Interview with Filmmaker Alana de Freitas (NANCY)

NANCY played to rave reviews at the July 2020 LGBT Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Alana de Freitas: A festival deadline motivated me, but what made me want to tell this story was that the relationship between a father and son. Some men struggle with the concept that… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Alana de Freitas (NANCY)

Interview with Filmmaker Sophie Francey (BECOMING______)

BECOMING_____ played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Sophie Francey: I am a graduate student at Texas State University, and in my first semester we were asked to make a documentary for our final project in my digital storytelling class. I had… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Sophie Francey (BECOMING______)

Interview with Filmmaker Dara Bratt (I THINK I’LL MAKE IT)

I THINK I’LL MAKE IT played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Dara Bratt: I met Kat in one of her fitness classes and really loved her boisterous energy, and her relentless passion. When she mentioned she had written a memoir, “I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Dara Bratt (I THINK I’LL MAKE IT)

Interview with Filmmaker Matt Mahmood-Ogston (MY GOD I’M QUEER)

MY GOD I’M QUEER played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Matt Mahmood-Ogston: On 30th July, 2014, my fiancé, my partner in everything, and eternal soulmate Naz (Dr Nazim Mahmood) sadly took his own life, two days after his religious family confronted… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Matt Mahmood-Ogston (MY GOD I’M QUEER)

Interview with Filmmaker Fehmi Öztürk (FREE FUN)

FREE FUN was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the LGBT Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Fehmi Öztürk: Seeing the difference between people’s reality in social life and their own reality led me to make this film. 2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Fehmi Öztürk (FREE FUN)

Interview with Filmmaker Erik Dronberger (FACE THE CANNONBALL)

FACE THE CANNONBALL played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Erik Dronberger: Friends of the LGTBQ community, I wanted to share an experience that people could relate to, so people know they aren’t alone. 2. From the idea to the finished product,… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Erik Dronberger (FACE THE CANNONBALL)

Interview with Filmmaker Jake Michael Shannon (SAMMY THE SALMON)

SAMMY THE SALMON played to rave reviews at the April 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Jake Michael Shannon: We made this film during the Australian plebiscite vote for same-sex marriage. During this time there were a lot of negative messages in the media coming from both sides… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Jake Michael Shannon (SAMMY THE SALMON)

Interview with Filmmaker Sergey Vlasov (SOBA-CHAN’S MORNING)

SOBA-CHAN’S MORNING played to rave reviews at the April 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Sergey Vlasov: The motivation for the film was the old script I had and finally decided to make. There was a festival in Japan that I wanted to participate in, so I chose… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Sergey Vlasov (SOBA-CHAN’S MORNING)

Interview with Filmmaker Matthew Richardson (HALLELUJAH)

HALLELUJAH was voted BEST FILM at the LGBT Feedback Film Festival in April 2020. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Matthew Richardson: I experimented once before with combining circus arts and LGBTQ issues through film, and the response and support was so incredible that I wanted to create more. So I began… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Matthew Richardson (HALLELUJAH)

Interview with Filmmaker Hailey Abernathy (FLOOD)

FLOOD was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Hailey Abernathy: This film was motivated by personal experience…not necessarily with my family but just something I generally witnessed living in southeastern United States. I felt that other people needed to see… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Hailey Abernathy (FLOOD)