Interview with Filmmaker Katie Garibaldi (STAR IN THE EAST)

STAR IN THE EAST played to rave reviews at the February 2019 Experimental Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Katie Garibaldi: “Star in the East” is a song I wrote about the Biblical story of the three kings who follow a star to welcome the newborn baby… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Katie Garibaldi (STAR IN THE EAST)

Interview with Screenwriter Michael Zielinski (CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT)

CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT was a October 2018 Romance Screenplay Winner. Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? Michael Zielinski: My romantic screenplay CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT centers on three couples at Christmastime encountering connection obstacles, the most compelling pairing a body-shaming victim with her one-time bully. 2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Michael Zielinski (CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT)

Interview with the Filmmaking Team of the Award Winning Short Film “HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN”

Director Julie Haberstick. Writer John Houston. Winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the August 2018 Romance Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? John: I wanted to tell a story that wasn’t the usual romantic story but would somehow bind these two people together no matter how badly they needed… Continue reading Interview with the Filmmaking Team of the Award Winning Short Film “HOTTER WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN”

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

VIOLET AND JUNE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the February 2018 ROMANCE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Valentine’s Day. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Linnea Ritland: Whenever I look up at the stars I’m flat out terrified. The idea that we’re tiny in comparison to the universe (and that we’re… Continue reading Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Filmmaker Robert Guthrie (EASY, A 3 MINUTE LOVE STORY)

EASY, A 3 MINUTE LOVE STORY played to rave reviews at the February 2018 ROMANCE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Valentine’s Day. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Robert Guthrie: So many LGBTQ films, especially coming-of-age films, focus on difficulties. Violence, unrequited love, isolation… etc. Yes, it can be difficult. But, also, yes,… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Robert Guthrie (EASY, A 3 MINUTE LOVE STORY)

Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)

 116 played to rave reviews at the February 2018 ROMANCE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto on Valentine’s Day.   Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Julia Campanelli: I made my film, “116”, because of the dearth of interesting roles on screen for women over the age of 45 years. As an actress,… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)

Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)

THE WEDDING SONG was the winner of BEST FILM at the February 2018 ROMANCE FEEDBACK Film Festival held on Valentine’s Day in downtown Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Rex New: I grew up in south Louisiana, and Thia and I had been talking about shooting something in New Orleans for… Continue reading Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)

Interview with director Paul Jerndal (INDIGO)

Paul Jerndal’s short film “INDIGO” was the winner of “BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY” and “BEST MUSICAL SCORE” at the February 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival. His film is a true example of a cinematic experience. An honor to chat with him. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Life. Life motivated me. I see people every… Continue reading Interview with director Paul Jerndal (INDIGO)

Interview with director Raynor Arkenbout (RUN FREE)

Raynor Arkenbout’s short film “RUN FREE” played to raves reviews at the February 2017 Romance FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with him about his short film and what’s next. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? It’s a story that originated from two sources that interested me a lot. One… Continue reading Interview with director Raynor Arkenbout (RUN FREE)

Interview with director Paula Neves (PUMPKIN)

Paula Neves’ short film “PUMPKIN” played to raves reviews at the February 2017 Romance FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with her about her short film and what’s next. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Pumpkin is my thesis film in school. I saw the opportunity to make something good… Continue reading Interview with director Paula Neves (PUMPKIN)