Writer & Director Anna Fishbeyn Interview About Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground
Bionic Buzz® got to Anna Fishbeyn the founder and president of XOFeminist Productions and Anteriya Films. She is an award-winning star of stage and screen, a filmmaker, director, author and actress. She has a passion for the betterment of women in society and has shaped her work to drive gender equality.
She talked to us about Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground, in which she wrote, directed, and starred in, will be released in theaters and on major streaming services this year. The pre-release version of the film screened to a packed house at the Cannes and Big Apple film festivals and was a finalist of the Sundance New Frontier Exhibition.
Anna’s first play Sex in Mommyville premiered in New York City and was recommended by Bloomberg News, while CBS Radio pronounced her “a comic genius.”Her second play My Stubborn Tongue played off-Broadway at NYC’s New Ohio Theatre and went on tour to the West End in London at the Soho Theatre. Her solo cabaret show at the Metropolitan Room in NYC Anna on Fire and Uncensored was recommended by CBS News New York, Jewish Week, and NiteLife NYC.
Anna wrote and starred in the Web series Happy Hour Feminism, which won awards for leading actress, best screenplay, best web series, best short comedy, best musical parody, and has been selected at over 17 festivals.
She directed and starred in Invisible Alice, a short musical film that won best musical at the Action on Film Festival in Las Vegas, best director at the International Film Festival Milan, and best actress and best director at the Moscow Independent Film Festival. Anna’s critically acclaimed first novel The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield earned her comparisons to Tolstoy, Austen, and Nabokov, and is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.
Scriptwriting Master Jeff Kitchen Interview
Bionic Buzz® got to interview Jeff Kitchen who is a dramatist, author, consultant & founder of Script.Kitchen. Jeff has taught thousands of students from Broadway to Hollywood. Jeff was classically trained as a playwright in the works of Aristotle and the legendary Broadway script doctor, W.T. Price, who in the early 1900’s established the world’s foremost playwriting school. Price instructed twenty-eight students and twenty-four of them had hits on Broadway. So why wasn’t everyone studying him? Price’s complex techniques and thinking processes were not easily understood.
Determined to get to the bottom of Price’s technique, Jeff spent three years intensely studying his work. He had a major epiphany when he discovered a groundbreaking technique from Price, called Sequence, Proposition, Plot and that’s when it all clicked together. This tool was a giant leap forward in the craft of the dramatist, but somehow it went unnoticed by Price’s students. For Jeff, this technique was quite clear, but still incomplete. He combined this tool with insights gathered from Price’s students, then added to it himself, and it worked—saving this revolutionary tool from being lost. Jeff then integrated this tool and several others with Aristotle’s dilemma—and a new process of writing for the dramatist was born.
Jeff taught for thirty years in Hollywood and New York. He worked as a dramaturg in New York theater and taught playwriting on Broadway, presenting his innovative process to select groups of writers and executives, and did private script consultations. He was constantly refining his teaching and writing techniques, and then wrote the book, Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting.
Even as the process received significant praise, Jeff knew that it would take more than seminars and classes for these complex tools to be permanently integrated into his students’ writing habits. So for the past three years Jeff focused exclusively on adapting and modernizing the program into a comprehensive online writing apprenticeship. Scriptwriting Mastery is the result.
Jeff’s entire adult life has been committed to one thing, teaching the craft of the dramatist to anyone serious about writing. More than ever now, people are looking for ways to fulfill their dreams, and for writers, Jeff Kitchen’s Scriptwriting Mastery is the answer. It’s Jeff’s dream that anyone who wants to write, can write well.
Connect at https://script.kitchen/
Filmmaker Eva Lanska Interview
The first episode “First Morning” premiered on Sunday, February 14, 2021, followed by a Q&A with Lanska and lead actress Ellinor Persdotter with reporters Jackie Lewis and Steve Sievers of Bionic Buzz/Jackie Lewis Media, and a special screening of the director’s award-winning romantic short Little French Fish.
Motek (the term of endearment ‘sweetheart’ in Hebrew) is a love story set in London during the pandemic and is comprised of a series of short vignettes featuring the logline “the more perfect the couple, the more terrifying their secrets from each other are.”
David (Max Katz) is a young talented guitar teacher. He grew up in an Orthodox family and honors Jewish traditions. Evelyn (Ellinor Persdotter) is a young independent feminist woman who came to London from Sweden to pursue her career. She lives a socially active and vibrant life where no one is attached to anyone. They spend one night together. The two are very different, but they share a common passion for music. Can love conquer their deep contradictions?
Lanska directed and wrote the series. The project’s credits include editor Rob Ward, director of photography Dan Parkes, and casting director Matthew Bailey. Music by Ed Watkins.
Episode two of Motek will debut on February 21, 2021 at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST on It’s A Short.
Director Kamila Tarabura Interview
Bionic Buzz® got to interview Kamila Tarabura the director of the short film INTO THE NIGHT (Poland). Synopsis: Krysia, a teenage girl, leaves her home for the first time in weeks after her mother invited her to a party. She does not want to be there, but she always does what others tell her to do. At the party, she runs into Majka. The two girls slip away and set off on a journey that takes on a dizzying pace. The emotionally wounded Majka tests how far she can explore the limits of her sexuality, while Krysia does everything she can to guess her secret. Will this new friendship heal Krysia?
It won best Live Action Short at the 36th annual Warsaw International Film Festival last October. We talked to Kamila about how she became a filmmaker, audience reactions to the film, working with her leading actress Agnieszka Rajda, methods she using for directing, and more!
Coming of Age Story | LGBTQ-themed INTO THE NIGHT. Connect:
Bionic Buzz® got to interview Christina Rose the CEO/Co-founder of MirrorWater Entertainment LLC. She is an American-German director, producer, and screenwriter and is part of the new Hollyworld Movement, bringing entertainment to the global world. She has worked in North America (USA, Canada), Europe (Denmark, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria), Africa (the famous Atlas Studios in Ouarzarzate), and Asia (India’s Bollywood). Together with her brother Michael, she co-founded MirrorWater Entertainment LLC (MWE).
Prior to setting up a production company, Christina worked at such prestigious companies as Arad Productions (The Amazing Spiderman), Exclusive Media (Rush, Ides of March), in distribution at ZDF-Enterprises, where she has developed numerous projects with Michael Hirst (Vikings) and William J. MacDonald (Rome). Most recently, she was an executive at the European network Sky, acquiring new projects for development.
Since starting MWE, she has produced a number of documentaries and TV shows for the international market and is currently finishing her anticipated six-part documentary series Wonder Women where we meet young women leaders in underrepresented industries around the world who are redefining leadership for a better future.
We talked about her current and past projects along with her upcoming appearance on the 4th Annual Indie Entertainment Showcase. Panel to Feature COO FilmFestivals.com Bruno Chatelin, filmmaker/screenwriter Eva Lanska, author/journalist and creative consultant for Darren Star’s ‘Emily in Paris’ Rebecca Leffler, German American producer Christina Rose and Kamila Tarabura, director of Oscar-qualifying short film; Moderated by Emmy-winner Tony Potts. Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International To Present Fourth Annual Indie Entertainment Showcase 2020 Virtually on January 30, 2021. Get free tickets now on eventbrite.