Interview with Poet Bhekuzulu Khumalo (HOMLO)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The Theme of the poem is about one who is in deep meditation ad fumbles onto a dragon in his mind. The man is told about what liberty is, money, with the dragon asking what he is really searching for?

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

The motivation for the poem is my appreciation of the idea of dragons and my belief in a system of liberty, at the least the liberty to participate in society to feed one self and fully recognize one’s talents.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

On and off 20 years.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

In South Africa, in the East, there are the remains of what many believe to be a 200 000-year-old settlement, fairly large. It would be interesting to talk to the last festival organizer and ask what happened. He will tell us the fall of the first civilization, before there was race, before this great genetic variety, where did everybody leave to and why was it abandoned, why couldn’t the rulers stem the decline?

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I was told it would be a cool experience whatever that means, and it is a cool experience, it was wonderfully done, better than I expected.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I have a full manuscript read, I gave the first chapter to your sister organization, and guess what, they are going to make a play out of it. If they are half as good as what you did for this poem then it would be interesting and a pleasurable experience for me and I hope the same for you. I also have two more poems, different style perhaps but still me, hopefully, the experience will continue to be enjoyable, the actors, okay it’s cool.

I write many articles on liberty, liberty works for most cultures, people are afraid of leaving stuff like choose your own god if you care, people fear been outsmarted in business, people fear been outsmarted intellectually, all hinderances against liberty, a culture of liberty. I have a book I self published the fundamental theory of knowledge. I also write much intellectual stuff especially around information, I write about knowledge economics as well as about basic information, particles, especially the photon, because its cheaper the photon, it’s everywhere. You should read my latest physics paper, it came out on the same day this wonderful video came out. It’s about a concept called sequencing, distance at the quantum level is meaningless, the concept of sequencing possibly takes over. Instead of distance per time period, we talk of sequences per time period, who knows, but I enjoy it.

7) What is your passion in life?

I could say my passion is to give of myself the best I can as sages and philosophers have said. I give myself to the cause of liberty. I don’t think I am wrong, even the first law of information says every relationship has a loss of freedom, let people decide how they shall choose their relationships and lose some freedom, that law applies to everything in existence, I just added what it means in economics and perhaps socially.

Performed by Matt Barnes

Watch the POEM:

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Interview with Filmmaker Terez Koncz (THE LETTERS)

THE LETTERS was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the June 2018 Thriller/Horror FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Terez Koncz: I wanted to give voice to those who are not heard due to their age, social situation or any other reason.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about two years, including all rounds to get sufficient funds, and a 6 month break (caused by an unrelated issue).

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Teen opera.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

I would say: time, and I mean the time we had available for shooting. We had to reduce our days with one, and we weren’t allowed any overtime, so at some points we really had to be creative on set.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was very thankful and touched. It is such a great feeling to see that people on the other side of the globe were interested in the film and understood it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I sat down to my desk every day to write a story. For six days nothing special happened. On the seventh day I started to write and this story came out in one go, in about three hours. I didn’t expect this idea to happen, it somehow made itself happen.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

It was probably ‘Megáll az idő’ (Time Stands Still) by director Peter Gothár and writer Géza Bereményi. Fun fact is that years after I first saw the film Mr Bereményi became my teacher in screenwriting, and Mr Gothár became my tutor in directing at the Uni.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Does it sound cheesy if I say that FilmFreeway was a life changer for me? But it’s true. Via FilmFreeway the world kind of opened up, which means that our wonderful crew had the chance to show their work to people from all over the world. Isn’t it the best what a filmmaker can ask for? The platform is so modern and easy to use, and it makes a filmmaker feel safe, understood and supported.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

What a lovely question! I think it was ‘Fényes utakon’ (On shiny roads) by a Hungarian band called Republik. It’s a song about a soul who wants to ‘walk freely on bright roads’. When I was a child I really resonated with the message of this song, and I didn’t have many cassettes to play with my walkman, so I kept rewinding and listening again and again :). I still listen to this song every now and then, as I feel that it reconnects my soul with my family, especially my parents who are sadly not with us anymore.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m developing a feature right now, hoping for the best! 🙂

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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 ordinary narrative language. I guess, what I longed for when writing the script was the science fiction movies I enjoyed watching. I like to try different methods and it has always been more enjoyable to tell stories that are far from reality of today. I guess that was the feeling that inspired me.

2.From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It lasted about 3 months. Filming took one day. I could not specified what I want to tell in the script during three weeks. In the last week, I got the main idea of my script during I was going to home by subway. After we worked on the idea in a few days, filmed it. Post production process took much longer, It may have lasted more then two months.

3.How would you describe your short film in two words!?

To be suffocated and blindness…

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Finding a place. Because place and art are the universe of film, Its house and place of birth.

I think I was seriously losing hope for a while. Most people think that camera, actor / actress, light, etc. are the most decisive things for cinema.. These are their priorities. What I care most about is place, concept, accessories. An accessory make you fell the thing that the character can tell you with ten sentences in two seconds. For example, a dusty gas mask in the first sequence of “SOLUK” and a dusty souvenir photo taken in the woods. We do not need to see the outside. Obviously, what we call nature is gone. Obviously something has happened and the gas mask is settled in the houses …

5.What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was over-excited. When I received the mail, I was chatting with my friends and I stopped for a moment, then I shouted with joy that the festival audience commentary uploaded the video to Youtube. We watched it together. I was incredibly happy. On the other side of the world, people I do not know are watching my film and thinking and commenting on it. I absolutely loved Robin Hood analogy. The works we read in childhood leave a mark in our minds, though not in my mind when writing.

In fact, it is not an impossible future. I absolutely agree, but I hope that the future will be never lived and we live by knowing and sharing the nature, the balance of life. When I was filming, I also wanted to make people feel like this. And even if a person can reach this way, happy me!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

While creating the scenario, I was thinking about the world of people and how their problems might be in a dystopian future. I was looking for a real conflict. But the conflicts I found did not make me happy. One day when I was on the subway I read news of theft. Those days I was working on Propp for postgraduate thesis. Propp talked about the fact that the epigraphs always started with an absence, that the conflict had come out with that absence and desire to reach it. When I saw the news of the theft, all the fog clouds in my mind were scattered, and the answers to my questions came to an end one by one.
Probably the most valuable thing in the future was fresh air. So if we make the fresh air a thing which was bought with money and stolen by the people who did not have money, a thing which it would be something like life source as water and sold with money. But it is a thing that is difficult to buy by poor people. And what would happen if an old man who knew our generation and forests had a tiny tree which could breathe, and hide it from everybody? When my twenty minutes subway ride was over, the raw text of “SOLUK” was ready.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Maybe you’ll laugh at me, but I think it’s Lion King. I do not remember how many times I watched it, but it was the first movie I watched in cinema in my life. My father said that I was looking at the light beams which is towards the curtain and I thought that everyone was in that light room. My dad told me what happened there. Then we went to near the machinist at intermission. Last time when I watch I was 24 years old and I watch that movie when I wanted to completely abstract myself and turn back to myself. Or mumble on a piece of self-made sound tracks while you are enjoying it. Or when I’m joyful I croon one of soundtrack of Lion King.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think it’s a great platform. In this way, many directors have the opportunity to send their films to many festivals. It allows you to meet and communicate with many people in the cinema sector. Before I find this platform, sending films to the national festivals was as tiring as make film for cinematographers because of five dvd copies and preparing documents separately for each platform. Thanks to this platform, we are aware of many more festivals and it is not necessary to prepare separate cargo packages for each festival.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

9. What song have you listened to the most times?

This is definitely a difficult question. But I can say I have a few songs for a few emotions. But nowadays …
Audioslave – Be Yourself

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Yes, I have a documentary film titled “Oyuncakçı Saklı Yadigarlar ” which I have been working on for a long time. It will be a long film. According to “SOLUK”, the genre is quite different, there is a naive childlike spirit. In the film, there are stop motion technique and animation scenes from the toy maker’s figures. It really excites me. It is also very sincere because it is a film that contains the history of a great country history since 1940s due to the age of the toy and the toy maker. I can not wait to share it when it’s over.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Ross Godwin (9 SECONDS)

9 SECONDS played to rave reviews and was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the May 2018 ACTION/ADVENTURE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ross Godwin: After my friend Lindsey Sitz had written it, she almost immediately wrote it off as too complicated/expensive/difficult to produce. We were both in film school at the time, and both considering thesis films, and were always on the hunt for a good project, I asked if I could buy the rights from her, and she agreed. At the time I had begun writing another project that was family drama and all took place in roughly one house, super simple production and whatnot, but then a friend brought me onto his thesis film. His project was a hugely ambitious sci fi film that made use of all kinds of effects and production techniques that you wouldn’t expect from a student film, and all on a shoestring budget. I guess the experience made me feel more ambitious and eager to take risks, so I set out to tackle ‘9 Seconds,’ which had gun battles, animals, children, dystopian locations (basically a laundry-list of DO NOTS for film school projects). Ultimately I’m glad we took it on, as it was a fun challenge and I learned a lot from it.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

The process took roughly two years from when Lindsey first wrote it to wrapping post production.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Blue Square.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest production challenge was definitely finding locations. We needed to find multiple spaces that could feasibly look like bombed-out warzones, which it turns out are hard to find in a place that has never been a bombed out warzone. Luckily, Baltimore wasn’t far away.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I am always very grateful to hear feedback from anyone willing to offer it, especially from people who don’t have a personal stake in it or me. As a young filmmaker, I always want to improve and get better, and I find that the honesty of critique to be the ultimate took in achieving that goal.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

My friend Lindsey Sitz (screenwriter) and I have a mutual friend who grew up in Palestine. She has many stories from her childhood, and the premise for ‘9 Seconds’ is based on one such true story.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Not counting the original Star Wars trilogy, probably ‘The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think its wonderful to have a streamlined means for filmmakers of all stripes to be able to submit to a broad range of festivals, and similarly for festivals of all stripes to be connected to those filmmakers. Its a beautiful thing.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I really couldn’t tell you.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Coming up next will be a feature film called ‘Red Oil,’ a dark comedy crime/heist movie that takes place in 1970s Nepal. As you can see, I haven’t been dissuaded from pursuing projects that are way too complicated. Stay tuned!

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Michele Haines (SAM THE HAM)

 SAM THE HAM played to rave reviews at the May 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

It was a way of finding myself again after sinking into a low state after a series of horrible events, including my father’s death. Sam’s dad is designed after my dad, an Army Airborne Ranger, who enjoyed moonlighting as a farmer 🙂

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

Sam’s lines just came to me as I was improv’ing a character voiceover demo for a toy company in 2010. Fast forward to 2017 when I decided to make a short out of him. I found my animator accidentally while searching for my brother on LinkedIn – same name, but no relation. The composer is my close friend and favorite musician, and through him, I found my character designer. And by July 2017 – bada bing bada boom – done!

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Dee licious

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

It was a really smooth process and I learned a lot along the way. Couldn’t have asked for a better team! The hardest part may have been trying to stay on top of things while relocating from the East to the West Coast.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Ohmygoodness, I was really touched and encouraged by the nice things that the audience members said. I’m so happy that they enjoyed it and didn’t think (or say) I was a moron hahaha…

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

The initial idea was a total improv accident that stuck. The idea to animate it was a way to bring me back to life and also to start bringing the character voices I’ve created to life.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Shallow Grave, Run Lola Run, The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (claymation), The Fountain, Momento (had this playing on repeat in Brooklyn before I got the cable hooked up, ha)

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

So easy! Thank you!

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Matthew Paul Surowiec – “Girl Like You”, Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Buddha for Mary”

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Lots of voiceover work. There are a few more shorts in the works, and maybe another episode of Sam the Ham in the near future 🙂

 

 

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Barnes (THE PAPER PRINCESS)

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Paper Princess is about a courageous, young princess called Paige who goes on a journey to save her home, after a cruel sorcerer transforms her into paper. Accompanied by her two friends, a grouchy hermit and a brave sprout, Paige learns that her paper doesn’t have to be a curse, it can be a source of power.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Animation, Fantasy and Adventure.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a fun, epic adventure which embodies several positive themes: a princess who doesn’t need a prince to break her curse – she breaks it herself; change is always possible, as a person and in society; and, true strength comes from within.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Paper wins!

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Moulin Rouge

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About one year.

7. How many stories have you written?

At least twenty (three film scripts, a collection of dark fairy tale short stories, other short stories and one book).

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I faced quite a few obstacles writing The Paper Princess. The main male protagonist Aeren went through many changes during the early drafts. Because of his complex character, some readers found it hard to relate to him. In the end, I decided to completely redraft the character and I’m really happy with the end result. When I finished the script, I fell into a bad habit of redrafting and editing the first ten minutes of the script again and again because I felt it wasn’t right. Eventually I realised I was just being overly pedantic and had to take a step back.

Finding time to write while balancing my home and work life was very difficult too.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love reading, especially fantasy, and visiting new places. I gained a lot of inspiration for The Paper Princess when I went travelling in Japan.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It was really easy and had no problems.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered the festival because I’m eager to get more feedback on my script and improve its chances of being made one day. The feedback I received was really thorough and gave me some really good things to think about. My only concern about my feedback was there were some points that conflicted with other feedback I’d received in the past, leaving me feeling unsure on how to move forward. But, overall, I’d recommend this festival for anyone looking for industry feedback.

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Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy

When a courageous princess is transformed into paper, she goes on an epic journey to save her home from an evil sorcerer, learning that true strength comes from within.

CAST LIST:

King Jasper: Tim Paul McCarthy
Aeren: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Tania: Alicia Payne
Paige: Lara Amersey
Chancellor: Rais Moui

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Joanna Perry-Folino (MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER)

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Decades after seeing her mother murder her father, a woman battles with her own self-destructive tendencies and obsessions when her mother is released on parole. (This Is Us meets Bloodline)

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery/Suspense/Family Generational Drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This is a pilot for a series that is a very strong female-driven drama that delves deep into the psychological effects parental damage can have long into one’s life. The pilot sets up a series that deals with the long term effects of generational secrets and dishonesty.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Starkly engrossing

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Wizard of Oz

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months

7. How many stories have you written?

About a dozen or so including a novel, plays, shorts, full-length screenplays and tv pilots

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Since it is a pilot for a series, the biggest obstacle was creating a bible that looked forward several seasons. I am still fine-tuning it.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Multicultural and ethnic literature, film and theatre, travel, building community and breaking barriers to gain equal treatment for women in all professions

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I enjoy it, rely on it. It is an easy way to keep track of my submissions.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I am excited by the idea of folks reading my work and getting to know my artistic sensibility, particularly in a “female” festival where I know I have a good chance of readers becoming engaged in my female protagonists and antagonists. I feel supported by the festival and respected.

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Genre: Drama, Crime

Follows the story of a 30-year-old middle school counselor desperate to uncover the truth of her mother’s conviction for her father’s murder 25 years in the past in order to come to terms with her demons.

CAST LIST:

Claudine: Georgia Grant
Dev: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Francesca/Frankie: Alicia Payne
Carla: Lara Amersey