An interview with Adva Reichman

Adva Reichman is an Israeli writer-director based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the TV & Film Production MFA program at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Most recently, she wrote and directed her film, Something to Live For, which was shot in Israel and dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film screened at prestigious festivals around the world. Before moving to LA, Adva worked in the Israeli news and on documentaries that revolved around major terror attacks and kidnappings that took place in Israel during the 70’s and 80’s. Her experiences with these jobs have inspired many of her writings. When did you realize you want to be a filmmaker? Ever since I can remember I wrote po

"The cast and crew should be treated like family or friends"

Sarah Stephenson has always had a strong connection to those old films, mostly through their strong but basic storylines. After creating her own web series, "Mia Morris' Diary", she started working on her first feature film, "Attack of the Cat People" - a tribute film to all Black & White Horror Classic Films like Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein & The Mummy. Attack of the Cat People has already won Best Trailer at the New York Film Awards (September 2019). We invited Sarah to join us for an interview, here's her story. When did you realize you want to be a filmmaker? I guess it happened when I start developing short video vlogs. At the time I was both a Graphic Designer

Meet the Finalist: Jean Marie Lamour, "Follow The Arrow"

Tell us about yourself, and about Follow The Arrow. I have been very lucky to work with some great talented directors like François OZON, Florian ENKEL VON DONESMARK and many others… inclued Marc SAEZ. And I ham very honored to be selected as BEST ACTOR DUO for the film “FOLLOW THE ARROW” because it’s a magic movie. A film with several directions and you never know where it goes, directed by talent by Marc SAEZ ! Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. First I was really happy and proud to be chosen by Marc for the lead role with Veronique PICCIOTTO. A little bit afraid and not comfortable with nudity, but during the shooting Marc SAEZ was so caring and attentionate

Meet the Finalist: Michael Frankenberger, "Salzburg Tradition Within Us"

Tell us about yourself, and about Salzburg Tradition Within Us. I am Michael Frankenberger, a composer from salzburg in Austria. I am currently working as freelance Composer for Companies like Hans Zimmer´s „Bleeding Fingers Custom Music/Extreme Music", „Atom Music Audio" and „Gothic Storm Music“. I also did an internship at Hans Zimmer´s company „Remote Control Productions“ in Summer 2018. I just co-composed the music for the new Documentary “We Shall Not Die Now” in collaboration with Ashton Gleckman and Grammy and Golden Globe nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch who wrote the Main theme for this project. Since 2017 I had the chance to work on several Projects including Feature Films, TV

Meet the Finalist: Chris Kastelanac, "Cheers to Reunions"

Tell us about yourself, and about Cheers to Reunions. I’ve always loved movies but up until a few years ago I never actually thought about getting involved in making them. That all changed when I saw a screenplay for the first time - from then on it became an obsession for me. I read books on screenwriting, took online courses and workshops, and eventually, after writing a feature and a couple shorts I decided it was time to start filming something. So I took more workshops on all the different areas of film-production, and at some point during all of that this movie was born. Cheers to Reunions has two main storylines: one of the main character, Jade, a newly-sober alcoholic who runs into a

Meet the Finalist: Jonathan Moss, "Bob Freeman"

Tell us about yourself, and about Bob Freeman. My name is Jonathan Moss. I am just your average writer, director, actor, stuntman, lawyer, masters graduate, amateur professional scuba diver, Second City graduate, surfer, photographer and graphic designer who moonlights as a wannabe culinary chef. It is an honor to be a finalist in the “Best First Time Director” category in the New York Film Awards. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. There was a night where we had been shooting for over ten hours. Practical special effects had an emergency and an actress, Leanna Vamp, was in the makeup chair for an extra four hours. While her monster silicone cast was being atta

Meet the Finalist: Eri Tsukimoto, "I will never give up!"

Tell us about yourself, and about I will never give up!. I am Eri Tsukimoto. I am a director and writer of film, music video, and theater musical. I really would like to make heartful, creative, and impressive movie and artwork in order to convey people important and meaningful messages.Ordinarily, I am an actress and singer song writer as well. I have appeared on TV drama, CM, music program and talk show on TV, many films and theatre performances, musical, singing live and fashion show.I really love whole art. I think Art creates Love, and Love creates Art. Some of my songs are inside of the movies.I directed some musical, and three feature films and two music video. Two of them are now edi

Meet the Finalist: Oisín-Tomás ó Raghallaigh, "Hindsight"

Tell us about yourself, and about Hindsight. I am a short filmmaker from Ireland. My first short film was 'Attraction' in 2016 which I made with the BFI Film academy and since then I have continued to increase my skills and make short films. ‘Hindsight’ was made at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield England and was heavily inspired by the genre of social realism, tackling issues around drug abuse, imprisonment, family and domestic violence. It’s now finishing its festival run with selections at 'Encounters', 'Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival', 'Richard Harris International Film Festival', 'Kerry Film Festival' and at 37 others so far with 15 wins and 10

Meet the Finalist: Bruno Agnello, "Weekenders"

Tell us about yourself, and about Weekenders. I am originally from Brasil but been living in Los Angeles for the past six years. It was a hard adjustment but overall an incredibly positive experience. During my time in LA, I wrote (and directed) some projects, but "Weekenders" is the first script I've sent out to competitions. I wrote the first draft for it a couple of years ago. That draft sat in my drawer since because I was focused on writing features, but this year I refound my love for short format and decided to come back to "Weekenders". I always felt a strong connection to this story and thought it had a lot of potential. I love this script because going through the drafts shows my g

Meet the Finalist: Steven Heil, "Another Yesterday"

Tell us about yourself, and about Another Yesterday. I believe filmmakers and screenwriters have a responsibility with their work, and audiences should walk away from any story feeling like they’ve grown. Another Yesterday is a film about acceptance and forgiveness; it argues that no relationship is too impaired to mend. Compassion is at our film’s core. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. In the conference center where my cast and crew were sleeping, lead actor Kento Matsunami and I would always play ping pong in the basement. I consider myself a pretty good player, but Kento was so talented, he would allow me to win until I was one point away from beating him

Meet the Finalist: Kento Matsunami & Lucía Rodriguez-Nelson, "Another Yesterday"

Tell us about yourself, and about Another Yesterday. Kento: I’m from Tokyo, Japan, and I’ve been acting for almost six years. I’ve also been studying English for six years. I’ve loved performing since I was kid. I’m passionate about portraying different characters, especially those totally unlike my own personality. It’s sometimes hard to become someone so different from myself, but it’s also really fun. An actor is a person who can be an astronaut one day and a doctor the next, so you can truly be anything. Making people laugh and be happy is something I take pride in. I want everyone to be uplifted and inspired when they watch my work. Lucía: I’m currently in my sophomore year at The Theat

Meet the Finalist: David MacLean, "BOUNCE"

Tell us about yourself, and about BOUNCE. I have a wife and two kids, all beautiful and brilliant. I call my son a lummox but he's a really lovely guy. BOUNCE is my first film though I've worked in the art department for years. Before film work, I wrote plays, and did some directing and acting in theater. I was a concept and storyboard artist on Battlestar Galactica and other projects. After some set design, art direction, and production design I went back to storyboarding as a bridge into directing.Our stories are image dependent and I really like this.-Drama happening inside art. It fills a hole. BOUNCE is a replacement project written late to substitute for a more complicated piece that I

Meet the Finalist: Daniel H. Ronacher, "Salzburg. Tradition Within Us"

Tell us about yourself, and about Salzburg. Tradition Within Us. My name is Daniel H. Ronacher and I am a Filmmaker from Salzburg Austria. My main profession is industrial filmmaking. I founded my own production company two years ago. Now we are working together with major European brands in marketing campaigns, image films, employer branding, etc. My main goal in this sector is to always tell a story. Especially in the cooperate film industry. We make advertising and marketing an emotional story ride fort the consumer and try to bring as much feature film as we can into a few minutes. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. One night I was sitting on the cut. I was

Meet the Finalist: Diêm Camille G., "DOLL"

Tell us about yourself, and about DOLL. My first film “doll” is a traumatic experience turned into a dialogue that I wrote for an audition in an elite theater school in Denmark. I got to the 2nd audition out of 3, got positive feedback, and chose to see it as a sign. I called in my dream team of 4 people and shot the film in less than 1,5 hours the day before my birthday. I woke up the next morning knowing that I had accomplished my goal before turning 27 (my “you’re doing what you love” age). I’m Diêm, an actress/screenwriter living in the land of the vikings, Denmark, and originally from Ivory Coast. Due to language barriers and misunderstandings my whole life, I studied communication and

Meet the Finalist: Stacey M. Zipfel, "My Friend: Standing Strong"

Tell us about yourself, and about My Friend: Standing Strong. First let me begin by telling you about CLEAR - the organization that Executive Produced My Friending: Standing Strong. CLEAR is a 501 C 3 non-profit dedicated to spreading education and awareness of canine cancer. CLEAR also contributes funds to canine cancer and comparative oncology research. Which leads me to Terry Simons...CLEAR's founder and the film's EP and co-writer. Terry is a internationally recognized dog agility champion and trainer as well as television commentator in the field of agility. He created CLEAR when his heart and soul dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. Through the course of Reveille's treatment he learned a

Meet the Finalist: Gabriela Lima, "Doris's Flight"

Tell us about yourself, and about Doris's Flight. I am an Argentinian new writer, director and producer, with an international business background (MBA). After having worked for more than 15 years in the corporate world, I resolved to drastically change my career and explore my creativity. With Doris’s flight, my first film, I chose to put the audience directly into the main character’s disturbed mind to experience a sensation of unease. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. The fact that this was my first time directing made the full experience memorable. However, there was a moment on set where I consciously avoided giving the actors too many directions. Instead

Meet the Finalist: Véronique Picciotto, "Follow The Arrow"

Tell us about yourself, and about Follow The Arrow. I’m very happy to be finalist as “Best Actress”. I’ve been an actress for 25 years and at the moment I’ve won 26 awards with my role in THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME , it’s funny and it gives wings to go on and higher. I would like to thank Marc Saez for entrusting me with this role wich has enabled me to develop and show myself in various ways. For FOLLOW THE ARROW, Marc’s film was a real challenge, it’s his first film, he set the bar very high. The mix of genres is never easy and the mix between thriller, eroticism and fantasy is very successful. Follow the arrow is a particularly well-made ambience film and the cinematography is incredibly beau

Meet the Finalist: Olivier Hémon, "The Role of a Lifetime"

Tell us about yourself, and about The Role of a Lifetime. A few words. Marc SAEZ gave me the joy of trusting me and here I am to share this wonderful adventure. I had the pleasure of making 18 films as an actor with my old comrade Jean-Pierre Mocky. He was a madman, a madman. I loved him. I loved flirting with his camera. A huge director who taught me everything. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. The memorable moment for me was the exchange, sharing and acting intensity of Véronique PICCIOTTO. We were connected. And Marc was on the lookout for everything and very respectful and precise in what he wanted about our 2 characters. Name 3 collaborators that you'd t

Meet the Finalist: Marc Saez, "The Role of a Lifetime"

Tell us about yourself, and about The Role of a Lifetime. Author, Actor, Director and Producer, born in Marseille on November 25, 1967.Graduated from the Conservatoire de Marseille in Dramatic Art. Actor for The Cinema in "Day of atonement ", "Le nombril du monde", "The Boyz 2"…On television i played Pierre d’archambaud in the international show BORGIA written by Tom Fontana and directed by Christoph Schrewe but also with Jacques Malaterre in"The assassination of Henry IV" where I played the Duke of Epernon, and "Forbidden Love" Bob Swaim, and with Paolo Barzman, Thierry Binisti, robin Davis, Josée Dayan, Philippe Carrese. In 2014, I adapted Sidney Lummet’s controversial film “ Strip search”

Meet the Finalist: Patradol Kitcharoen, "Go! Go!"

Tell us about yourself, and about Go! Go!. My name is Patradol Kitcharoen or "Dodo", in short. I am a story artist, an animator, and a recent MFA graduate in Animation major from the University of Southern California. "Go! Go!" is a fun, lighthearted and playful music-driven animated short, which is much more than just my graduation project. It based on personal experience as the story is about a character pursuing a dream that seems almost impossible, while also experiencing the joy along that journey. It reflects on my own personal experience of being on a journey far from home to pursue my dream. Share a memorable moment you experienced working on this project. There are a lot of fun and

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