Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Mary Gerretsen’s short film “ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?” played at the first ever LA FEEDBACK Film Festival in 2016.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mary Gerretsen: I wanted to make this film because I love comedies and I wanted to showcase old people in a bizarre romantic scenario. So often older people are seen as a grandparent in films, I wanted to change that.

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

MG: It took me a month to make this product.

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

MG: quirky romance

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

MG: The biggest obstacle I faced in making this film was the heat. One of my actors had prostate cancer and had just taken some…

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Interview with director Mathilde Neau (UNBIND)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Mathilde Neau’s short dance film played to rave reviews at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mathilde Neau: My first motivation in films is to express feelings, thoughts, to answer questions with body expression. Talking with dance. This was the leading of my project, exploring sensations and trying to catch them in film. My curiosity to approach a world with subtlety and without words, my want to transmit an organic message was the center of the project.

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

The idea emerged from questions I had inside of me from a long time, and it took me around five months from the first draft of the script to the final edit to finalize Unbind. But I can say the creation process just started. This…

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Interview with director Ruth Pickett (LE BELLE FOLIE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

LE BELLE FOLIE was awarded BEST MUSIC at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor to interview the director of the unique and imaginative comedy.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ruth Pickett: I’ve been writing for a long time, working on various different projects, almost all comedic – but I’d reached the point where I just wanted to get something made. My partner encouraged me to make the step from being just a writer to a writer/director; so in 2016 I ran a crowdfunding campaign to make four low-budget short films, of which this was one – and was very fortunate in hitting the target. I shot all four in 2016 and am now taking them around film festivals.

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

Probably about a year. I…

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Interview with director Pauline Mabille (RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

The French film “RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE” was awarded BEST FILM at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with the extremely talented director Pauline Mabille.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Pauline Mabille: Since I was a little girl I wanted to be an actress but I was too shy and unconfident about myself. So I was wondering what are my passions?: Cinema, writing and photography. So I decided to make movies.

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

It took me a year to make this movie because it was my first one and I didn’t go to film school (too expensive in France), so I’m totally self-educated. I used to watch a lot of behind the scenes videos to learn and I read a lot…

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Interview with director Paige K. Boudreau (NOSTOMANIA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

NOSTOMANIA is an experimental film from Canada that played to rave reviews at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Paige K. Boudreau: I’ve long had an interest in urban exploration, particularly from my roadtrips across rural Saskatchewan. The biggest find I ever had was the abandoned town Froude, SK – which is about a half hour drive from where my grandparents used to live. Froude was special because there were several buildings still standing, as well as a plaque commemorating the town. That made it easy to research and discover the truth behind these haunting structures. Originally I had imagined the project as more of a documentary about Froude, but the more time I spent there the more I realized that Froude represented this condition of nostomania within me, and that was what I was really seeking to capture.

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Interview with director Ashton Avila (HAVE A LITTLE FAITH)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Ashton Avila’s short film played at the April 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. Part of the best of Female Director’s showcased.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ashton Avila: I wanted to tell a story about a girl that I understood but most people don’t. Faith was that girl.

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

In total the film was made in about 5 months. We spent about a month with the script, 3 months in pre-production, shot for 3 days and were in post production for about two months.

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

Bible Comedy

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Probably trying to get everything we needed at such different locations in 3 days (especially finding a church that would let…

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NOSTOMANIA Short Film – Audience Feedback from April 2017 Female Film Festival

FEEDBACK Female Film Festival

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTERNOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
Directed by Paige K. Boudreau

Nostomania [nos-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] is an intense homesickness, or a passion for nostalgia.

Director Statement

I have always had a fascination with abandoned buildings and urban exploration. NOSTOMANIA is an exploration into why that fascination exists, and how it affects our lives.

Film Type:Experimental, Short

Runtime:1 minute 59 seconds

Completion Date:October 17, 2016

Production Budget:1,000 USD

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:iPhone 5s

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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