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Jean-Baptiste Aziere – Director’s BIO. Short film “THE ARK”

Film playing at the Best of EUROPEAN Cinema FEEDBACK Film Festival. Thursday May 18th. 7pm. Downtown Toronto. Get your FREE Tickets

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I’m a 23 years old student at Supinfocom Valenciennes (a french animation school). I wrote, directed and edited this film during my 4th year of study.

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festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental

February 2017 – Read best of interview with directors

Read 17 interviews with 17 directors from around the world. Each filmmaker had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles or Toronto in January. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with director Rob Sprackling (MAN’S BEST FRIEND):

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):

Read Director Interviews from the August 2016 Film Festivals

Interview with Filmmaker Veronique Vanblaere (BOTTOMLESS)

I got to be a fly on the wall. Seeing and hearing people talking about my film while I could not be there was not only a “voyeuristic” treat, but provided fantastic constructive feedback on my work. I do not know of a festival that provides this type of experience for their filmmakers.

Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)

I was very touched. I’m not sure how to properly express this, but what I appreciated above all else is the fact that it was understood – I mean really understood – more so than anything anyone had said about it before or since. I made this film because I wanted to explain how you often don’t realise when something life changing is happening. And that memory is fragmented and imperfect like a ‘bad flick book’. I thought that was a very good observation. The fact that people openly said they were moved by this film really meant a lot, I don’t have any affiliation with WWI (obviously), but I know what it’s like to feel loss as a child. The farewell which you never dreamt meant goodbye.

Interview with Filmmaker Alex Giannoulis (LUCY)

I never hide my feelings so I ll be blunt: I was very happy to see both how the people were moved and most importantly that they all got the main idea of the film, however, each one of them from his own point of view. Having many points of view means the film is multidimensional and this is the best reward for us. This was an overall very interesting experience.

Interview with Filmmaker Jane Eakin (101 CUPCAKES)

I was pleased that audience members followed the story and were able to relate it to their own experiences. It was also good to hear areas that could be improved.

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)

It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

Interview with Filmmaker Pepijn Claus (INSIDE)

It made me feel proud of myself. I was smiling during the whole video. It was great to see that everyone was so positive!

Interview with Filmmaker Emeline Castaneda (KADDISH!)

I was really moved to watch people from the other side of the world talking about my film and about how much they enjoyed watching it. You know that your film is being watched somewhere, but it is something else to actually see the audience and hear their comment. It really felt magical.

Interview with Filmmaker Sorrel Brae (A FILM BY VERA VAUGHN)

I thought, this is so surreal to see total strangers engage with creative choices I made while sitting alone in my apartment a year ago. I was also genuinely impressed with the caliber of cineaste represented. The first comment nailed a theme of the film that no one in any previous festival touched on: the power and danger of the creative process.

Interview with Filmmaker Dan Robinette (DRAWN TO FEAR)

Happy and excited – it’s always the best to see and hear reactions from people separate or unassociated with our film.

BIO of director Jarek Zabczynski

Jared Zabczynski- See director BIO

Jarek’s professional film career began almost right out of high school, and in the most unexpected of places, the basement of the Pepsi Bottling Group in NY where he directed and produced corporate industrials, training videos, and other marketing and presentation tools. After breaking away from the stronghold of the corporate world, Jarek’s bigger vision, accompanied by his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to create his childhood dream, “Jester Pictures.” He began with a steady stream of graphic design and video production.

Jarek’s networking efforts provided him an opportunity to produce and direct the “Spammy Awards” for Hollywood Producer Don Murphy. Later that year Jarek was awarded with a grand prize for his video submission to a video contest held by Paramount Pictures, gaining him access to Industrial Light and Magic and the team behind that summer’s blockbuster movie “Transformers.”

In 2008 Jarek directed his first music video for NY pop/hip-hop artist, Theory. The video “Change,” went on to win the BET award for “Most Inspirational Music Video for an Independent Artist.” He soon after continued along the music video path collaborating with Island / Def Jam’s Chrisette Michele to edit her new music video “Love is You.” Later that year Jarek was hired to record a series of live concerts for Broadway’s Adam Pascal of RENT and Aida fame. He then produced and directed Adam’s first music video for his song “Single Drop of You,” which won “Best Music Video” at the Moondance Film Festival in Colorado.

When Theory was ready to make his next video, the choice for Director/Producer was obvious. Jarek’s vision for the song “We’ll Be Alright,” literally took him to new heights, showcasing some aerial views along the Hudson River in NY. The video takes you on a journey through space and time having been the first ever video filmed on the “Walkway over the Hudson,” the world’s longest and highest pedestrian bridge. “We’ll Be Alright” went on win “Best Music Video” at several festivals including The Garden State, Nevada, and Las Vegas Film Festivals.

His next music video endeavors would take him overseas to France, Spain and most recently Italy. Commercially, he would also begin working on several commercials for department store Lord and Taylor and well as public service announcements for the Red Cross, featuring supermodel Niki Taylor. His latest music video project took him to Miami, where he shot and directed “Bajo el Sol” for the artist Monique, from NBC’s The Voice. His pursuit of becoming more and more involved in the film industry lead him to finally tackle a series of short films. Teaming up with actor and writer, Ryan Katzer, they chose Jack is Pretty as their first narrative project. When what began as a 6 page concept, blossomed into more of a short feature, with a feature length script already in the works. Proud of their first film together, the duo is currently planning several other shorts, as well as their first feature.

festival posterJACK IS PRETTY

26min, USA, Fantasy/Family

BIO of director Tyler Lionel Parr (IRONIED)

Tyler Lionel Parr- See director BIO

Tyler has been an avid performer in theatre for the past 25 years in such shows as West Side Story, Hamlet, Art, Romeo & Juliet, History of the Devil, Trojan Woman and August: Osage County.

He has won several awards for his roles in comedic and dramatic productions such as George F. Walker’s – Problem Child and funniest comedic show – Fully Insured.

Tyler has just recently been awarded the National Screen Institute of Canada – Brian Linehan Award for Best Actor (Ironied).

He has been nominated for best actor in shows such as Daniel McIvor’s – Never Swim Alone and the notable Yazmina Riza’s – Art. He has performed and toured throughout Canada and performed in shows as far abroad as Prague and Turkey with the auspicious group Black Hand Theatre. He has appeared on several television shows such as ‘Curious and Unusual Deaths, Breakout, Inventions That Shook the World, The History Network, CBC, Discovery Network and commercials, as well as many principal roles in independent short films.

Born in Woodstock Ontario, Canada, he has lived from coast to coast and is currently living in Toronto, where he works as an actor, director and filmmaker. Tyler is the owner and Artistic Director of Figurehead Films. His first film, Dragonfly, was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 2012 Festival De Cannes and the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

festival posterIRONIED

11min, Canada, Drama/Comedy

BIO of director Michael Vidler (MINE)

Michael Vidler- See director BIO

Michael P. Vidler is a creative and enthusiastic ?lmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. At a young age Michael took a fervent interest in film and storytelling. He would write short narratives from his bedroom in the attic, and cast unsuspecting friends and family member to act in said narratives. In the years since this Michael has gone on to work in the industry as an editor and camera operator for CityTV in Vancouver. As well as his professional career Michael has continued to write, direct and produce his own short films.

These films have screened at festivals around the work, such as The Atlantic Film Festival, The New York Independent Film Festival, and the Bronx Film Festival. Along with this Michael has recently completed his MFA in film from Raindance. While completing his Masters Michael wrote and directed the short film Mine which has been playing at festivals world wide and took home several awards. It won the Best International Short Film award at the Williamsburg Film Festival, a Silver award from the Spotlight Horror Film Awards and a Best Actress Award at the Macabre Fair Film Festival for Paula Spur’s performance of Dianne. Since the completion of Mine Michael has continued to explore filmmaking and is now currently working on developing his first feature film.

festival posterMINE

29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller

Bio of Director James Ersted (MONTH TO MONTH)

James Ersted- See director BIO

Born and raised in San Jose, CA. Worked as a sound mixer for the last eight years in Los Angeles on shows like Nathan For You, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and Comedy Bang! Bang! Has also mixed dozens of feature films, short films, and documentaries. “Month to Month” is the first film that James has directed in almost ten years, but it will not be his last. After a long hiatus, he is finally making the transition from sound.

Director Statement

The inspiration for this film came from seeing artist after artist get discouraged and leave Los Angeles. I started to imagine that they hadn’t actually moved back to their hometown, but instead disappeared through a portal.

festival posterMONTH TO MONTH

12min, USA, Drama/Fantasy