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Entertainment Industry Entrepreneur Ali M. Aksu On Disrupting The Film Business

International producer, director and entrepreneur, Ali M. Aksu is the executive producer of several groundbreaking projects, including the first-ever Hollywood feature film to cast digital media talent that was distributed by Universal Studios. In 2020, he founded, a community focused Hollywood crowdfunding platform, and most recently, Auteur Academy, an educational platform to empower independent filmmakers. Aksu is the Southern California Young Professionals Ambassador...

Interview with Director of Photography Jayson Crothers for series "Cruel Summer" (2021-)

Director of photography Jayson Crothers, known for his work on multiple films and series titles including Force of Nature (2020), Duke (2019), The Ghost and the Whale (2017), Cold Water (2013), Chicago Fire (2013-2018) and many more, is the lead DP for the series Cruel Summer (2021-), recently released in the U.S. on April 20. Set in a small town in Texas, the story takes place over three successive ‘90s summers. As the beautiful and popular Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) goes missing...

Interview with Director of Photography Ross Riege for RUTHERFORD FALLS (2021)

Cinematographer Ross Riege’s latest work can be viewed on TV series Rutherford Falls (2021), a comedy about best friends, played by Helms and Jana Schmieding, both of whom care deeply about the culture and history of their small town. With a BA from NYU, award winning Director of Photography Ross Riege is known for his work on films and series such as The Kings of Summer (2013), Youth in Oregon (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017), You're the Worst (2014-2015), The Catch (2016-2017), ...

Interview with Director of Photography Tommy Maddox-Upshaw for SNOWFALL (2021)

Director of photography, Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC shot five episodes (Ep. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) of the recently released FX Networks Season 4 of the series Snowfall. He also filmed half of Season 3. The series crime drama focuses on the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. When asked about his experience working on the series, Maddox-Upshaw stated, "This is where I live with my family, so I care about the history of this town. These stories are like the societal problems I observed in...

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Directors Mandy Wetzel, Shannon Metelko and Yan Ran Zhu discuss their films with Mirror Mountain's audience!

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                                            The BKK DOC 2020 STEPHFF AWARDS The nominated and the awarded documentaries will have the opportunity to access a dedicated audience online (vod), and offline during the Festival to be held in Bangkok at the prestigious Goethe Institut Bangkok in December. Awarded projects will be entitled to receive the Prest...

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Interview with Kevin McNeely, Executive Director of Sonoma International Film Festival

Born in Minnesota, Kevin McNeely moved to New York for school where he lived for twenty years. In 1992, Kevin and his wine Rosemary moved to Sonoma, California where they have lived ever since. A professional in wine and film, Kevin has held an illustrious career between both worlds. In wine, he partnered with the Roessler brothers at Roessler Cellars in 1990 and later partnered with R2 (AKA R Squared) Wine Company. In film, Kevin works as Executive Director of the Sonoma International Film Fe...

Interview with Chadwick Boseman, Mischa Webley and Tory Kittles for THE KILL HOLE (2012) was very sad to hear about Chadwick Boseman's passing, we remember dearly the friendly interview he gave us... RIP Chadwick ! "The film begins with the title", I always say, and in the case of the film THE KILL HOLE (2012), a better title could not have been chosen for this eccentric metaphysical drama by American director Mischa Webley. The film is about two diametrically opposed war veterans- Lt. Samuel Drake (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Sgt. De...

A Deadly Legend - New Film interview.

A DEADLY LEGEND: an Interview by Emmanuel Itier   Feature above: Director Pamela Moriarity and Actress/producer Kristen Ann Ferraro and Actor/writer/producer Eric Wolf.   IMDB link:   What attracted you to this film?   Pamela: When A DEADLY LEGEND was first presented to me, I was immediately attracted to the script. The sense of family institution spoke to me most as did the elements of love, loss, and secrets. ...

VIDEO: Christine Vachon - The New Reality of the Film Industry after the COVID-19

Check FEST last interview with producer Christine Vachon, one of the independent film's most respected voices. Born in New York City, USA, Christine is a producer active in the independent film sector with more than 120 producing credits to her name. Some of her major works include Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There, and Carol. In 1996, alongside fellow producer Pamela Koffeler, Christine established Killer Films.  With more than 120 producing credits currently...

Amazing Stories Told by Music from Eiko Jin

  With decades of music training background, Eiko Jin started her music journey as an opera singer and eventually landed in the composer field to where she found her true passion. It was not common to see someone redirect her career track after somehow settled, "but the calling from film music was too strong," Eiko said, "I have to respond."   As the composer of three international film events, Eiko uses her music to connect all the cul...

Video Event: McGill University Webcast Does a COVID-19 Teach-in

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you're ready to take Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime break, McGill University in Montreal is conducting a live event via the web on April 23, whereby their brilliant minds will school you on the emerging picture of this current Coronavirus pandemic in context of global health scares that have shaped our society. You can join the discussion via video, read on. MONTREAL, QC (04/22/20): How have past generations managed global pandemics? What r...

Extended Interview : Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras discuss Digger

(Argyris Pandazaras, Georgis Grigorakis © Lindsay R. Bellinger) by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) j...

Video Interview with Digger director Georgis Grigorakis

(a still of Argyris Pandazaras from Digger, © Haos Film, Le Bureau) by Lindsay R. Bellinger   Nature vs. human is on display in Georgis Grigorakis's new film set in the remote woods of a lesser shown part of Greece. Not only that but son vs. father is also front and center, with legendary Greek actor Vangelis Mourikis as Nikitas who was absent from his son Jonny's (well known theater actor Argyris Pandazaras) life for the past two decades. Both father and son have to ...

Interview with Judd Wallenbrock, CEO of C. Mondavi and Family, at 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Every year during the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), hundreds of local Napa wineries and restaurants participate as sponsors, offering their top quality wine and gastronomic creations. One of these benefactors is the first official winery of Napa Valley, Charles Krug (since 1861, owned by Mondavi family since 1943), who not only have sponsored the festival from its first edition in 2010, but also run NVFF events at their winery throughout the year, screening ...

Interview with Director Mike Arthur for 'I, Pastafari' (2019) at the 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Director Mike Arthur's experimental independent film 'I, Pastafari' (2019) recently held its North American premiere at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.  Mike holds a business degree from a prestigious public university and considers himself very much an accidental filmmaker. In 2011, while working in a cubicle in Portland, Oregon, Mike took a filmmaking night class to balance out the monotony of corporate retail. The documentary that resulted went fr...


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