Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Exclusive Interview: Writer-Director Jay Jennings

— by AMANDA KOEHLER — Many avid film fans dream of making their own movie, but don’t know the steps to take or where to start. Truly, it can be overwhelming to think about. Thankfully, writer-director-producer (and editor, cinematographer, composer and actor) Jay Jennings, 45, who rece[...]

‘Girls on Film’ Project Tackles Gender Issues in Cinema

— by H.G. WATSON — A major criticism of Hollywood films is that they lack great roles for female characters. While pictures like “Black Swan” and “Winter’s Bone” show that change may be on the way, action films and your generic thrillers still tend to be pretty [...]

An Exclusive Interview With Writer-Director-Producer Jason Hewitt

— by AMANDA KOEHLER — As a kid, Jason Hewitt had big dreams of making it in the movies. But before hitting it big in Hollywood, Hewitt, born and raised in Louisiana, decided to try a more attainable career in the technology industry. In 1994, Hewitt, now 37, founded a Web site creation a[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Animator Teresa Drilling

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — For many of us, animated films were the first films we watched. From the classic Disney films to television shows like “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons,” animation can follow us throughout our lives. However, the animation process remains a mystery to mo[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Director Benjamin Parslow

— by H.G. WATSON — I spend a lot of time staying up till the wee hours of the night browsing film sites and Facebook looking for new and interesting movies to watch, a sleep-wrecking habit that began when I started reviewing films. The honest truth is that most of what I stumble upon is [...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actor Patrick Cavanaugh

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — It’s one of the essential questions we face as humans: what happens after we die? Do we go to heaven? Are we reincarnated? What if there’s nothing? All forms of media have tried to answer this question and for all any of us know, any of them could be the [[...]

Day Two of the Akron Film Festival

— by CHRIS HYATT — Day Two of the Akron Film Festival was the day about which I was the most excited. The “themes” for yesterday were exceeding expectations — for better or worse — and really, really good soundtracks. “Rhythmic Uprising,” a documentary[...]

Day One of the Akron Film Festival

— by CHRIS HYATT — The first day of the Akron Film Festival belonged to the hometown crowd. “The Real Bold Badmen” and “Sincerely, P.V. Reese” were the first movies screened at the third annual festival, and it was only fitting that they were shot locally in the A[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actor-Writer-Director Darrin Dickerson

— by ADAM POYNTER — Many people would like to get into the entertainment business, and many have tried and failed. One of those who has succeeded is the talented Darrin Dickerson. Having worked in almost every major part of film making, he has written, directed and produced movies, music[...]

Film-maker Ken Moore Discusses ‘Spaceless in Seattle’

— by BEV QUESTAD — Doesn’t everybody love an elephant? This is a four-minute, concise, well-done short on how the elephants are doing at the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle. Intelligently written, cleverly titled and efficiently presented, this short is a must-see. Remember when you[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actor Chris Tavares

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — At 17, many of us were fighting off senoritis, trying to take the easiest classes possible, and figuring out what colleges would accept us. Seventeen-year-old Chris Tavares, however, balances acting, football and school. He has already acted alongside comedic [...]

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel

In this interview, magazine publisher Hugh Hefner talks about his life and his role as an activist.[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Producer-Director Bess O’Brien

— by BEV QUESTAD — Bess O’Brien has been a leader in collaborative, authentic movie making, telling true-life stories personal struggles and challenges through film. This July she and her cast were awarded the 2010 SuAnne Big Crow Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Educatio[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actor Anthony Ingruber

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — Disney has a way of creating stardom for its proteges. Justin Timberlake was in the Mickey Mouse Club, Miley Cyrus stars in “Hannah Montana” and Zac Efron got his big break in “High School Musical.” Perhaps Anthony Ingruber starring in Disney’s upcom[...]