#DFNYFocus On: Diana Galimzyanova – Writer / Director / Editor

(Diana Galimzyanova is a writer and director based in Moscow, Russia. Her four award-winning short films have been accepted by more than thirty five festivals in thirteen countries)

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?
DG: Koyaanisqatsi, not exactly the kind of movie I usually watch and like, I’m not a documentary fan at all, but it’s just a super powerful film.

Q:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
DG: Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn starring in a film noir by Hitchcock. And thanks to this question I’ve learned that they actually did star in a movie together, although it wasn’t a film noir. Now I need to find it and watch it.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
DG: The film that had a real impact on me is not a film at all but The Simpsons television show. I can’t even measure that impact; they basically brainwashed me and made me the person I am today. The Simpsons used to be the only window to the world I had back when I was a teenage cancer survivor suffering from depression. I was in social isolation, some days I just watched the same episodes of the Simpsons over and over all day long. I’ve seen every episode at least five times, even listened to all the audio comments.  Btw, there’s actually the Simpsons movie so technically I’m not cheating here.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
DG: Norman Bates’ Mother, it’s a prop, right? Also one of the birds from The Birds. The cigarette lighter from the Strangers on the train. Anything from any Hitchcock film. Also the cane from Citizen Kane.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
DG: The day in a life of a butcher, when he’s the protagonist who’s just doing his regular job at a slaughterhouse.

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#DFNYFocus On: Sara Logan Hofstein – Writer / Producer / Director

(Refuge, The Assignment 2.0, L’Engagement 1.0, Killing Uncle Roman)

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?
A:    I’m a huge geek and I’ll watch practically anything, from action films to rom-coms, but the film that I love that I think surprises most people is Steven Spielberg’s Hook.  I love his take on Peter Pan and how he references things from the original novelization that are not really touched upon in the famous adaptations, like the Broadway musical or the Disney animation

Q:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
A:    My favorite male actor is Geoffrey Rush, and Natalie Dormer is one of my favorite female actresses. I would love to see them together in a film, perhaps in a father-daughter drama.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
A:   Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! is the film that has impacted me the most by far. I come from a film family—my father is a cinematographer, my mother is a stuntwoman—and so I’ve seen many films, but this was the film that changed my perception of what film is to what film could be. It was released in 2001, when I was still a child, and after fifteen years it’s still my favorite film. I had never seen cinematography utilized like that before; it made me realize that films are an escape from our reality and that anything is possible in film.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
A: Had I been asked this question fifteen years ago, I would have said Wendy Darling’s copy of Peter and Wendy from Hook. Her book is the original edition from 1911. About ten years ago, after scouring the internet looking for the same copy, I found it and bought it.  I also once almost bought an Underwood typewriter in working condition that was the same type as Christian’s from Moulin Rouge!, but I felt the purchase to be impractical.

Beyond that, it’s a tough question. I love sci-fi and fantasy films a lot, so it would be hard to choose. A Star Wars lightsaber? A Tron identity disc? A Rocketeer jetpack? A DeLorean? A wand? I have as much difficulty answering this question as if you had asked me what my favorite film costume is.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
A: Ironically, considering my film Refuge, the Holocaust. I don’t watch Holocaust or World War II films. They’re too stressful and sad for me.

Sara Logan Hofstein’s IMDB page

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#DFNYFocus On: Andy Armstrong – Assistant Director / Stunt Coordinator

(Hoffa, The Firm, Universal Soldier, Stargate, Planet Of The Apes, Green Hornet, Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
AA: Several movies:
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955 Directed By John Sturgess)
The Professionals (1966 Directed By Richard Brooks)
Key Largo (1948 Directed By John Huston)
Junior Bonnor (1972 Directed By Sam Pechinpah)
Deliverance (1972 Directed By John Boorman)
Apart from The Professionals, none of these are really “Action” movies so that might surprise anyone who knows my own work.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
AA: Sophia Loren and Lauren Bacall and the movie would be a female version of “The Odd Couple”.

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
AA: Two movies I can remember very well from my childhood, which absolutely changed my life –
“Thunder Road” as it seemed to have the same feeling about fast cars and dangerous occupations as I had.
“Dr No” which I went to see as a 9 year old boy with my Father and Brother and the whole world it showed made an impression on me.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
AA: Though it’s an action vehicle and not strictly a prop, the Lamborghini Muira from the opening sequence of the original “Italian Job”.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
AA: Not sure if there are any “subjects” but there several “practices” that if they
were necessary in order to make the movie, I absolutely would not make that movie.
These would be things such as Animal Cruelty, Damage or Destruction to Forests or Historical Landmarks.

Andy Armstrong’s IMDB Page

Andy Armstrong’s Personal Page

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#DFNYFocus On: Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith – Screenwriter / Producer

(Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny)

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?

KS: RED by Kieslowski.  Or maybe MELANCHOLIA.  Since I write comedy, people think that’s mainly what I’m into, but I actually enjoy crying at a movie more than laughing.
Q:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

KS: This is so hard.  Like impossible.  There are so many actresses I love and am obsessed with.  How about a caper comedy with Anna Faris and Carole Lombard as a pair of con artists?  I’d like to see that movie.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

KS: MODERN GIRLS.  Watching those three characters have one crazy night out in Los Angeles where they bonded and had adventures and fell in love was the reason I moved here.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

KS: I would say the Maltese Falcon but I have an amazing edition by LA artist Alex Israel, so I’ll have to go with the red lips phone from Virginia Madsen’s bedroom in MODERN GIRLS. Or the gnome from AMELIE.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

KS: Serial killers.

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#DFNYFocus On: Nicole Alonso – Actress / Producer

(Crawl or Die Trilogy, Screen)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?

NA: I’m not sure it would be surprising as most people who know me know I love all types of movies. I’m obsessed with movies. But, I am a huge fan of Bette Midler and I love the movie The Rose.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

NA: Honestly – myself and Daniel Day Lewis. I hope it’s not selfish to list myself, but the man is a genius and one of my biggest inspirations as an actor. I’d LOVE to work with him on anything, but most likely some sort of drama and preferably directed by my partner in all things, Oklahoma Ward.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
NA: The Original Alien by Ridley Scott. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t watch it until I was older, but that was the first time, as an actor and as a woman, that I could really relate to a woman in a film and feel empowered by her. She wasn’t some glossy female version of Rambo – she was very real. She was tough but still feminine – she still had fears, but she overcame them. I had always wanted to be in films, but I knew after watching her that I wanted to play women like Ripley. It’s one of the things that lead me to playing TANK in Crawl or Die. Honorable mentions, however, would have to go to Sarah Connor in T2 and Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs for very similar reasons.
Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
NA: Any prop of Ripley’s from Alien! Her jumpsuit would be awesome – or her gun.
Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
NA: This is a tough question. I feel there are no subject matters that are off limits – it would really depend on the presentation. There are definitely subject matters I wouldn’t want to glorify – but if it was something that needed a light shown on it to help in some way, I’d definitely be open to that. Movies can make a difference in the world – if in no other way than making people aware of something they might not be aware of already. If I could be in something that changed the world for the better – even if it was in a small way – that would be amazing.
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#DFNYFocus On: Maja Aro – Stuntwoman / Stunt Coordinator

(Red, The Twilight Saga, The Cabin In The Woods, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters)

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?

MA: Edward Scissorhands, one of the first films that had a big impact on me, I remember going out of my way to be nice to people and not treat anyone differently because I felt so badly for Edward.  I am still a massive Tim Burton fan to this day, but that film in particular is one of my favorite films of all time.

Q:  If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

MA: Probably Helen Mirren and Lori Petty in a period action adventure set in Scythia where they are both warriors.

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

MA: So many movies have had big impacts on me for different reasons, here are my top 3 and why (outside of Edward Scissorhands that I already mentioned)

The original Mad Max trilogy, Road Warrior if I had to pick one. They inspired my imagination and hours of play when I was younger, and continue to inspire my imagination to create worlds, great stories and cool outfits as an adult.

G.I. Jane – I loved how cool and tough Demi Moore’s character was, and I would create Navy Seal tests for myself and do one armed push ups in my bedroom when I was supposed to be asleep, I almost joined the Army because of that movie.  I just wanted to be as cool and badass as her so bad (I even shaved my head after watching it because I was so inspired by her character).

Tomb Raider, I feel like it’s a cliche, but same as GI Jane, I wanted to be an adventurer after this.  I totally related to her and wanted to be her, I even designed my living room after hers (a combo of her living room and the Matrix dojo, but still very influenced by Miss Croft).  I think wanting to be her, and wanting to go on epic adventures was definitely a factor in me pursuing stunts.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

MA: I wish I’d had the balls to ask for one of the double action cross bows that Gretel used in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, it was my favorite prop that I’ve gotten the chance to use.

But seriously, from any movie, Indiana Jones’ whip would be pretty damn cool!

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

MA: Probably something graphic with children, as the thought of anyone being entertained by that makes me super sad.

Twitter: @MajaAro

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