Interview with Filmmaker Ly Bolia (REPEAT)

REPEAT was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2020 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ly Bolia: My struggle with something that most people don’t expect or plan to deal with. I never thought that one day the roles in my relationship with my mother and I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Ly Bolia (REPEAT)

Interview with Filmmaker Imelda O’Reilly (TUMBLING TOWARDS HOME)

TUMBLING TOWARDS HOME was the winner of BEST DOC CHARACTERS at the July 2020 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Imelda O’Reilly: I have a dear friend Malcolm Adams who is an Irish actor and we wanted to create a project together. I wasn’t sure what film we… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Imelda O’Reilly (TUMBLING TOWARDS HOME)

Interview with Filmmaker Nubar Alexanian (RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH)

RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the June 2020 Documentary Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Nubar Alexanian: For more than four decades I’ve been living along the Great Marsh in Massachusetts and I’ve come to know and love it… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Nubar Alexanian (RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH)

Interview with Filmmaker Jordan Brown (PARK AVENUE)

PARK AVENUE played to rave reviews at the August 2020 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Jordan Brown: I was motivated to make this film because the social justice system is corrupt and disproportionately targets Black and Brown communities. I have witnessed this first hand with experiences of my… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Jordan Brown (PARK AVENUE)

Interview with Filmmaker Kurtulus Ozgen (8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION)

8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION played to rave reviews at the May 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Kurtulus Ozgen: Both my grandparent’s families were refugees. They were forced to migrate from Crete Island (Greece) and Kardzhali (Bulgaria) to Anatolia during Balkan Wars (1912-13). As a descendant of… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Kurtulus Ozgen (8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION)

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Ng (24)

24 was voted BEST FILM at the May 2020 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Brian Ng: The initial motivation to make this film was the assassination of my uncle on a highway in the Philippines. Up till then I was working on another animated film based on… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Brian Ng (24)

Interview with Filmmaker Selket Kaufman (A VOICE FOR WHALES)

A VOICE FOR WHALES was voted BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the May 2020 Documentary Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Selket Kaufman: This film has been long overdue. It’s a story that needed to be told and I am honored that I have the opportunity to do so. I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Selket Kaufman (A VOICE FOR WHALES)

Interview with Filmmaker Edouard Paquet (REMOTE)

REMOTE was voted BEST DOC CHARACTERS at the May 2020 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Edouard Paquet: I’ve always been an avid traveler. Both my parents found it very important to see as much as possible of the world and see the differences between places and cultures. Those… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Edouard Paquet (REMOTE)

Interview with Filmmaker Scott Fredette (THE WANDERING WOLF)

THE WANDERING WOLF was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the April 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Scott Fredette: Yoni Wolf, lead singer in the band WHY?, has a podcast by the same name. We wanted to give it a visual compliment to his… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Scott Fredette (THE WANDERING WOLF)

Interview with Filmmaker Claire Downey (&YOU)

&YOU played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Documentary Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Claire Downey: A long list of things, but the short answer would be a feeling of injustice. I saw Caroline’s case fall apart in real time. It broke my heart. I felt like my… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Claire Downey (&YOU)