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I met Ali Murat Erkorkmaz twenty years ago in an international animation conference in London. He was full of energy and new ideas and beyond that he was an inventor, and a genius in artificial intelligence. Hollywood was too  too conservative to understand the future that Ali Murat was offering them. Using Ali Murat’s ideas Amazon and Apple could have presented Alexa and Siri much earlier. After twenty years I contacted Ali Murat in Izmir, Turkey, where he resides, and interviewed him for a short film about his work and life: https://vimeo.com/431255391 Ali Murat Erkorkmaz graduated from Istanbul Technical University…

It is almost over three years that I had the privilege of meeting Mark Pellington in person and interview him for his amazing body of work in narrative feature filmmaking and creating  many of the best music videos of our time. Mark is a very kind and humble artist and human being. (Bijan Tehrani) I asked Mark, if he wants to pick his top 5 music videos which ones he may choose: https://vimeo.com/431371957 Mark Pellington is an American filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Bill Pellington, a linebacker who played football with the…

Working Man is not only one of the best American films I have seen in recent years. An honest film that deals with an ordinary life of a middle aged man that all he knows from life is working for a factory, a tragic life that Hollywood never deals with. the simple, but well thought and beautiful structure of the Working Man reminds me the good Italian New Realist films. I had the opportunity of speaking to Robert Jury, writer and director of the Working Man on camera (Bijan Tehrani): https://vimeo.com/415824445 Somewhere in the Rust Belt of America another factory is…

Kino Marquee is a new initiative that creates “virtual cinemas” for temporarily closed independent theaters. Local audiences support their community’s theater in these uncertain times by buying a virtual “ticket” to watch the film. Their ticket purchases directly support their local art house as all revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor, just as if they bought their ticket at the theater’s box office. Kino Marquee currently works with over 200 art house theaters across the nation. To learn more about how the idea of Virtual Cinemas work we had an on camera interview with Nicholas Kemp is the Director of…

How could I have missed a beautiful film like Nine Lives by Rodrigo Garcia, a film about nine women, in nine episode, happening in real time. How could I have known so little about this great filmmaker? If Rodrigo Garcia was French, now his amazing films were all over the film clubs and film critics would have compete to adiring and analysing them. I am going to write about each one of Rodrigo Garcia very soon and we help you to find them and watch them.  I owe this to myself for my ignorance and not knowing his body of amazing films.…

Advocate- (Israel/Canada/Switzerland) is documentary feature film  directed by Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche – This intimate and moving documentary spotlights fiercely optimistic and compassionate human rights attorney Lea Tsemel as she continues her lifelong mission of defending the defenseless, despite the torrent of backlash she receives for being an Israeli lawyer seeking justice for Palestinians accused of terrorism. Advocate was in Academy Awards Shortlist for Feature Documentary Oscar and it also won GoE Bridging The Borders Award at 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival. To learn more about making of Advocate we had a phone interview with  Rachel Leah Jones…

HAIR LOVE, nominated for the Short Animated Film Oscar and directed by Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr. and Bruce W. Smith, is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across – doing his daughter’s hair for the first time. We had the opportunity to interview Bruce W. Smith, one of the HAIR LOVE directors on camera: https://vimeo.com/389876500 Directors: MATTHEW A. CHERRY – In 2007, after retiring from the NFL, Matthew A. Cherry moved to Los Angeles, and switched gears to begin work…

Sister, nominated for the Animated Short Film Oscar, is about a man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently? We had to interview Siqi Song , director of the Sister on camera: https://vimeo.com/389543939 Siqi Song is a Chinese writer & director currently based in Los Angeles. Her work has been recognized internationally by Sundance, SXSW, BAFTA, and ASIFA-Hollywood. Song graduated from California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Experimental Animation, since then she has worked on…

Two South American films were awarded at the 31st annual edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival: The Peruvian film Song Without a Name / Canción sin nombre by Melina León received the New Voices/New Visions Award and the Colombian film Monos by Alejandro Landes was the winner of the Ibero-American Award. Additionally, the Mexican film Workforce / Mano de obra, the debut feature by David Zonana, received a Special Mention in the Ibero-American competition. We interviewed Melina León after receiving her award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/385577044 Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political…

Hell on The Border, Written and directed by Wes Miller, stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) and co-stars Frank Grillo (“The Grey,” “Black and Blue,” “Captain America”), Ron Perlman (“Hand of God,” “Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Jaqueline Fleming (“The Quad,” “The Walking Dead,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) and Vernon Davis (“Baywatch,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The League”). We had the opportunity of interviewing Wes Miller for a podcast about making of Hell on the Border: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/hellonborder Hell on the Border is a western thriller set in 1875 and based on the true story…

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