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Interview with Director John Hellberg (Mousse)

Seeing the people’s reactions and comments on the film from the Toronto audience was a great experience for me and the rest of the crew and cast. I wish more festivals had an event like this as it is the very core of filmmaking. It made the screening of my film at your festival (and the awards) really special and real.

– John Hellberg on the WILDsound Film Festival Experience (Review)

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

Interview with Director John Hellberg:

Matthew: Your short film played at our festival in March 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

John: After being rejected at all the national film festivals back in Sweden we got a real slow start for the film. Since then Mousse has been shown at 51 festivals, competed at 40 festivals, that it has won 26 awards so far, and that for 2015 it is booked at 12-14 festivals so far. So hopefully there are more awards to come! It is still running on festivals so it´s not available open online. I would be more than happy to send a link and a password if people are interested in watching Mousse online.

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

John: To be honest the main motivation for me to in making this film was the humour. I have put a lot of effort to get in different layers in the film as it plays out but the main thing for me is still the type of gallows humour that is the very base of the storytelling in Mousse. I also enjoy twisting the different characters in a way that the audience will have a hard time figuring out a characters next move.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

John: The idea came to me years before actual shooting. It took over 18 months from preproduction to finished film. We made the actual shooting in six days, but due to lack of money the post production took a long time.

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

John: the biggest obstacle was the vision of getting the surroundings of the set as we wanted. It´s is actually not a big part of the story itself, but for me I was convinced that by releasing the story from a place that is recognizable we could put more focus on the actual story line.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

John: Groundhog Day or Deliverance.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

John: I am starting pre production on my next feature film in a couple of months.

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John Hellberg MOUSSE Director’s Statement

Mousse has many dimensions but its first and foremost tribute to the saga. In particular, the joy of storytelling is something I often feel is lacking in the short film format.

It’s all too easy to get lost in the excitement and deliberations of pursuing of the perfect story, losing sight of the value of entertainment as a means of capturing the attention of the audience.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.

Interview with Director Didier Feldmann (The Adandonment of Color)

First of all, I would like to say that I enjoyed this type of interaction, so rare in Festivals where sometimes you only get the jury feelings from festivals. I have to admit that my oral understanding of English is not as good as the writing one ! 🙂 and perhaps I didn’t get all the subtleties that the people said, but I remembered that a woman said ” it’s poetry in motion”..this touched me, because it’s exactly what I do.

Didier Feldmann, director The Abandonment Of Color, on her reactions to the audiences reaction on her film at the WILDsound Film Festival.

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video here:

Interview with Director Didier Feldmann:

Matthew Toffolo: Your short film played at our festival in March 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

Didier: It has not be screened since your screening, because even in the short movie circles non narrative films have difficulties to be selected.…

But I think, with Internet and social networks there are now other ways to reach people…For example an alternative French publisher, Corridor Elephant (http://www.corridorelephant.com) will publish an e book, where the film will be embedded with the text, making of photographies, interview of me and the actress, the first draft of the letter of intent…The release is scheduled on January the 13th…Unfortunately it will be in French !!!!

The movie is still viewable on Internet : https://vimeo.com/77534333

MT: What motivated you to make this film?

Didier: I wanted to share my feelings about white & black, and my ideas about making movies…

– Movies are non only stories, but also (mainly) light, pictures which interact for creating emotions, sensations.

The voice and the picture can have many ways to be linked together and not only through synchronous dialogs.
And also, at the time where even “normal” (ie without VFX) movies are made with pharaonic crews, to show that movie is an encounter between a camera and actresses, that the capturing of the meaning, needs a king of intimate, almost a love one.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took 2 months. It could have been shorter, but I have to earn my live by doing editing, shooting, colorgrading corporate movies, so shooting, editing, color grading mixing have to be spread over 2 months. And also the text came mainly from my blog (http://blognotedunvideaste.blogspot.fr) so I only had to rewrite some pieces, suppress other ones

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Didier: Honestly no one. I had the energy of desire to do it, so, things seemed organized by themselves. And technically all material was reduce to an ultra minimum : one DSLR (Canon 5D), one lens (35 mm), no light only a diffuser operated by a friend of mine.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Didier: I think if our interest is dedicated to only one film, it concerns neurosis ! 🙂

In fact I am not a brillant cinema enthusiast, and my tastes are varied, but Ingmar Bergman and Raymond Depardon are my lighthouses which take me to my destination..So I love very much « Personna » of I.Bergman and « Une femme en Afrique » de R.Depardon.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

Didier: Several films ! :-))

The Abandonment (of color) is the first part of a tryptic entitled « Remarks on pictures ». The French version of the second part « The Erasing (of narration) is already online :
https://vimeo.com/108712399

The English version should be ready at the end of January. The text will be read by an English voice over, it would be easier to follow pictures and words than with sub titles… (I hope it can be screened at your festival ! :-))) )

For the third part « The separation ( of creation) » , I am trying to get some grants from the « CNC » ( a kind of « National Board of Film of Canada ») because I would like to shoot in a very large apartment which is necessary to be rent…If I don’t get the grants, I will change the storyboard, because I want that this tryptic will be completed by the end of 2015.

And I did a new film with a text of Charlotte Delbo , a French resistant deported to Auschwitz… The French version being currently sent to French Festivals isnot viewable on Internet, I am doing an English version to send current 2015 to foreign festivals..Of course , when ready, I will send it to Wildsound festival ! :-)) For the moment a teaser, with English subtitles, can be watched on https://vimeo.com/104656422

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.

Interview with Director Mark Cogan (THE HANDSOME SHADOWS)

Both myself and the cast and crew were thrilled to hear the audience feedback. It’s always nice to share your story with an audience and very rewarding to hear their thoughts. It’s also a great honour to know your story may have moved someone and that the themes expressed within it can resonate with an audience far beyond its home.

– Mark Cogan on his reactions to the audience reactions his film at the WILDsound Film Festival

At our April 2014 Film Festival event, the short film, THE HANDSOME SHADOWS, played at the WILDsound Festival to great success.

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video here:

Interview with Director Mark Cogan:

Matthew Toffolo: Your short film played at our festival in March 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online? (if so, we’ll set up a link for people to watch it

Mark: The Handsome Shadows has played at numerous festivals including the Chicago Irish Film Festival and Limerick Film Festival where it won both the best screenplay and best short film award. It has since been broadcast on RTÉ television in Ireland. After it screens at the Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington DC in February, it will be available online.

MT: What motivated you to make this film?

Mark: I had previously written two other short films with the same characters and I knew I wanted to revisit them with a slightly darker story. The themes of loss and grief and the use of warm friendship in overcoming them, was something I very much wanted to explore.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Mark: The total time from concept to finished film was almost a year.

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Mark: Funding was the biggest obstacle. I financed the movie myself and was very fortunate to have such a dedicated cast and crew, all of whom went above and beyond what was asked of them. Though I wasn’t able to pay much (or anything at al!) they all came to the project with great enthusiasm and professionalism.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Mark: Dances with wolves. Everything from story to pacing to score to cinematography is pitch perfect for me. I never get tired of it.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

Mark: I’m currently working in TV production in Calgary but have a few of my own projects in the works. I hope to shoot a new short film in the summer of 2015. It’s a drama about the cold grip the past can have on us if we refuse to let it go.

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MARK COGAN – See director BIO

Mark Cogan attended St. John’s Central College, Cork where he studied video and film production. As a writer/director his early short films included Hitch Hiker, FPD and The edge of the world.

More recently his short films Heart, All Night Long & Partly Cloudy have achieved significant festival and awards success. He is the recipient of both the best screenplay (Heart 2010) and best director award (Partly Cloudy 2012) from the Underground Cinema Awards.

Partly Cloudy also won the best independent film award. Heart, All Night Long & Partly Cloudy have all been screened on Irelands national broadcaster. He set up Medicine Hat Films in 2010. His last short film project was The Handsome Shadows, a short drama featuring the characters from Heart and Partly Cloudy.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.