“I want to see a less authoritarian world.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Sophia Kornienko

Who is Sophia Kornienko?

I usually sign my animations as KORNIENKO コニンコー I like how my name begins and ends with “KO” (“little” in Japanese), a cherished symbol of the inner child that I strive to preserve within me. 

In my adult life, I’m a professional radio journalist and animated film director, using the medium of animation to tell real stories. I’m trying to look at current events from a timeless perspective and I believe animation can provide that lens, partially because we mentally associate it with our childhood — a timeless dimension that connects all humans.

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

I have always wanted to preserve the fleeting moments. I studied film and wanted to become a documentary filmmaker, but found it too invasive on people’s lives when I tried it. Animation based on original stories is a more gentle genre, also for the viewer, who may have become weary of the raw newsreel imagery. In my work, I’m trying to preserve testimonials as works of art.  

Having moved countries several times, we are a trilingual family. As a journalist and as a migrant, I have become aware of the limitations of verbal language. I have turned to animation in search of a means of non-verbal communication that embraces visual communication and rhythm. 

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Anything can bring a change in the society. The gentle flapping of a butterfly’s wings could bring about a tornado somewhere else on the planet. It’s called the butterfly effect. Chaos theory founder Edward Lorenz discovered that a tiny shift in the initial conditions (such as the perturbations created by a butterfly) can lead to significant changes along the way. His original research was based on studying weather patterns, but we have come to realize that such sensitive dependence on initial conditions is actually a property of any complex dynamical system, including a human or the human society. 

I like to think of my films and writings as butterflies, fluttering to bring about change. 

-What would you change in the world?

I want the bloody war in the heart of Europe to end, I want Ukraine to regain its freedom and I want Russia (where I originally come from) or what will become of today’s Russia to stop living in the past and and undertake a sincere phase of self-reflection, akin to Germany and Japan post-WWII.

On a more fundamental level, what I want most is a paradigm shift in terms of how much control we want to exert on other beings. I believe children and kids are the most discriminated group in the society today. It’s a crucial unresolved supremacy bias: the persistent belief that children aren’t people, that they can’t think and that their struggle isn’t serious. In today’s public discourse, it’s more acceptable to speak of training kids (positive and negative reinforcement) than actually listening to them and building human relationships with them. I think this distrust, disrespect and suppression of children’s will and autonomy is the origin of a lot of violence and mental health problems in the world. 

I want to see a less authoritarian world. I want to see a world based on horizontal relationships. 

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

The term “film industry” may not even be relevant a century from now. Ultimately, film is just one method of storytelling. I envision a future where digital storytelling converges, creating immersive and individualized experiences, as opposed to the collective theatrical ones we are accustomed to. When creating my animated short films, I keep this vision in mind, aiming for an intimate conversation with my viewer, who I assume will be watching on a personal device, alone. It’s an intimate conversation. 

“I would like to see a world where cooperation prevails.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Annamaria Talas

-Who is Annamaria Talas?

I am a Transylvanian born science documentary filmmaker, a  Hungarian living in Sydney, Australia.

After finishing university I became a high school teacher, teaching biology, geography and philosophy. I was given the opportunity to teach freely and used that freedom to introduce my students to the intricate ways of how the world works. It was a lot less about lexical knowledge and much more about connections.

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

As much as I loved teaching, I saw a great opportunity in broadcast television by extending the classroom first to my country and later internationally.The medium was the inspiration and not just because it’s potential of reaching the minds and hearts of many millions but because of the powerful toolkit we get to work with: sound, vision, colours, moods, pacing, music, effects. Before becoming a dedicated science communicator, I saw myself becoming a painter or a designer. By making science films, in a way I get to live in both worlds.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

I love cinema. It can be magical. You walk into a movie theatre, you watch a film and if the film was doing its job, you come as a better person. So, yes, movies have the power of changing the world.

-What would you change in the world?

I would like to see a world where cooperation prevails, where we are driven by the desire of understanding each other, society and nature. A world, where young people don’t have to think twice about bringing children into. A world without out of fear of ecological and economical disasters. A world without war. 

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

The future is stubbornly unpredictable. But one thing is sure, AI will have a huge impact for our industry as well. It will be both good and bad.

“A world without movies would be a damn bleak world.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Joshua Cremer

-Who is Joshua Cremer?

I am a 32 year old filmmaker from Belgium. More precisely from East Belgium, I grew up in the village Crombach. Since then I live not far from there in a small town called St.Vith.

After 6 years of clarinet lessons in my childhood, I played drums for another 14 years in different bands (mainly punk, metal and experimental rock). But towards the end I realized that drums and music alone were not enough as a means of expression for me and the hunger for filmmaking grew. And so, over the next few years, band and film projects mixed until 2021 and 2023, when I made my first completely self-produced films called “The Repairer” and “The Moment of Eternity“, where I am responsible for writing, producing and directing.

I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most wonderful team on these films:

Chris Eyre-Walker and Roger Arens behind the camera, music composer Dany Gallo, Anne-Sophie Velz for visual effects, my girlfriend Catherine Bettendorff in production, Marzel Maraite and Simon Zolotar as actors…..just to name a few.

The journey continues and we are now in the casting process for the next project.

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

I grew up with my father’s plays. I was allowed to see films with him which I was actually still too young for and afterwards there was always an exchange or a quiz about the film we had seen. That was wonderful and my love for film developed very early. At the same time, it was also the reason why my grades in school were bad, because daydreaming was more important and exciting than math and homework. My mother is also active in theater. Both of them are my first inspirations and shape me a lot until today.

I love writing stories, to drawing, making music and working in a team to create something new. All of that comes together in filmmaking.

For me, filmmaking, and art in general, is about constantly reinventing myself with each project, feeling new, and not putting limits on myself in my creative work. Because that’s what it’s all about in my opinion: Freedom !

To be vigile and listening deeply to your inner self and the world and not being afraid to let it out in a new form. And of course to keep the inner child always alive. Art is the fuel for freedom and catharsis. It all started with this feeling and desire and I couldn’t imagine working in any other way.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Absolutely. I hardly know anyone who doesn’t watch movies.

The films we grow up with in our childhood consciously and unconsciously shape us throughout our lives.

Movies have tremendous power on so many different levels.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw “Jurassic Park” or “Alien” as a child. What an experience!

It was a total game changer. Movies changed my life and opened new gates, they were a refuge in dark times and will always give me strength.

Movies can be a lifeboat and a lighthouse at the same time.

A world without movies would be a damn bleak world…

-What would you change in the world?

Wow, that’s a big question. I think it’s quite a lot. And the current times we live in give us more than enough reasons again to constantly want to question and change everything. I often feel very ashamed of the behavior of our own species….

However, I’ve never been a big fan of just being upset all the time about what’s going wrong on our planet. It just eats up a lot of energy, and I don’t want to let the people who have too much power and are responsible for the bad things on our planet get control over me through that

I think every person should start with themselves first and think about what they can do concretely with their abilities in themselves and in their environment to save our “still” blue ball.

In a world that is becoming more and more disturbing and seems to be losing control, I prefer to create new worlds through films, where it can also be disturbing and painful, but I myself am in control of what and how it happens.

Filmmaking is my personal weapon to fight against our inner and outer demons.

I want to create places of retreat, but at the same time confront people with their deepest inner longings, fears and also with the beauty of the moment.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

It’s sad that in current mainstream cinema or on the big streaming services, there’s always more emphasis on quantity than quality. The effects and the pictures are often insane, but a good, brave story is often missing…

A lot of things are unfortunately often not thought through to the end, too hectic and only designed for mass success.

I’m also annoyed by the constant remakes of old masterpieces that simply can’t be filmed any better. Unfortunately, this will probably continue in the coming years….

Fortunately, however, there are wonderful streaming services like MUBI and also more and more cinemas that offer worth seeing and courageous films by great and also often unknown independent filmmakers.

And of course, the screenings and the experiences in the cinemas themselves are the most important and cannot be replaced. There is no better evening than having a good dinner in a restaurant and then watching a good movie in the theater and talking about it all night afterwards.

So hope is not lost yet.

The first series produced by WILD FILMMAKER is born and you can be part of it! (EXCLUSIVE)

First it was a dream, then a project, and now it is ‘eleveN fiftY’.

Click here to watch the trailer: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CtGHJBmqqxB/?igshid=MTc4MmM1YmI2Ng==

That is the title of the first series produced by WILD FILMMAKER, which in less than a year became the biggest independent filmmaker and screenwriter community worldwide. You gave us so much and our way of thanking you is to make you even more protagonists!

eleveN fiftY’ will be a series open to your collaborations and suggestions. We will not tell you: “Here’s the series, watch it! Stop!” as many platforms usually do. You will not only be spectators, but our mission will be to make the series by listening to your suggestions and accepting your candidacies for the various roles.

eleveN fiftY’ will be set in New York.

We chose the Big Apple because we love its dimension, which still is the greatest cultural cocktail between archaic and modern. Chapter zero of the series is in the making.

Produced by Michele Diomà

and directed by Darius Rubin

selected thanks to “The Fool” among thousands of nominees, directed with Yoshima Yamamoto and winner at several festivals, including the 8 & Halfilm Awards.

More news soon.

For now, we can only tell you that this series will be a breakthrough project in cinema history, as its strength will be the ‘we’ instead of the ‘I’.

Our motto is “WILD FILMMAKER – Cinema not Propaganda. Poetry not Marketing“.

Long live the free cinema.

William Faulker said: “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Anna Primiani

-Who is Anna Primiani?

Anna Primiani is an award-winning actress, writer and emerging filmmaker. She trained as a ballet dancer, studied classical music and in University she trained in theatre before moving on to acting for television and film.  She has trained as an actress across Canada and in the USA. As an actress, she continues to embrace opportunities to play diverse characters from Cleopatra in Disney’s “Treasure Buddies” and Kathy, in the emotionally charged, “She could be you“, about a mother whose child goes missing in the True Story of missing Tampa girl Jennifer Marteliz. This year her micro short film, that she co-wrote and starred in, “Let Forever Be” was screened at the MLC awards in Arkansas and won her several awards for best actress. Her short film “The Choice” that she co-produced, wrote and starred in is premiering at the 56th annual Worldfest in Houston in April 2023. She will be seen this year in Hallmark’s “Team Bride” and Castle Rock Entertainment’s” Wind River: The Next Chapter.” She is in pre-production of her short film, “Weight”, that has won multiple awards in festivals this year including ​8 & Halfilm Awards.  She is also embarking on writing her first feature film, “Redemption”about a woman trying to escape a criminal organization that is trafficking young women. Anna believes in being a life long learner and taking the opportunites to grow and evolve as an artist. There are some exciting announcements coming soon so be sure to visit www.annaprimiani.com and support and follow Anna on Instagram- www.instagram.com/annaprimiani 

-What inspired you to become a screenwriter/ filmmaker?

Inspiration comes from experience, moments in life and ultimately needs to come from within. As an actress, I breathe life into someone else’s words, make the character my own to drive the director’s vision. I am inspired to bring truth to the words. However, sometimes as an actor, we are not given the opportunity to play a character we would like. So comes the desire to write. As a writer there are moments, stories, memories in my life that resonate with me and begin to formulate into a story that I want to tell and characters I want to portray. Writer William Faulker said “the only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.

This has driven me as an actor, writer and filmmaker.  I have also said this before but, Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy, inspired me to have confidence to write what I want. During the pandemic he would share insights into his process saying “Don’t worry about what’s gonna sell or what’s popular…write from pain write from shame write from places that scare you.”

I believe stories from the heart are universal and bind us to one another. I am drawn to heartfelt stories that encapsulate that feeling. From there I crafted the short story for my film “The Choice“, dealing with sisterly love and devotion intertwined with illness and intricate end of life discussions.  “Weight” about a woman who returns home after the death of her father to face her past. Now as I embark on writing my first feature “Redemption“, it is a world out of my realm so it involves a lot of research and challenging myself to learn things that are unknown, uncomfortable and true. I like the challange. As a writer I can cultivate characters and a story I feel are worth telling and as a filmmaker, my goal is to bring these visions to life.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

I do! I think we have already been witness to the power of cinema, as well as social media and celebrities have on society both good and bad. I believe that films can be a powerful conduit to reach people worldwide. It can convey emotions and compelling messages, at times even if we do not speak the language the film is in, the message can be powerful. A film that comes to mind is “Good Will Hunting” not only is the acting stellar from Williams, Affleck and Damon as well as the writing, however it is the message that still stands the test of time. That on the surface some people might come across as violent or hateful, but if we take a moment to really listen, give people a chance if we care about one another, we can find that there is something deeper to all of us. I feel that there are films like this that reach an audience and have the power to change lives.

-What would you change in the world?

These days it’s hard to read the news. The violence and hatred that floods the media. I wish that we could learn how to respect and appreciate one another both in our personal lives and on a global scale. So many family and friends are divided by anger or inability to want to change, it would be nice for them unite in love, understanding and kindness. Again, like inspiration, change has to happen from within. Globally, I’m saddened by the hate, violence and war. It’s a human flaw to be driven by fear and hate.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

Filmmaking has already evolved immensly in the last 100 years so I feel like the next 100 hold inifinate potential. I believe that The Volume, an immersive soundstage by Lucas Film has and will continue to radically revolutionize the future of the film industry. Northern Gateway Films, the Produciton company for Team Bride, located in Edmonton, Alberta also has a virtual stage. They are doing some really amazing things with their current films.  Filmmaking is becoming more fluid with the ability to use a stage to create some extraordinary virtual settings, controlling how a filmmaker can shoot and the scope of storytelling. Making some things more accessible to filmmakers to be able to shoot things on a stage rather than on location. That said, I hope that the magic ofd movie making does not dissipate all together. I also hope, post pandemic, that the experience of going to a theatre remains alive for the next generation of moviegoers. To immerse themselves in the story and the world that the filmmaker seeks to create. My kids are starting to experience this the magic of movies!! 

“Screenwriter at the war.” (EXCLUSIVE) by Oleg Bazylewicz from Kiev, Ukraine

What does it take to join the army when you are 57? Very little. Just an invasion. Like in the world famous “Bella ciao” song.

Bella Ciao (English) – Alderon Tyran ft. Janissa Lang – YouTube

I have worked in a research institute, got my Ph.D. in Geography, then worked for an American chemical company, and altogether 17 years in the plastic processing and recycling industry – all that time practicing my language, writing, and drawing skills till I made all these kinds of creativity my profession. For about 13 years, I am a writer, screenplay writer, artist, and language specialist with a nice portfolio of really good projects, and certainly, many more to come. But later. Not now.

When I studied at Kyiv Shevchenko University in the 80ies, I attended the military department and finished my training as a First Lieutenant, with no practical experience of military service from then on. When the Russians invaded Donbas in 2014, I was enrolled in a reserve battalion but had never been conscripted till the 24th of February, 2022.  

That day, the air in Kyiv was shaking because of the air defense work since 04 a.m., and the gunshots from automatic rifles were heard where the enemy’s sabotage & reconnaissance groups were trying to spread havoc. The exit roads were jammed. Subway stations have turned into bomb shelters. And all that was not a movie. It was for real, although, still hard to believe. 

I just could not stay aside. I came to my local military enlistment office and enjoyed the shortest job interview I ever had in life. “Ready to go?”, a tired colonel asked. “Yes”, I said. That was it. For the two first months, I was a machine gunner in a new infantry battalion, and then transferred to artillery where I am a deputy battery commander. Still at the frontline. Still alive.     

I took several strange things along with me to this war – pencils, albums, paints, brushes, and even a flute. I have been making sketches and watercolor etudes. Last summer’s rains and the incredible mud we were sinking in made me think of soil and clay from the trenches as new artistic means. Indeed, these materials, although quite difficult to handle, are very expressive and demonstrate good adhesion properties. Later on, I learned that ashes from the firewood can also be added to the restricted palette.  Now I have got a series of interesting war etudes in this style and think about exhibiting them.

I also kept on working on some screenplays, expanding my portfolio, and collecting laurels. I wrote a couple of analytic articles and made blog videos about the war, its reasons, and its roots. I am perfectly certain that this war is one of the turning points in the world’s history – however, it is a separate topic.

Writing and drawing at war is not a problem. Concentration is. It is difficult to collect yourself and concentrate on this. There are too many things to think about in the first place, and certainly not enough convenience. The Internet is scarce, and the generators only work a couple of hours a day. But we try to keep ourselves civilized as much as possible under the circumstances. In our battery, we have got a shower, a kitchen, and even a washing machine. However, it takes a lot of effort to keep this civilized life running if you live in a forest line or in abandoned barns in the middle of nowhere, with too many things to be done in too little time, the enemy is close and artillery duels never cease. 

We have been lucky so far. In our battery, we have only one dead and several wounded. 

We are grateful to those who help and support us in our fight. I think we are going to win. We fight for our freedom and our future, while the enemy fights for their past – for the grandeur of their once-great empire. But we all know the winner when the future fights against the past. The future always wins because time is the strongest force in the Universe. But how much time do we have? That is what nobody can tell.