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Dr. Steeve Coupeau goes one on one with AlexandrIa Collins, Director of Milk Run, 5/5/15

Milk Run is an interesting short now playing at the New York City International Film Festival which runs until May 7, 2015.

Steeve: What inspired you to focus on this story?

Collins: I wanted to focus on this story because I feel that the stories of Older people are interesting. We don't often delve into their point of view with things and I also wanted to show that just because a person has aged doesn't mean that they don't have desires or passions in life. 

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Steeve: Is this your first film? Are there any directors who shaped your vision for this film?

Collins: This is my fourth narrative short but I've also directed a documentary that won a 1st place Florida Associated Press award. No director in particular inspired this piece or my style of directing it. More so, life and people and movement inspired it. 


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Dr. Steeve Coupeau goes one on one with Shailla Quadra, Director of Love Socks, 5/5/15

Love Socks is one of the best comedies featured at the New York City International Film Festival which runs until May 7, 2015. Dr. Steeve Coupeau spoke to Director Shailla Quadra

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Steeve: What inspired you to focus on this story?

Shailla:

I’ve always been a big sneezer. I remember until recently sneezing every single morning of my life. I also remember as a child going to the doctor and the doctor not finding anything wrong with me, so I just continue on with the sneezes forever.

I think as time goes by, and we are hanging with our body for longer, we start learning little things about ourselves, discovering and understanding our weakness. Eventually I learned that keeping my foot warm, and even my head warm, helps to keep the sneezes away. I think that moving country, from Brazil to Australia made me more aware of the environment. Growing up in Rio where is always warm the whole thing doesn’t make sense, but cold floor is cold everywhere, even in Rio, so now looking back things kind of make sense.

Research confirms the “Raynaud’s Phenomenon”, and I realize that I fit all the cold sensitivity symptoms, and always had them even growing up in a hot city, everything made sense. Luckily I am super tall and people don’t look at my feet much, they just assume I’m wearing heels) so I just say “no I like the scarf” or “no I’m just a cold person…” I hope that LOVE SOCKS helps all sneezers out there watching the movie to also find a way to minimize their sneezing.

Dr. Steeve Coupeau goes one on one with George Pogatsia, Director of Family on Board, 5/5/15

Family on Board opened the 2015 Edition of the New York City International Film Festival. Representing NYIHA MEDIA, Dr. Steeve Coupeau spoke to George Pogatsia.

Steeve: What inspired you to focus on this story?

George: I read a story a while back about a man in Texas who called 911 about 2 guys burglarizing his neighbor's home. He ended up shooting and killing both. He never received any jail time. It made me think, what if this happened in New York City? Also, I was living in downtown Manhattan on 9/11. The towers falling actually woke me from bed and I had a friend who was scheduled to report to prison downtown on 9/11 ... I threw those stories into a pot, I sprinkled in my imagination and mixed it up. I came out with Family on Board.

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Steeve: Is this your first film? Are there any directors who shaped your vision for this film?

George: It's actually my second film. I made an experimental short comedy in 2002, The Pizza Tapes. I'm a native New Yorker so, you could imagine the answers to the directors who helped shape my vision, Scorsese, Woody Allen, Ed Burns all have influenced me in telling this New York story. But, I need to give a lot of credit to Gus Makris, I worked with him twice as an actor on Law and Order. Working with him taught me how to deal with actors as a director in order to get the best performance from them.