Festival Interviews

Festival Interviews | Film Festival & Event Profiles | Film Festivals | Massachusetts

IFFBoston 2018 Preview: An Interview with Nancy Campbell

23 Apr , 2018 | Written by Evan Crean | Posted by:

Elsie Fisher with her head on her hands looking longingly at a computer screen in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade, the opening night film at IFFBoston 2018.

Contributing Editor Evan Crean sits down with Independent Film Festival Boston’s Program Director Nancy Campbell to discuss IFFBoston 2018 on his podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre.

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Festival Interviews | Film Festival & Event Profiles | Film Festivals | Massachusetts

2017 Festival Interview: Boston Jewish Film Festival

8 Nov , 2017 | Written by Evan Crean | Posted by:

A still from Keep the Change, a romantic comedy about an autistic couple that's playing at the 2017 Boston Jewish Film Festival.

NewEnglandFilm.com chats with Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director for the Boston Jewish Film Festival about the themes for this year’s festival, how she selected some of its notable films, and why she integrated podcasting and VR into her lineup.

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Festival Interviews | Film Festival & Event Profiles | Film Festivals | Rhode Island

2017 Festival Interview: Art & Design Film Festival

2 Nov , 2017 | Written by Evan Crean | Posted by:

A still of a man in a yellow coat and hat talking to a man with a hat and a beard from the documentary Loving Vincent.

NewEnglandFilm.com interviews Emily Steffian, Artistic Director of Rhode Island’s Art & Design Film Festival about her inspiration for the festival, about notable films playing this year, and about her ideas for expanding it in the future.

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Festival Interviews | Film Festivals | Filmmaking | Maine | New England

2017 Festival Interview: Bird Carver

13 Oct , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A closeup of Steven Valleau working with glasses on from Madeleine Cohen’s documentary Bird Carver.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, Bird Carver profiles Steven Valleau, the bird carver in-residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, ME. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, the documentary’s director Madeleine Cohen discusses how life’s big choices inspire her films and offers some unique advice about documentary filmmaking.

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Documentary | Festival Interviews | Film Festivals | Interviews | Massachusetts | New England

2017 Festival Interview: Praying for Change

11 Oct , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A still of Leroy Bailey from Brian McPartlan's documentary Praying for Change.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, Praying for Change highlights homelessness in the US through the lens of Leroy Bailey, a man committed to improving the lives of homeless veterans. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, the film’s director Brian McPartlan reveals his inspiration for the film and Netflix the documentary that inspired him to become a filmmaker.

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Documentary | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | Maine | New England

2017 Festival Interview: Oak Street Mural

9 Oct , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A still from the documentary short Oak Street Mural where three people are jumping in front of the mural.

Oak Street Mural, which screens through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, captures the creation of a public mural in Rockland, ME through gorgeous time-lapse photography. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, one of the documentary’s directors, Scott Sell, discusses the impetus for making it and how his background in journalism led him to filmmaking.

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Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | New England | New Hampshire | Vermont

2017 Festival Interview: Fire

6 Oct , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A still of a Siberian Husky in the snow from Ben Silberfarb's short film Fire.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival and based on a short story, the short film Fire is a story where the cold of winter becomes a threat to the protagonist. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, the film’s director, Ben Silberfarb talks about the trilogy of films about the outdoors he’s working on and he provides insight on how he came to own his own production company, SILBERFARB-FILMS.

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Comedy | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | Massachusetts | New England | Short Films

2017 Festival Interview: What My Friends Do on a Saturday Night

4 Oct , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A still from Ryan Weed's What My Friends Do on a Saturday Night.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, What My Friends Do on a Saturday Night is a parody of Game of Thrones viewing parties, which uses complicated relationships and intricate party etiquette to fashion comedic situations. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, the short’s director, Ryan Weed, enlightens us on the inspiration for his short and on what pushed him to pursue film.

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Documentary | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | Massachusetts | New England | Short Films

2017 Festival Interview: Pan-

25 Sep , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

Christina Nealis gives someone a hug in this still from Dennis Tsai's film Pan-.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, Pan- is a beautiful portrait of a pansexual individual’s struggles and her journey of self-discovery. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, the director of the film, Dennis Tsai, talks about about how his college experience inspired the film and about the excitement of screening his movie at a local film festival.

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Corporate | Documentary | Festival Interviews | Interviews | New England

2017 Festival Interview: Dare to Be Remarkable

22 Sep , 2017 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

A still from the Animus Studios documentary Dare to Be Remarkable with the film's subject Alyssa Silva.

Screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival, Dare to Be Remarkable introduces viewers to one woman’s courageous battle with spinal muscular atrophy, a neurological disease with ramifications on all aspects of life. Roy Power, an editor for this documentary, chats with NewEnglandFilm.com about the film’s production and about some of its surprising fans.

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