Film Festival Interviews - International, Independent, Cult

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: UNCERTAIN TERMS' Actress Cindy Silver On Her Son, Director Nathan Silver

You think running a set in general is hard? Try doing it with your mother. In an IndieWire article where filmmakers were asked what they wish someone had told them before they started shooting, Uncertain Terms writer/director Nathan Silver answered: "Don't... More »

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: BILLY MIZE AND THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND Director Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders - who goes by "Joe" but is named William after his grandfather Billy Mize, the country music personality and star of Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound - didn't exactly realize who his grandfather was while growing up. He... More »

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: ECHO PARK Director Amanda Marsalis

Anyone who doesn't live in Echo Park (an eastside Los Angeles city-burbia-ish type enclave where everyone dresses cooler than you) doesn't get Echo Park. I don't live in Echo Park. Which is why I knew I needed to watch ECHO... More »

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: SUPREMACY Director Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor needed something he could sink his teeth into. After a few horror films and plugging away at being an independent filmmaker in this increasingly challenging market, the script about real-life white supremacist Garrett 'Tully' Fuller and his first... More »

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE dir. Spencer Parsons & actor/prod. Jonny Mars on Ghosts and Scooby Doo

Using Scooby Doo as a jumping off point, director Spencer Parsons's latest is a horror-parody of the classic cartoon series starring Ashley Spillers, Jonny Mars, Josephine Decker, and Adam Tate as questionably competent paranormal investigators. After the world premiere of... More »
By Lainna Fader   

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: IT'S A DISASTER with Writer/Directer Todd Berger & Actor David Cross

Twitch had the pleasure of sitting down with Todd Berger, the writer/director of IT'S A DISASTER, and one of the principal cast members, David Cross. The interview, in one of the "Ultra Chiq" apartments of the Watermarke Tower was... More »
By Alex Koehne   

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: A BAND CALLED DEATH Co-Dirs Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino On The Discovery That Changed Punk Rock History

A BAND CALLED DEATH is the story of an all-black proto-punk band from Detroit who waited over thirty years to get their due. Active in the early 70s, Death--teenage brothers David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney--were largely ignored and their only... More »
By Lainna Fader   

LAFF 2012 Interview: The Wonderfully Weird Wayne White and BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING Director Neil Berkeley

A few days ago I was talking to BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING's director Neil Berkeley on Twitter about setting up an interview. I saw the film a few days ago and it's unquestionably one of the best of the fest.... More »
By Chase Whale   

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK Co-Directors J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker On Working With Bluegrass Playing Aliens

After seeing a couple stills in the festival guide, sci-fi comedy THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK immediately became one of my most anticipated films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Flight of the Conchords is a natural reference... More »
By Lainna Fader   

LAFF 2012 Interview: PINCUS Writer/Director David Fenster

I have a lot of respect for David Fenster. He made an excellent movie called PINCUS, about a slacker with heart who takes cares of his father with Parkinson's Disease. He got really up-close-and-personal for the film and cast... More »
By Chase Whale   

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: Alex Karpovsky On His Commitment Phobia, Death Anxiety, and New Film RED FLAG

RED FLAG follows the misadventures of narcissistic indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, after a bad breakup with his longtime girlfriend, hits the road to take his latest film (WOODPECKER, which Karpovsky actually directed in 2008) on a mini-tour across... More »
By Lainna Fader   

LAFF 2011: Lee Tamahori Crafts THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE

In light of his directorial debut, the intense 1994 drama Once Were Warriors, New Zealand director Lee Tamahori was a surprising choice to head up several big budget Hollywood action films including the final Pierce Brosnan Bond film, Die Another... More »
By Charles Webb   

LAFF 2011: A Chat with LAFF's David Ansen and Doug Jones

The Los Angeles Film Festival has undergone a number of changes in recent years - growing larger and moving downtown most notably. Last year's change of venues proved a big success, garnering the festival its highest attendance numbers and most... More »
By Ryland Aldrich