Monday, February 15, 2021

Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival: View List of FREE Special Presentations, Classes, Actor Interviews and Complete List of Films for Feb. 27 - March 3, 2021


Whether you've been to in-person film festivals in the past or tried the new "virtual festivals" what should be known about festivals is that the people that make these festivals LOVE film. One of the new aspects of virtual festivals is making what were once free "attractions" at in-person festivals have now moved online. So whether you purchase a ticket of not, many of these festivals are offering free "specials." 

The Ridgewood Guild International Festival is presenting a dozen interviews, 2 free "classes" and 3 events. The festival runs February 27th-March 3rd, 2021. You can find how to access these specials on the website: . (Be patient as the site will be updated closer to the date.) These free specials will give the viewer a chance to experience some of what the festival has to offer and to gain insight and knowledge about the films, filmmakers and the industry in general. You can access them anytime during the festival  (and some may remain on Youtube even after the festival). 


A scene from Brud'hars

Actor Interviews:

Interview: Anna Rust (20m). Listen to Harry Sherer talk to Anna Rust (Carnival Row, Legends), actress and one of the jurors, about the films, her roles and what she thinks about Game of Thrones.

Interview of Annapurna Sriram/A Case of Blue (20m) - The star of A Case of Blue, Annapurna talks about her role in the movie as well as her other roles, including starring in Feral. 

Interview of Tommy Beardmore/A Case of Blue (5m) - RGIFF talks to Tommy of A Case of Blue, in an exclusive interview done on the set of the movie.

Interview of Ursula Abbott/A Case of Blue (6m) - Listen to a quick chat with Actress Ursula Abbot, recorded on the set of A Case of Blue. 


Interview of Dylan Skinner/Uncaged (20m). Dylan, a Ridgewood Resident, talks about the making of her impactful documentary on body image in today's society.

Interview of Dana Glazer/A Case of Blue (20m) - Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the writer/director of A Case of Blue, a drama starring Stephen Schnetzer and Annapurna Sriram. This film was filmed mostly in Ridgewood, NJ.

Interview of Elsa Levytsky/Goodnight Death) - Elsa, a NJ filmmaker, talks about her horror/thriller, and explains how as a new filmmaker she was able to secure name talent to her short.

Interview Filmmaker Karan Singh of Paath (19m)

Interview of young filmmakers Samiksha Thakur and Noelle White (12m)

Interview: Filmmaker Sriram Papolu of Bru’dhars (15m)

Veteran Filmmaker/Director/Writer Joshua Coates: Behind the Scenes (10m)


Film Marketing Master Class (20m) - Are you a new filmmaker? Do you want to learn what the first steps to marketing your film are? Join this class run by veteran PR professional and producer Suzanne Ordas Curry.

Film Distribution Master Class (25m) - Wondering what is going on in the current landscape in distribution? Liz Manashil breaks down what filmmakers face in 2021.

Scene from A Case of Blue


Interview of Charles Ricciardi (20m) of the NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission. Hear what's going on in NJ. 

Video by Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam which revoluntionized the way films are made.



NETWORKING ROOM (30m) - Network with the filmmakers of the festival. This event is free but by invite only and is limited. Request an invite by email: Sponsored by Super Cellars.


Scene from Alina with Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Arrested Development)


A Case of Blue (Narrative Feature) — Dana H. Glazer 
A dilemma (Short) — Sam Iam
ALINA - 2020 (Short) — Nora Mariana
AMERICAN MARRIAGE (Short) — Giorgio Fontana
AYEO (Animation) — Jacob Updyke
Age of Bryce (Short) — David Feagan, Brian Elliot
Amend (Short) — John Patrick Hayden
Appetite (Short) — Maddy Freeman
As Simple as Hello (Short) — Karson Kennedy
Because I Love Him (Short) — Maddy Freeman
Big Yellow Taxi (Music Video) — Matt Mahurin
Blackhole. (Short) — Holly Pilcavage
Blue Iris (Short) — Samiksha Thakur
Brass Ring (Short) — Zachary Ross
Bru'dhars (Short) — Sriram Papolu
Buy Doll's House (Short) — Maxim Kulkov
COUP! (Web/New Media) — Matthew Klaus Esolda, Brian Goodheart
Chains (Short) — SENG 2Kx
Chosen (Documentary) — Karlee King
Defenseless (Short) — Javier Augusto Nunez
Dignity (Short) — Pat Battistini
Dining Room (Short) — Heidi Scott
Down (Short) — John Chiodi
EDEN (Short) — Brent Costantino, Anthony Mernacaj
ELUDE (Short) — Alejandro Santora
Egg on Your Face (Short) — Josh Parkhill
Empty Windows (Short) —  Andrew Rosenstein, Joseph Rosenstein
Everybody Said (Music Video) — Brian Ostering, Amanda Duncan
FAULT (Short) — Ian Havens
garage (Short) — Michael P. Jahoda
Goodnight Death (Short) — Elsa Levytksy
Hackers: The Misfit Superheroes (Documentary) — Ethan Wilk
Heat Wave (Short) — Melanie Coffey, Ryan DiBiase
Helping (Animation) — Emely Cintron
How Long (Music Video) — Matt Mahurin
In Sync (Short) — Eddie Shieh
Instinct (Animation) — Yinuo Wei
It's Called Revenge (Short) — Michelle Burger
I’m Alright (Music Video) — Andy If
KADDISH (Short) — Razid Season
Like Father (Short) — Jonathan Chekroune
Love Songs Showscape from GORKY’S DREAM GARDEN (Feature) — Michelle Ekizian
MY TAGALONG (Animation) — Jerry Wang
Merrick Carlyle Has a Problem (Short) — Hailey Jackson
Missing Pieces (Short) — Jina Moran
Ms. Rossi (Short) —  Pat Battistini
Narc (Short) — Jackson Coates
New Year's Day (Short) — Noelle White, Rea Silver Chisholm
Oddly Popular (Web/New Media) — Fred Gallo
Paath (The Lesson) (Short) — Karan Singh Rathore
Q: ghostly remote effect (Short) — Marcus Hanisch
Runaway (Short) — Michelle Tang
SKUBER (Short) — Cat London
Scarlet Circle (Short) — Ryan Cervasio
Seeing You Again (Short) — Brandon Siavichay
Shifting Gears (Animation) — Leeann Cintron
Shyft (Short) — Jennifer Plotzke
Sing To Me (Short) — Luz Cabrales
Something to Celebrate (Short) —  Ellie Schuckman
Soul Bones (Short) — Andrew Huggins
Survivor Stories (Documentary) — Ivan Verlaan, Julina DeZorzi
Sycamore (Short) — Mehmet Tığl
THE FIRST SNOWFALL (Short) — Yanghuixiao Gao
Tavola (Short) — Nikolas Grasso
Thank You Kindly (Short) —  Noah Weisberg
Thaw (Short) — Sigge Widmark
The Blue Marble (Web/New Media) — Ralph Toporoff
The Boy At Platform 3 (Short) — Michael Daniel Vetter
"The Circle" Episodes 1-5 (Web/New Media) — Carlton Thompson
The Della Morte Sisters (Short) — Bill Sorvino
The Dispensable (Short) — Robert J Morgalo
The Interrogation (Short) — Bob Klein
The Perfect Cup (Short) — Joey Scelza
The Quiet Pain (Short) — Timothy Amatulli
The Six (Short) — Trent Dawson
The Start of a New Day (Documentary) — Emma Russo
The Waiting Room (Short) — Mike West
The Woods (Short) — Spencer Muhlstock, Benjamin Calder
The astronaut's journal (Animation) — Marina Belikova
Tongue Tied (Short) — Noelle White, David Mansour
UNCAGED (Documentary) — Dylan Skinner, Harrison Bahrenburg
Unsafe (Short) —  Tori Kotsen, Ilya Zorin
Voice (Documentary) — Maggie Ding
What Did You Do Today? (Short) — Britney Bautista