Film Festival Interviews - International, Independent, Cult

Interview: Michael Ironside Talks TURBO KID, TOP GUN, Cronenberg And More

With his gruff voice and bald pate, Michael Ironside has been a stalwart character actor over many decades. With roles ranging from blockbusters to indies, he's managed to instill his brand of gravitas into many a project. From Cronenberg's... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Fantasia 2015 Interview: Axelle Carolyn Talks TALES Of HALLOWEEN

For those who haven't heard, Tales of Halloween is a whole lot of spooky fun, and if you're going to be at the Bruce Campbell Horror Fest inside Wizard World Chicago or Film4 FrightFest in London, you'll be able to see Tales before... More »

Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking THE MIDNIGHT SWIM And Emotional POV With Sarah Adina Smith

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Interview: Hallucinating and Elucidating MAGIC MAGIC with Director Sebastián Silva

Magic Magic is a tight psychological bit of hysteria on just how far a breach of social contract can go, that sees an awkward Michael Cera terrorizing wilting wallflower Juno Temple at an island cottage in Latin America. After being wowed by... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2013 Interview: Talking IT'S ME, IT'S ME With Miki Satoshi, Adrift in Montreal

Director Miki Satoshi is perpetually seen around the festival wearing a button-down Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses (even at night), and a trucker cap featuring the spartan logo of 'Standard California.' He takes off the latter for an occasional adjustment and you... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantasia 2012: Taking the (Toad) Road to Hell with Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres

Building a name for himself as a cinematographer (All Tomorrow's Parties, Teenage Paparazzo) and documentary filmmaker in the New York City film scene, Jason Banker dropped his first feature, Toad Road, into the Sève Cinema at Fantasia.  A... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

From Boys to Men: A Conversation with FUNERAL KINGS writer/director twins The McManus Brothers

After Funeral Kings screened to a full house in J.A. De Seve Theatre at Fantasia, the brothers McManus, Matt and Kevin, as well as their co-producer Michael McGarry bumped into me first at one of the usual end of the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Wolves in Sheep Clothing (Genre as Sartorial Satire): Robin Hardy talks the Legacy of The Wicker Man the Timing of The Wicker Tree, and 40 years of History

It has indeed been nearly 40 years since the release of the British cult film about cults: The Wicker Man.  Director Robin Hardy has a fairly sparse resume in the ensuing years, only a single film, and a single... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

The Northlander: talking to MARIANNE director Filip Tegstedt

Filp Tegstedt's Marianne stood out among some pretty impressive genre productions at the Leeds Film Festival 2011 given the Swedish director's debut almost doesn't feel like a conventional horror film at all. The story of a man eaten alive by... More »
By Matthew Lee   

FANTASIA 2011: Interview With Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Back during the 13th edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, while researching Tod Browning's The Unknown (1927), I chanced upon Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare's provocative essay " 'Even a Man Who is Pure in Heart': Filmic Horror, Popular Religion and... More »
By Michael Guillen   

FANTASIA 2011: EXLEY: Interview With Larry Kent

My first exposure to Canadian filmmaker Larry Kent was in Fantasia's tribute reel to the maverick producing team of John Dunning and André Link, co-founders of Québec's legendary Cinépix production company. That reel affords the opportunity to see Larry Kent... More »
By Michael Guillen   

NYAFF 2011: An Interview With Tsui Hark

[This interview with the Hong Kong maestro goes up under the NYAFF banner, as that is where Diva Velez sat down with Hark earlier this month. And for those wondering why there is no Detective Dee talk, the PR folks... More »
By Diva Vélez   

An Interview With YAKUZA WEAPON Star And Co-director, Tak Sakaguchi

[And as promised, Diva Velez's interview with YAKUZA WEAPON star/co-writer/co-director, Tak Sakaguchi, which is being cross-published at The Diva Review.]  The Lady Miz Diva:  Welcome back to the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts. You're returning with the... More »
By Diva Vélez   

An Interview with YAKUZA WEAPON Co-Director, Yudai Yamaguchi

[Yakuza Weapon, the latest from Versus writer and Battlefield Baseball director Yudai Yamaguchi and Sushi Typhoon madman Tak Sakaguchi screened two weekends back as a part of Japan Cuts and NYAFF and just last night at Fantasia. We now present... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Fantasia 2010: Don Bluth And Gary Goldman Talk The Past And Future Of Traditional Animation

[Our thanks to Mathieu Li-Goyette of Panorama Cinema for the following interview.]For the 14th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, programmers had the great idea of bringing up Don Bluth and Gary Goldman to given them an honorary award and... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantasia 2010: LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG Director Mladen Djordjevic Speaks.

[Our thanks to Dejan Ognjanovic and the fine people at Fantasia for allowing us to reprint the following interview with Mladen Djordjevic originally conducted for the Fantasia blog.]How did this screenplay come to be? Where did you get the idea... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantasia 2010: TT SYNDROME Director Dejan Zecevic Talks War And Horror.

[Our thanks to Dejan Ognjanovic and the fine people at Fantasia for allowing us to reprint the following interview with Dejan Zecevic originally conducted for the Fantasia blog.]When one says 'Serbian Horror', the immediate association is usually not movies, or... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantasia 2010: Simon Rumley and Tim League Talk RED, WHITE AND BLUE

[Our thanks to Kier-La Janisse and the fine people at Fantasia for allowing us to reprint the following interview with Tim League and Simon Rumley originally conducted for the Fantasia blog.]Simon Rumley blew my mind in 2006 with his debut... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantasia 2010: A Conversation With Stuart Gordon And Jeffrey Combs.

[Our thanks to Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau & Mathieu Li-Goyette of Panorama Cinema for the following interview.]We had the chance to meet Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs, both of them in Montréal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic Re-Animator... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantasia 2010: Tomas Villum Jensen Talks AT WORLD'S END

[Our sincere thanks to the Fantasia Festival and Kier-La Janisse for offering up some of the excellent, exclusive materials from the festival blog for wider consumption here at Twitch.]While Tomas Villum Jensen is familiar to Fantasia audiences from his acting... More »
By Todd Brown   
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