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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, NewEnglandFilm.com presents a new interview each week with a local filmmaker featured in the festival.

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

By NewEnglandFilm.com
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

By NewEnglandFilm.com
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"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Candles in Paradise

Filmmaker Rob Azevedo espouses a "just do it" approach to filmmaking. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, 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
http://thetheftmovie.wordpress.com/

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com 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

By NewEnglandFilm.com
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 NewEnglandFilm.com 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, NewEnglandFilm.com 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
LP_Grocery1.jpg

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, NewEnglandFilm.com 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, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Geena Matuson, an emerging filmmaker and artist, about her work, her awards, and her future.

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.

Advice for Actors: An Interview with Erica Derrickson

By Josh Coleman
Erica Derrickson

Photographer and Actress Erica Derrickson talks with NewEnglandFilm.com about her advice for actors and her organization Hollywood East Actors.

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

By Sam Cooper
Haven Bros. diner

NewEnglandFilm.com 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.

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.

The Folklorist: From Public Access to Emmy Award-winning Show

By Michael Cormier
The Folklorist

In almost every respect, NewTV’s original program, The Folklorist, is little--small budget, limited studio space, even the stories are little (a few minutes each). Yet what started as a modest web and public access television series has grown into an Emmy Award-winning production that will be available in 22-30 million households this year. How did they do it?

One Day in Boston: A 24-Hour Filming Event

By Ted Ryan
One Day in Boston

NewEnglandFilm.com’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.

NewEnglandFilm.com 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. NewEnglandFilm.com'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.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Writing for Documentaries

By Susan Kouguell
Writer, producer, director Allie Light

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell interviews four award-winning documentary filmmakers for their insight into how they write for their documentaries. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

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.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston presents Psychedelic Cinema: Take a trip back to the 1960s

By Dave Walker
A still from Psychedelic Cinema, by filmmaker ken Brown, which will play at the ICA on February 9th.

Dave Walker breaks down the film behind the ICA’s event Pychedelic Cinema. He interviews filmmaker, Ken Brown, and percussionist, Ken Winokur, about their work, the era, and their journey.

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 NewEnglandFilm.com's questions about his 2012 film, From Nothing, Something a documentary about the creative process.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Interview with Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz

By Susan Kouguell
Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz.

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, interviews Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz, about film distribution. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Stowe Story Labs Retreat Empowers Filmmakers

By Maud Dillingham
2013 Stowe Story Lab Participants and Presenters gather after screening of Chris Millis’ feature film “Small Apartments"

A September workshop in Vermont trains New England filmmakers in the nuts and bolts of making films.

Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival: Unabashedly Artsy

By K. Correia
Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival, 2013

Now in its third year, the Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival celebrates artists, filmmakers, and their audiences.

40 Filmmakers and Historians: The Vermont Movie

By K. Correia
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie

While neither the largest nor the smallest of the New England states, Vermont has forged a name for itself as a leader in firsts. The first to outlaw slavery; the first to allow same-sex civil unions; etc. It is a state steeped in grassroots thinking and democracy. It is no wonder that a project such as Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, which has brought together over 40 local filmmakers and historians, would develop out of this state.