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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)

Filmfestivals.com 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: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10021582/   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...

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

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  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...

Interview with Director Alvin Joo and Writer Nate Ward for 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) @ NVFF

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     Director Alvin Joo (left) and Writer Nate Ward (right) @ NVFF   Director Alvin Joo's short film 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Alvin is a Los Angeles based director armed to the teeth with backgrounds in cinematography, editing, and sound design. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he has gone on to direct a deal of films that have screened across the world. Be...

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 films that...

Interview with Director Jesse Zigelstein for 'Nose to Tail' (2019) @ NVFF

Jesse Zigelstein Toronto native Jesse Zigelstein's debut film Nose to Tail (2019) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Nose to Tail stars Aaron Abrams (HANNIBAL, BLINDSPOT) as a talented but abrasive chef struggling mightily with his personal demons and the relentless pressures of running a high-end restaurant. Over the course of one increasingly frantic day and night, he faces a rash of private trials and professional tribulations in a desperate bid t...

Interview with Producer George Hammer for 'Code & Response' (2019) @ NVFF

   George Hammer Producer George Hammer produced 'Code & Response' (2019), a documentary about one of the worst years on record for natural disasters-taxing governments, straining relief organizations and overwhelming communities as they attempt to rebuild. In the wake of these global catastrophes, a new type of responder emerges: the code. The film recently premiered at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.    George is Chief Cont...

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 from...

Interview with Director Alvin Joo and Writer Nate Ward for 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) @ NVFF

Director Alvin Joo (left) and Writer Nate Ward (right) @ NVFF

Interview with Director Alvin Joo and Writer Nate Ward for 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) @ NVFF

     Director Alvin Joo (left) and Writer Nate Ward (right) @ NVFF   Director Alvin Joo's short film 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Alvin is a Los Angeles based director armed to the teeth with backgrounds in cinematography, editing, and sound design. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he has gone on to direct a deal of films that have screened across the world. Be...
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