Interview with documentary filmmaker Jenna Gartlan (MISSING PEACE)

MISSSING PEACE played at the November 2017 Short Film Festival to great reviews. It is by far one of the most unique films the FEEDBACK Festival showed in 2017.

 
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

I was really shocked to learn about Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), but I was instantly intrigued. I have always been interested in ‘fringe’ or unique aspects of people’s lives. When I read more about the condition and spoke to those who suffer from BIID, I realized that their stories weren’t being told properly. The media had been sensationalizing their plight and was more interested in criticizing than helping bring awareness and understanding. I also realized that people with BIID just want to be happy and accepted and I really relate to that and sympathize.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

I came up with the idea in November of 2015 and we finished the film in the summer of 2016. So about 9 months.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Provoking acceptance.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest obstacle was filming in two countries on a small budget for a short timeframe.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I liked hearing what people had to say, and at the end of the day, there are many things that I would have liked to have done differently but time, budget, and availability of our subjects were tough to navigate.

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I came up with the idea after reading about BIID in an article.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Hot Fuzz (2007) or the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the new(ish) submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think Filmfreeway helps a lot of emerging artists by simplifying the submission process and clearly explaining what needs to be done.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I can Feel a Hot One by Manchester Orchestra

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I have been working away in the industry while writing on the side. I hope to be working on a comedic web series in the next coming months.
 

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

MISSING PEACE, 17min., USA, Documentary/Drama 
Directed by Jenna Gartlan

Missing Peace follows Chloe Jennings-White and Jeremy as they struggle with Body Integrity Identity Disorder. Chloe wishes to be paraplegic, and Jeremy wants to cut off his hands.

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Interview with Bartek Kmita, Kamil Krynski, Wojtek Szwed – (Directors/Screenwriters PARADIGME)

PARADIGME was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the December 2017 Sci-Fi Film Festival in Los Angeles. 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Bartek: The main motivation to create this movie was actually pretty simple, to graduate the school. But instead of making an easy asset for the diploma, I began to think about creating something over the average. And then the idea of the movie came out, but it was almost impossible that day to make it alone. That’s how I decided to do this in cooperation with my friends.

Kami: At the beginning the main reason for creating this film was graduation project we had to make. However during the process of creation something has changed. We stopped care as much about graduation, and start thinking about this as an adventure and best possible way of learning. What is more, number of great ,kind people who helped us is really impressive. We couldn’t let them down.

Wojtek: I’ve heard about the project when it was just an idea, Kamil and Bartek wanted to do some short for graduation diploma. I’ve thought it was an interesting concept, and a way to level up my skills and trying to work as team with other creative people. So I’ve joined them.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

B: From the first idea to the very end of the development process passed a bit over two years.

K: It took us over 2 years to make this from scratch to finished project. We spent one year on pre-production and another on post-production. It was only 3 days of shooting.

W: 2 Years. It was a lot of work for the three of us, but thanks to help of some amazing people We’ve encountered on the way We did it.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

K: Save yourself

W: Save yourself

B: Worth creating

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

B: The biggest problem for us was definitely lack of the skill and experience. We had to learn and do almost everything from scratch. When we have been starting this project, we had almost no idea where to start, how to do certain effects, how to organize shooting and glue everything together. Despite the technical problems and lack of time, this was for sure the most difficult part.

K: The biggest obstacle was definitely time. It was pretty huge and time consuming project for us. Everyone of us had to quit the job just to finish a movie. We were already late 2 years with defense of thesis. It was a true race against time. W: Well, pretty much everything You can think of when creating project like this. Lack of time, lack of money and lack of skill/experience. It was pretty ambitious thing for a student graduation project, and sometimes We had really thought that We bit off more lettuce than We can chew.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

B: Amazed, to be honest. 🙂 We were arguing for hours just to clarify the true story hidden in this movie, and some of the people from the audience who were talking about “Paradigme” actually hit the point perfectly! We left a big part of the film to be interpreted by yourself. Despite the initial story and the idea for the film, there is no clear path to follow in understanding it. So everyone can have a different point of view.

We are glad that there was so many interpretations. The audience’s ideas for the main character and his story are fantastic.

K: I’ve never been in the situation like this before. I was really amazed and little bit excited that someone is discussing and more important – interpreting our work.

W: It really felt amazing. Our project caused a discussion and every person interpreted the movie differently. I think it was pretty much our goal to leave certain things as a mystery and give a each viewer a chance to come up with his own unique conclusion.

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

W: It all started with a really simplified story – and after hours and hours of meetings and discussions We’ve developed a more complex one and decided to go with it. K: In the beginning we had only general idea, we wanted to create something intriguing, giving food for thought. Everyone of us put a little bit of himself into this. Then we started putting pieces together. When it comes to me, it was all about inside battle within me.

B: It is a difficult question and just like the story of this movie, there is no straight answer for this. It started as a very different and much simpler story and then it just developed over the hours of thinking and brainstorms. We were inspired by the Dante’s “Divine comedy” and the journey through the purgatory and hell, but also by movies like Alien, Matrix, etc. Mixing it all together created “Paradigme”.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

B: I think that each one of us would point a different one, but I guess that for all of us Matrix will be in the tight top.

K: Probably Home Alone hahah

W: I think it’s definitely the first “Alien”. Not many movies made such an impression to me.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the new(ish) submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

B: It is a great way to find an opportunity to show your work to broad audience. I think that in the near future, this will become the main way for the artists to share their work and submit to festivals.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

B: Probably “Last Christmas” by Wham, as it is being played every single year, multiple times, in every media stream, since 1986.

K: Bon Jovi – Living on a prayer

W: Probably “Tool – Schism”, but I’m not really sure.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

B: Something to amaze. For sure. I’m not done yet.

K: I think I’m not ready for another huge personal project yet. I need to learn a lot. Currently I’m focusing on improving my skills to become a better artist.

W: Perhaps, the time will show.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

PARADIGME, 6min, Poland, Sci-Fi/ExperimentalDirected by Kamil Krynski and Bartek Kmita

 

When you wake up in a cold and empty place. You don’t where you are and how you got here. You are paralized by fear and lonelinnes. The only way leads you to unknown direction. When you subject to curiosity and weakness. You can loose your mind…

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: December 2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

Fantasy/Sci-Fi FILM & WRITING FESTIVAL

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: REBIRTH

Best Performances: THE NINGYO

Best Cinematography: PARADIGME

Best Music: REBIRTH

CALL COHO, 16min, South Korea, Drama/Mystery
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festival posterREBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterPARADIGME, 6min, Poland, Sci-Fi/Experimental
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festival posterTHE NINGYO, 27min, USA, Fantasy/Mystery
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The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of romance short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “FINDING ONE-SELF”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that was about a character(s) looking to find who they really are before it’s too late.

The 2nd part of the DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Los Angeles Film Festival featured a showcase of the best SCI-FI/FANTASY short films from around the world.

The crowd was very responsive to the films in our 5th venture to Los Angeles in the FEEDBACK Film Festival format. The crowd really enjoyed the…

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Toronto November 2017 Film Festival

FEEDBACK Female Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: HEDDA NEEDS HELP

Best Performances: THE BENEFACTION

Best Cinematography: THE FOREST PRINCESS

Best Music: The music from BETWEEN SECONDS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film: 

festival posterPOST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure 
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festival posterTHE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family 
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festival posterTHE BENEFACTION, 27min, USA, Drama
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festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy 
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festival posterBETWEEN SECONDS, 20min, USA, Romance/Music 
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festival posterHEDDA NEEDS HELP, 14min, USA, Comedy 
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festival posterFELL, 5min, USA, Drama/Supernatural,
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The FEMALE NOVEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best NEW films by women directors from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “TAKING RISKS”.

Every film showcased was about a setting where a character takes a big risk to acheive what they desire.

NOTE: Our 5th Female Director’s festival!

The Female FEEDBACK Film Festival…

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: December 2017 DRAMA FEEDBACK Film Festival

Los Angeles feedback film festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: DE GLACE

Best Performances: MORNING AFTER

Best Cinematography: CALL COHO

Best Music: MORNING AFTER

Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos: 

festival posterMORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
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festival posterDE GLACE, 6min, France, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterLOSING CLAIRE, 6min, India, Drama/Relationship
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festival posterCALL COHO, 16min, South Korea, Drama/Mystery
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festival posterREBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPARADIGME, 6min, Poland, Sci-Fi/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE NINGYO, 27min, USA, Fantasy/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences the best of romance short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “FINDING ONE-SELF”.

Every film showcased was about a situation that was about a character(s) looking to find who they really are before it’s too late.

The first part of the DECEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Los Angeles Film Festival featured a showcase of the best DRAMA short…

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TELEVISION 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of SWIPE, by Jeff D. Opdyke & A. Katie Main

First Scene Screenplay Festival

Genre: Comedy, Romance

What began as private, social-media posts to her closest friends explodes into the Bumble-age equivalent of Dear Abby for New York City’s app-centric singles. But now Jaq Newsome, the anonymous girl behind Swipe, must recreate her magic (and her online dating hookups and heartbreaks) in a new city, even as an old flame hints at the real relationship she has craved for years.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota

Jaq: Vanessa Burns
Erwin: Jason Gray
Riki: Stephanie Haines
Gabby: Olivia Jon
Wall Street Guy: Julian Ford

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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1st Scene Screenplay Reading of AMERICAN SNAKE PIT, by Dan Tomasulo

First Scene Screenplay Festival

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery

Based on a true story a young doctor takes over an experimental program the government is trying to shut down to help save the most troubled patients out of Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota

Kate: Vanessa Burns
Dr. Dan: Isaiah Kolundzic
Mrs. Grimp: Stephanie Haines
Jack: Jason Gray

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is your screenplay about?

Based on a true story of a young doctor who takes over and attempts to save a group home comprised of the most troubled patients from Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history

  1. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical / Drama (Although it recently won the category for best comedy / drama)

  1. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

American Snake Pit is in the vein of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.  The true…

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