Interview with director Cassie De Colling (GULMARG – PARADISE ON EARTH)

Cassie De Colling’s short film played at the March 2017 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival  Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? A lot of factors came into play when making this film. I was struck by the situation in Kashmir and I wanted to help create a perspective for the western skier to… Continue reading Interview with director Cassie De Colling (GULMARG – PARADISE ON EARTH)

Interview with director John Mollison (THE GENTLEMAN NEXT DOOR)

John Mollison’s short film played at the March 2017 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? I believe that old warriors have great insight into life. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short? 45 days. How would you… Continue reading Interview with director John Mollison (THE GENTLEMAN NEXT DOOR)

Interview with Director Michael Brims (THE SOUNDS OF STREET VENDORS)

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

MB: I absolutely loved it. I wish I had been there!

Interview with Filmmaker Chris Hale (EVERYBODY FALLS DOWN)

I was pleasantly surprised watching the feedback video, I was glad someone noticed the use of music for instance and even the mildly negative comments were useful as a filmmaker as they were about things I’d purposely chosen to do or not include and it made me realise I was comfortable with my decisions. Also the fact that someone said they’d be more likely to help because of watching this film was fantastic as thats all I ever wanted.

Interview with Filmmaker Clark Ferguson (SHADOW OF A GIANT)

I wasn’t able to attend the screening but to see an audience watch a work and give feedback (that was good!) was really touching. It actually felt really great to watch the reactions of those who expressed themselves. I also though Lesley Johnson did a great job responding to questions about what it’s like to live near the site and talk about the process of making the project. But ultimately, I was very touched to hear the first speaker react to projection. And the many that followed. It felt good in my heart.

Interview with Filmmaker Daniele Bonarini (LIKE A STAR)

Daniele Bonarini’s short film, LIKE A STAR, played to rave reviews at the May 2016 Documentary Short Film Festival.  Interview with Daniele Bonarini: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Daniele Bonarini: For many years, i work primarily with people with physical and intellectual disabilities. I grew a lot as a director and film-maker… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Daniele Bonarini (LIKE A STAR)

Interview with Filmmaker Andrés Passoni (CHAMPION)

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Andrés Passoni’s short film was the winner of Best Picture at the May 2016 Documentary Short Film Festival.  Interview with Andrés Passoni: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Andrés Passoni: I love animals and when I heard about greyhound races I instantly felt very attracted to immerse myself in this world. I thought… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Andrés Passoni (CHAMPION)