Alma Har’el discusses sharing her work in progress ‘LoveTrue’ at Tribeca Film Festival

Alma Har’el (Image Credit: Tribeca Film Festival)

Alma Har’el (Image Credit: Tribeca Film Festival)

Alma Har’el, director and cinematographer, returned to Tribeca Film Festival this year to show off her current project in the works, LoveTrue. The Daily Quirk was on the red carpet with Har’el and we’re bringing you the inside info. Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Inside Look at the Cinequest Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet

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The Daily Quirk hit the red carpet for the opening night of Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA. We chatted up actors, directors and producers from films like For Here to Go, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, The Center, Children of the Arctic, The Factory Boss and In the Company of Women about their excitement over seeing their films recognized. Check out the feature below!

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Children of the Arctic’ Filmmaker Nick Brandestini

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Nick Brandestini (Image Credit: Joachim Custodio / The Daily Quirk)

Children of the Artic is a documentary about whaling in Alaska and the impact that it has on the surrounding community. On the Cinequest Film Festival red carpet in San Jose, CA, Director Nick Brandestini talks about his expectations for the film, his most emotional moment on set and why he chose Alaska and whaling for the subject of his documentary. Watch the feature below!
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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Batkid Begins’ Filmmaker Dana Nachman at Cinequest

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Dana Nachman (Image Credit: Joachim Custodio / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Round the World filmmaker, Dana Nachman, on the opening night red carpet of Cinquest Film Festival in San Jose, California and we’re bringing you an exclusive interview! Nachman’s documentary chronicles how the San Francisco area pulled together with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help one young boy’s dream of being Batman come true. Watch the interview below to find out what inspired Nachman to make Batkid Begins and what she hopes audiences will feel when watching the film. Continue reading

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Patricia Wilson and Mike Jutan of ‘Batkid Begins’ at Cinequest

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(Image Credit: Joachim Custodio / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with Make-a-Wish  Director Patrica Wilson and Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Round the World actor Mike Jutan on the opening night red carpet at Cinquest Film Festival and we’re bringing you an exclusive interview. Patricia Wilson was instrumental in making Miles Scott’s Batman dream a reality, and the true story of how San Francisco came together to make it happen inspired Dana Nachman’s documentary being shown at the festival, Batkid Begins. Continue reading

Dan O'Hara and Lea Pero on THIS TIME NEXT YEAR (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: The Inside Info on ‘This Time Next Year’ from the Red Carpet at Tribeca Film Festival

Dan O'Hara and Lea Pero on THIS TIME NEXT YEAR (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Dan O’Hara and Lea Pero on THIS TIME NEXT YEAR (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Directors Jeff Reichert and Farah Zaman, along with subjects of their documentary, This Time Next Year, walked the red carpet at Tribeca Film Festival before the documentary’s premiere and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info! Check out the video below as Reichert, Zaman and others discuss the importance of the documentary and how the film has changed the lives of those involved.

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Yu of ‘Misconception’ at Tribeca Film Festival

Jessica Yu (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Jessica Yu (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In the documentary Misconception, filmmaker Jesssica Yu sheds light on the highly charged issue of population growth and how governments around the world choose to deal with the perceived issue by following three subjects whose lives have been affected by population control policies. The Daily Quirk sat down with Academy Award winner Jessica Yu at the Tribeca Film Festival to find out more about the film and the issues it explores. Watch the exclusive interview feature below!
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Director Paul Lazarus of SLINGSHOT (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Slingshot’ Director Paul Lazarus

Director Paul Lazarus of SLINGSHOT (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Director Paul Lazarus of SLINGSHOT (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

In the documentary Slingshot, Writer/Director Paul Lazarus highlights inventor Dean Kamen’s quest to make clean water available worldwide. Known best for inventing the Segway, Kamen has come up with a groundbreaking water filtration system called the Slingshot. This David and Goliath-inspired system turns otherwise unclean water into potable water, making progress towards solving the worldwide dilemma.

The Daily Quirk sat down with Lazarus at Cinequest Film Festival to hear about his experience creating Slingshot after 7 years in the making. Watch the interview below!

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Brenda Goodman of SEX(ED) THE MOVIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Brenda Goodman of ‘Sex(ed): The Movie’

Brenda Goodman of SEX(ED) THE MOVIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Brenda Goodman of SEX(ED) THE MOVIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Brenda Goodman is a film teacher at USC, but this year she put her expertise into action and created a documentary that made it to Cinequest Film FestivalSex(ed): The Movie, as Goodman describes it, is both a serious and humorous look at how sex has been taught over the last hundred years. Goodman scoured hundreds of hours of sex education films and brought the footage together in this enlightening documentary that highlights both the information and misinformation that’s been taught to young adults in our country about sex.

The Daily Quirk sat down at Cinequest Film Festival with Goodman and discussed the inspiration for the film and her experience making it. Check out the exclusive interview below! Continue reading
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Jared Leto’s ‘Artifact’ provides a glimpse into the harsh realities of today’s music industry

Jared Leto for ARTIFACT (Image Credit: Sisyphus Corporation)

Jared Leto for ARTIFACT (Image Credit: Sisyphus Corporation)

I’ve heard it said that to find out someone’s true character, ask them to untangle a string of Christmas lights. It’s true, in the midst of hardship we often discover who we really are, what we stand for and if a pre-lit Christmas tree is that big of a deal after all.

If you want to know who 30 Seconds to Mars really is, Artifact may be a good place to start. The documentary, directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (Jared Leto’s directing pseudonym) follows the band as they confront perhaps the most difficult hardship of their professional career: a lawsuit with a billion dollar record label. Taking place in 2008, the film gives critics and fans alike an intimate look at the band’s legal battle with the Virgin/EMI record label as well as the harsh realities of today’s music industry. Continue reading

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Mudbloods’ star Tom Marks

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

Harry Potter fans the world over still awaiting their acceptance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, have settled for the next best thing: Quidditch, the popular wizarding sport from the JKRowling series.  Quidditch has been readily adopted by the muggle world, keeping the rules and athletics in tact, minus the magic of course. Colleges around the nation, and in fact around the world, have been hopping on the bandwagon starting their own Quidditch teams and even participating in a ‘World Cup’ event.

Mudbloods the movie, directed by Farzad Sangari, documents how Quidditch is played and how the phenomenon has grown thanks to some dedicated fans and athletes. Sound like something you would want to see? Well, you can help to bring it to the big screen. Sangari has taken the documentary to Kickstarter in an attempt to gain funding for post-production and completion of the project.

Recently, we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the film’s stars Tom Marks, captain and founder of the UCLA Quidditch Team, to talk the Mudbloods Kickstarter Campaign, what “real quidditch” is all about, and what fans can expect from the film. Watch the exclusive interview below! Continue reading