Interviews

Interview Ced Pakusevskij

EMBODIMENT

Ced Pakusevskij is a Director and Creative Director specialised in visual communications for fashion, cinema, broadcast and music. Ced grew up on the fertile creative ground of Milan and Los Angeles, where he created his unique style. His Fashion Films and Brand Campaigns received numerous awards in Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Berlin and others. His work is featured on Nowness, Vogue, HypeBeast, i-D magazine, Motionographer, Computer Arts. Ced has won more than 20 Promax World Gold Awards for Best Design and Art Direction.

Interview Dorith Mous

TOGETHER-ALONE

Multiple award-winning, Dutch multi-hyphenate Dorith Mous (1986), was seemingly born into her art, gaining beautiful knowledge of physical form and capturing depth from a sub- ject through her own nomadic experience as a fashion model for two decades. Having moved fluidly from a storied career in front of the lens to one behind it, as a photog- rapher and filmmaker, Dorith elicits an artful finesse of the soul – one in which her subjects both exude and challenge the archetypes of beauty, while provoking ideas, ideals and ideol- ogies. With her successful anti-discriminatory exhibition in New York City, entitled IamYOU, and her ongoing cinematic series Together-Alone, which focusses on destigmatizing mental health, Dorith continues to create awareness by means of harvesting the honesty that per- meates through her portraiture of subjects. Filmography Body Language [Short Film] – Director/Actor, 2015 Primary [Short Film] – Actor, 2017 NYCHapters [Short Film] – Producer, 2017 Together-Alone [Episodical] – Director & Producer, 2020 Don Diablo – Into the Unknown [Music Video] – Director & Producer, 2021

Interview Sarah Polhaus

THE BOY´S GONE

Sarah Christina Polhaus is a screenwriter/communication advisor/short filmmaker living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Raised in San Diego, California, Sarah started recording horror stories on a tape recorder for her friends at an early age. The tapes resulted in numerous complaints from parents over the stories’ graphic nature and consequently their children’s sleepless nights. After returning to Copenhagen, Sarah graduated from the European Film College with the horror short “Zoe”. She soon after started producing short, educational films for a phobia treatment center exploring adult anxiety. Upon receiving a degree in communication Sarah worked for eight years at IBM as a communication advisor. Whole new level of scary. In 2012 Sarah graduated with an MFA in film studies specializing in the horror genre from University of Copenhagen. During this time she wrote and directed two supernatural horror shorts “The Sorrow” (2010), “The Widower” (2012) and “The Boy’s Gone” (2020). Sarah also holds a Certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Professional Programs and has subsequently taken two advanced screenwriting classes. For the past five years Sarah has been a member of a talented, international writer’s group exploring all genres. Sarah won the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition in 2016 and 2018 making her one of just three who have won the competition twice. She is currently listed on Coverfly’s “Red List” for best rated screenplays. Sarah has also won and placed in numerous other competitions with both features and shorts. Austin Film Festival (Winner 2016 and 2018) BlueCat (Semi-Finalist 2017) ScreenCraft (Semi-Finalist 2015 and 2016) Fresh Voices (Winner 2018) Shore Scripts (Semi-Finalist 2019) Table read my screenplay (Finalist 2018) Oxford Film Festival (Semi-Finalist 2018) Nasville Film Festival (Finalist and Semi-Finalist 2017 and 2018) Hollyshorts (Semi-Finalist and Finalist 2017, 2018 and 2019) Calcutta International Film Festival (Winner 2017) The Meryl Streep Writers Lab (Semi-Finalist 2019) Irish International Science Fiction Competition (Winner 2018) The Golden Script Competition (Winner 2018) Los Angeles International Film Festival (Winner 2020) Big Apple Film Festival ( Official Selection 2020) Indie Shorts Awards NYC (Official Selection 2021) Sarah strives to bring originality back to the trite conventions of the horror genre. She feels the supernatural powers at large should be born out of character’s inner struggles and deepest, darkest fears.

Interview Rachel Thomas

THE SQUIRRELS IN THE ATTIC

Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and independent filmmaker. Some of her recent awards include being named to the ISA’s Top Twenty-Five Screenwriters to Watch in 2021, the 2020 Grand Prize in the ISA’s Shoot Your Short Contest, the Female Filmmaker Award at the Lonely Seal International Film Festival, New England Film Star Awards Finalist, Best First Time Director in the New York Movie Awards, and Best Narrative Short Film Director at the Mystic Film Festival. Her film The Squirrels in the Attic, based on her award-winning screenplay, has been recognized in over 14 film festivals and won six awards to date. In the Company of Crows, written and directed by Rachel, is scheduled for release in early 2021, along with a film based on her multi-award-winning screenplay, The Influencer, which will be premiering at Hollyshorts Film Festival.

Interview Runar Thor

HANN

Born in Iceland, Runar Thor is a writer and filmmaker currently residing in New York City with his partner and two cats. The short film HANN, which Runar wrote, directed and produced, was his first venture into filmmaking.

Interview Bonnie Mckee

APRIL KILLS THE VIBE

What are our responsibilities to our friends- especially on a wild night out?After a rowdy New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, party girl April wakes up and realizes she’s been sexually assaulted. Spiraling and unclear on what happened, she does her best to hide it from her sober, responsible boyfriend Grant until she can call her fair weather friend Lola to fill in the blanks. But superficial, dismissive Lola wasn’t looking out for April in the way that girlfriends “should”—and Lola snaps after April questions her character and integrity. In a nasty argument, Lola cites April’s promiscuous past as evidence that April was, in fact, asking for it. Devastated by Lola’s slut-shaming, April faces a difficult question: Was this really her fault? This problematic thought prompts April to finally join Grant at an AA meeting to start the year off right for a change. April Kills The Vibe is a film that poses timely questions about how women hold themselves accountable to one another—and to themselves.

Interview Kai Lendzion

RESIDUE

Visual photography and videography have been life-long passions of mine and my biggest drive is to create pieces that are thought provoking and visually pleasing. Coming out of Orlando, Florida and moving to Asheville, NC at a young age, I always wanted to have my hands on a camera. Growing up, I always acknowledged the importance of storytelling. As a child, I would create soundscapes of WWII bomb raids and fantastical battles showcasing the love for story through sound. I strongly believe that sound plays an extraordinary role in perceiving a film and look for new ways to bring visuals and sounds together to create strong storylines. Throughout my years in Asheville, I started developing my film passion and learned more about sound design and on-set sound. Since then, I have been lucky enough to attend a prestigious film school, work on a multitude of different professional sets, and study with high-end professional equipment. In school, I had the opportunity to write and direct a series of short films, one being relatively successful as my debut short film which is currently on the festival circuit. I now have my BA in film and photography from Ringling College of Art and Design. My specialized focus is cinematography, sound, editing and directing. I look forward to entering the industry as a professional.

Interview Cha Cha da Vinci

JACK

Cha Cha da Vinci is an ex-pat American living in Montreal. She is a dancer, a singer-songwriter and a storyteller, having collaborated with award winning composer, Stephen Gaboury to create the sci-fi cabaret show, Crystal 6 (NYC), with Zette, renowned NYC performance artist, forming the infamous group, Andronyx and signing with 25 West Records to write and record, For The Same Man, which shot up the Billboard Dance charts with a bullet. She has worked with Luc Fortin, Quebec’s acclaimed guitarist, releasing a compilation of original songs entitled, House of Cards and winning an Honourable Mention at The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Taking her stories to the screen, she partnered with known actor, producer and mentor, Mariah Inger. They made their first film, Alice is falling, the story of a woman healing from child abuse. which was awarded at the ACTRA Short Film Festival. They formed Black Willow Films, intent upon making films that promote and celebrate female stories. Jack, the story of a woman awakening from 50 years of denial was first published in 2015 as a short story in the compilation, Creativity (Editions FrI). Cha Cha adapted it to a screenplay and Jack became BWF’s second award winning film. Filmography ALICE IS FALLING (year) 12 min. Drama Short Winner Montreal ACTRA Short Film Festival JACK (2019) 15 min. Drama Short BIRDIE & FAYE (in development ) 15 min. Drama Short

Interview Nate Ziller

BLACKBERRIES

Nate Ziller is a cartoonist, animator and writer. He has made countless animated shorts on Youtube ranging from short viral animations about doing push ups to a multi episode web series about hunting demons in New York City.

Interview Rafaël Beauchamp

LA CRISE

Born in Quebec City, Rafaël leaves his regional nest to pursue his studies in cinema in Montreal. As a new director, his first short film, La Crise, wins many international prizes, as his second short, Beyond the void, will be distributed professionally by Spira. Writing his first web series, he keeps learning about his craft as he prepares the production of his new upcoming short film.