Interview with Brandon Ruckdashel (Program Director) NewFilmmakers NY

Brandon Ruckdashel has served as a film programmer for NewFilmmakers, YoungFilmmakers, and as a juror for the Asian American International Film Festival.

NewFilmmakers NY is a weekly screening series based at Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side. To learn more about the NewFilmmakers Festival and to submit your film, go to their website at http://www.newfilmmakers.com/

1) What is NewFilmmakers succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Unlike most festivals we run as a year round series. We program a minimum of 55 events a year and this brings our total films screened to between 750-1000 depending on if we receive extra dates.

With the flexibility our screening schedule gives us we are able to do more diverse and varied programs. We can screen films that many festivals would pass over simply because they do not “fit in.” We also make a special effort to program events that focus on groups traditionally marginalized by the mainstream Hollywood film industry. These groups include women filmmakers, our NewLatino series, and nights specifically for black filmmakers.

2) What are the qualifications for the selected films? Does the film need to be made by a first time filmmaker?

We do not have any specific qualifications. Needing to be a first time filmmaker is actually a very misunderstood representation of our name. We believe that all filmmakers who produce independent non-studio backed films fall into the NewFilmmaker category.

Many NewFilmmakers alumni return each year with their new film or films and we enjoy following their progress.

We are always looking for documentaries to fill into our programs and this coming June we are programming an entire month of LGBT themed films.

3) How many events to do you a year?

55 events per year. We also occasionally add in between 3-7 day festivals as our schedule allows.

4) Where is your cinema located in New York City? How is the area for the arts/film scene?

The Lower East side is the historic New York arts district. No other part of New York city can claim as many artists in residence.

We are located at Anthology Film Archives on 32 Second avenue (corner of 2nd street & 2nd avenue)

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival for the last 19 years? When did you come aboard?

We originally started NewFilmmakers as an opportunity for NYU film students, who had no access to a theater, for screening their student projects. NewFilmmakers continues to provide opportunities for filmmakers to screen films that might be passed over by traditional film festivals. Screening at Anthology Film Archives amongst the posters for films shot by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage sharpens this motivation.

I joined as a volunteer six years ago handling technology and marketing. We launched an online distribution platform (NewFilmmakersOnline), a new scheduling interface for the website, and the NewFilmmakers Quarterly Magazine. I took over programming duties about three years ago and have enjoyed using my understanding of the filmmaking process to help promote filmmakers and give them screening opportunities.

6) How has the festival changed since its inception?

NewFilmmakers started out as a “no fees, no forms, no deadlines” event and has evolved into an established and well respected screening series. Although we still receive them on rare occasions we definitely screen a lot less VHS.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2020?

That is a tough question to answer. So much has already changed in the last year with the addition of DCP as a screening format and moving our nightly events to all digital delivery. Four years seems like a short period of time, but their are many technological advances expected within the film industry by then. Not least of these is the advent of HEVC replacing H264 which will see our goal of moving to “all digital” delivery become practical.

On the programming side I see more featurette programs putting two or three 30+ minute films together. Unfortunately filmmakers have decided to increase the length of their shorts instead of taking a risk and shooting a feature. This has begun to cause some real programming problems in the last two years.

8) What film have you seen the most times?

I think that’s a toss up between the original “Star Wars” trilogy and “Hook” with Robin Williams. Star Wars appeals to me the most because the technology to make it barely existed and the innovations they were forced to make come across distinctly and add a rough edge, which makes it feel real.

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

Succinct simple efficient pacing which illustrates a story while not trying to prove the intelligence of the filmmaker who directed it.

10) What would one expect when they attend your festival?

We have a photographer. We have a step-and-repeat. We have a party. We always encourage filmmakers to work with each other to bring beverages and snacks.

Every night is a different night. We program in a way that filmmakers with similar styles, genres, and interests are screening together. This creates an incubator type atmosphere where there are a number of filmmakers who can walk away from the night having made new friends or met people they’d like to work with on future projects.

When a filmmaker gets invited to a festival it is really up to them to take control of the atmosphere for the evening. Print a “step-and-repeat,” a few large format posters, and bring lots of information about your film. People love seeing films when they know it will be turned into an event and I can attest that the energy and money put into promoting is always returned by the energy of the audience that it attracts.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is a multiple award winning short filmmaker. He is currently the Festival Director for the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Screenplay Festival.

Interviewee Brandon Ruckdashel is a New York based actor and filmmaker who recently finished production on his debut feature “Grinder.” As an actor he starred in HBO/Cinemax’s hit series “Co-ed Confidential” and numerous made-for-TV movies directed by Roger Corman alumnus Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski. Brandon’s production company Ruckus Film Works specializes in post production, extreme dialogue denoising, and other delivery services (including DCP authoring).

He can be contacted through facebook at facebook.com/b.ruckdashel

his website www.BrandonRuckdashel.com

or Brandon@NewFilmmakers.com

 

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Watch MURDER Stories from the Film & Writing Festival

Watch winning stories and movies showcased at the Writing and Film Festival in the MURDER genre: Short, Feature, TV Screenplays. Short Stories. Novels. Stage Plays. Poems. Stories from festival made into movies: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/murder_stories.html

Watch the best of stories and film with a murder plot from the festival:

AWAKE TO MURDER – Stage Play
September 2014 Reading
Written by Reece Pocock
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/awake_to_murder.html

NOVEL READING – From PRISONER PRODIGAL PAWN
November 2014 Reading
Written by Robert J. Sparkman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/balloon_chase_scene.html

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – NIGHTDOVES
September 2014 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Lloyd
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/nightdoves.html

SCREAMWRITER – Short Script
May 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/screamwriter.html

TV PILOT – FAUST
April 2015 Reading
Written by Niel Thompson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/faust.html

Short Script: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
May 2015 Reading
Written by Nat & Digs Palazzo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/honor_among_thieves.html

THE HOPPER Short Film
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_hopper.html
Animation, Germany

FAMILIAR Short Film
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/familiar.html
Horror, Canada

FOUND FOOTAGE Short Film
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video
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Drama, Canada

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Also, Free logline submissions. The Writing Festival network averages over 95,000 unique visitors a day.
Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

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Interview with Greg Coffey, Festival Director of Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival

OTF is a Perth based internationally recognised festival, that aims to develop, encourage and promote filmmakers, and expand the world of comedy to the nation and the world; equally giving new and independent filmmakers of the world the opportunity to have their films seen in a festival dedicated to the wide & wild genre ‘comedy’.

Our definition of comedy is – A film driven by, or ultimately concluding with and excellent sense of humour.

http://www.overthefence.com.au/

Matthew Toffolo interview Greg Coffey:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Greg: Our mission is to offer a refreshing challenge to people’s ideas of ‘what comedy is’; to give our audience a whole new experience of the way in which funny stories can be told through a the wide variety of filmmaking styles, genres, and from all countries across the world!

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Greg: Our 1st festival was held in 1 venue in Perth. Since then we have grown to be the big-gest touring comedy film festival in Australia- touring to over 40 centres and screens across Australia. And we have been invited to screen in Brazil & the UK.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Greg: Can range12 -16 short films. This year we have 12 short films selected

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?

Greg: This year we have an amazing selection of comedy shorts dealing with a view on love, angst & the peculiar deception life can – & filmmakers do – take us on.

We delve in to ‘dreams & peeing in bed!’; a ‘faecal existential crisis’; ‘many failed suicide attempts’; that first ‘meeting with your girlfriend’s parents’… and if u think that’s gotta be seriously & wickedly odd then wait ‘til you see the; bizarre world of the ‘new middle class; ‘desperately looking young’; and, ‘the trials of love, love … and love’s failure!!!

Get ready for the incredibly rich & strange worlds according to twelve amazing filmmakers from across the planet, and, all with an excellent sense of humour!

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Greg: Each year we do have a theme, and it is created from the films selected. We do not look for it, nor, ask for it, it simply arises from the selection of films. It’s kind of mysterious that once selected its almost like it pops out! The theme that arose for this years fest is Love, Angst & Other Deceptions.

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Greg: We will be screening in a cities and centres as we have done. I see us featuring special events, ie indie & new features and long shorts in a cross section of co-produced events in Major festivals.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?

Greg: Perth is an exciting city for indie and grassroots filmmaking.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Greg: Tricky question , way too many on my list, so going for the one that left me most impacted me, and challenged me at the same time. That’s got to be the ‘Life of Brian’. Why? – because of how they were able to usurp religion and the crazy belief systems humans want to live by, all-the-while presenting the bizarre concern/reluctance to be an individual… and that scene is the BEST! There are few comedy feature films which have come near to being so radical, challenging, and, had so much to say, all with an excellent sense of humour – since.

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival . He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Interview with Yogesh Baraskar, Founder Goa Short Film Festival

Matthew Toffolo interviews the Founder/Director of the Goa Short Film Festival:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – The goal of Goa Short Film Festival is to provide the platform for new taelnt in the field of cinema making. in India ti is really common thing now to become a short film maker but they are not getting good chance to showcase their talent. We want to provide that.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – The festival has change immensely since its inception. thought it is only the second edition of the festival. We are also organizing Pune Short Film Festival for last five years, so the helps us to spread our new Goa Short Film Festival

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In its 1st year only we have received more than 400 films across 23 countries. out of the we have selected 87 films in the competition section of the festival and we showcased all the 87 films in the festival.

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In 2015 we are expecting more than 600 films across 30 countries. our festival jis getting good shape and jit is spreading especially across USA and Europe.

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – No our festival does not have any particular theme. it is open for all the Genre and all the categories of the films and film makers

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In the next five years we are planning to become not only India’s but one of the Asia’s top film festival. we want to grow not only in terms of prize money but in terms of number of quality films.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – in Goa We have very good film culture. most of the young filmmaker are coming ahead to showcase their talent through the short films.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – I personally watched and like all the films of Satyajeet Ray, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Majidi Majidi

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival . He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.