BITS 2014 Interview: Torin Langen on Malleus Maleficarum

The dialogue-free witch-hunt thriller Malleus Maleficarum had its Toronto Premiere at the 2014 Blood in the Snow Film Festival as part of the Short Film Showcase.  As the festival, I sat down with the film’s director Torin Langen to discuss the short. Sean Kelly: What were your inspirations for the film? Torin Langen: I’m a […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Samantha McDonald on Black Mountain Side

The arctic thriller Black Mountain Side had its Toronto premiere at the 2014 Blood in the Snow Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Cinematography.  At the festival, I sat down with executive producer Samantha McDonald and talked a bit about the film. Sean Kelly: I’ll start by asking what exactly Black Mountain […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Justin McConnell on Damned Selfie

The comedic short film Damned Selfie had its world premiere at the 2014 edition of Blood in the Snow, as part of the Short Film Showcase.  At the festival, I sat down with writer/director Justin McConnell to talk about the film.  Please note that the interview might feature some SPOILERS for the short. (UPDATE 12/21: […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Jon Hyatt on Woods

Woods is a science fiction/thriller, which played as part of the Short Film Showcase at the 2014 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.  At the festival, I saw down with writer, director, producer, and star Jon Hyatt to talk about the film. Sean Kelly: What gave you the idea for this film? Jon Hyatt: Basically, […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Adam O'Brien on Insane

Even though I managed to cover the majority of the films that played at Blood in the Snow, one film that I sadly missed was the short film Insane.  However, that didn’t stop me from having a few words at the festival with the film’s director Adam O’Brien. Sean Kelly: Describe the film. Adam O’Brien: […]

BITS 2014 Interview: Matt O'Mahoney on Bloody Knuckles

The horror comedy Bloody Knuckles ended up winning three awards at the 2014 Blood in the Snow Film Festival, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Special FX.  During the festival, I sat down with writer/director Matt O’Mahoney to ask a few questions about the film. Sean Kelly: Tell me what Bloody Knuckles is about? […]

Q&A: Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau on Kung Fu Elliot

Opening today at the Carlton Cinema is the documentary Kung Fu Elliot, about a man named Elliot Scott, who considers himself to be “Canada’s Jackie Chan.”  Kung Fu Elliot is directed by the duo Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau.  The film is the directorial debut for Bauckman, who previously worked as an editor on Belliveau’s […]

Interview: Filmmaker Jesse Moss on The Overnighters

The documentary The Overnighters opens this Friday, November 7, 2014 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  The film focuses on the booming oil town of Williston, North Dakota and the local Pastor Jay Reinke, who starts allowing outsiders, who come to the town looking for work, to stay in the church.  The Overnighters is directed by […]

TADFF14 Interview: Filmmaker David Hayter discusses Wolves

David Hayter makes his directorial debut with the action-thriller Wolves.  Hayter is best known as an actor and voice-over artist, particularly as the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series. He is also known for writing the screenplays for X-Men, The Scorpion King, X2: X-Men United, and Watchmen.  In advance of the […]