May 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Read 14 interviews from up and coming filmmakers that had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival events. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)
Interview with Filmmaker Andy Fortenbacher (ORNAMENT OF BEAUTY)

Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)
Interview with Filmmaker Christian Arnold (CHRICKE)

Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)
Interview with Filmmaker Declan Quinlan (BOY)

Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark McKinsey (VOWS)

Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Ramon Blanquer (SAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dazhi Huang (NIGHT LIVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)
Interview with Filmmaker Sari Eran Herskovitz (TRAIN)

Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)
Interview with Filmmaker Kat Scott (EPINEPHRINE)

Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)
Interview with Filmmaker Shaun Wright (A GOOD BLINDER)

Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)
Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Nacci (VOICES)

Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)
Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)

Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)
Interview with Filmmaker John Vollmer (JOY! BLUE MOON)

Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)
Interview with Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlin Creadon (FOR THE LOVE OF THE CHILD)

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April 2018 – Read interview with TOP upcoming directors.

Read interviews with top filmmakers from around the world today. By Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)

Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)
Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)

Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)
Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)
Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)
Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)
Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi (THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-filmmaker-sara-zia-ebrahimi-the-fbi-blew-up-my-ice-skates/

March 2018 – Interviews with TOP FILM COMPOSERS working today:

Matthew Toffolo interviews some of the top Film Composers working in the industry today. Great insights on what it takes to succeed in any field in the movie business:

Interview with Composer Mateo Messina (JUNO, BREAKERS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/08/interview-with-composer-mateo-messina-juno-breakers/

Persistence is key. Relentlessness is key. Time and time again I’ve found the people I’ve worked with who are on top of their game are the ones who stayed after years and years struggling. Just keep at it.

Interview with Composer Jeff Russo (Emmy Winner FARGO TV series)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/05/interview-with-composer-jeff-russo-emmy-winner-fargo-tv-series/

Most important thing is for someone to create their own voice. We are all unique and original in our own way so we all have a voice. Find it. It’s the only way to move forward.

Interview with Composer Gilde Flores (Total Divas, The Wolverine)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/02/25/interview-with-composer-gilde-flores-total-divas-the-wolverine/

The advice I would give to any young musicians who want to eventually compose movies is to be PATIENT, always work on your skill set/stay teachable, have an amazing work ethic, have consistency, have respect, and learn how to take a “no/pass on your work.

Interview with Composer/Musician Michael Abels (GET OUT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/03/07/interview-with-composermusician-michael-abels-get-out/

Write the music that inspires you, because writing music purely for money will make you hate your creative life. Try to remove your ego from every piece you write. It’s so difficult to be inspired-yet-unattached, but it’s required to remain in a highly creative state. And you are a composer, regardless of whether you have a high profile project to your credit or not. Be the person you want others to see.

Interview with Composer/Vocalist Dominic Lewis (Money Monster, Batman v Superman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/06/02/interview-with-composervocalist-dominic-lewis-money-monster-batman-v-superman/

Freebirds being my first big movie is a fond memory but I have to say getting to work with Jodie Foster and so many amazing people on ‘Money Monster’ has to top the lot so far. I’m also really proud of the score, it’s different and I was given a chance to push the envelope.

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

When I was a boy, I sung on a soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Chris, and a flame was ignited. I went through a couple of decades of classical training before moving to London and starting to compose for jingles and crappy tv. I was learning as I was going though, and building up my studio and knowledge-base. I got the opportunity to come over to LA just after I turned 30, and jumped at the opportunity.

March 2018 – Interviews with Film Directors

Read interviews by Matthew Toffolo with the top up and coming filmmakers from around the world:

Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)
Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)

Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)
Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)
Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)

Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)
Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)

Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)
Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)

Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)
Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)

Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)
Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)

Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)

Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)
Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)

Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)
Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)

Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)
Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)

Interview with Filmmaker Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/02/16/interview-with-director-gonzaga-manso-eden-hostel/

October 2017 – Read Interviews with Winning Short Filmmakers

Interview with 15 winning short filmmakers from around the world. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Director James Bowsher (WITHHELD)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-director-james-bowsher-withheld/

 

Interview with Director Steve Hally (TWISTED SOBRIETY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/09/interview-with-director-steve-hally-twisted-sobriety/

 

Interview with Director Andi Osho (AMBER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-director-andi-osho-amber/

 

Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-directed-eric-shahinian-foreign-sounds/

 

Interview with Directed Elaine Chu (MANEKI-NEKO)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/06/interview-with-directed-elaine-chu-maneki-neko/

 

 Interview with Director Jana Stackhouse (THE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP) https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-director-jana-stackhouse-the-man-who-doesnt-sleep/

 

Interview with director Anthony Bennett (MY LITTLE BROTHER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-director-anthony-bennett-my-little-brother/

 

Interview with Animation Director Peter Zhaoyu Zhou (KARMA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-animation-director-peter-zhaoyu-zhou-karma/

 

Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/24/interview-with-director-margaret-costa-my-name-is-joan/

 

Interview with Director Igor Gavva (SUITCASE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-igor-gavva-suitcase/

 

Interview with Director Andrea Behring (BAGGAGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-andrea-behring-baggage/

 

Interview with Director Dan Pal (COUNTING)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-dan-pal-counting/

 

Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-andrew-galloway-wally/

 

Interview with director Katie Maguire (THE SESSION)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-director-katie-maguire-the-session/

 

Interview with Director’s Blair Bomar & Olivia Applegate (GRACE & GRIT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/23/interview-with-directors-blair-bomar-olivia-applegate-grace-grit/

 

September 2017 – Interviews with Award Winning Filmmakers and Screenwriters

Read the best of interviews with some of the most talented people working in the industry today.

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS – 7

Interview with Director Lindsay Penn (NO STRINGS ATTACHED)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/interview-with-director-lindsay-penn-no-strings-attached/

FilmFreeway is a dream come true. So simple to find out where festivals are, when they are, and which festivals are looking for a film like yours.

 

Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer – Richard Geiwitz (THE LAST PRISON)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/interview-with-winning-feature-screenplay-writer-richard-geiwitz-the-last-prison/

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

 

Interview with Winning Sci-Fi Short Screenplay Writer – Auriga Ifill (SID)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/interview-with-winning-sci-fi-short-screenplay-writer-auriga-ifill-sid/

Quick & painless.

 

Interview with Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner – Gil Saint (ROCKETEERS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/interview-with-fan-fiction-screenplay-winner-gil-saint-rocketeers/

So far, so good. They’ve made submitting easy, and I’m extremely grateful for that.

 

Interview with LGBT TV Pilot Screenplay Winner – Jess Harris DiStefano (THE DISAPPEARANCE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/06/interview-with-lgbt-tv-pilot-screenplay-winner-jess-harris-distefano-the-disappearance/

I love FilmFreeway. Super easy when it comes to submitting and tracking statuses.

 

Interview with Winning Student TV PILOT Screenplay Winner – K. Wayman Dodd (EVERHART)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/interview-with-winning-student-tv-pilot-screenplay-winner-k-wayman-dodd-everhart/

Pretty great! It’s been really helpful.

 

Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer George M. Johnson (PEACE PLEDGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/09/05/interview-with-winning-feature-screenplay-writer-george-m-johnson-peace-pledge/

It has been great!

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):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-rob-sprackling-mans-best-friend/

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-ivo-huahua-stutter/

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-jon-james-smith-do-not-disturb/

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-oliver-mcmillan-whats-wearing-mummy/

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-mads-johan-ogaard-i-am-dyslexic/

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-patrick-jenkins-phantom-city/

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-mary-gerretsen-orange-you-gonna-dance-with-me/

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-jeremy-borison-a-sense-of-sound/

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-the-brazilian-film-collective-we-are-magnolias-the-grenade/

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-actorscreenwriter-bronwyn-szabo/

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-irene-garces-there-was-a-place/

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-stephanie-jaclyn-freemales/

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-miriam-dehne-falling-stars/

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-emily-pietro-color/

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-vu-hoang-marty-a-wild-west-neverland/

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-teddy-cecil-helio/

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-daniel-greenwald-a-few-rubber-bands-more/