Though this year’s GI Film Festival had quite a few selections to offer in regards to its mission as a festival, there was no denying the buzz generated by one particular film this year, and that was RANGE 15. Directed by Ross Peterson, the film follows a group of soldiers, who, after a night of partying, wake up to find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Check out what happened on the World Premiere Red Carpet as the cast & crew discuss their experience in being apart of the film. Continue reading “2016 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: RANGE 15 World Premiere Red Carpet”
If you follow me regularly, you’ll know that attending film festivals is a regular pastime of mine; so its always great when I stumble upon festivals which I’m not privy to. With that in mind, I was recently afforded the opportunity to speak with Michele Sorvino, executive director of the festival known as the Golden Door International Film Festival. Founded by actor Bill Sorvino, the festival-thanks to its focus on supporting filmmakers (unknown or otherwise) and Autism Awareness-is quickly becoming not only a cultural focal point of Jersey City but also one of the premiere festivals in the country.
Seeing that much of the Sorvino acting clan (Paul and Mira Sorvino are on the board) in addition to Michele and Bill run the festival, I asked her about how its she manages to be in a work environment with family members. In addition, I also asked about she chooses the films that are selected as well what attendees can expect in the upcoming year. You can check it out below… Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Michele Sorvino Talks GOLDEN DOOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL”
Tomorrow, the folks who have brought you the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival for 10 years teams up with AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to launch the Washington, DC Fantastic Film Showcase, a four-night event which will take place at the historic AFI Silver Theatre. Fifteen films representing the best in genre cinema – fantasy, sci-fi, action, animation, dark comedy, and horror – will be screened. Continue reading “Washington DC’s FANTASTIC FILM SHOWCASE Kicks Off Tomorrow”
This weekend the DC area will play host to the 2016 GI Film Festival. If (by chance) the event is unfamiliar to you, its a festival which (as the name states) dedicates itself to sharing the military experience in and out the of the arena of war. Distinguished as the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film, GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Continue reading “2016 GI Film Festival Begins This Weekend”
The triathlon is the fastest growing endurance sport in the world and has quickly become the fastest growing sport in the UK since 2014. In fact, millions of athletes compete in its races each year. In lieu of this trend, a new film aptly titled, TRI, has begun generating buzz on the festival scene. Written by Ted Adams III, the film follows Natalie (Award-winning actress Jensen Jacobs), an ultrasound tech who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. However, in the process of her training, Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes-meeting a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.
Recently, I spoke with screenwriter Ted Adams III to discuss his history in the triathlon world and how it shaped his construction of the film’s story. In addition, we also touched on showing the film at the NOVA Film Festival as well as what his desired goal would be in presenting the film to movie-going audiences. Check out the interview below…
To close my coverage of the 2016 DC Independent Film Festival, I took the opportunity to chat with Special Guest Jean-Marc Barr. With an acting career than spans a few decades, many of which include starring efforts in Danish director Lars von Trier’s films, the French-American actor/director had a lot to say about the current landscape of filmmaking, especially in regards to independent filmmaking vs. filmmaking within the studio system. In addition, he also revealed details about some of his future projects as well. Check it out below… Continue reading “2016 DC Indpendent Film Festival (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jean-Marc Barr Talks Independent Filmmaking vs. Studio Films”
As mentioned before, one of the festival selections that I was fortunate to check out was AMERICAN BRED. Aside from speaking with one of the film’s stars, I also chatted with the film’s writer/director, Justin Chambers. Not a stranger to the festival scene-having won Best of Show Award at the 2012 Indie Fest-Chambers revealed what inspired the film’s premise as well as how he assembled the film’s ensemble. Check it out below…
Trust. It something which we all in value with those that we care about. Unfortunately, it is undeniably something that is quite delicate and can easily be broken. Such is the premise examined in the 2016 DC Independent Film Festival Selection, AMERICAN BRED. Written & directed by Justin Chambers, the film, set in Detroit, follows a crime syndicate whose lies and betrayal begins to devour the trust that holds them together. Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actress Eva Tamargo Talks AMERICAN BRED”
In addition to my chat with Districtland writer/producer, Russell Max Simon, on Opening Night of the DC Independent Film Festival, I also spoke with star Brendan Wedner about his role as unemployed Georgetown Law Grad, Dave, on the show. In our interview, Wedner not only reveals how he got involved with the project, but also how he executed an intimate scene that his character finds himself in as well. Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actor Brendan Wedner Talks DISTRICTLAND”
To open my coverage of this year’s DC Independent Film Festival, I checked out a series-formerly a play-known simply as Districtland. Following a group of five DC millenials, the show follows these characters as they grapple with the loss of idealism while working, partying, and struggling to find meaning amid the city’s transactional foundations. Seeing that the show opened the festival, I took the opportunity to catch up-at the opening night afterparty-with series writer, Russell Max Simon, to pick his brain about the show. Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Producer Russell Max Simon Talks DISTRICTLAND”
Starting tomorrow the nations capital will see the return of the DC Independent Film Festival. Launched in 1999 to nurture independent film, the festival stands as the oldest independent film festival in Washington. Not to be undone by its lineup in previous years, the festival will boast cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country imaginable. Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) Commences Tomorrow!!”
Marking its 26th year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival has announced its festival lineup! Check out the press release below for details… Continue reading “2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival Announces Their Lineup”
To close off my coverage of the 2015 Virginia Film Festival, I sat down with returning special guest Scott Haze. On hand two years ago to promote his starring turn in the 2013 festival selection, CHILD OF GOD, the actor/director returned this year to promote festival selection, MULLY. Marking his first directorial turn in a documentary, Haze’s film highlights the true story of Charles Mulli-a man whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence and searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mulli sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Continue reading “2015 Virginia Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: Director Scott Haze & Producer James Moll Talk MULLY”
In addition to a prolific animator/director, the Virginia Film Festival also afforded me the opportunity to chat with Rick Alverson, writer/director of festival selection, ENTERTAINMENT. Making its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the film follows a broken, aging comedian as he tours the California desert in a vain attempt to reach his estranged daughter. By day slogging through the barren landscape, while at night seeking solace in the animation of his onstage persona, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. In our interview together, Mr. Alverson opened up a bit about how he developed the story as well as how he amassed the talent featured in his film. Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 Virginia Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Director Rick Alverson Talks ENTERTAINMENT”
As stated not too long ago, this year’s Virginia Film Festival had much to offer film lovers-from films and special guests to parties. With that said, I caught up with writer/director/animator, Bill Plympton, at chat about his film, CHEATIN’. Featured as a 2015 festival selection, the film follows star-crossed lovers, exploring the dual nature of how two people immensely attracted to each other can also want to kill each other at the same time. Continue reading “2015 Virginia Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Director Bill Plympton Talks CHEATIN’”
Last weekend, I returned to yet another film festival that I love, and that is the Virginia Film Festival. Created in 1990, the festival has become a staple of Virginia, regularly holding its event on UVA’s campus in Charlottesville. Never a stranger to landmark films and terrific guests, the festival has featured films such as NEBRASKA, BLACK SWAN, and THE DESCENDANTS to name a few. Additionally, the festival has had the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Gena Rowlands, Sigourney Weaver, William Styron, Tippi Hedren, Ross McElwee, Matthew Broderick, Will Forte, Mia Wasikowska, Barry Levinson, David Dastmalchian, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, and Patrick Wilson all come as special guests through the years. Continue reading “2015 Virginia Film Festival WRAP UP”
As Halloween officially finds itself in our rearview mirror, I figured I’d revisit one of my favorite festivals to attend each year, which is the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. Celebrating its ten year, the horror festival has become a staple event (especially for me, see Tweet) at AFI Silver-in recent years-during the month of October. Continue reading “2015 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Wrap Up”
As with any film festival, there are only so many selections which can be considered “the best” of what a festival has to offer. However, considering the quality of films featured at this year’s GI Film Festival, that predicament was magnified. In fact, in one situation (see tweet below) an award category resulted in a tie. With all of that said, there were numerous guests on the Awards Show’s Red Carpet to not only discuss their respective films but also to express their thoughts on the festival itself. Continue reading “2015 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: GI Choice Awards Red Carpet”
In addition to festival selection, KAJAKI. THE TRUE STORY, another film which made a splash at this year’s festival was BATTLE SCARS. Written & directed by Danny Buday, the film follows former soldier, Luke Stephens (Zane Holtz), who shows up on his brother Nicky (Ryan Eggold)’s doorstep after a tour in Afghanistan. Suffering from both P.T.S.D. and physical wounds, Luke wants nothing more than to forget the war, but his veteran father (David James Elliott) won’t let him. At a gentleman’s club, run by a ruthless killer (Fairuza Balk), Luke crosses paths with Michelle (Heather McComb) who leads him into a turbulent world every bit as dangerous and isolating as the brutality Luke so desperately tried to leave behind in Afghanistan.
Among the best selections at this year’s GI Film Festival was the unflinching military film, KAJAKI.THE TRUE STORY. Directed by Paul Katis, the film tells the story of a small unit of soldiers who are positioned on a ridge overlooking the Kajaki dam. Consisting of a three-man patrol team, they set out to disable a Taliban roadblock. However, in a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, one of the patrol members detonate a land mine, blowing off his leg and setting into motion a desperate rescue mission. Continue reading “2015 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: KAJAKI. THE TRUE STORY Red Carpet”
In any war there will always unsung heroes who oftentimes get overlooked in terms of their deeds & impact on a given war. One such hero was the subject of the 2015 GI Film Fest Selection, THE FORGOTTEN ANGEL OF BASTOGNE. Directed by Emmy Award-winning director, Mike Edwards, the documentary follows the story of a black woman who overcame racism and Nazis in 1944 Belgium during WWII to become the war’s unlikeliest heroes. Continue reading “2015 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Director Mike Edwards Talks THE FORGOTTEN ANGEL OF BASTOGNE”
We, as Americans, often take for granted the freedom that we are afforded everyday. However, for those who are willing to look deep enough, a symbol of this freedom can be found in the form of our very own flag. With that in mind, I took the opportunity to speak to THE FLAG director, John Kelly, at this year’s GI Film Festival, to chat about his film which addresses this very idea. Continue reading “2015 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Director John Duffy Talks THE FLAG”
That right! Starting Monday, the 9th Annual GI Film Festival will ship into our nation’s capitol! Launched back in 2007, the mission of the festival has always been to allow artists to tell the story of our great troops; more specifically, their successes and their sacrifices. Since that time, the festival has developed into one of the nation’s premiere events for the screening of military films. Continue reading “The 2015 GI Film Festival (GIFF) Commences This Week”
Being a huge movie fan myself, I am always intrigued by the prospect of checking out a new local festival; therefore I was curious to know what would come of my experience at the 1st Annual NOVA Film Festival. Thankfully, I’m happy to report that this festival has a great deal for it. Continue reading “2015 Northern Virginia (NOVA) Film Festival : A Retrospective”
What happens when one grows up as the daughter of one of the most revered conservative strategist and political consultants in our nation’s recent history? This is the unique question posed and examined by the 2015 WJFF Selection, MY FAVORITE NEOCONSERVATIVE. Directed by Yael Luttwak, the real-life daughter of prominent strategist and political consultant, Edward Luttwak, the documentary offers personal insight into the surreal power circles of Washington D.C.
Seeing that the film featured on the last day of the festival, I took the opportunity to cap off my coverage of the festival by chatting with Yael. In the interview, she not only sheds light on how she acquired access to the information revealed in her film, she also revealed the objectivity required to complete such a personal project. Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 Washington Jewish Film Fest (WJFF) EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Yael Luttwak Talks MY FAVORITE NEOCONSERVATIVE”
2015 saw a number of “firsts” for the DC Independent Film Festival: from virtual reality movies to beer tastings and yoga session between movies. In fact, the addition of these new elements saw a few of this year’s selections being chosen as some of the festival’s best. However, at the end of the day, in order for such a festival to run smoothly, there (of course) has to be someone helping to oversee all the linguistics behind the scenes. In the case of the DC Independent Film Festival, that person would undoubtedly be Deirdre Evans-Pritchard.
Now entering her third year as the festival director, I caught up with Deirdre (on the last day of the festival) to discuss the successes and highlights of this year’s festival as well as what she aspires to accomplish with the festival going forward. Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 DC Independent Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: A Festival Retrospective with Deirdre Evans-Pritchard”
In the 1980s, DC was a city plagued with violence and bloodshed; particularly, in the southeast quadrant of the city, where the unfortunate arrival of cocaine devastated the lives of many that it touched. Often (at that time) identified as the nation’s “Murder Capitol,” the city saw many of its citizens lose their lives to violence. However, as the documentary, SOUTHEAST 67, points out, there were individuals during that time who were intent on breaking this cycle.
Picked as a selection at this year’s DC Indie Film Fest, the doc follows the story of 67 rising seventh graders who were promised college scholarships by area businessman Stewart Bainum through the “I Have a Dream” program-a national movement to provide kids in underserved communities the opportunity to attend college. Revisiting some these students 20 years later, the film revisits the students’ struggles to reconcile the dream of college with daily survival in a community rife with violence, poverty and addiction. Continue reading “2015 DC Independent Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Betsy Cox Talks SOUTHEAST 67”
If you recall, I was recently in attendance at the 25th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival to check out what this year’s event had to offer. However, with such a diverse slate of film selections to choose from, there was only so much that I was able to see. With that said, I caught up with some of this year’s special guests to not only chat about their experiences being at the festival, but also to chat about the film selections that they were there to promote. One such example was my chat with Sas Goldberg and Jake Wilson, the star and the director, respectfully, of festival selection, YOU MUST BE JOKING. Co-written by both Goldberg and Wilson, the film follows Barb, a listless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal, who, inspired by her childhood best friend, decides to pick up her long-shelved passion for stand-up comedy. Aside (of course) from discussing the film’s inspiration we also managed to discuss their future collaborations together. Check it out below…. Continue reading “2015 Washington Jewish Film Fest (WJFF) EXCLUSIVE: Sas Goldberg & Jake Wilson Talk YOU MUST BE JOKING”
Yesterday, the WJFF kicked off with a bang commencing its 25th year. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the festival director, Ilya Tovbis, to discuss what this year’s festival had offer. In the interview, he opened up about overseeing the festival (for his 3rd year) and shed light on the various films and special guests that highlight this year’s event. You can check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 Washington Jewish Film Fest (WJFF) EXCLUSIVE: Festival Director Ilya Tovbis Talks WJFF Lineup”
The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) celebrates its 25th year with 11 days of dynamic film programming – accompanied by cultural and educational events – exploring the best of international cinema through a distinctly Jewish lens. February 19 through March 1, audiences will be treated to more than 100 screenings and related events across the Washington area. Hosted by the Washington DCJCC, this year’s milestone festival features world, East Coast and mid-Atlantic premieres, an exciting roster of filmmaker and cast appearances, and an exquisitely curated line-up of screenings, festivities and other programs including 12 WJFF retrospective film screenings curated by former festival directors in honor of the 25th year.
“For 25 years, this festival has celebrated international cinema in building the single largest Jewish cultural event in Washington,” said Ilya Tovbis, Washington Jewish Film Festival director. “With our most ambitious festival to date, the 25th WJFF will honor a quarter-century of exhibiting the full diversity of the Jewish experience.” Continue reading “25th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival Announces Its Lineup”