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Vanessa McMahon


Vanessa is a novel writer, screenwriter, rep and a film producer. She shares her discoveries and film surprises. :-)

 


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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...

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

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    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 (www.cloud21.com) and Kultura PR International (www.kulturapr.com) 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...

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