June 2019 – Interview with NEW Filmmakers from around the world.

9 interviews in total conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Filmmaker Ciaran R. Maidwell (THERE’S STILL GOOD)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-ciaran-r-maidwell-theres-still-good/

Interview with Filmmaker Adrian Ramirez Leon (ACCOMPLICE)
Interview with Filmmaker Adrian Ramirez Leon (ACCOMPLICE)

Interview with Filmmaker Robbie Lemieux (THE WOODS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-robbie-lemieux-the-woods/

Interview with Filmmaker Jasper Bronkhorst (BLOODBURN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-jasper-bronkhorst-bloodburn/

Interview with Filmmaker Rachel Econ (WIDOW)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-filmmaker-rachel-econ-widow/

Interview with Filmmaker David Bradburn (BEFORE YOU WOKE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-screenwriter-david-bradburn-before-you-woke/

Interview with Writer/Producer Rana Sowdaey (CAUGHT IN THE SPOKES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-writer-producer-rana-sowdaey-caught-in-the-spokes/

Interview with Filmmakers Marlon Perrier & Keisha Richards Lafleur (THE TALK)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-filmmakers-marlon-perrier-keisha-richards-lafleur-the-talk/

Interview with Filmmaker Michele Manzini (IN THE HOUSE OF MANTEGNA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/31/interview-with-filmmaker-michele-manzini-in-the-house-of-mantegna/

June 2019 – Interview with NEW Screenwriters from around the world.

16 interviews in total conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Screenwriter Josh Brushett (PERSEVERANCE)
Interview with Screenwriter Josh Brushett (PERSEVERANCE)

Interview with Screenwriter Anthony DeFoe (SUPERCUT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/11/interview-with-screenwriter-anthony-defoe-supercut-2/

Interview with Screenwriter Nicole De Sapio (The Magnificent Mid-Century Met)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-nicole-de-sapio-the-magnificent-mid-century-met/

Interview with Screenwriter Ronald V. Micci (MARLISE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-ronald-v-micci-marlise/

Interview with Screenwriter Samuel Zehr (MY FAVORITE PERVERT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-samuel-zehr-my-favorite-pervert/

Interview with Screenwriter Raymond A. Porter (Himal Gold: Murder and Intrigue in the High Mountains)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-raymond-a-porter-himal-gold-murder-and-intrigue-in-the-high-mountains/

Interview with Screenwriter Justin Lifflander (THE PLOWSHARE PARADOX)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-justin-lifflander-the-plowshare-paradox/

Interview with Screenwriter Horton Emory (TRANSPARENT Spec Screenplay)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-horton-emory-transparent-spec-screenplay/

Interview with Screenwriter Gail B. Robinson (He Tried to Kill Me… He Died!!)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-gail-b-robinson-he-tried-to-kill-me-he-died/

Interview with Screenwriter Federico Carro (THE KING OF LIGHT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-federico-carro-the-king-of-light/

Interview with Screenwriter Eduardo Ramirez (TRAVEL COMPANION)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/06/01/interview-with-screenwriter-eduardo-ramirez-travel-companion/

Interview with Screenwriter Alysha Nunez (SOW DON’T SING)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-alysha-nunez-sow-dont-sing/

Interview with Screenwriter Morgan Schefflin (L.A.’s Finest)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-morgan-schefflin-l-a-s-finest/

Interview with Screenwriter Louetta Jensen (Bittersweet Serenity)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-louetta-jensen-bittersweet-serenity/

Interview with Screenwriter Janet Caulfield (LOTUS OPERANDI)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-janet-caulfield-lotus-operandi/

Interview with Screenwriter Richard Trask (COSMOSIS OF WORLDS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-richard-trask-cosmosis-of-worlds/

Interview with Screenwriter Carol Hoffman (TO WALK AMONG WOLVES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2019/05/28/interview-with-screenwriter-carol-hoffman-to-walk-among-wolves/

May 2019 – Read the best of SCREENWRITER Interviews

Scroll, click, and read 18 Screenwriter interviews for May 2019 conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Screenwriter Paul Nurkowski (CETACEANS)
Interview with Screenwriter Paul Nurkowski (CETACEANS)

Interview with Screenwriter Julia Sauder (DR. NEVES)
Interview with Screenwriter Julia Sauder (DR. NEVES)

Interview Screenwriter George M. Johnson (THE WONDER)
Interview Screenwriter George M. Johnson (THE WONDER)

Interview with Screenwriter Montgomery Burt (THE GIRL ON THE SKYTRAIN)
Interview with Screenwriter Montgomery Burt (THE GIRL ON THE SKYTRAIN)

Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Fisk (GEEKS: A LOVE STORY)
Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Fisk (GEEKS: A LOVE STORY)

Interview with Screenwriter Michael D’Ambrosio (Princess Pain)
Interview with Screenwriter Michael D’Ambrosio (Princess Pain)

Interview with Screenwriter Sean Sullivan (THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS)
Interview with Screenwriter Sean Sullivan (THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS)

Interview with Screenwriter Neal Doran (CHANGES)
Interview with Screenwriter Neal Doran (CHANGES)

Interview with Screenwriter James Greasley (THE EMERGENCE)
Interview with Screenwriter James Greasley (THE EMERGENCE)

Interview with Screenwriter Alice L. Lee (Purgatory: A Love Story)
Interview with Screenwriter Alice L. Lee (Purgatory: A Love Story)

Interview with Screenwriter Devone Jones (Pen and Pencil: Spring Break)
Interview with Screenwriter Devone Jones (Pen and Pencil: Spring Break)

Interview with Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (TO LIVE BEYOND HIS MEANS)
Interview with Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (TO LIVE BEYOND HIS MEANS)

Interview with Screenwriters Hank Biro & Kai Biro (Must Escape from the Slaughtercity)
Interview with Screenwriters Hank Biro & Kai Biro (Must Escape from the Slaughtercity)

Interview with Screenwriter Renate Grassmugg (FREE FALLING)
Interview with Screenwriter Renate Grassmugg (FREE FALLING)

Interview with Screenwriter James C. Peters (Soccer Babe)
Interview with Screenwriter James C. Peters (Soccer Babe)

Interview with Screenwriters Vicki Cargill, Adam Cargill (STEVE & OLIVIA)
Interview with Screenwriters Vicki Cargill, Adam Cargill (STEVE & OLIVIA)

Interview with Screenwriter Patrick Langille (BEYOND THEIR YEARS)
Interview with Screenwriter Patrick Langille (BEYOND THEIR YEARS)

Interview with Screenwriter Nick Perlman (A PORTRAIT)
Interview with Screenwriter Nick Perlman (A PORTRAIT)

May 2019 – Read the best of FILMMAKER Interviews

Scroll, click, and read 8 filmmaker interviews for May 2019 conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Filmmakers Lucy Joan Barnes & Ali Causon (FOR WANT OF A NAIL)
Interview with Filmmakers Lucy Joan Barnes & Ali Causon (FOR WANT OF A NAIL)

Interview with Filmmaker Barry Fahy (BOY RACER)
Interview with Filmmaker Barry Fahy (BOY RACER)

Interview with Filmmaker Myriam Kamel (MY BROTHER)
Interview with Filmmaker Myriam Kamel (MY BROTHER)

Interview with Filmmaker Annabelle Frost (G(R)O(W)ING UP)
Interview with Filmmaker Annabelle Frost (G(R)O(W)ING UP)

Interview with Filmmaker Samantha McDanel (PAGEANT PERFECT)
Interview with Filmmaker Samantha McDanel (PAGEANT PERFECT)

Interview with Filmmaker Lisa Le Lievre (SIRENS TANGO)
Interview with Filmmaker Lisa Le Lievre (SIRENS TANGO)

Interview with Filmmaker Melissa Lesh (PERSON OF THE FOREST)
Interview with Filmmaker Melissa Lesh (PERSON OF THE FOREST)

Interview with Filmmaker Joey Katches (SOCIAL)
Interview with Filmmaker Joey Katches (SOCIAL)

April 2019 – Read FILMMAKER Interviews

19 Filmmaker interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Filmmaker Andre Sitolini (THE COOK AND THE CHEF)
Interview with Filmmaker Andre Sitolini (THE COOK AND THE CHEF)

Interview with Filmmaker Filippo Michele Guarna (MISTER EGG)
Interview with Filmmaker Filippo Michele Guarna (MISTER EGG)

Interview with Filmmaker Siqi Xiao (FARTMAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Siqi Xiao (FARTMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Marco De Ornellas (THE DUCHESS)
Interview with Filmmaker Marco De Ornellas (THE DUCHESS)

Interview with Producer Rebecca Scotti (BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS)
Interview with Producer Rebecca Scotti (BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS)

Interview with Filmmaker Cynthia Hunt (ICE FLOW)
Interview with Filmmaker Cynthia Hunt (ICE FLOW)

Interview with Filmmaker Michael McCallum (LOVE IS WILD)
Interview with Filmmaker Michael McCallum (LOVE IS WILD)

Interview with Filmmaker Greg Tudéla (BREAKDOWN)
Interview with Filmmaker Greg Tudéla (BREAKDOWN)

Interview with Filmmaker Greedy Goons (Seth Scott™ – elxr Track3 v2 3)
Interview with Filmmaker Greedy Goons (Seth Scott™ – elxr Track3 v2 3)

Interview with Filmmaker Hadi Moussally (POSITIVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Hadi Moussally (POSITIVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Tim Jockel (HYPRA)
Interview with Filmmaker Tim Jockel (HYPRA)

Interview with Filmmaker Roisin Kearney (THE FAMILY WAY)
Interview with Filmmaker Roisin Kearney (THE FAMILY WAY)

Interview with Filmmaker Mahée Merica (A SIGN)
Interview with Filmmaker Mahée Merica (A SIGN)

Interview with Filmmaker Natacha Thomas (BLOSSOM)
Interview with Filmmaker Natacha Thomas (BLOSSOM)

Video Interview with Filmmaker Sashi Arnold & Stephen Gallacher (UNEXPECTED ITEM)

Interview with Filmmaker Erika Kramer (SHE’S MARRYING STEVE)
Interview with Filmmaker Erika Kramer (SHE’S MARRYING STEVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Camille Liu Nock (BO & MEI)
Interview with Filmmaker Camille Liu Nock (BO & MEI)

Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Montoya (HIM)
Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Montoya (HIM)

Interview with Filmmaker P.J. Norton (EXPIRATION DATE)
Interview with Filmmaker P.J. Norton (EXPIRATION DATE)

Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)
Interview with Filmmaker David Lykes Keenan (BODIES OF WATER)

February 2019 Screenwriter Interviews

Read interviews with top screenwriters from around the world.

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Gracious Vallarious (VIN AND JILL)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Gracious Vallarious (VIN AND JILL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Farook Qais (THE PORTAL)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Farook Qais (THE PORTAL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Tartell (Hard-Hearted Hannah & Funny Boneyard)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Tartell (Hard-Hearted Hannah & Funny Boneyard)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Gregory N. Ranky (GECKO ON-SIGHT)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Gregory N. Ranky (GECKO ON-SIGHT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Maurizio Caduto (LIKE A BLOODY MONKEY)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Maurizio Caduto (LIKE A BLOODY MONKEY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anoop Judge (THE RUMMY CLUB)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anoop Judge (THE RUMMY CLUB)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter David Hearne (STARFARERS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter David Hearne (STARFARERS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anna Milun Walsh (GIRLS TV Show)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anna Milun Walsh (GIRLS TV Show)

Interview with Screenwriter Tali Zingman (HEADSTRONG)
Interview with Screenwriter Tali Zingman (HEADSTRONG)

Interview with Screenwriter Marilyn Lee (WOMEN OF STEEL)
Interview with Screenwriter Marilyn Lee (WOMEN OF STEEL)

Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (GINGER SNAP)
Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (GINGER SNAP)

Interview with Screenwriter Rodrigo Juatco (ROAR)
Interview with Screenwriter Rodrigo Juatco (ROAR)

November 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 8 different interviews with the best of new filmmakers from around the world.

Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)

Bevin Hamilton & Rachel Murphy (INCALL)
Interview with Filmmakers Bevin Hamilton, Rachael Murphy (INCALL)

Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)
Interview with Filmmaker Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)

Max Mortl (ISLAND)
Interview with Filmmaker Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel (ISLAND)

Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)
Interview with Filmmaker Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)

Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)
Interview with Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)

Mark Howling (OBE: THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark Howling (O.B.E. THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)

Andres Passoni (3:32)
Interview with Filmmaker Andres Passoni (3:32)

STEEL MAGNOLIAS, 1989

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS, 1989
Movie Reviews

Directed by Hebert Ross
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts
Review by Matthew Toffolo

SYNOPSIS:

Revolving around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. A film about female friendship. The funniest movie ever to make you cry.

REVIEW:

Steel Magnolias was one of three films that we owned when I was a kid growing up. The other two being Lethal Weapon 2 and When Harry Met Sally. Why we owned those films I had no idea, but I burned out the tapes after many viewings.

I had no idea what I was going to do with my life when I was 12-13 years old, All I knew is that I loved watching movies. But back then it was a world of only 5 TV channels, renting a movie at the video store was a big thing, and going to a movie theater was as rare as rain in Los Angeles. So Steel Magnolias was one of those films that I’ve seen many times. I hadn’t seen it in years until recently and it still stands the test of time.

This is a movie about friendship with a group of southern woman living in Louisiana. It could of easily been a movie about friendship of a group of athletes in a football locker room. The themes will remain the same. There is a lot of love in this movie and it was love that I craved for as a child, which is why I kept watching this film over and over again.

Only later did I realize that this is what they called a chick flick. And men weren’t supposed to watch this type of movie. So I abandoned Steel Magolias in my teenage years never to be watched again until 2009. Of course this is just silly stuff and I’m sure men would like these ‘chick flicks’ a lot more than woman do. After all, what better way understand women than to watch a movie about women?

I also grew up with a mother and two older sisters, so my influences growing up were mainly females. With their friends and other female family members, my mother and sisters formed a clan just like the women did in at the beauty shop in Steel Magnolias. A clan I attempted to join but was not welcome. They couldn’t talk the same when a boy was in presence. Of course I listened anyway as I eavesdropped on their conversations so I could hear what they talked about. A talent I formed then and continue to use to this day.

When the girls got together it was usually to talk about men and gossip about other woman. Why they were so fascinated about other people always blew my mind. After awhile the talk began a version of the same thing every time and that was when I fell in love with baseball and football. So I left the group of women behind and began to form or belong to my own male groups. In hindsight you sort of wish that there are more opportunities in life for woman and men to merge. But I guess these days there is, because almost as many men now go to beauty shops as woman do.

Watching Steel Magnolias was like watching my own mother and sisters. Except in the movie they were a lot nicer and the gossip talk always started with a rationalization to why they are speaking about someone else when they aren’t present. Gossip they did while they also learn a lot about themselves and their deep love to each other.

I loved the themes of this film and all of the performances are top notch. I always found it unfair that the male characters all had limited scenes but of course compared to almost every other Hollywood movie, this is a silly statement. Hollywood needs to tell more stories like this. And there are a ton of female actors who are ready and waiting for them.

 

Interview with Festival Director Rob Lobosco (MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL CINEMA EXTRAVAGANZA)

The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne’s leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Rob Lobosco: As a new film festival it is a great opportunity for filmmakers to submit and be part of something evolving, bringing together a collection of great films and celebrate their efforts.

2) What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival 2019?

A collection of great work in honour of the millions of mice that are used in research to save lives.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films?

Films will be judged and the best will be selected. Of course All film creations are the best in which case all films will get a mention.
We are most excited about looking for an amazing script.

4) Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

I think all festivals do their best In judging and sharing their viewpoint about the films. It is a collective decision amongst the judges and sometimes it may be disappointing to filmmakers not to be selected. But there is a huge celebration for filmmakers to complete a title and that’s the main focus for filmmakers to embrace. We all see the amazing creation in your film and are honoured to watch it and ‘not selected’ should not dishearten you, it should propel you to keep going.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Creation, stories, characters, situations and how they all blend together to become a film. Film fascinates me in that there are limitless ways to tell a story and the filmmaker chose this particular way. It’s amazing to judge film with this in mind.
The motivation also is for the life saving totem animal of our festival – mice.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Film freeway is a great platform and fantastic place to submit films all around the globe.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2023?

We see it as a hub for emerging new talent and with its creators actively writing, producing and judges for other film festivals, it will become something quite special for filmmakers. A festival to bring together film makers with their new creations, network, collaborate and ultimately create!

8) What film have you seen the most times in your life?

A few- Beaches, Titanic and Muriel’s Wedding!

9) In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Investigating a situation/story and truthfully following the character’s physical, emotional, esoteric and spiritual journey, makes an Oscar winning film.

10) How is the film scene in your city?

Melbourne is a multicultural hub for amazing artistic talent and wonderful films. It’s a great place to be to create.

Even though we are so far away ‘downunder,’ we are very well connected to filmmakers all over the globe because of the need to collaborate and connect and create!

October 2018 – Read Interviews with the best of NEW Poetry and Writers

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 9 different interviews with the best of new writers and poets from around the world.

Interview with Poet Lauren White (First Contact)
Interview with Poet Lauren White (First Contact)

Interview with Poet Susan L. Brown (Response To 8 Philosophers)
Interview with Poet Susan L. Brown (Response To 8 Philosophers)

Interview with Poet Sam Allen (Viola’s Rebellion)
Interview with Poet Sam Allen (Viola’s Rebellion)

Interview with Writer Pat Jourdan (DECEMBER)
Interview with Writer Pat Jourdan (DECEMBER)

Interview with Writer Peter Inson (HATS OFF TO THE TEACHERS, SMASHED)
Interview with Writer Peter Inson (HATS OFF TO THE TEACHERS, SMASHED)

Interview with Writer Diane Elliott (Remembering Momma)
Interview with Writer Diane Elliott (Remembering Momma)

Interview with Nia Markos (ELEMENTS: BOOK ONE)
Interview with Nia Markos (ELEMENTS: BOOK ONE)

Interview with Novelist James Charles (Spirit Of The Amaroq)
Interview with Novelist James Charles (Spirit Of The Amaroq)

Interview with Novelist Bogdan Dzakovic (FORTRESS OF DECEIT)
Interview with Novelist Bogdan Dzakovic (FORTRESS OF DECEIT)