Interview with Filmmaker La’Chris Jordan (JANUARY 14TH)

JANUARY 14TH played to rave reviews at the Los Angeles Action/Crime/Thriller Festival in August 2020. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? La’Chris Jordan: JANUARY 14TH was inspired by my parent’s 35-year marriage. January 14th is the date of their wedding anniversary and I wanted to commemorate their life together. They were best… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker La’Chris Jordan (JANUARY 14TH)

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Interview with Filmmaker Qiyu Mary Zhou (THE KOI)

THE KOI played to rave reviews at the Action/Crime/Thriller Festival in May 2020. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? How did you come up with the idea for this short film? Qiyu Mary Zhou: “The Koi” is a romantic crime drama that is about a juvenile delinquent who falls deeply into a… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Qiyu Mary Zhou (THE KOI)

Interview with Filmmaker Evi Stamatiou (KALTRINA)

KALTRINA played to rave reviews at the August 2018 Crime/Drama Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Evi Stamatiou: Two personal life-changing experiences from years ago. The first personal experience is that I worked as a nurse for three years in oncology and psychiatry, two areas that constantly challenge… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Evi Stamatiou (KALTRINA)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Troy Kelly (INDIAN COUNTY)

INDIAN COUNTY was the winner of BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY at the July 2018 Screenplay Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? Troy Kelly: Indian Country is about an attorney who finds himself in trouble for helping the wrong people and has a chance at redemption in defending a man accused of killing his pregnant… Continue reading Interview with Winning Screenwriter Troy Kelly (INDIAN COUNTY)

Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)

Eric Shahinian’s short film played to rave reviews at the September 2017 CRIME FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. It definitely stirred a great conversation. This was one of those films that was made for the FEEDBACK Film Festival format. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? The film was motivated by a real… Continue reading Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)

Interview with Filmmakers Ellen Babeliowsky & Kris Geens (MOTEL MOTEL)

Played at the October 2016 CRIME/MYSTERY Festival – Winner of Best Cinematography at the Festival.  Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ellen Babeliowsky & Kris Geens: Everything! My whole life I wanted to make films and so I feel very happy to make this first one! There’s no dramatic story that really… Continue reading Interview with Filmmakers Ellen Babeliowsky & Kris Geens (MOTEL MOTEL)