What To See During The Mill Valley Film Festival!

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(Image Credit: Mill Valley Film Festival)

The Mill Valley Film Festival is gearing up for its 38th year! The event will run Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, October 18, 2015 to recognize the best in independent and world cinema. We’re talking about an outstanding list of movies that feature films that are already stirring some Oscar buzz for next year. Attendees will be making their way to Marin County in California for movie premieres, panel discussions and musical performances. Continue reading

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6 Sundance Films to See in 2015

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(Image Credit: Pulse Films)

At the beginning of every new year, tens of thousands of people, including the best filmmakers, actors and critics, gather in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. As a film lover, attending the festival is definitely on my bucket list, but fortunately for those of us who aren’t rich enough to travel to Utah, the popularity of this festival means the movies featured there typically receive theatrical releases. Continue reading

5 Films to look forward to at Cinequest Film Festival 2015!

MISS INDIA AMERICA (Image Credit: Miss India Pictures, LLC)

MISS INDIA AMERICA (Image Credit: Miss India Pictures, LLC)

Hello Cinequest! Yes, it’s already that time of year again. Last year, we here at The Daily Quirk covered the San Jose film festival and we’re back for its 25th anniversary taking place February 24 – March 8. In these two weeks, the city of San Jose will be debuting numerous films and awarding game-changing innovators and creators in the industry. This year’s theme is “The Power of Creating” which resonates deeply with the mission behind Cinequest. Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Inside Look at Cinequest Film Festival

Cinequest (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Cinequest (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

With 13 days jam-packed with creative films, stunning talent and inspiring, cinematic minds from over 50 countries, Cinequest Film Festival is a wonder all its own. And this year, the festival’s 24th to be exact, was no exception.

The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to sit down with several people involved with Cinequest to talk about what attendees can expect throughout the 13-day event, what aspects of the festival are the most appealing and how it differs from other film festivals throughout the year. Check out the exclusive video below! Continue reading

Miguel Ali and Kelly Mantle of CONFESSIONS OF WOMANIZER with TDQ Correspondent Ashley Bulayo (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Miguel Ali, Kelly Mantle and Erick M. Crespo of ‘Confessions of a Womanizer’

Miguel Ali and Kelly Mantle of CONFESSIONS OF WOMANIZER with TDQ Correspondent Ashley Bulayo (Image Credit:  Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Miguel Ali and Kelly Mantle of CONFESSIONS OF WOMANIZER with TDQ Correspondent Ashley Bulayo (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

 

A semi-biographical film written and directed by Miguel Ali, Confessions of a Womanizer explores the humor and darkness behind Ritchie’s (Andrew Lawrence) sex addiction. Unable to connect with any of his sexual partners beyond a physical release, Ritchie meets a transgender prostitute, Ginger (Kelly Mantle). Ginger helps Ritchie come to terms with why he cannot emotionally connect with his partners before Viagra and prostitutes ruin his life.

The Daily Quirk sat down with Writer/Director Miguel Ali, Producer Erick M. Crespo and Star Kelly Mantle during Cinequest Film Festival to discuss the movie. Watch the exclusive interview below to find out more about what inspired the film, the heart of the story and why Kelly Mantle enjoyed working with Gary Busey so much! Continue reading

Eric Staley and Joey Abi-Loufti of ETERNITY: THE MOVIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Joey Abi-Loufti and Eric Staley of ‘Eternity: The Movie’

Eric Staley and Joey Abi-Loufti of ETERNITY: THE MOVIE (Image Credit:  Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Eric Staley and Joey Abi-Loufti of ETERNITY: THE MOVIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Eternity: The Movie is a love letter to the 80s and the iconic flashy music scene. Described as an 80s homage, by Writer/Producer Joey Abi-Loufti and Producer/Editor Eric Staley, the film is a comedy about losers Todd (Barrett Crake) and BJ (Myko Olivier) who meet in the infamous San Fernando Valley and become R&B duo, Eternity. Together they make music only this era of melodrama, big hair, flare and sex can handle.

The Daily Quirk caught up with Abi-Loufti and Staley on the Cinequest Film Festival red carpet to discuss the film. Watch the exclusive interview below where we talk their love of 80s music, such as: Hall & Oats, Richard Marx, & Wham!, how it influenced the making of Eternity: The Movie and some of their favorite scenes to film! Continue reading

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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Richard E. Wilson on NOBLE FIR (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Noble Fir’ star Richard E. Wilson

Richard E. Wilson on NOBLE FIR (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Richard E. Wilson of NOBLE FIR (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Noble Fir is an emotional film about tree-harvester named Henry “Hank” Dean (Richard E. Wilson). Hank is struggling with personal grief, and is losing control over his life. As he wanders with a wounded soul, body and mind, Henry has a choice: continue the life he’s made for himself, or to walk out

from the trees that have trapped him in. Noble Fir explores the complex emotional state of grief, and how it can feel both hollow and full within a person’s life.

While at the 2014 Cinequest Film Festival, The Daily Quirk sat down with Noble Fir star Richard E. Wilson where he talked about how living in Tokyo landed him the role, how he prepared to portray Henry and the grief that came with him, and what it means to him to have the film at Cinequest. Check out the exclusive interview below!

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Ian Michaels and Sarah Smick of FRIENDED TO DEATH (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Sarah Smick and Ian Michaels of ‘Friended to Death’

Ian Michaels and Sarah Smick of FRIENDED TO DEATH  (Image Credit:  Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Ian Michaels and Sarah Smick of FRIENDED TO DEATH (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

In the dark comedy, Friended to Death, Michael Harris (Ryan Hansen) fakes his own death via Facebook to see who’s sad to see him go, leading to a series of unexpected and hilarious events. With lots of laughs, a touch of social commentary and a fabulous supporting cast including Zach McGowan (Black Sails/Shameless), James Immekus (Once Upon a Time, Boxboarders) and Richard Riehle (Office Space, The Man from Earth), Friended to Death is a must see indie comedy.

 The Daily Quirk caught up with Friended to Death Writer/Producer Ian Michaels and Writer/Producer/Director Sarah Smick (who both star in the film as well!) at the Cinequest Film Festival to talk what inspired the film, the film’s commentary on social media, and some of their favorite scenes to film. Check out the exclusive interview below!

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Devon Bostick at the premiere of SMALL TIME (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Actor Devon Bostick

Devon Bostick at the premiere of SMALL TIME (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Devon Bostick at the premiere of SMALL TIME (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

In Small Time, recent high school graduate Freddy Klein (Devon Bostick), decides college isn’t in the cards for him. Instead, he goes to work with his Dad (Christopher Meloni) at a used car lot and decides to live with him for the first time since childhood. As Freddy learns the family business, both he and his father begin a journey of growth and awareness in this moving look at a father-son relationship.

The Daily Quirk caught up with actor Devon Bostick on the red carpet at the premiere of Small Time at Cinequest Film Festival to talk about his experience in the coming-of-age story, working with “old seasoned pros” like Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Joel Surnow (co-creator of 24) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and his role as Jasper in The CW’s The 100. Watch the exclusive 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
Writer/Director/Producer Edy Soto, Casting Director/Producer Renee Massie and Producer Ben Teplitzky on THE DIVORCE PARTY (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Writer/Director Edy Soto and the Team from ‘The Divorce Party’

Writer/Director/Producer Edy Soto, Casting Director/Producer Renee Massie and Producer Ben Teplitzky on THE DIVORCE PARTY (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Writer/Director/Producer Edy Soto, Casting Director/Producer Renee Massie and Producer Ben Teplitzky on THE DIVORCE PARTY (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

In The Divorce Party, main characters Kip (Colin Owens) and Leena (Ashlynn Yennie) are getting a divorce and decide to throw a party to celebrate. What happens next Writer/Director/Producer Edy Soto calls a “hipster love show comedy,” where relationships shift and change, and both drama and comedy ensue.

The Daily Quirk caught up with the crew behind The Divorce Party, Writer/Director/Producer Edy Soto, Casting Director/Producer Renee Massie and Producer Ben Teplitzky at Cinequest Film Festival to talk what inspired the film, what it’s like to be at Cinequest and what’s next for each of them. Watch the exclusive interview below!

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Katie and Alex Orr of A IS FOR ALEX (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview Alex and Katie Orr of ‘A is for Alex’

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Katie and Alex Orr of A IS FOR ALEX (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Alex Orr and his wife, Katie, are a creative team who have been working on films for awhile now, and this year, they turned the cameras on themselves, resulting in A Is for Alex, a comedy taking place during Katie’s pregnancy. Alex, an inventor, finds himself in some crazy situations as he inadvertently causes his mother to go to jail for child pornography, tries to save the world’s bee population and does his best to stay sane for his pregnant in the months leading up to his fatherhood. The film is a blend of fiction and nonfiction and has the unique touch that only the Orrs can give to a film.

The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to to talk with Alex and Katie Orr at Cinequest Film Festival about the inspiration for the film, their experience at the festival and future endeavors. Check out the interview below!

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘It Was You Charlie’ Writer/Director Emmanuel Shirinian and Actress Emma Fleury

Writer/Director Emmanuel Shirinian and Actress Emma Fleury of IT WAS YOU CHARLIE (Image Credit:  Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Writer/Director Emmanuel Shirinian and Actress Emma Fleury of IT WAS YOU CHARLIE (Image Credit: Franko-Niko Valencia/The Daily Quirk)

Worlds and genres collide in the dark comedy-drama, It Was You Charlie, an “unrequited love story meets thriller” written, directed and co-produced by Emmanuel Shirinian. The film follows Abner (Michael D. Cohen), once an accomplished sculptor, who suffers the emotional and psychological effects of a disastrous car crash. In the midst of guilt and suicidal thoughts, Abner finds comfort in the lively company of Zoe (Emma Fleury), a young, free-spirited taxi driver. Continue reading