Interview with Filmmaker Tara Tusher (INNER-CRITIC)

INNER-CRITIC played to rave reviews at the July 2020 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Tara Tusher: It was a personal challenge. I wanted to explore all the areas of filmmaking – lighting, sound design, cinematography, set design, editing and even acting. There were hundreds of times I nearly talked… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Tara Tusher (INNER-CRITIC)

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Interview with Filmmaker Alex Farias (ANIMAL HEADS)

ANIMAL HEADS was the winner of BEST FANTASY FILM at the June 2020 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Alex Farias: I think I am always looking for ways in narrative film to tell a story out of the context of the world we know in order to reach people… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Alex Farias (ANIMAL HEADS)

Interview with Filmmaker Frankie De Leonardis (FLOATING)

FLOATING was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the August 2019 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Frankie De Leonardis: I’ve been dying to get into film making all my life. At some point a fellow filmmaker pointed out all my scrips and ideas were too wild, with too… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Frankie De Leonardis (FLOATING)

Interview with Screenwriter Ian White (AMARIS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? Ian White: AMARIS is an allegory about the “rapture”. The theme revolves around how the torch of stewardship over the Earth (in the play represented by a baseball passed down though three generations – ancestors, contemporary humans, decedents) is passed down at the beginning of a new era… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Ian White (AMARIS)

Interview with Filmmaker George A. Velez (MR. E, P I)

MR. E, P I played to rave reviews at the December 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? George A. Velez: I wanted to make a film in a very fun genre that everyone is 2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker George A. Velez (MR. E, P I)

Interview with Filmmaker Paul Charisse (UNCLE GRIOT)

UNCLE GRIOT was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER at the December 2018 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Paul Charisse: This short was developed from a feature we are making called “Stina & the Wolf”. It’s developed from a single scene we thought would act well as a… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Paul Charisse (UNCLE GRIOT)

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Willer (The Volunteer)

THE VOLUNTEER was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the August 2018 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Michael Willer: I love films that highlight a strong female perspective, usually flipping the dynamic where the woman has the power and the know-how, and she’s the one… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Michael Willer (The Volunteer)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Dummer (FORGET-ME-NOTS)

July 2018 Winning Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenwriter. Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? John Dummer: Spiritual entropy. When the universe presents you with an existential threat, an event that will surely obliterate you and everything that gives this world meaning, what do you do? Do you dig a grave, or do you plant a seed? 2.… Continue reading Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Dummer (FORGET-ME-NOTS)

Interview with Filmmaker H. Yagmur Kartal (SOLUK (THE BREATH))

SOLUK played to rave reviews at the May 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? H. Yagmur Kartal: Actually, it was an environmental film festival in Istanbul that encouraged me to make this film. But we did not want to say “protect the environment” with an… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker H. Yagmur Kartal (SOLUK (THE BREATH))

Interview with Filmmaker Marc Adamson (AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES)

AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the May 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Marc Adamson: I’ve been compelled to tell stories through a visual medium for as long as I can remember. The idea for this film had been… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Marc Adamson (AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES)