Interviews

Interview Sammy LeMieur

WHEN A PIG GETS SICK

I am a 19-year-old award-winning filmmaker from Brainerd, Minnesota. I graduated high school this last spring of 2020, and currently attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for film. I have always had a significant obsession with cinema and the craft. I find that even as a young filmmaker making short-films with a non-existent budget, I am restless until the project is finally shared. My most recent film “When A Pig Gets Sick” rewarded me with many lessons and memories for the price of enduring stress and hard work. I am extremely lucky to be able to create such pictures, and I am forever grateful to everyone who has made the time to help me in my work, despite their priorities. Filmography: Miscolor (2018) Second Story-Men (2019) Bottomless Pit (2019) When A Pig Gets Sick (2020)

Interview Margina Sisson

DEATH STONE

Margina Sisson is an Independent Filmmaker from Southern California. Even with a late start it hasn’t slowed her down. While working full time (almost 30 years) for an Industrial Supply company, she attended UCLA Extension film school night classes, receiving her UCLA Extension certificate in Feature Film Writing. After that, she joined the South Bay Screenwriters, a MeetUp group that’s been instrumental in her growth as a screenwriter and filmmaker. Currently with 19 screenplays (6 features and 13 shorts) she continues to create and write in a variety of genres. So far, several of her screenplays as well as two of her short films have been included in film festivals as an Official Selection or Award Winner, including her first red carpet event on Catalina Island for her Family-Adventure-Drama feature screenplay, Bob Dooley. From writer to indie filmmaker her directing debut was in 2018. Hot Spot: A Wi-Fi love story (2018) – Short Romantic Comedy Table Read Cinema: Death Stone (2020) – Pilot to Web Series debuting low budget short films of the horror or dark comedy genre. From My Window (2020) – An emotional look back at the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic told through a series of stock images and footage. The Doll (2020) – This horror short was filmed on an iPhone11 during the pandemic lock-down and has earned a semi-finalist award from Couch Film Festival for the Winter 2020 Quarantine Category. Setting her sights on future projects, her creativity seems endless as she continues to write new content. As for Table Read Cinema, she hopes to resume filming episode two and three as soon as it’s safe to move forward after the pandemic subsides.

Interview Takehito Watanabe

ZACO

Born in 1985. I worked in a real estate company for 7 years after graduating from university. I wanted to be a cartoonist but frustrated, and then I wanted to be a film director. I went to film school “New Cinema Workshop”, and I changed my job to location coordinator when I was 30 years old.Then I became a freelancer, and worked at shooting a film, TV drama, commercial movie as an assistant director or production assistant. Filmography 2014 “Camel on the rooftop” 2015 “That summer days” 2016 “Walking” 2020 “Enoshima Holiday” 2020 “ZACO

Interview Gaele Sobott

I WAS BORN (MISFIT)

Gaele Sobott is a writer and producer living in Sydney, Australia. Her published works include, Colour Me Blue (Heinemann), My Longest Round (Magabala Books) and recent short stories in Hecate, Verity La, Meanjin, Prometheus Dreaming, New Contrast and the anthology, Botswana Women Write (University of Kwazulu-Natal Press). She is the founding director of Outlandish Arts; a disabled-led, not-for-profit arts organisation.

Interview Ahn Sangwook

IN SPAIN

Sogang University Graduate School of Media, Ph.D.

Interview Leeron Revah

ACCEPTANCE

I was born and raised in New York but have been living in Israel for the past 20 years. My love for the dramatic arts dates back to my years as a drama major at LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art & Performing Arts in NYC. After graduating from college, I kept my connection to the arts alive through producing independent films and eventually found my passion in directing my own films. “No Free Lunch”, my directorial debut in 2015 received several awards worldwide and was accepted to film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Aspen Shortsfest, Berlin Independent and WOW in Australia. With my second short film “acceptancE”, I present an intimate experience that will hopefully resonate with viewers worldwide.

Interview Kazuyuki Miyabe

PAYMENT

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1979, Kazuyuki Miyabe studied directing at the Nihon University College of Art’s Department of Cinema. After his graduation in 2002, he has been involved in production projects as a director and has made fashion-related videos for VOGUE, ELLE, and madame FIGARO, to name a few. He won a Gold Pencil at the One Show Award 2015 with a documentary on the Japanese watch brand Citizen. Following his debut as director in “Going” (2016), “Payment” was his second short film direction. Adopting a documentary filmmaking style, Kazuyuki Miyabe values capturing his subjects through the camera lens and giving expression to a theme based on his view of events, implying that there might be something behind what’s happening.

Interview Wylie Chan

LEMONMILK

Chan Wai Yee, Wylie Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wylie graduated from Hong Kong Art School in 2007, with a major in Digital Imaging and Films. Upon graduation, she began her career in the film industry working mainly as an assistant director. Some of the works include “Now you see me 2” by Jon M.Chu, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2” by Johnnie To Kei-Fung, “Office” by Johnnie To Kei Fung, and “Shock Wave” by Herman Yau Lai-To.

Interview Rajni Mysore Chamaraj

THE DAY I MET JOSHUA

Born in the quaint city of Mysore, in India, Director and Writer, Rajni Mysore Chamaraj holds a master’s degree in Filmmaking from the coveted New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. Most recently her short film “The Day I Met Joshua” was screened at the prestigious Yellowknife Film Festival, A Canadian Academy qualifying festival apart from winning awards for her direction, writing, and editing. Another remarkable work of Rajni is Finding Home. A Spanish web-series, currently streaming on Amazon Prime in the US & UK. It also has won accolades around the world and was live screened at the Sydney Lift off the festival. Rajni started her career in television broadcasting before she became a full-time independent filmmaker. She worked as an Assistant Creative Director at Bodhi Tree Multimedia for a television show on Star Plus, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. Being a sports aficionado, Rajni found her next adventure at Neo Sports Broadcast as an Assistant Producer engaging in content creation and post-production management for shows like French Open, World Rally Championship, PGA tours, and more. She has worked with media giants IMG Reliance and Sony Pictures Network for producing India’s only basketball shows called the NBA Weekly and the live show Around The Hoop for NBA, among other sports shows, like FIFA Under-19 World Cup, UFC, the Commonwealth Games, The Champions League, etc. Rajni’s close friends know her as a true believer in positivity. “Being a dreamer who gets things done”, her will to create hope, inspire people, and touch their lives in surreal ways can be seen through many of her films, all of which have an overarching focus on subjects like domestic violence, sexuality, psychological drama, suspense, etc. Each of her creations conveys a story, a narrative that really connects with the viewer