Category Archives: Interviews

November 27

Interview with directors Aram Collier and Moze Mossanen on Frameline

In all the festival coverage, and attending to family related matters, I forgot to share two interviews we did on Frameline recently. Host Barbara Goslawski and I concluded our coverage of both the Reel Asian Film Festival and the Regent Film Festival by speaking with two directors whose films played the festivals respectively. First, we […]

November 14

Reel Asian Interview with Alice Kim on Frameline

On the most recent episode of Frameline, Barbara Goslawski and I continue our Reel Asian Film Festival coverage by speaking with director Alice Kim about her short film Don’t Cry. We also reviewed Evan Wu’s The Boss and Chien-Hung LIEN’s 100th Birthday Wish, we also discussed some of the events and special programs that are […]

October 13

Interview: Alexandre O. Philippe on “78/52”

Alexandre O. Philippe is a practiced documentarian with a decided penchant for pop culture phenomena, especially films. In The People vs. George Lucas, he looked at the interaction between filmmakers and fans. In The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octupus, he commented on an octopus named Paul that correctly “predicted” eight consecutive World […]

September 21

TIFF interview with The Crescent’s Seth A. Smith and Danika Vandersteen on Frameline

In part three of Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Barbara Goslawski and I spoke to director Seth A. Smith and actress Danika Vandersteen about their film, The Crescent, which screened in the Midnight Madness programme. We also discuss a few other films that screened at the festival this year including: The […]

September 14

TIFF Interviews with Yassmina Karajah, Linsey Stewart, Mouna Traoré and Dan Browne on Frameline

In part two of Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Barbara Goslawski and I spoke with some fierce women who made great contributions to the Short Cuts programme. It was a pleasure to sit down with directors Yassmina Karajah (Rupture), Linsey Stewart (Bickford Park), and actress Mouna Traoré (The Drop In). We […]

September 06

TIFF Interview with Connor Jessup and Luis De Filippis on Frameline

This year I have the honour of co-hosting Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In the most recent episode, Barbara Goslawski and I spoke with directors Connor Jessup (known more for his acting work in American Crime and Closet Monster) and Luis De Filippis about their great short films, Lira’s Forest and […]

June 02

Interview: Director Steve James talks Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the story of Abacus Federal Saving Bank and the Sung family that runs it. To date, the bank is still the only federal bank to be indicted for fraud in connection with the 2008 financial crisis. Therefore, the film is a tale of family, community, perseverance, and the unequal […]

January 23

Interview: Michaël Dudok de Wit talks The Red Turtle

In his feature film debut, Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit has crafted a wonderful piece of visual storytelling in The Red Turtle.  Teaming up with the famous Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli and the French production studio Wild Bunch, Dudok de Wit’s story relies entirely on the animation to convey the mood and themes […]

February 13

Kiara C. Jones Talks Romantic Comedies, Diversity in Hollywood, and Why This Critic Got it Wrong.

There are certain things that are a given when conveying ones thoughts on film in a public sphere. The most common one being that not everyone will agree with your view. Being able to take what you dish out comes with the territory. So it was not a surprise to see an email from director/producer/writer […]

October 22

Interview: Trish Stratus, Cody Hackman and Allan Ungar on Gridlocked

The action-packed film Gridlocked recently had its Canadian premier at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The film follows a former SWAT leader, David Hendrix (Dominic Purcell), and a Hollywood actor, Brody Walker (Cody Hackman), as they, and a few select SWAT members, find themselves fighting off mercenaries intent on entering their facility and stealing […]