for BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE.

Martinique multi-talent Alain Bidard is wowing the film world with his debut animation feature film Battledream Chronicle (2015) which he wrote, directed, produced and composed. The film has traveled the globe at international film festivals this past year gaining multiple prize nominations and wins. The film most recently traveled to Animation Days at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. I recently interviewed Alain Bidard about his grand vision behind Battledream Chronicle. Here is what he had t...

Interview with PGA Producer Kayvan Mashayekh on 'Producing Without Borders' @ 69th Cannes Film Festival

Middle East and North Africa Representative for the PGA (Producers Guild America) Kayvan Mashayekh brought his 2nd annual 'Producing Without Borders' panel, hosted by the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, to the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Due to its major social media and Cannes success, the RFC/PGA co-branded event is set to be a mainstay that will now take place twice a year, both at Berlinale and Cannes Film Festival.   I interviewed PGA producer Kayvan about his panel shortly...

Interview with Producers Sofia Sondervan & Tom Butterfield on LONDON TOWN (2016) @ 69th Cannes Film Festival

Set in 1970's London, LONDON TOWN (2016) is a coming-of-age story about 14 year-old Shay Baker (played by Daniel Huttlestone) whose life changes when he is forced to spend the summer alone running his father's music shop while the latter lies sick in hospital. Shay befriends musician Joe Strummer and, like many of his generation, is transformed by the music of The Clash. The rock-n-roll feature film stars Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone, Nell Williams, and Jonatha...


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