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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...

LATC Announces Postponement of 12th Edition of its Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles until 2021

  Since 2009, LATC has held the Global Film & TV Program , an intensive immersion course in the audiovisual industry in Los Angeles. In its 11 editions, the Program had participants from 25 countries, for more than 250 professionals. The annual group of filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, attorneys and government officials had access to an exclusive agenda of professional meetings, panels and master classes with internationally recognized professionals, coinciding ...

23rd Annual Sonoma Film Festival (SIFF), Presented by United Mileage Plus Cards, Postpones Due to Coronavirus

23RD ANNUAL SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) PRESENTED BY  UNITED MILEAGEPLUS® CARDS FROM CHASE POSTPONES DUE TO CORONAVIRIS   SONOMA, CA - The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), offering the best in independent cinema from around the world, is postponing its 23rd edition of the festival due to the coronavirus. The festival was due to take place from March 25 – 29, 2020 in Sonoma, Northern California, the prestigious, world-renowned wine growing capital o...

31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

                                                                            Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom & Gay Chorus Deep South Win Audience Awards; Beanpole Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Bartosz Bielenia & Helena Zengel Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; Parasite Receives FIPRESCI Screenplay Prize; ...

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 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 Producer Bobby Rock

A veteran in the film industry, Bobby Rock currently heads acquisitions at Lightning Entertainment Group.  Previously he was Senior VP of Acquisitions at Eric Doctorow’s Random Media.  Prior to that Rock was Head of Acquisitions at Echo Bridge Entertainment for six years (2008-2014).  For the previous eight years (1999-2007) Rock was at Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope as Senior V.P. of Production and Development, Rock has guided PUMPKIN, JEEPERS CREEPERS II...

Interview with PGA International Commitee Chairman, Kayvan Mashayekh on Mentor, the Late Oscar Winning Producer Branko Lustig

Producers Branko Lustig (left) and Kayvan Mashayekh (right)   Producers Kayvan Mashayekh (left) and Branko Lustig (right) On November 14th, 2019, Hollywood lost eminent and legendary producer Branko Lustig at the age of 87 who passed away in his Zagreb home. Before his role as Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Producers Guild of America, PGA Producer Kayvan Mashayekh worked as an apprentice and mentee ...

Interview with Writer Director Producer Jim Jermanok at 2019 AFM

Jim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director, producer author and speaker based in NY. He is currently directing and producing a feature documentary about the life and art of Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau featuring interviews by Chris Rock, Diane Ladd, Jon Voight, Woody Allen and Ellen Burstyn. Mr. Jermanok wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy, “Passionada,” which was released by Columbia Tri Star in over 150 countries. His film “Em” won the ...

Interview with Director Brian Metcalf for 'Adverse' (2019)

Brian A. Metcalf is an Asian-American writer, director, producer and actor and is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild and Visual Effects Society. He previously worked on games, DVDs, web, EPKs, music videos, film and documentaries for the studios.  He is currently working on a number of film and television projects. Brian lives in Los Angeles.       I interviewed Brian dur...

Interview with Director Alessandro Soetje for 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019)

  Award-winning Italian documentary director Alessandro Soetje’s film 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) is Alessandro's latest work; others of which include, 'Matera. Mother of Stone' (2019), 'Valtellina, the Roots of Love' (2017) and 'Old Wild Lorenz' (2015). 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) was filmed in six vignettes that tells stories of sustainability, beauty, tolerance and diversity around the world that converge with Davide...

Interview with Directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop for 'BIOGRAPHY: I WANT MY MTV' (2019)

'BIOGRAPHY: I WANT MY MTV' (2019) is the story of the birth, life and death of MTV music television, which came into being in 1981, and how it revolutionized entertainment as we know it until its inevitable demise via the digital revolution. With dozens of riveting interviews with the founders of MTV, including some 80’s talent whose careers were greatly impacted by MTV (i.e. Tori Amos, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Annie Lenox, Doctor Dre, and many more), the film is co-directed by d...

Interview with Director Sean Cisterna for FROM THE VINE (2019) @ 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

Director Sean Cisterna Sean Cisterna is an accomplished, multi award-winning film director whose works are frequently screened at recognized international festivals. His first theatrical feature, Moon Point (2011), was acquired by The Movie Network and broadcast nationally in 2012. His feature length documentary 30 Ghosts (2013) was developed out of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival's Doc Ignite program and now resides with the National Film Board of Canada. Ful...

Sadie Sink Leads Cast in Coming-of-Age Drama “Dear Zoe”

  “Dear Zoe” also Stars Theo Rossi, Jessica Capshaw, Justin Bartha, Vivien Blair, and Newcomer Kweku Collins   “Dear Zoe” is a new independent feature film adapted from the award-winning novel by Pittsburgh author Philip Beard. The adapted screenplay was written by Pittsburgh natives Marc Lhormer and Melissa Martin, and directed by Gren Wells (The Road Within).   “Dear Zoe” stars Sadie Sink as Tess (Stranger Things). ...

Interview with Producer J. Todd Harris, CEO/founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

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Raised in New York City, Todd Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began his producing career while in college with a production of ‘Hair’. His first job out of college, he managed theater company TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He started producing fulltime after achieving his MBA from Stanford when he moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Harris’s films include such reputable titles ‘Bottle Shock’ (2008) starring Alan Rickm...

Interview with 'DUKE' (2019) Actor Robert Solomon

Robert Solomon is an award-winning actor and pianist from Atlanta, GA. He started acting in high school theater before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology to study applied mathematics. In 2017, he was a member of the Shakespeare Academy @Stratford ensemble were he trained and performed under the tutelage of Brian McManamon. Later that year, he temporarily halted his studies to fly to Los Angeles where he acted the eponymous role in the short film, Duke. For this leading rol...

11th LATC Global Film & TV Program Prepares Professionals for Global Audiovisual Market & the AFM in Los Angeles

                                                                   During November 6-11 the Program provides total immersion into the audiovisual industry in Los Angeles through an exclusive agenda of meetings, panels and visits LATC coordinates annually a group of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, attorneys and government...

Las Peliculas Ganadoras En La 8 Festival de Cine Dominicano en Nueva York

EL 8º FESTIVAL DE CINE DOMINICANO EN NUEVA YORK ANUNCIA LAS PELÍCULAS GANADORAS EN LA CEREMONIA DE NOCHE DE CLAUSURA MEJOR PELÍCULA: LO QUE SIENTO POR TI BY RAUL CAMILO MEJOR DOCUMENTAL: SOLANO (PATRICIA SOLANO) MEJOR DIRECTOR: FELIX GERMAN (LA ISLA ROTA) PREMIO DEL PÚBLICO: DOS MEJOR QUE UNA (JOSE PINKY PINTOR) MEJOR ACTOR: FRANK PEROZO (LA ISLA ROTA) MEJOR ACTRIZ: YORDANKA ARIOSA (LO QUE SIENTO POR TI)   MEJOR CORTOMETRAJE DOMINICANOS EN LA DIÁSP...

8th Dominican Film Festival in New York Winning Films

                                                                       BEST FEATURE: LO QUE SIENTO POR TI BY RAUL CAMILO BEST DOCUMENTARY: SOLANO (PATRICIA SOLANO) BEST DIRECTOR: FELIX GERMAN (LA ISLA R...

Interview with Actor Goran Kostic for 'Little Joe' (2019)

Goran Kostic Accomplished and prolific actor/producer Goran Kostic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. His starring role in Angelina Jolie's directorial debut 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' (2011) catapulted him to international recognition. Having appeared in next to sixty film and TV performances, he has worked on such prominent titles as 'Children of Men' (2006), 'Hannibal Rising' (2007), 'Taken' (2008), 'The Last Days on ...

Interview with Producer Brian Beckmann of Arclight Films at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

CFO & COO of Arclight Films, Brian Beckmann, is a prolific producer in his own right, whose recent titles include: 'Dog Eat Dog' (2016), 'First Reformed' (2017), 'Guardians of the Tomb' (2018) and 'Triple Threat' (2019). With a background in rocket science, he was one of the men to put Pathfinder on Mars and has been headhunted by the likes of Elon Musk. But aerospace engineering aside, his passion is film. At Arclight Films ('Crash' 2004, 'Bobby...

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