Sonoma International Film Festival, an overview from festival director Kevin McNeely

Kevin McNeely at SIFF17 (photo credit unknown)

I love chatting with Kevin! And this year was extra special as it was Sonoma International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary. I don’t normally podcast event interviews, but we touched on so many things about the festival that I do want to share this one. Happy birthday, SIFF! Here’s to another 20 years of Sonomawood! About the festival: “Now in its 20th […]

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Alone Yet Not Alone, interview with actress Jenn Gotzon

A regular on our show, Jenn Gotzon called in to discuss her film Alone Yet Not Alone, and the controversy surrounding the song being nominated for an Academy Award aka Oscar.  The nom was soon after revoked. About Alone Yet Not Alone: Seeking religious freedom in America, a devout Christian family from Germany settles in the peaceful Pennsylvania colony – only to […]

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Living On Air: Adventures in Broadcasting, interview with author Joe Cipriano

Joe Cipriano

The legend himself, Joe Cipriano, called in to tell us all about his book, Living On Air, Adventures in Broadcasting.  Most likely you are more familiar with his voice than you think you are! About Living on Air: “Living On Air takes you on a charming and funny adventure from small town radio to network television, the Emmys, Grammys, game […]

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Fosse, interview with author Sam Wasson

Author Sam Wasson called the show to tell us all about his newest book, Fosse, a biography of the famous choreographer.  He was a lot of fun to chat with. About Fosse: “More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse’s fingerprints  on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar,  Emmy, and Tony awards in the […]

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For the Birds, interview with filmmaker Tara Atashgah & cast

An amazing short I saw from the Vancouver International Film Festival was For the Birds.  It is written and directed by Tara Atashgah, and stars Nazli K Lou and Chervine Namani.  Tara and cast called to tell us all about it. About For the Birds: “For the Birds (Atefeh) follows a 16-year-old Iranian girl as she is taken to the gallows […]

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Coming Home, interview with filmmaker Chris Olness

Coming Home

Somewhat local, Chris Olness called to tell us about his short film, Coming Home, which also screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival.  Originally, it was produced in partnership with Levi’s as the winner of a contest.  But hear all about that in the interview. About Coming Home: “Astronaut David Morgan struggles with domestic life after returning home from outer […]

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Comic Relief, interview with artist Chris Copeland

Marvel storyboard artist and illustrator called in to talk about his new sketchbook, Comic Relief: the Art of Chris Copeland. About Chris Copeland: “Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Chris Copeland has spent the last four years as a storyboard artist on major animated TV series such as The Emmy award-winning program, Transformers: Prime, Ultimate Spiderman, Ben 10: Omniverse, and […]

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MixTape Comics, interview with comic artist Rachel Dukes

Wandering through San Diego Comic Con this past summer, I had to stop and talk to an artist because of a certain piece she was featuring.  Rachel Dukes spends a lot of time drawing her cat, and this picture was the cat with the phrase, “I like you.”  Melissa and I say that to everyone.  A couple months later after […]

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As High as the Sky, interview with writer/director Nikki Braendlin and actress Caroline Fogarty

As high As the sky

After the Sonoma International Film Festival, actress Caroline Fogarty and writer/director Nikki Braendlin called in to discuss their film, As High As the Sky.  The movie received the Best American Independent Feature juried award at Sonoma’s festival. About As High As the Sky: “Margaret has always been a little… particular. But since being jilted by her fiance, her obsessive-compulsive behaviors […]

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Mary Louise Parker, interview with G5 Radio producer Jason Ghiselin

Mary Louise Parker

Our good friend Jason Ghiselin, a regular on our show and producer of G5 radio, came in to do a recap of the interview G5 did with Mary Louise Parker.  MLP was here for a special Tribute Award from the Sonoma International Film Festival.  I got to be a fly on the wall of that interview which was broadcast live […]

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