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Online New England Film Festival Spotlights

By Alli Rock
2010 Online New England Film Festival film line-up.

During the 2nd Online New England Film Festival from September 1-October 15, 2010, presents a new interview each week with a local filmmaker featured in the festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Scott Calonico about "The Silly Bastard by the Bed"

Still from "The Silly Bastard"

Most documentarians making films about John F. Kennedy in 1963 choose the assassination as their subject. But not filmmaker Scott Calonico. Instead, his unusual and amusing documentary The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed (which you can watch as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival) delves into JFK's remarks about a photograph published in the Washington Post featuring a 'silly bastard' posing next to the proposed hospital bed for his wife's upcoming childbirth.

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Parks Randa about "The Perfect Buddy"

On the set of The Perfect Buddy

Lead actor Bobby Bird in The Perfect Buddy has Down's syndrome. But as it turns out, that fact has nothing to do with the plot of the movie -- quite deliberately. Filmmaker Michael Parks Randa talks about his inspiration for the film, his relationship with Bird, and his future work. The Perfect Buddy is currently screening online as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Andrew Migliori about Donner Party: The Musical

On the set of Donner Party: The Musical

Not many people would think of making a film about a group of pioneers who became snowbound in the mountains for weeks without food, never mind a musical comedy. But filmmaker Andrew Migliori did and the result is The Donner Party: The Musical, now available to watch online through October 15 as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Rob Azevedo on "Candles in Paradise"

Candles in Paradise

Filmmaker Rob Azevedo espouses a "just do it" approach to filmmaking. In this interview with, he discusses making and screening his latest award-winning film Candles in Paradise, available to watch online through October 15 as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Gauri Adelkar on "The Theft"

By Catherine Stewart

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, writer Catherine Stewart talks to Gauri Adelkar about her first film, The Theft, now screening in the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Filmmaker Mark Battle talks about The Janitor

A still from The Janitor

Mark Battle always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. "I just started doing it," he said. "I picked up a camera and just made a movie. Then I made another one, and another." His latest short film The Janitor, about a lonely immigrant who is confronted with a moral dilemma when ordered to finish a botched assassination job, is currently screening at as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Director/Actress Sophia Savage of Empyrean

By Catherine Stewart
Sophia Savage

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, writer Catherine Stewart talks to actress, director and producer Sophia Savage about her recent work Empyrean.

Carb-Loaded Unloaded: An Interview with Filmmaker Lathe Poland

By Chelsea Smith

Filmmaker Lathe Poland opens up about his experience making Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat (premiering at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut on September 27th), a documentary inspired by his own personal battle with type 2 diabetes.

An Interview with Filmmaker Stephanie Rabins

By Catherine Stewart
Still from We Take the Train

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, writer Catherine Stewart talks to filmmaker and educator Stephanie Rabins about her work as well as her recent move to New England.

An Interview with Filmmaker Geena Matuson

By Catherine Stewart
Geena Matuson, Photo by Desolate Metropolis

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series. For this installment, writer Catherine Stewart talks to Geena Matuson, an emerging filmmaker and artist, about her work, her awards, and her future.

Filmmaker Bianca Giaever Named Stowe Story Labs Fellow

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 10.34.54 AM.png nominated five talented filmmakers and writers for a fellowship to the 2014 Stowe Story Labs--filmmakers Julie Perkins, Geena Matuson, Bianca Giaever, Lorre Fritchy, and Vanessa Carmona. From this select pool of nominees, the Stowe Story Labs jury offered a fellowship to filmmaker Bianca Giaever.

Music in Film: Providence's What Cheer Brigade to be Featured in Rhode Island International Film Festival

By Chelsea Boulrisse
A still from What Cheer?

Director Michael Slavens addresses this idea of being overcome by grief in his new short film, What Cheer?, which features music from The What Cheer Brigade, an award-winning and beloved 19-piece brass band originating from Providence, Rhode Island.

A Chat with Jeff Toste, Director of Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner

By Sam Cooper
Haven Bros. diner chats with Filmmaker Jeff Toste about his directorial debut Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner, a film about the oldest operating diner on wheels in America. The film screens in East Greenwich, RI on July 26 and at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 10.

Country Music Pioneers: Beth Harrington on her latest documentary

By Sam Hays
Janette and Joe Carter

Boston native Beth Harrington explores the impact of country music pioneers The Carters and the Cashes in her new documentary, The Winding Stream, playing at the Woods Hole Film Festival on July 26th. to Nominate Stowe Story Labs Fellow

Stowe Story Labs has partnered with Stowe Story Labs to nominate a slate of applicants for a fellowship to the 2014 Story Labs. The Second Annual Stowe Story Labs will be held in Stowe, Vermont at the Helen Day Arts Center on September 13, 14 and 15, 2014. The Labs are a three-day intensive retreat bringing emerging writers, filmmakers and creative producers together in the heart of Vermont to work with industry professionals. The Labs give participants the chance to work on their stories, learn from industry experts and build relationships in this collaborative art.

Kickstart New England: Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project and In Crystal Skin

By Casey Stirling
Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project

In this ongoing series, highlights new local film projects looking for funding. This month, check out Massachusetts filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain's Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project and Massachusetts filmmaker Michaela O’Brien's documentary In Crystal Skin. To feature your film in this series, e-mail

Talking with Kat Candler, Writer/Director of Hellion, Recently Picked Up By Sundance Selects

By Amy Quick Parrish
Kat Candler on the set of Hellion

Writer/director Kat Candler of Hellion, a feature staring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, offers advice on making short and feature films, planning for distribution and how to "always be a student.” Hellion, which screened at Sundance and has been picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects, screened at this recent 2014 IFFBoston.

Chasing the Past: Writer/Director Jonathan Salemi on Inspiration, Production and Distribution

By Sarah Blood
On the set of Chasing the Past

Director and producer of several films, writer/director Jonathan Salemi takes us through his process making i>Chasing the Past, which debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and won the Best Cinematography award at the festival.

One Day in Boston: A 24-Hour Filming Event

By Ted Ryan
One Day in Boston’s Ted Ryan interviews Cecily Tyler, co-founder and producer of One Day in Boston, an online event taking place on Saturday, April 26th, where they invite Bostonians to shoot video about the future of Boston.

Shooting Sci-Fi: MassArt Student Filmmaker Nick Sabia's "Valrosa Beach"

By Casey Stirling
Screen shot from Nick Sabia's film Valrosa Beach. writer, Casey Stirling, talks with Nick Sabia, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, about shooting his senior sci-fi thesis film in New England.

Casting Local Talent: CP Casting and Local Actors on Infinitely Polar Bear

By Sarah Blood
The family in Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear.

Infinitely Polar Bear, which played at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, was cast in Boston and shot in New England.'s Sarah Blood talks with Boston casting director, Carolyn Pickman, and some actors from the film about their work.

Filming Matty Christian: A Documentary Filmmaker Finds Inspiration with Found Footage

By Michele Meek
Raising Matty Christian

It all started when Rhode Island filmmaker Christian de Rezendes got a call from his colleague Paul Plotkin. Paul had been hired by a client to transfer old VHS home movies to DVD—an ordinary task—but as it turned out, this was no ordinary client...

Creating a Trailer Before You Even Have a Film

By Michael Cormier
Erik Bloomquist, director of the trailer for Founders Day.

Don't have the money to make your film? Consider making just the trailer to attract interest -- that's what independent filmmaker Erik Bloomquist has done.

Paying Homage to Korean War Veterans in Documentary

By Sarah Blood

Filmmaker Conor Timmis pays homage to his late grandfather and others who fought in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953, in his documentary Finnigan's War.

Documenting the Creative Process: An Interview with Tim Cawley

By Ted Ryan
"From Nothing, Something" director Tim Cawley at the Cleveland Intentional Film Festival.  Photo credit: CIFF/Janet Macoska.

Filmmaker and Creative Director at Mullen Advertising, Tim Cawley, talks with's questions about his 2012 film, From Nothing, Something a documentary about the creative process.

Why Web Series are Becoming the New Wild West

By Amy Quick Parrish
A still from Into Dust, a web series from Amy Quick Parrish.

Web series producer, Amy Quick Parish writes about how web series have quickly become a new outlet for indie-filmmakers. She also describes her experiences producing her series Into Dust and how filmmakers are making up the rules as they go.

Planet Takeout: Documenting Both Sides of the Takeout Window

By Dave Walker
Planet Takeout, Yum Yum restaurant

An effective coupling of bold field reporting with innovative technology, the documentary project Planet Takeout succeeds admirably in celebrating a unique, if often overlooked, cultural crossroads.

Kickstart New England: Eat Plants Love Animals and An Act of Dog

By Casey Stirling
Filmmaker Larry Holmes is using Indiegogo to launch his series “Eat Plants Love Animals.”

Every month, highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we are featuring two campaigns, both documentaries supporting animals: Eat Plants Love Animals, on Indiegogo, and An Act of Dog, on Kickstarter. To feature your film in this series, e-mail

Crowdsourcing Expands to Film Production

By Michael Cormier
Filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo.

Juntobox wants to know what films you want produced.