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!

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September 2017 – Interview with Film Festival Directors from around the world!

Read 7 interviews from seven great film festivals from around the world. 

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

FILM FESTIVALS – 7 interviews

Interview with Festival Director Michael McLaughlin (Disappear Here Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-michael-mclaughlin-disappear-here-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Onur Yayla (ARFF Paris – Around International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-onur-yayla-arff-paris-around-international-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Kristian Day (Interrobang Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-kristian-day-interrobang-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Albert G. Nigrin (New Jersey International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/05/interview-with-festival-director-albert-g-nigrin-new-jersey-international-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Terrence Sanders (Platform Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-terrence-sanders-platform-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Orvil Kunga (Afrikans On Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-orvil-kunga-afrikans-on-film-festival/

 

Interview with Festival Director Sarah Marshall (Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/09/03/interview-with-festival-director-sarah-marshall-bluenose-ability-film-festival-baff/

August 2017 – Interview with Film Festival Directors

Read 13 interviews with festival directors from around the world: 

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Stephanie Dadet (OUR CITY FILM PROJECT)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/09/interview-with-festival-director-stephanie-dadet-our-city-film-project/

Interview with Co-Festival Director Mia Davis (Queen City Cinephiles)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/09/interview-with-co-festival-director-mia-davis-queen-city-cinephiles/

Interview with Festival Directors Roger and Shelley Gillespie (COPA SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/01/interview-with-festival-directors-roger-and-shelley-gillespie-copa-shorts-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Michael Kamel (DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/08/01/interview-with-festival-director-michael-kamel-dc-palestinian-film-and-arts-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Sina Dolati (TORONTO NEW WAVE)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-sina-dolati-toronto-new-wave/

Interview with Festival Directors Lee Marohn & Paul Salzer (NORTHEAST WISCONSIN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-directors-lee-marohn-paul-salzer-northeast-wisconsin-horror-film-festival/

Interview with Gustavo Coletti (ROSARITO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-gustavo-coletti-rosarito-international-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director José Claudio Silva (PORTUGAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-jose-claudio-silva-portugal-international-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Kirill Proskura (MIND THE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (MTIFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-kirill-proskura-mind-the-indie-film-festival-mtiff/

Interview with Festival Director Jonny Mancini (FROSTBITE International Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-jonny-mancini-frostbite-international-film-festival/

Interview with Mariah Mathew (Little Wing Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-mariah-mathew-little-wing-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Alex P. Michaels (Prelude2Cinemas)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-festival-director-alex-p-michaels-prelude2cinemas/

Interview with Danny Caprio (The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/07/25/interview-with-danny-caprio-the-mediterranean-film-festival-medff/

June 2017: This month’s interviews with Film Festivals all over the world

This month’s film festival interviews by Matthew Toffolo:

Short Film Breaks Festival
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/31/interview-with-festival-director-george-ganaeaard-short-film-breaks/

Short Film Breaks is the only film festival taking place in private companies.

 

Latino Film Market
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/31/interview-with-festival-director-arilyn-martinez-cora-latino-film-market/

The Latino Film Market 2017 (LFM) event focuses on providing community networking opportunities and creating direct tools for upcoming Latino filmmakers and industry professionals internationally. LFM takes place July 28 – 30, 2017, in collaboration with La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, a 37-year old, nonprofit, cultural organization, housed at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, in East Harlem, New York. LFM will engage participants from the USA, the Caribbean and other Latin American countries, with a potential participation of 500 – 600 individuals.

 

The Cump Film Festival
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/31/interview-with-festival-director-karen-ndumia-the-cump-film-festival/

CUMP is an upcoming independent documentary and film festival drawn from Colleges and Universities that offer Film and Electronic Media studies in East Africa, and the only independent film festival in Nairobi. CUMP shall screen in Nairobi -Kenya and other East African cities and shall premiere local and international films and documentaries.

 

British Urban Film Festival
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/15/interview-with-film-festival-director-emmanuel-anyiam-osigwe-british-urban-film-festival/

BUFF wants to change the face of British film. They want it to reflect all of us, not just some of us. They have made great strides in the right direction for over a decade. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue for a decade more. Across the film & TV industry, Britain’s filmmakers are much less diverse than Britain itself. And that can sometimes mean it’s much more of an effort to make films and TV programmes diverse, because they have to make an effort. This, in turn, is understandable.

 

Peachtree Village International Film Festival
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/12/interview-with-festival-director-len-gibson-peachtree-village-international-film-festival/

PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF’s brand is entrenched in the old saying “It Takes A Village.”

 
Simply Shorts Festival
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/05/10/interview-with-festival-director-gregory-kelly-simply-shorts/

Simply Shorts was designed to encourage more regular screenings of both local and international short form content in Brisbane, Australia. Since 2015, we have held Simply Shorts 2-3 times a year, changing genres or themes every edition and opening the door to many different areas of filmmaking. Our screenings go for one night only. The editions of Simply Shorts so far have been: The Queensland Edition, Halloween Special, Skits & Giggles, World Cinema, Women in Film and coming in July we’ll have Sci-Fi or Die.

 

Watch all of the December 2016 Winning Writing Festival Readings & Film Festival Videos

Watch December 2016 Winning Readings and Films

ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – TRIAL & ERIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Shulruff
ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Myka J. Friscia
ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Eugene Ramos
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – UNSPOKEN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ambert Epling
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – YOU’VE CHANGED
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sam Sexton
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MALICIOUS INTENT
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Briock
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DOORLOCKER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OLD LADY DILEMMAS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Lora Ellen McKinney
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Semler
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CELLULAR MEMORY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Jesse Prevost
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – UNGODLY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bill Osinski
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – TALATRICS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Cecilia Copeland
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – UP FROM THE DEPTHS: THE RISE OF MEGALODON
December 2016 Reading
Written by William F. Molnar
ACTORFAN FICTIO BEST SCENE (Sequel to 2015 film “Carol”) – THERESE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Heidi Scott
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DEATH OF A LADIES MAN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Salim Allybokus
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – O CRY AFRICA
December 2016 Reading
Written by William Teller
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SERVED COLD
December 2016 Reading
Written by WL (Bud) Gorman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEMINGS AND CONDELL
December 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Keady
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE FROM PLAIN MIDDLE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – FREE AGENTS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mario Scott Waller
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TAKE TWO
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Skiles
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SHADOW
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – LIVING PROOF
December 2016 Reading
Written by Herschel Medlin
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CAPITAL PARTNERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Libby Hellman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SALACIOUS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Chura
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BARGAIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Brin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNDAY DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Paige Brien
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CARE AND CLEANING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Robin Kenny
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FORGIVENESS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Adrian Lockett
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – HANGING OUT IN MALAYSIA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Wolfgang Schuler
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LAST MINUTE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ray Salazar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LAST RITES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Keady
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LITTLE GIRL BRIDE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Kris Pajarito
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MISCHIEF AND THE MYSTIC
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE THREE LODGERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bayo Baker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JANE’S INNER VOICE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ian Wilson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MYSTIC MORNING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Fleming
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – REASONS UNKNOWN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Nicholas Failla
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAY YOU’RE SORRY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Despina Moraitou
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TABITHA SPEAKS
December 2016 Reading
Written by John Gigrich
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE LAW OF PUNCTUALITY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SCAR
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINCH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Claire Brown
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINE CONE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – VERONICA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Griffiths
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Stephanie Thompson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COLLAPSE
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Caulfied
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DELI DILEMMA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Jim Norman
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PROVING GROUNDS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Boyd
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A DAY AT THE BEACH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Todd Gordon
ACTORWatch the December 2016 Poetry Readings
December 2016 Reading
Performed by Michelle Alexander.
ACTORNOVEMBER 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 49 winning films, screenplays, and stories from November 2016.
ACTOROCTOBER 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 52 winning films, screenplays, and stories from October 2016.
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 54 winning films, screenplays, and stories from September 2016.
ACTORAUGUST 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 56 winning films, screenplays, and stories from August 2016.
ACTORJULY 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 48 winning films, screenplays, and stories from July 2016.
ACTORJUNE 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 36 winning films, screenplays, and stories from June 2016.
ACTORMAY 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS</
Watch over 40 winning readings: Films. Screenplays, Stories.
ACTORAPRIL 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 29 winning films, screenplays, and stories for April 2016
ACTORMARCH 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 21 winning films, screenplays, and stories for March 2016
ACTORFEBRUARY 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 18 winning films, screenplays, and stories for Feb. 2016
ACTORJANUARY 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 18 winning films, screenplays, and stories for Jan. 2016

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Film Festival Moderator: Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Get to know Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report)

I had a terrific chat with the legendary female stunt performer LIsa Dempsey, who has worked on over 100 Hollywood production in the last 25+ years. Hope you enjoy:

Read the FULL INTERVIEW at MatthewToffolo.com

From Interview:

Most recently I had the job of a lifetime doubling Kathy Bates as “The Butcher” on American Horror Story Season 6: Roanok. I doubled for her once before on Mike and Molly when she was a guest star. We had to leg wrestle with Melissa McCarthy and that was hilarious. Kathy is a class act. She is warm and funny and so appreciative. She has a great laugh. I can’t say enough good things about her.

Lisa is on FIRE performing a stunt: 

lisa_on_fire

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Get to know Editor Tia Nolan (How to be Single, Friends with Benefits)

Interview with Editor Tia Nolan (How to be Single, Friends with Benefits)

– Chatting with Tia Nolan about the craft of editing was a pure joy. Her recent credits include: How to be Single (2016), Angie Tribeca season 2 (2016), Annie (2014), Friends with Benefits (2011), The Woman (2008), and Bewitched (2005). She is a wealth of knowledge in the art of making a great comedy – as you’ll learn in his interview. Enjoy!

Read the full interview on MatthewToffolo.com

PHOTO: Rashida Jones stars in “Angie Tribeca” TV show. Tia edits all of their episodes:

ANGIE TRIBECA

Matthew Toffolo: What film that you’ve worked on has been your most valuable experience?

TN: That’s a hard question to answer. As an overall answer, I’d say any film I worked on with Richard Marks, my mentor, because he really taught me how to look at a film and make it great. If I were to pick one film that was the most valuable, I’d say FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.