Read the best of NEW Interviews with Directors

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

  NEWS Interviews:

Interview with Adrian Buitenhui (I Am Heath Ledger) – A chat with the director of the successful documentary on the legendary actor.

Interview with Paul Verhoeven (promoting Golden Globe winning film “ELLE”) – A chat with the legendary director who gave a very candid interview on his process and favorite films.

Interview with Pauline Mabille (RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE) – Award winning short film director who is a filmmaker on the rise.

Interview with Nick Ledonne (HANGING) – A animation/documentary on the filmmaker’s experience attempting suicide. Must see film and must read interview.

Interview with Christian J. Harris (THE LONG GOODBYE) – About the experiences making the documentary about Alheimer’s disease.

Interview with Ashton Avila (HAVE A LITTLE FAITH) – On making the anti-religious comedy.

Interview with Paige K. Boudreau (NOSTOMANIA) – On making an experimental film.


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Interview with director Frank Aron Gårdsø (O)

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Frank Aron Gårdsø’s short film O was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2016 Horror/Thriller Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Frank Aron Gårdsø: I wanted to see if I was capable of making a scary film in broad daylight that did not have any monster, killer, villain or beast to scare you.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

FAG: I would say that the process moved rather fast. I think we were talking about it in the middle of summer, and we were out filming by the beginning of autumn of the same year. So from when we started to think about making the movie until we had a finish product it took us half…

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Interview with director Lior Sperando (PEOPLE OF NOWHERE)

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PEOPLE OF NOWHERE,  directed by Lior Sperando, was the winner of Best FILM at the July 2016 Under 5min. FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was one of the most popular films that has ever played at the festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Lior Sperando: I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU.

But Seeing the people behind the headlines with my own eyes, and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.

I wanted to show what I saw in the Greek island.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

LS: The shootings took about a week and the post another month.
So 5 weeks all together

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?


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Interview with filmmaker Tingting Liu (BEING)

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I chatted with Chinese animation filmmaker Tingting Liu about her short film BEING. It created a lot of reactions when it played at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in August.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of BEING:

Interview with Tingting Liu:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Tingting: About 12 years ago I watched a film called lost in Translation, I didn’t get its deep meaning at that time. But once I started my life in America, I remember that movie time to time. It is nice to be strong and independent. But sometimes it could be very hard to understand other people. It is even more difficult to read ourselves through other people. At first I thought it was just for international people. But now I feel it is for everyone, who has a lonely self hiding very deep inside. I am trying to show this…

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Interview with filmmaker Cedric Messemanne (AFTER)

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AFTER is what some might call an ‘arty’ film. It’s a short film that many would consider what this artform is all about. I recently chatted with the director Cedric Messemanne about AFTER and his reactions after it played at the August WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of AFTER:

Interview with Cedric Messemanne:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Cedric Messemanne: I initially wanted to make an ‘experimental documentary portrait’, but I quickly realized that I was more inspired by the character I had in my mind, as I did not want to change the mood and the rhythm I could picture. So it became a fictional portrait.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Cedric: It took me about a month to write it, two evenings to shoot it, and then…

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Interview with Writer/Director Jon Silverberg (DISAPPEARED)

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Canadian Director John Silverberg’s short film played at the January 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jon Silverberg: Growing up in the 1980s, my dad had a collection of hundreds of older films and television series. I loved the science fiction stories – particularly “The Twilight Zone”. While creating Disappeared the series was on my mind – not only for its wonderfully bizarre stories, but also for its rich and often everyday characters. Sometimes it was comedy, sometimes it was drama, sometimes it was romance – but it was always science fiction. These are the stories that I love to tell!

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

JS: I wrote the film in one night, but it took 6-8 months before we had the window of opportunity to…

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Interview with Composer/Vocalist Dominic Lewis (Money Monster, Batman v Superman)

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Dominic Lewis is a pure talent in the industry. He is a master vocalist, and composer of the new film “Money Monster”, directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney & Julia Roberts. I had the privilege to interview him and talk about his career and the art of music in film.

dominic_lewis_3.jpgInterview with Dominic Lewis:

Matthew Toffolo: You were credited at “Featured Vocalist” on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What did you do on that assignment for the film?

Dominic Lewis: A lot of vocals!!! Hans had created this incredible texture of a very distressed voice (in harmony sliding up to a single pitch and sliding back down to the chord) It was a long process and I couldn’t talk for a week after.

MT: How many instruments do you play? Do you have a favorite? And/or an instrument you’re most skilled at?

DL: I play a few…

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