News: Fantasia Film Festival Announces First Wave of Titles

News: Fantasia Film Festival Announces First Wave of Titles

The Fantasia International Film Festival recently announced the first wave of programming for its 25th edition of the festival, which will take place online from August 5 to 25, 2021. You can find the full list of titles in the first wave here, and one interesting aspect of this year’s festival is featuring a focus [...]

“Drive All Night” Interview | Sarah Dumont | The Filmcraziest Show

“Drive All Night” Interview | Sarah Dumont | The Filmcraziest Show

Here's my last interview in my series of four interviews for the neo-noir film DRIVE ALL NIGHT. This time I speak with Sarah Dumont for the film, which is currently playing at CAAMFest 2021. We talk about her role in the film, the way she approaches acting, her guest spot on "The League," modeling, video games and more.

Interview: Writer and Director Travis Andrade for his Short Film, “Wesley” (written)

Interview: Writer and Director Travis Andrade for his Short Film, “Wesley” (written)

Premiering today as part of the New Haven International Film Festival, Travis Andrade’s short film Wesley is a film about a young kid, the titular Wesley (played by Jacob Sandler), who encounters one of his brother’s friends who has a 3D printed gun, which Wesley would love to have as he worships his own toy gun. The film explores the impact of American gun culture on the developing psychology of an 12-year-old boy.

Before the festival – which runs from today, May 12 through Saturday, May 15 – I was able to have a back-and-forth conversation with Travis Andrade, the film’s writer and director, over e-mail. Find those questions and answers below, which has been edited for clarity:

Interview: Director Scott Gawlik and table setter Tim Wyckoff for their table-setting documentary, “Set!” (The Filmcraziest Show @ Hot Docs)

Interview: Director Scott Gawlik and table setter Tim Wyckoff for their table-setting documentary, “Set!” (The Filmcraziest Show @ Hot Docs)

Set! is a documentary about something that only frequent state fair goers may have heard of, and that’s the world of competitive table setting (or table scaping). It’s not a race to set the dinner table; but a decorative art (with all the competition of sports) where table setters compete for beautiful ribbons. The film [...]

Interview: Daniel Edelstyn, co-director and producer of the new documentary “Bank Job” (The Filmcraziest Show, Hot Docs)

Interview: Daniel Edelstyn, co-director and producer of the new documentary “Bank Job” (The Filmcraziest Show, Hot Docs)

In this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I spoke with Daniel Edelstyn, one of the directors and producers of the new documentary Bank Job, which is premiering as a part of the Hot Docs Film Festival. The film was filmed over five years and is about a filmmaking duo – a husband-and-wife team of Edelstyn and Hilary Powell – who educate themselves and their community in financial literacy as they build their own bank with a goal of helping alleviate some debt in the U.K.

In the episode we chat about some of the inspirations for the film (like The Italian Job), the original thought of wanting to have a superhero saving debt instead of building a bank, how the pair of filmmakers explained certain concepts, designing the money and getting community support and bringing them into the film, as well as vodka empires and the Ukrainian mafia, potential sequels and much more in between.

Interview: Tony Ahedo, writer, producer and director of “Icon” (The Filmcraziest Show)

Interview: Tony Ahedo, writer, producer and director of “Icon” (The Filmcraziest Show)

Icon is a coming-of-age drama about skateboarder Sam (Parker Padgett), who is struggling with potentially becoming a father with girlfriend Ana (Devon Hales), and he takes a look into himself and his icons that have defined his life. I was able to chat with the writer, director, producer and editor of the film, Tony Ahedo, about his feature debut ICON, where we chat about how personal this story is to him, the visuals in the flashback scenes, and much more.

Interview: Theo Rhys and Joss Holden-Rea on their award-winning short film “Stuffed” (The Filmcraziest Show)

Interview: Theo Rhys and Joss Holden-Rea on their award-winning short film “Stuffed” (The Filmcraziest Show)

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to talk with the filmmakers – director and co-writer Theo Rhys and co-writer and composer Joss Holden-Rea – behind the short film Stuffed, a musical about a taxidermist who dreams of stuffing a human, and she thinks she may have finally found her muse. The U.K. film premiered last month at the SXSW film festival and won the Special Jury Recognition award for Bold Vision at the festival. I was able to chat with them after the festival about their film.

Cleveland International Film Festival Review: I Am (2021, Short)

Cleveland International Film Festival Review: I Am (2021, Short)

I Am is a new short film from director Jerry Hoffman and writer Florens Huhn, the film follows the withdrawn Noé (Sheri Hagan), a woman who suffers from constant night terrors. On one of her morning walks, she finds a woman in the forest and takes her home. This woman, Ela (Melodie Wakivuamina), also happens to be an android. Noé takes her home and reactivates her, beginning a strange relationship which eventually gets a bit stranger as Ela starts to copy Noé, as the short film becomes an a unique tale about a robot and a woman.

The Filmcraziest Show Interview: Lexy Hammonds as Cara in “Drive All Night”

The Filmcraziest Show Interview: Lexy Hammonds as Cara in “Drive All Night”

I was able to chat with actress Lexy Hammonds who plays Cara in the new, surrealist neo-noir film "Drive All Night" that recently premiered at Cinequest. In the film, Hammonds plays Cara, a mysterious passenger who gets in the backseat of a taxi driven by reclusive driver Dave (Yutaka Takeuchi). In the conversation, we discuss the film's premiere, what it was like building chemistry with Yutaka, costume design, video games, conspiracy theories and much more.