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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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Documentary | Festival Interviews | Interviews | Massachusetts | Short Films

2017 Festival Interview: Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall

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

A still from Tim O'Donnell's documentary Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall.

With his documentary Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall, director Tim O’Donnell takes viewers inside the world of Tommy, a man with Landau–Kleffner syndrome—an extremely rare neurological disorder. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com O’Donnell shares how a harsh critique of his photography led him to become a filmmaker and how his sister inspired this film.

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Drama | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | Massachusetts | New England

2017 Festival Interview: Winter Hill

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

Melissa Bruno offers viewers a rare look at female friendship in a working-class neighborhood with her film Winter Hill, which is screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival. In this interview, she talks about how she got into filmmaking, about why she decided to tell this story, and about why New England Film was a key resource for her when making her film.

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Drama | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | New England | Television

2017 Festival Interview: East of Hollywood

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

Chris Caccioppoli challenges misrepresentation of Asians in the entertainment industry with his mockumentary East of Hollywood, which is screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival. In this interview, he talks about the role of Asian-Americans in Hollywood, about seeing audiences interact with his films, and about the exciting new projects he’s working on.

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Experimental | Festival Interviews | Film Festivals | Interviews | New England | New York | Short Films

2017 Festival Interview: Anastasia

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

Sean Han depicts a hot-headed teen’s attempt to escape her abusive foster home with his film Anastasia, which is screening through October 15 as part of the 2017 Online New England Film Festival. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, he talks about his process for casting Anastasia and shares his advice for aspiring filmmakers.

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Drama | Females in Film | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Rhode Island

Festival Interview: Knightsville

14 Oct , 2016 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

Gina Piersanti and Gloria Migliori in KNIGHTSVILLE

Aly Migliori reveals how identity, family, and independence play a role in her short Knightsville, while also sharing her experience screening it at festivals that celebrate female filmmakers. Originally screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and Independent Film Festival Boston, her film is now playing through October 15 as part of the 2016 Online New England Film Festival.

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Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Interviews | Maine | Rhode Island

Festival Interview: Meredith’s Medicine

14 Oct , 2016 | Posted by:

Andrew Burgess documents his mother’s mental escape from cancer treatments with his film Meredith’s Medicine, which is screening through October 15 as part of the 2016 Online New England Film Festival. In this interview with NewEnglandFilm.com, he talks about the supportive community that allowed his mother to continue doing what she loves.

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Females in Film | Festival Interviews | Filmmaking | Massachusetts

Festival Interview: The Dream

14 Oct , 2016 | Written by Harry Nichols | Posted by:

Sara Pagiaro explains how her musical background led to career in filmmaking and how a passion for women’s issues prompted her to create her short drama The Dream. Originally screened at the Different Faces, Different Voices Film Festival, the film is now playing here through October 15 as part of the 2016 Online New England Film Festival.

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