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Festival Filmmaker Spotlight: Alex Karpovsky

15 June 2012 10:00 AM, PDT

Director Alex Karpovsky out for a stroll

Director: Alex Karpovsky

Festival Entry: Red Flag

Narrative Competition

Writer/director/star Alex Karpovksy reveals his sterling comic chops playing an indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, unexpectedly dumped by his girlfriend, takes to the road for a misbegotten mini-tour of film screenings and overly ardent groupies. ★ World Premiere.

Directed By: Alex Karpovsky

Producers: Alex Karpovsky

Screenwriter: Alex Karpovsky

Cinematographer: Adam Ginsberg

Editor: Adam Ginsberg

Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger, Caroline White, Keith Poulson, Dustin Guy Defa

We asked writer/director/actor Alex Karpovsky about everything from his inspirations to filmmaking challenges. We got the answers one would expect from the writer/director/star of the indie comedy Red Flag.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am an actor and filmmaker and dedicated stroller. I act in movies and on Girls, Red Flag is my fifth feature, and »

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Festival Filmmaker Spotlight: Arturo Pons

14 June 2012 5:32 PM, PDT

Director: Arturo Pons

Festival Entry: The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man

Narrative Competition

A young man and a dead man journey north through a subtly surreal desert landscape, picking up a wagonful of odd characters as they go in this darkly humorous satire of contemporary Mexico.

Directed By: Arturo Pons

Producer: Ozcar Ramírez González

Screenwriter: Arturo Pons

Cinematographer: Luis David Sansans

Editors: Artuto Pons, Paloma Lopez

Music: Edgar Barroso

Cast: Gael Sanchez Valle, Pedro Gamez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Eligio Melendez, Luis Bayardo, Marco Perez

We asked director Arturo Pons about his filmmaking inspirations and the challenges in making The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man. Here’s what he had to say:

Who are you and what do you do?

I just quit my job as a waiter in Barcelona last Saturday. This week I am moving back to Mexico, where I am from and I will »

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Festival Filmmaker Spotlight: Joshua Sanchez

13 June 2012 11:00 AM, PDT

Director Joshua Sanchez

Director: Joshua Sanchez

Festival Entry: Four

Narrative Competition

Over the course of a steamy 4th of July night, a father and daughter, each trapped in loneliness, reach out for sexual connection — he with a self-hating teenage boy, she with a smooth-talking wannabe homeboy — in this psychologically complex, beautifully acted drama.

Directed By: Joshua Sanchez

Executive Producer: Neil Labute

Producer: Christine Giorgio

Screenwriter: Joshua Sanchez

Cinematographer: Gregg Conde

Editor: David Gutnik

Music: Bryan Senti

Cast: Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, Aja Naomi King, Ej Bonilla

We asked Four director Josh Sanchez about everything from his inspirations to his challenges while making his Festival entry film. Here’s what he had to say:

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Josh Sanchez. I make films, I write and I make art.

Who were your early mentors in filmmaking?

The filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan really made me understand film in a whole new way. »

- Film Independent

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Festival Filmmaker Spotlight: Cory McAbee

12 June 2012 11:39 AM, PDT

Director Cory McAbee

Director: Cory McAbee

Festival Entry: Crazy & Thief

Narrative Competition

With only a homemade “Star Map” and their own imagination to guide them, a brother and sister take a fantastical journey through the real world in this ode to being a little kid from cult director Cory McAbee.

Directed By: Cory McAbee

Producers: Cory McAbee, Scott Miller, Steve Holmgren

Screenwriter: Cory McAbee

Cinematographer: Scott Miller

Editor: Matt Cowan

Music: Cory McAbee

Cast: Willa Vy McAbee, John Huck McAbee, Gregory Russell Cook, Graham Standford

We asked Crazy & Thief director Cory McAbee about everything from his inspirations to the challenges of working with a tantrum-prone two-year-old. Here’s what he had to say:

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Cory McAbee. I’m the writer/director of Crazy and Thief. My past films include The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam. I am currently performing as »

- Film Independent

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