Browsing: Conversations

For his fourth feature film, Life Is All About Friends (UNNI), a French/British/Indian co-production of Patou Films, Flying Elephant Films, and Maya Films, writer-director Murali Nair cast four boys in the main roles — Master Ajith, Master Sarath, Master Likhil, and Master Noble. They are all students at Sree Krishna High School where he himself once studied. When the camera takes us to Alathur village, to the film’s location in southern India, we discover the boys pulling pranks on their teachers and classmates, spying on girls, ditching class, and boxing or wrestling at every opportunity. But we also find them…

Pero, the main character in Gravehopping, is an intelligent man in his mid-thirties. He uses his considerable talent as a writer for funeral speeches. These are not mere eulogies for the deceased, since Pero consciously and unconsciously entwines his own perception of past events and his life philosophy into them. He lives in a family house with his sisters Vilma and Ida, his father, and his nephew Johnny. Pero’s neighbour Shooki, Džoni’s father Jagger, and Renata—Pero’s great love—also frequently cross his path. Jan Cvitkovia, director of Gravehopping, was born in 1966 in Slovenia. Jan is an archaeologist, writer, actor, and…

For a portion of his film career, Native American Director/Producer Chris Eyre made his mark in New York City, as a tour de force in the film industry. Originally hailing from Oregon and with his 1995 NYU Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film, entitled, “Tenacity”, it paved the way for his visions to take fruition on a larger scale. With the phenomenal success of “Tenacity” (filmed in New York State) at numerous festivals, including a screening at Sundance, Chris entered the Sundance Institute’s Directing Workshop. Sundance’s prestigious Directors workshop gave rise to Chris’ next project within the program, which…

A contributing writer for The New York Times, James Ulmer’s 20-year journalistic career has included eight years as international editor and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, where he reported from the world’s leading film festivals and markets and supervised a fleet of 35 foreign correspondents. For Premiere magazine, he penned the national columns “James Ulmer’s World View” and “Rank and Bank – The Ulmer Scale.” He has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Directors Guild Quarterly, Movieline and The Observer in London. Ulmer has been interviewed in numerous national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall…

In “A Kiss on the Nose”, when Chiara’s distant father Romano dies, she is left to try and figure out the man and her own feelings about him. For that, she must go back to the very beginning: her parents’ birth and their first encounter. From fragments of memory and often whimsical reconstructions of events that she did not actually witness, little by little Chiara builds a picture of her father—but she does not have all the pieces yet… Laura Neri, director of “A Kiss on the Nose” was born in Belgium of a Greek mother and an Italian father,…

Bulgarian director Binka Zhelyazkova (born 1923) never shrank from controversy. Educated at Moscow’s prestigious film academy, she clashed with Bulgaria’s commissars and was at the forefront of political cinema under the country’s Communist regime. Intense and passionate about moviemaking as much as about her view of the society she lived in, Binka was ahead of her time. This documentary brings to light the woman behind the camera, and combines scenes from Binka’s films, rare archival footage, and candid interviews with former Bulgarian studio executives and film professionals. Her allegorical and urban dramas examined human rights, artistic freedom and the legitimacy…

“Journey from the Fall” is inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon—and those who were forced to stay behind; the film follows one family’s struggle for freedom. Despite his allegiance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen (as Long Nguyen) decides to remain in Vietnam. Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife Mai (Diem Lien), son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and mother Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh) then embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope…

Walea Constantinau is the founding director of the City and County of Honolulu’s Honolulu Film Office, an agency that is dedicated to providing economic stimulus and job creation to Oahu by growing and nurturing the film industry. She has 20+ years in the fields of marketing and advertising, 14 of which have been as a business development specialist in the area of film. Walea is a University of Hawaii graduate with Distinction in Communications, a degree that focused on emerging technologies with a minored in journalism. After graduationshe started working for a company that developed integrated application training curriculum for…

Michael Cory Davis, a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn re-located to Los Angeles to pursue his career as what he terms a “Triple Threat” —actor, writer, and director. Michael has starred in numerous commercials, print campaigns and independent films, many of which have won numerous awards. He also had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera, The Bold & the Beautiful and starred in six high rated films for the sci-fi channel. In 2003, while starring in two feature-length films in Sofia, Bulgaria, Michael learned of the growing number of young girls and women forcefully taken from Bulgaria…

Yulie Cohen Gerstel was born and lives in Tel Aviv. Before starting to work in films, she studied sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University (BA) and received an MA with distinction in Communication Art from NYIT. During the 80’s Gerstel was working in films in New York and LA. Since 1988 and 1990 she is raising her 2 daughters. In 1993 she became an independent filmmaker. Her films include 8 x 30 min. documentaries. During 2000/2001 she co-produced RAMLEH and FOR MY CHILDREN with Michal Aviad. MY TERRORIST, Gerstel’s first long form documentary, (2002, Doc. 58 min.) was directed…

1 44 45 46 47 48 50