Author Archives: Alfonso Espina

Interview: Joel Potrykus (Writer/Director – ‘Buzzard’)

Interview: Joel Potrykus (Writer/Director – ‘Buzzard’)

Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next.  When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a

Interview: Michele Josue (Director – ‘Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine’)

Nearly 17 years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, a 21-year-old man named Matthew Shephard was kidnapped, tortured and left to die in a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming, for one simple reason: He was gay. For the public, “Matthew Shepard” became the face of a civil rights movement, summoning the LGBT community and

2015 Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker Profile: Stanley Nelson (Director: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution)

Change was coming to America and the fault lines were no longer ignorable—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the

2015 Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker Profile: Sophie Deraspe (Director – ‘The Amina Profile’)

Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young, brilliant and well-informed Montreal professional. Amina then launches her provocatively named blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction—carried out in broad daylight in