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Interview with Italian American Producer, Actor, Writer Enzo Zelocchi

Enzo Ashford Zelocchi was born in Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Raised predominantly between the United States and Italy with family also located in England and France, he is of Italian, British, Spanish, French, Asian, and Jewish descent. Enzo pursued higher education in Italy, graduating with a degree in accounting from a private international school in Rome before relocating to Milan to study marketing, media strategy, and public relations at the private university IULM, alongside the Stan...

Interview with Director Writer Producer (& Rocket Scientist!) Sharon Axcell at 76th Cannes Film Festival

     With an MA Screenwriting (Film and TV), Sharon Axcell's short films received attention at the London Independent Film Festival; she was awarded Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Fellowship and also Emerging Screenwriters (both Sci-Fi genre); and she was secured previously as director with other producers for three feature films – she is now taking closer control of projects alongside Dean M. Drinkel as co-producer at DrAx Productions. Also with an MBA gai...

Interview with Award-Winning South African Filmmaker Dian Weys at 29th Palm Springs Shortfest

  Dian Weys is a South African filmmaker. He is the writer/director of three short films which have screened at over seventy film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, ZINEBI Bilbao, Palm Springs ShortFest and the Carthage Film Festival, where he won the Silver Tanit for Best Short Film. Apart from working on his next short film, he is currently a joint-PhD student in film studies at the University of Groningen and Stellenbosch University. His short film “Bergie” sc...

Interview with Producer Dan Reardon at 76th Cannes Film Festival

  Dan Reardon was raised with a camera documenting the incredible landscape and peoples of South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines. He attended the Syracuse University Visual Performing Art School majoring in Film and Acting. Dan currently lives in New York City and focus’s his time identifying genre agnostic stories to produce into films with three simple requirements - the stories must be very entertaining, the budgets have to make sense, and your potential partners should ...

Interview with Actor Darren Darnborough at 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

   DD. Photo by Laurent KOFFEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Darren Darnborough is a British actor, host & director based in Los Angeles. His TV work includes the hit shows “True Blood”, “2 Broke Girls” and “Roots” and film work includes “Abruptio”, “20Ft Below” and “Stefano Formaggio”. He was trained in London, UK where he worked as an actor on stage and television, before relocating to Hollywood.   ...

Interview with Lebanese French Producer Financier Carlos Bedran for ENTRE NOUS (2023) at the 76th Cannes Film Festival

French Lebanese producer and financier began his professional career with a degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1982 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MIT (Boston, USA) in 1983. After years working as a venture capitalist and founding multiple startup finance and investment consulting companies, Carlos moved into the arena of entertainment and film. Carlos acted as shareholder and Chairman of the board of Artemis Productions in Belgium since December ...

Interview with Award-Winning Composer & Concert Pianist Georges Tomb at the 76th Cannes Film Festival

Georges Tomb is an award-winning composer and concert pianist of international fame. He studied composition & orchestration with Conrad Pope and Christopher Young in Vienna. His compositions were performed on many prestigious stages in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Tomb is the commissioned composer of the Italian ballet "Pinocchio", to be launched in 2023-2024, with Balletto del Sud and Choreographer Freddy Franzutti. He was introduced in Italy as " the You...

Interview with FilmHedge Founder & CEO Jon Gosier @ 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

SCAD alumni American producer and entertainment industry professional Jon Gosier’s film career began while working with Tyler Perry on the movie “Diary of Mad Black Woman (2005).” In 2008, however, Gosier left the film industry to begin a career in venture capital and Tech, during which time he built data focused software companies. He later came full circle and went back into entertainment, working in both the music and film industries. During his successful busine...

Interview with American Canadian Screenwriter, Filmmaker, & Entrepreneur Chadwick Pelletier @ 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Chadwick Pelletier is an award-winning American Canadian screenwriter, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. As a WGA screenwriter, Chadwick has written, optioned, and sold film and TV content at the highest level in the industry. His work as a director and producer has earned him numerous awards, including the coveted Golden Eagle statue at San Diego International Film Festival for “For Blood” (2015) and two Red Poppy Awards “She Will Be Loved” (2017). In 2017, Chadwick founde...

Interview with Writer, Director, Producer MYC Agnew @ 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

 Photo by Ali Mickenzy On June 17th, 1994, (Lord) Michael Wilson Agnew (the artist known as "MYC Agnew") took a one-way ticket to Paris, France to become a Top-Male Model (a title not yet invented). Within three months he had shot the Versace campaign with Bruce Webber and was on his way to shoot the first major worldwide Gap campaign as the first of many celebrities to follow. Working with Calvin Klein to Tommy Hilfiger (and all the greats) on campaigns, magazine editorials...

Interview with International Composer and Director Cyril Morin Cyril Morin @ 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

       Cyril Morin is an Academy member, a multi-award-winning composer, who has scored numerous soundtracks for both film and television. He is re-known throughout the international press for his long lasting "multiple talents (Variety)". His score for the critically acclaimed "Samsara" (directed by Pan Nalin). The soundtrack continues to be a hit internationally, garnering many dedicated fans, and has made Morin something of a cult composer. ...

Interview with Writer / Producer Patrick Roche @ 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Patrick Roche Is a freelance screenwriter and producer, living and working in New York City. He holds a BA in Film and Television Production from UMass Amherst and is the founder and director of Think Tank Coworking, based in Portland, Maine. He is the recipient of numerous awards for business and entrepreneurship and is the founder of Portland Summer Films. Patrick has worked as a writer, producer and editor for Plum TV and Principle Pictures, as well as a reporter at the St John Tr...

Interview with Director Writer Producer Sarah T Schwab for "A Stage of Twilight" (2023) at 17th Annual BIFF

Director, Writer, Producer Sarah T. Schwab wrote, directed, and produced the short film, A MY NAME IS (2018). The film went on to tour the festival circuit internationally and was awarded "Best WNY Short" at the Buffalo International Film Festival, and "Best Lead Actress in A Short Film" at the Nice International Film Festival, the Nova Star Awards, as well as the Young Entertainer Awards. A MY NAME IS is currently streaming on Amazon.  In August 2020, CFI locked a fe...

Interview with Producer Valerie Steinberg @ Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) 2023

  Named one of Variety's "10 Producers to Watch" in 2023, Valerie Steinberg is a producer based in LA, whose recent credits include Executive Producer of A24's “The Inspection” (TIFF '22, Golden Globe nominee, three-time Indie Spirit and Gotham Award nominee), as well as EP of Riley Keough and Gina Gammell's directorial debut “War Pony”, which won the Caméra D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival '22. She is the...

Interview with Actor / Producer Anjul Nigam

Anjul Nigam was an executive producer and a supporting actor in the feature film "Supercell" starring Alec Baldwin, Skeet Ulrich, and Anne Heche. He also was a producer on "Murder At Emigrant Gulch" starring Gabriel Byrne, Thomas Jane and Richard Dreyfuss. Previously, Nigam released Joel Souza's "Crown Vic," serving as its lead producer with Alec Baldwin and starring Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank, Bridget Moynahan and David Krumholtz. The movie had its World ...

Interview With Persian Actress Golsa Sarabi

Golsa Sarabi is an international star and an action actor, who was born in Tehran, Iran and now resides in Los Angeles. Golsa boasts a diverse experience in performing arts, which includes film, stage, producing and scriptwriting. She was one of the executive producers on the film Dreams I Never Had and was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Burbank International Film Festival for her lead role opposite Malcolm...

Interview with Film Producer and Attorney Jere Hausfater

Hausfater has been overseeing all business and legal affairs for development, finance, production, above the line deals, and worldwide distribution for all of Cassian Elwes’ movies including BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, MOM AND DAD, SIBERIA, UTOPIA ROAD and JT LEROY. Most recent and notable was the acquisition of Jon Favreau’s breakout hit CHEF while at Aldamisa Films. Other films include: ROBOTS, 9 BULLETS, SAINT CLAIRE, and HURRICANE.  Previously Hausfater worked at Disney and Mi...

Interview with English Actor Divian Ladwa

    Divian Ladwa is a British actor who gained notable international attention for playing the psychologically troubled character in the Oscar nominated film LION (2016). He is popularly known for playing Hugh in the BAFTA winning comedy series DETECTORISTS (2014-2022). Further work in film includes playing a timorous Dev King in the British feature film 8 MINUTES IDLE (2012) and a vengefully hot-tempered Rahim Begum in the EIFF best drama winner SAXON (2007). He has an extensive...

Interview with UK Producer Simon Fawcett @ 2022 AFM

UK producer/financier Simon Fawcett is a prolific producer with more than thirty films to his credit. In the last five years, Simon has been a producer on eight films, including: “Come Away” (2020) a drama starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo; “Compulsion” (2016), a drama starring Analeigh Tipton, an Italian Canadian co production; “No Man's Land” (202), starring Frank Grillo and Andie McDowell; “Edge of the World” (2021), starring Jonat...

Interview with Acclaimed "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) Producer Michel Shane @ Producers Without Borders Panel, AFM 2022

Michel Shane has spent the last three decades of his distinguished career as a venerable entrepreneur, with the intuition and foresight to perceptively spot trends before they go mainstream in the film and consumer spheres. At the helm of Shane Gang Pictures, which has developed, created, and executive produced major blockbuster motion pictures, including “Catch Me If You Can” (2002) and “I, Robot” (2004), he has driven the process from thought generation to i...

Interview with Actor Producer Director Tom Malloy For Directorial Debut Film "Ask Me To Dance" (2022) @ AFM

  Actor, Producer, Director Tom Malloy is a critically acclaimed actor, initially known for his indie-cult favorite Gravesend (1998), produced by Oliver Stone. Malloy became a trendsetter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers. Later, Malloy starred in the thriller Trauma Therapy (2019). Prior to that, Malloy starred in the found footage horror/thriller #Screamers (2016). Additional feature credits include: Fair Haven ...

Interview with Mexican Writer Director Producer Alex Kahuam for his one take feature film "FAILURE!" (2022) @ AFM

     Alex Kahuam is an award winning director/writer/producer who has been nominated at the top genre film festivals in the world such as: SITGES, LONDON FRIGHTFEST, BIFFF-Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and many more. He is the first Mexican director in the history of cinema to have accomplished making a feature film in one long take with no cuts in the US. His style has caught the attention of many film festivals, critics and audiences around the world for the us...

Napa Valley Film Festival to Present Special 2022 Film, Food & Wine Showcase, A 4 Day Cultural Event @ COPIA on Nov 10-13!

                                                                                Napa, California - Transitioning back from virtual to in-person, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) and the CIA at Copia will present the inaugural 2022 NVFF Film, Fo...

Interview with Director Producer Juan Garrafa for Debut Shortfilm "NORA" (2022)

Mexican filmmaker Juan Garrafa’s debut short film “NORA” (2022) is a Sci-Fi story set in a world where women are becoming extinct; “Nora” could be the last. Written by screenwriters Brenda Medina and Samuel Sanchéz Tual, produced and directed by Juan Garrafa and starring Jime Ferrari, Diego Garza and Tavo del Valle, the film won the Best Sci-Fi and Audience Awards at the French Riviera Film Festival. In a recent interview with Garrafa, here is what he had ...


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