Interview with Filmmakers Kellie Etling & Caitlyn Johannes (QUEERLY BELOVED)

QUEERLY BELOVED played to rave reviews at the April 2020 LGBT Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Kellie: What really motivated me to make this film was the lack of representation or education on queer identities that weren’t “Gay”. It took me a long time to realize my sexual orientation… Continue reading Interview with Filmmakers Kellie Etling & Caitlyn Johannes (QUEERLY BELOVED)

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Interview with Filmmaker Daniel John Harris (NOW AND NOT YET)

NOW AND NOT YET was the winner of BEST FILM at the November 2019 Chicago FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO MAKE THIS FILM? Daniel John Harris: When thinking about what to do for my next short film, there were a lot of ideas swirling around my head. A lot of non-starters,… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Daniel John Harris (NOW AND NOT YET)

Interview with Filmmaker Melissa Lane (SEX + ICE CREAM)

SEX + ICE CREAM played to rave reviews at the February 2020 Chicago Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Melissa Lane: I’ve always loved making short documentaries. So I knew I wanted to find a really interesting person to profile for my next project. I found Nicole on Instagram… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Melissa Lane (SEX + ICE CREAM)

Interview with Filmmaker Frank Schlichting (Undermine Beneath Canada’s Ghost Towns)

Undermine Beneath Canada’s Ghost Towns was the winner of BEST DOC CHARACTER at the March 2020 Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Frank Schlichting: It was made to promote what I was doing to get on TV 2. From the idea to the finished product, how long… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Frank Schlichting (Undermine Beneath Canada’s Ghost Towns)

Interview with Filmmaker Kev L. Smith (Taobh Le Taobh)

Taobh Le Taobh played to rave reviews at the February 2020 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Kev L. Smith: My next door neighbor, is the artist you see in this film & I really wanted to show what inspired him to create his artworks. 2.… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Kev L. Smith (Taobh Le Taobh)

Interview with Filmmakers Kasey Poracky & Robert Mack (SHIFT)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Robert: I had always had a passion for making movies, but never had the time or opportunity to pursue those interests during my high school years while under an intense training schedule of ballet, academics and extra-curriculars. When I got to Indiana University, I realized that… Continue reading Interview with Filmmakers Kasey Poracky & Robert Mack (SHIFT)

Interview with Filmmaker Shantel Hansen (HER TURF)

HER TURF played to rave reviews at the February 2020 Documentary Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Shantel Hansen: This started back in 2014 when I conceived of the idea of filming women in male dominated sports. Here in the United States, this wasn’t a topic talked about or… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Shantel Hansen (HER TURF)

Interview with Filmmaker Ashley Gerst (THE SPIRIT SEAM)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ashley Gerst: I was motivated by my relationship between my grandfather and myself. He passed away in 2013, and I wanted to do something to honor his memory and to help me find a way through my grief regarding his death. 2. From the idea to… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Ashley Gerst (THE SPIRIT SEAM)

Interview with Filmmaker Deeptanshu Sinha (SIEGE)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Deeptanshu Sinha: Like all my previous films my crew and I set out to make something which would push every crew member to their creative limits. We usually attempt things which we haven’t executed before or are doubtful of executing. Hence, I took the decision to… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Deeptanshu Sinha (SIEGE)