Interview with Filmmaker Steve Buckwalter (OMA & OPA)

OMA & OPA was the winner of BEST DOC CHARACTERS at the February 2020 DOCUMENTARY Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Steve Buckwalter: Oma and Opa are the grandparents of one of my coworkers, and we had used their house as a location for a different film that we… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Steve Buckwalter (OMA & OPA)

Interview with Filmmaker Lucas Longacre (FOOD CART)

FOOD CART played to rave reviews at the Thriller Festival in March 2020. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Lucas Longacre: After working in verite documentary for over a decade, I was hungry to play in the scripted narrative genre. I missed working with actors, storyboarding, and collaborating with a Director of… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Lucas Longacre (FOOD CART)

Interview with Filmmaker Juan José Patón (S)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Juan José Patón: My motivation was my team. I was looking forward to making a horror project that had touches of the best horror movies from the 80s and fortunately I had a team that wanted the same. Verónica Cervilla had a striking screenplay, Rocio Garcia-Pérez… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Juan José Patón (S)

Interview with Filmmaker Luai Akl (EPIPHANY)

EPIPHANY played to rave reviews at the November 2019 Under 5 Minute Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Luai Akl: I always wanted to talk about drug addicts and the childhood, So i decided to talk about both and how everything is connected somehow 2. From the idea… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Luai Akl (EPIPHANY)

Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Ferreras (LESSON #10)

LESSON #10 was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the Under 5 Minute Film Festival in July 2019. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Alberto Ferreras: “Lesson #10” is a comedy about shifting morals. We are living in a world where we are more likely to trust someone who admits to be… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Alberto Ferreras (LESSON #10)

Interview with Filmmaker Vickie Rose Sampson (YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Vickie Rose Sampson: The main reason is to explore what will be the eventual outcomes of society of the increase in reliance on technology to do even the simplest of things. And how we could become victims of our own inventions. 2. From the idea to… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Vickie Rose Sampson (YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY)

Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)

BODIES OF WATER was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the February 2019 LGBT Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? David Lykes Keenan: The story is based on a pivotal moment in my life. As shown in the film, it was the moment when I found the courage… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Davis (HINDSIGHT)

HINDSIGHT was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the February 2019 ROMANCE Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Michael Davis: What motivated me was getting the opportunity to tell a story that plays backward. I also thought it was a really interesting character study on people and relationships.… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Michael Davis (HINDSIGHT)

Interview with Writer/Actor/Producer Judith Eisenberg (THE SECRET LIVES OF TEACHERS)

THE SECRET LIVES OF TEACHERS played to rave reviews at the February 2019 ROMANCE Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Steve Anderson: I was a high school history teacher and I wanted to make a short film about my years of teaching. I was lucky enough to retire early… Continue reading Interview with Writer/Actor/Producer Judith Eisenberg (THE SECRET LIVES OF TEACHERS)

Interview with Filmmaker Cameron Kostopoulos (PERSON(A))

PERSON(A) was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the February 2019 Experimental FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Cameron Kostopoulos: I was fascinated by the idea of the persona, and the separation of the persona from the body. I wanted to portray the human identity as… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Cameron Kostopoulos (PERSON(A))