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Interview with Program Director Steve Shor and Artistic Director Kevin McNeely of Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

 Steve Shor (left) and Kevin McNeely (right)    As a devoted attendee over the last decade to Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), and after two years of it going strictly digital due to the global Covid pandemic, the festival held an in person edition this year for its 25th anniversary. It was a smashing success! After attending its 25th Annual edition, I sat with program director Steve Shor and artistic Director Kevin McNeely. In our interview together, here is wha...

Interview with Director Jorge A. Cano, Jr. on “Secret Scandal: In Quarantine,” “Escandalo Secreto” (2022)

In a career spanning over 33 years of experience, Jorge A. Cano, Jr. has produced and directed various films, TV shows, more than 2,000 commercials, videos and documentaries in both English and Spanish. Jorge produced and directed several movies in the past thirty years, and has coordinated productions for major Hollywood companies such as Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios throughout Latin America. He's been honored with a Telly Award, an Intercom Chicago Internat...

Interview with Brazilian Filmmaker Eduardo Maia at 25th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

  Brazilian born Engineer and filmmaker Eduardo Maia recently co-wrote and edited short film “Living Colors”, directed and co-written by Melanie Robertson about Sally Fox who grows pesticide-free, dye-free colored cotton for over four decades. Eduardo is a Brazilian-born filmmaker and film student of City College of San Francisco with a passion for creating films that resonate with universal conversations happening on a global scale. He is planning to attend the MFA progra...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

Interview with Filmmaker Lauren Flinner on "Compulsion" (2021)

Lauren Flinner is a filmmaker/experimental animator and visual artist in Boston, MA. Lauren's work incorporates elements of experimental documentary and explores aspects of performance. Her film "Knot Waking" is an autobiographical collage of animation. I met her at the 2021 Mammoth Film Festival. We recently held an interview about her filmmaking. This is what she had to say:   Can you tell us about your path to becoming a filmmaker? From a very young age I had a co...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

FYC Awards Season: Fireside Chat with director and actors of Kiều (Vietnam) | December 6, 2021, 4 PM PST/ 7 PM EST

Tune into a special Fireside Chat with the director and lead actor of Kiều at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST on Monday, December 6, 2021. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kieu-fireside-chat-registration-221692928517 Watch on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLR3ZHWb6XE Watch on 3388 Films' Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/3388Films FYC for the 2022 Golden Globes, Kiều is directed by female director Mai Thu Huyền, who also stars in one of the film&rsqu...

Interview with Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Sponsor Clay Tyson on Ground Up Climbing Guides

During the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, I had the unforgettable unique experience of spicing my film viewing up with half a day of rock climbing at Horseshoe Lake with the incredible guide and MLFF sponsor Clay Tyson (Ground Up Climbing Guides, Skin Up Ski Tours). I had met him the night before at a networking event where he convinced me to join him the next day for a climb. I was terrified at first, as I had never gone rock climbing before. But somehow the next morning, hangover and all, I ma...

Interview with Producer, Director and Writer Rob Schroeder over "Ultrasound" (2021) at MLFF

  Award Winning Producer, Director and Writer Rob Schroeder, whose credits include: “Sun Choke" (2015), "Uncle Kent" (2015), “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors" (2014-2020) and “Rainbow Time” (2016), is the co-founder of Los Angeles based production company Lodger Films. Rob's latest film “Ultrasound” (2021), written by Conor Stechschulte, is a Sci-Fi thriller that deals with a lost driver, a married c...

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