Interview with Filmmaker Johann Vorster (CAPITAINE)

CAPITAINE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Johann Vorster: My love for the outdoors and fly fishing. There are not many pristine places like in the film left I the in the world. Film also serves as awareness… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Johann Vorster (CAPITAINE)

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Interview with Filmmaker Freya Billington (TERMINATED: TEETH & TINDER)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Freya Billington: It was a reflection on a very tough time in my life nearly 10 years ago when my husband left and my front tooth fell out at the same time. I couldn’t believe having suddenly and unexpectedly become single again I was ‘back on… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Freya Billington (TERMINATED: TEETH & TINDER)

Interview with Filmmaker Thomas F. O’Brien (PHOTOS IN THE RAIN)

PHOTOS IN THE RAIN was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the November 2019 Documentary Short Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Thomas F. O’Brien: I was compelled to share the photographs I found to the world, especially when it started to rain. I remember raindrops hitting… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Thomas F. O’Brien (PHOTOS IN THE RAIN)

Interview with Filmmaker Dee Garceau (A MASSACRE IN MEMPHIS)

A MASSACRE IN MEMPHIS played to rave reviews at the August 2019 Documentary Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Dee Garceau: I’m a U.S. History professor who was living in Memphis and heard about a controversial incident that tore the city apart in 1866. It was a racialized massacre… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Dee Garceau (A MASSACRE IN MEMPHIS)

Interview with Filmmaker Jeremy Abrams (FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Jeremy Abram: The Vanderslice family were friends of my wife, and when I saw a social media post that included a photo of Louie looking out of the window from his hospital room at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia at a crowd… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Jeremy Abrams (FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER)

Interview with Filmmaker Farman Abdalrahman Karim (ISIS WAS HERE)

 ISIS WAS HERE was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2018 Documentary Short Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Farman Abdalrahman Karim: My motivation was focus the human rights and I wanted to document the ISIS crimes. 2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Farman Abdalrahman Karim (ISIS WAS HERE)

Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)

Margaret Costa’s short film was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2017 DOCUMENTARY FEEDBACK Short Film Festival Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Margaret Costa: I thought the topic was compelling and the story needed to be told. The fact that the Catholic Church and the Irish Government profited and abused… Continue reading Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)

Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)

  Andrew Galloway’s short film “WALLY” was voted BEST CHARACTERS at the LGBT Documentary Film Festival in August 2017. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Andrew Galloway: I first met Wally Linebarger as an art teacher at my school. I was in 4th grade and he entered our room pushing his art… Continue reading Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)

Interview with director Adrian Buitenhuis (I AM HEATH LEDGER)

“I am Heath Ledger” is a terrific documentary about the life of the talented actor and artist who left us way too early. It’s told through interviews of his good friends,  interspersed with Heath’s own home videos. It was an honor to chat with the co-director of the film on the phone. The film is… Continue reading Interview with director Adrian Buitenhuis (I AM HEATH LEDGER)

Interview with director Paul Zehrer (BEING SEEN)

Paul Zehrer’s short film “BEING SEEN” was the winner of BEST FILM at the March 2017 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival  Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? My cinematographer, Chikara Motomura, and I were approached by the director of Lifehouse Agency in Marin, CA, to create a video that would help the community… Continue reading Interview with director Paul Zehrer (BEING SEEN)