Interviews

Women in Film Portraits: Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard, the producers and founders of Big Vision Empty Wallet. Cirillo and Leonard share their enthusiasm for producing and about interesting projects currently in the works. They also reflect on what it means to be female creative artists and entrepreneurs in the film industry at this time.

 

 

Women in Film Portraits: Danielle Eliska Lyle

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Danielle Eliska Lyle, a writer, filmmaker, and photographer from Detroit. As a “black archivist,” Danielle’s life work is to tell stories (written, filmed, and photographed) of powerful women, the black diaspora, and the state of black culture. Danielle has gained notable screenwriting recognition and many awards. Her infectious spirit and passion for creative storytelling are palpable; read on!

 

Art of the Creative Entrepreneur, Part 2 of 2

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In Part 2 of “Art of the Entrepreneur,” RB (Richard Botto) interviews Michele Meek of NewEnglandfilm.com about her business: an online magazine, industry directory, jobs board, and film festival. In this candid exchange, RB and Meek discuss developing your competitive advantage, creating an online persona and brand, and monetizing your business as an entrepreneur.

Art of the Creative Entrepreneur, Part 1 of 2

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In part one of this two-part interview, Michele Meek of NewEnglandFilm.com talks with RB (Richard Botto) of Stage 32 about building a personal brand and persisting as an entrepreneur. RB discusses his entrepreneurial and creative ventures, including Stage 32 and his recent book Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd.

Women in Film Portraits: Alicia Slimmer

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alicia Slimmer, Director of the Award-Winning narrative feature Creedmoria. Slimmer discusses the making of the film, its musical influences, and its festival run. In addition, Slimmer shares lessons learned in Directing Creedmoria and offers advice to women working in the film industry today. Creedmoria will be released May 18th on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

Chinese Producer Rachel Song Discusses Sundance Success

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Farrah Kazemi speaks with Rachel Song, who in 2017 started the production company XS Media. The company stood behind two hits at the 2018 Sundance Festival—Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake and Christine Choe’s Nancy. Rachel shares about her experiences producing independent films and about her efforts to bring independent cinema to China.

Ingrid: Documenting a Solitary Life

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Farrah Kazemi interview Morrissa Maltz about her documentary Ingrid, which premiered at this year’s Slamdance Festival in Park City. The film chronicles the reclusive, strange, and fascinating life of Ingrid Gipson; it is a character study that also reveals Maltz’s talent for color, texture, design, and nuance.  Maltz shares with Farrah how she came to meet Ingrid, about securing funds for the film, and about her pending projects.

Women in Film Portraits: Caroline Mariko Stucky

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Caroline Mariko Stucky, an award-winning, Swiss-Japanese filmmaker and cinematographer with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film is the ultimate language. It surpasses the kaleidoscope of spoken languages that informed her childhood. In this interview, Caroline shares about coming to the United States and about taking on a predominantly male creative roles.

Ophelia Cast Discuss the Hamlet Revamp

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Farrah Kazemi interviews Director Claire McCarthy and Actors George MacKay and Tom Felton at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The group was assembled for the premiere of Ophelia, a film that reimagines the life of Shakespeare’s tragic maiden in the classic play Hamlet.  Ophelia stars MacKay as Hamlet and Felton as Laertes. McCarthy directed the film, which is based in part on a novel by Lisa Klein.

 

Women in Film Portraits: Kaliya Warren

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa interviews Kalyia Warren, the Writer/Director behind Expatriates—a love story that follows two multiracial dirt bike riders from Egypt to Cape Town. The film, now its final developments, was inspired by the people Warren I’ve met while traveling on the African continent. Warren is a graduate of NYU and is currently based in New York City.