Interview with Filmmaker Alex Sangha (MY NAME WAS JANUARY)

MY NAME WAS JANUARY played to rave reviews at the February 2020 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Alex Sangha: The social coordinator of the non-profit that I founded for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends was brutally stabbed 18 times in her own home. She… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Alex Sangha (MY NAME WAS JANUARY)

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Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Baptist (STARTING LINEUP)

STARTING LINEUP played to rave reviews at the February 2020 Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Sarah Baptist: I went to the overflow area of Jurassic Park for Game 1 of the Raptors playoff. I instantly became friends with the two men behind me in line. There… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Sarah Baptist (STARTING LINEUP)

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 Eric Rusch (PICTURES OF LEO)

PICTURES OF LEO was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST PERFORMANCES at the January 2020 LGBT Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Eric Rusch : I had had this idea for a feature length film for many years. I’m not really a filmmaker, so I never thought… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Eric Rusch (PICTURES OF LEO)

Interview with Filmmaker Julio J. Irizarry (ELPIDA)

ELPIDA was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the June 2019 LA Feedback Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Julio J. Irizarry: The motivation came from wanting to create a passion project in collaboration with my friend and co director Charlie from San Francisco. Also, being from Chicago and planning… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Julio J. Irizarry (ELPIDA)

Interview with Filmmaker Susanne Serres (ZAYA)

ZAYA was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the November 2018 LGBT Feedback Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Susanne Serres: What motivates me to do this movie is my own experience as a queer black woman who has to do her coming out to her family. 2.… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Susanne Serres (ZAYA)

Interview with Filmmaker Ange-Régis HOUNKPATIN (VINDICTE)

VINDICTE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the June 2018 European FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ange-Régis HOUNKPATIN: My motivation was to make a film that would be different from usual African movies, in terms of style, rhythm and aesthetics. But still an African subject.… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Ange-Régis HOUNKPATIN (VINDICTE)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Tim Ballard (OH MY…)

 OH MY… played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Tim Ballard: My friend Michael is a San Francisco area musician who asked me to make an animated music video for one of his songs. The song made me think of a… Continue reading Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Tim Ballard (OH MY…)

Interview with Filmmaker Andy Koeger (ROSIE, OH)

ROSIE, OH was the winner of BEST FILM at the May 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Andy Koeger: My co-creator Apple Xenos originally had the idea for the film. I was so drawn to her idea that I was inspired to create it with… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Andy Koeger (ROSIE, OH)