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RATMA Film Festival in West Yorkshire, England interviews James W. Hawk - award-winning filmmaker and author

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Spring is almost in the air, the pandemic could possibly be coming to an end soon, and a film festival in the U.K interviewed me about my filmmaking and writing. What's not to love about that? Gareth James, Marcus Gregg, and LJ, the managers of the RATMA film Festival in West Yorkshire, England, interviewed James W. Hawk, award-winning filmmaker and author via Zoom. The RATMA Film Festival is in its tenth year. The interview covers Hawk's filmmaking and writing background and experience...

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan Iranian film Killing the Eunuch Khan (Koshtan-e Khajeh in Persian), by director Abest Abed, is in contention for the coveted ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, an award given to the IFFI film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It portrays a serial killer’s apparently insatiable quest to slaughter others, to...

VIDEO Interview with George Pullar Lead cast Rock Moon for Monday BIFF 2020 Closing Film

Set in Sydney, 1999, after an unlikely encounter at a train station, Monday, a young terminally ill girl with an incurable virus befriends a fugitive teenage boy and they travel to visit a ‘moon rock’ that Monday believes will heal her. This is a high stakes road movie with Monday transforms a journey of survival to an adventure of growing and discovery meeting a bunch of quirky characters on the way. A stylish, beautiful, heart-felt tale of a young girl on an adventure of a lifet...

Dawn Westlake - POOLING - We Are Moving Stories

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Carmela Baranowska's interview with director/writer/producer Dawn Westlake on her hybrid dance film "Pooling" dropped yesterday. Check it out in the latest installment from WE ARE MOVING STORIES: https://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2019/1/17/pooling?fbclid=IwAR0OTa6x5uCbiXxRraJH7lOGcTpBYAZUiUlnE8ebyow-Xo8PVjaaqJqx-0M For more info on Westlake's other films: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Pierre Deladonchamps & Vincent Lacoste on Sorry Angel (Cannes 2018 Competition)

Pierre Deladonchamps is a French actor and filmmaker, known for Stranger by the lake, Golden Years & House of Time. In Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite) by Christophe Honoré portrays a 90s Parisian gay writer who develops a relationship with a young student, Vincent Lacoste, who is also one of France's youngest talents, known for Amanda and The French Kissers.  Bodies are very important in Christophe’s films. How did you get comfortable with that?  &nb...

Marie Kreuzer: The Ground beneath my feet

Marie Kreuzer is an Austrian writer director and producer. Her latest film, The Ground beneath my feet (Den Boden unter den Fußen) is in official completion at the 69th Berlinale. It tells the story of Lola, a successful consultant who struggles between finding her identity, sexuality and freedom, while being divided between a comfortable lifestyle and her past and her schizophrenic sister.          What was your starting point for the script?    ...

Interview with Tiffany Chu, Star of "Ms. Purple"

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  I had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented Tiffany Chu, the lead of Ms. Purple. For those of you unfamiliar with the film, I included a link to my review below. I highly recommend looking out for this film when it gets its wide release. In the film, Tiffany plays a once talented pianist that left her career behind to help keep her father alive through working as essentially a call girl in Koreatown. When her live in nurse quits, she is forced to call her wayward broth...

Review of "Aziza" + Interview with Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, Soudade Kaadan

  I had the honor this week to connect with the incredibly talented, Short Film Grand Jury Prize Winner, Soudade Kaadan. Her story may be one of the most important in the whole festival. As a Syrian filmmaker, she has experienced more hardships than any American filmmaker can imagine. She does not have nearly the same resources as many of her competitors yet she still manages to make high caliber film that is enjoyable even without its profound political context.   Her film, Aziz...

Extremism, family conflict and betrayal collide in Meryam Joobeur's new film

Meryam Joobeur is a young Montreal-based filmmaker who has worked with Sasha Lane of American Honey fame, among others. Her new short film Brotherhood explores issues of cultural dislocation, family tension and sacrifice. It won the award for best Canadian short film at TIFF in September.  In Brotherhood, a family’s eldest son returns home from Syria to his Tunisian shepherd family, accompanied by his new wife - a young woman wearing a niqab, a garment in which only the eyes are vi...

Interview - A chat with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann

By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   There was a long wait, but I finally got a chance to sit down with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann to discuss the 25th year of this very special film festival, what one of the director's described as "punk rock" or a "punch to the face", but in a good way. It was such a treat to sit down and discuss films with someone whose passion about films oozes from his pores.   Torsten Neumann presenting awa...

Interview - Isabella Eklöf's striking debut film Holiday knocks Oldenburg dead

(© Lindsay R. Bellinger 2018)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER     Holiday is Swedish director Isabella Eklöf's feature directorial debut but one would never know it. Her film has been catching audiences off-guard since its premiere at Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of this year. The one very graphic and unwavering depiction of rape, the kind of rape that happens more often than naught by someone the victim knows, has surely been causing...

Q&A WITH SIMON FOSTER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF SCIFI FILM FESTIVAL

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Originally published on September 5, 2018, on the Australian website CULT PROJECTIONS. Interviewed by BRYN TILLY.   Cult Projections: Tell me a little of the career trajectory that has brought you to Program Director for the Sci Fi Film Festival? Is this a dream role? Has it been challenging?   Simon: The career trajectory has been erratic, to put it succinctly, but I've always managed to spend most of my working years in the company of creative and/or dedicated ...

JAMES W. HAWK - FILMMAKER AND AUTHOR TV INTERVIEW - PART 2

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Part 2 of 2: Ron Gagliardi host of "30 Minutes with Ron" interveiws James W. Hawk, an independent filmmaker & author is on IMDb at this link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8375872/reference  Please rate it.. That would be greatly appreciated. The interview can viewed on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=araxpUcKdHQ&t=118s  Thank you ...

Sandra Seeling Lipski on the upcoming 6th edition of Evolution! Mallorca FF

  Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival’s 6th edition is landing at the end of October (October 26 - November 4) in the vibrant town of Palma with a great line up of feature and short films, including great tributes to acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. For a full week, Palma will transform again into a film hub for local film enthusiasts, filmmakers and talent from Spain and beyond, brought together under the umbrella of constant film evolution for the island&rs...

2016 filmmaker Q&A

Q&A's with visiting filmmakers are a regular staple of Mirror Mountain screenings!

César Augusto Acevedo - Camera D'or Winner 2015 / Interview

By Martin I. Petrov   César Augusto Acevedo is a Colombian filmmaker. Land and Shade is his first feature film, presented at this year’s Semaine de la Critique. The story takes us to rural Colombia, where an old man returns to his family after many years of absence to find his son very ill and his wife in denial of leaving the land she so much loves. He is challenged to re-integrate into the family, while at the same time, the circumstances are indicative of a big change i...

Teo Corban - Interview for One Floor Below

Teo Corban is a Romanian actor, working mostly in theatre and known for his appearances in Christian Mungiu’s 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and the recent Berlinale success Aferim! by Radu Jude. Corban plays Patrascu, the main character in Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Patrascu lives a happy family life in contemporary Bucharest. His life is challenged when he witnesses a domestic quarrel that end with a murder.   Would you s...

#DIGITALCANNES

  #DIGITALCANNES   Today, tucked away in the beautiful Hotel Eden on Rue D'Antibe was a very informational panel on the importance of digital marketing and strategic planning for the film industry. Kicked off by a selection of short films ranging from 2 to 15 minutes selected by the panelists, the 3 hour event was filled with useful information, intruiging dialogue and enjoyable films.  Benedicte Beaugeois from Film Festival Life stated, “The opportunities of ...

Glasgow FF 2015: Interview with Morgan Matthews for X+Y

Morgan Matthews is a successful filmmaker and producer, mainly known for a number of documentaries like Beautiful Young Minds and Shooting Bigfoot. X+Y is his first feature film, inspired by a the true story of a young boy, diagnosed to be on the autistic spectrum, who travelled from the UK to China to participate in a mathematical olympiad. There, he did not only succeed in pursuing his dream, but also in discovering friendship, love and in finding his real self.       ...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Justin Kelly for I am Michael

  Justin Kelly - I am Michael, 2015 US - Interview   Justin Kelly is an American writer and director, who has mainly directed music videos before entering the film industry with several short films. I am Michael is his first feature film that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it was part of the Berlinale Panorama. The film tells the story of a gay activist and writer, who suddenly turned to religion, developing a theory against homosexuality and is starring...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Lirio Ferreira for Blue Blood

Interview with Lirio Ferreira, director of Blue Blood - opening film of Berlinale Panorama 2015  by Martin I. Petrov Lirio Ferreira was born in Recife in 1965. He started directing films while studying journalism. His first feature Baile Perfumado premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997, followed by Árido movie (2005) and many documentaries that have won numerous prizes in Brazil and beyond. Blue blood is his third feature film, open...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Lirio Ferreira for Blue Blood

  Interview with Lirio Ferreira, director of Blue Blood - opening film of Berlinale Panorama 2015    Lirio Ferreira was born in Recife in 1965. He started directing films while studying journalism. His first feature Baile Perfumado premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997, followed by Árido movie (2005) and many documentaries that have won numerous prizes in Brazil and beyond. Blue blood is his third feature film, opening this year’s Berlinale Panorama.&nbs...

Interviewed in Italian after Amarcort Film Festival!

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After the 2014 Amarcort Film Festival where Dawn Westlake's "Over A Cheever" series of four films inspired by the life and works of John Cheever were screened in an honorary session at Cineteca di Rimini on December 6th, Dawn was interviewed by Italian journalist Enrico Zoi, a guest of the festival from his native Florence. The interview was published online on January 5, 2015: http://www.esserciweb.it/cinema/dawn-westlake-vivo-sogno-cinema/ (Photo credit: Fabio Ceccarelli) For mo...

Nima Javidi, dir. of 'Melbourne' / Interview

INTERVIEW: Nima Javidi, director of Melbourne, Opening Film of Venice71 Critics Week  Director Nima Javidi opened this year's Critics Week at the 71st Venice Film Festival with his debut feature Melbourne, telling the story of a couple in contemporary Iran whose planned migration to Melbourne is prevented by an unfortunate event few hours before departure. Javidi is the director of six short films and two documentaries. He is mainly known in Iran for his work on televisioncomm...

Cortos Verdes interviews Dawn Westlake

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Dawn Westlake was recently interviewed by Cortos Verdes Internacional, an online cinema magazine out of Mexico. To read the full interview (in Spanish) click here: http://cortosverdes.blogspot.mx/2014/11/dawn-westlake-directora-productora.html   ...
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