James Beard: America’s First Foodie, interview with director, Beth Federici, and co-producer, Kathleen Squires

James Beard America's First Foodie

Coming to your television May 19 at 9 pm on PBS, I got to chat in advance with director Beth Federici, joined by Kathleen Squires, co-producer, about James Beard: America’s First Foodie. This is another film playing at the Sonoma International Film Festival 2017. About the film: “‘America’s First Foodie’ is a feature length documentary about, James Beard. Beard, the […]

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Raven Awakens, interview with director Thom Butler

A local and an absolute delight, director Thom Butler was in studio to discuss his feature documentary, Raven Awakens. The focus of the film is another local, an artist, Jim Callahan, and his journey in the creation of a bronze statue of a raven. About the film: “Our first film in the series looks at Sonoma, California bronze sculptor, Jim […]

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Filmmaker, interview with Lisa Ovies

I met Lisa Ovies when she was her for SIFF 2014 with Taking My Parents to Burning Man.  Since then she has been working on many other projects.  She was in town so we invited her to sit in and tell us about everything she’s working on. About Lisa: Lisa Ovies is an award winning producer, director, actress and writer […]

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Cut to the Chase, interview with filmmaker Blayne Weaver

We love to chat with Blayne on the show.  So when we heard he had a Kickstarter going, we thought we’d help him out! About Cut to the Chase: Max has always been on the wrong side of the law but his younger sister Isobel, a lawyer for the District Attorney’s office, is always there to bail him out… Until the […]

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GPS, interview with filmmaker Billy Higgins

GPS Short

Billy Higgins created a suspenseful short called GPS which screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival.  He called in to tell us all about the film which featured some local scenery. About GPS: Grace Paula Salvatori (LaRue) is a young housewife in Napa who does not trust her wealthy husband. When she uses G.P.S. to spy on him, her discoveries […]

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Taking My Parents to Burning Man, interview with producer Joel McCarthy

It’s March so it’s all SIFF all the time!  The next filmmaker we interviewed was Joel McCarthy from Canada.  He and other cast mates were attending with their film, and my favorite of the entire festival, Taking My Parents to Burning Man. About TMPTBM: A parental coming-of-age story that follows a sixty-year-old couple getting dragged to Burning Man by their […]

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Roxie, interview with filmmakers Nick Frangione & Kelly Burk

Two of the Marin based filmmakers from Roxie came into the studio for their interview.  We chatted with Nick Frangione and Kelly Burk about their film and having it almost local in the Sonoma International Film Festival. About Roxie: Roxie is an independent dramatic feature film shot on location in the San Francisco Bay Area. The movie is now streaming […]

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Brunch Bitch, interview with filmmaker Hannah Cheeseman

Brunch Bitch Flyer

This was the first of our 2014 coverage of the Sonoma International Film Festival films.  The month before every festival we dedicate to telling you as much as we can about the films and introduce you to the filmmakers. First up was Canadian, Hannah Cheeseman, writer/director as well as lead actress in the short film, Brunch Bitch. About Brunch Bitch: […]

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Texas, interview with writer/director Matt Johnson & cinematographer Robert Uncles

Two other filmmakers I spent time with in Vancouver at VIFF, Matt Johnson and Robert Uncles, had a short film in the festival called Texas.  They called to talk about it and their other projects and what’s in the works. About Texas: “A cowboy meets his estranged wife on the Texas/Oklahoma border and tries to win her back. One problem…neither […]

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Foxed, interview with director/producer James Stewart

James Stewart

A fun, dark little short I found at the Vancouver International Film Festival was called “Foxed.”  It is a stop animation film by James Stewart, who called the show to tell us all about it.  (Thank you again Jason Ghiselin for sitting in for me.) About James Stewart: “Producer/Director James Stewart is one of a small group of directors worldwide […]

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