Your upcoming movie A Hundred Looks of Love - in a few words,
what's it going to be about?
In essence, the entire movie is a total of a hundred looks of love
displayed through six film genres - animation, comedy, drama, silent,
black and white, and film noir. It is all about the emotion we show
towards people, places, pets and personal tokens. Love is being
shown as more than one expression or emotion. Love is everywhere, in
everyone and in everything. Life is LOVE.
How did this project fall
together in the first place, and what was your drive to make it?
had written a screenplay called Love's Two Way Mirror. I was encouraged
by a fellow indie filmmaker to approach commercial businesses for
distribution early on, i.e. airlines, businesses, etc. Well, I did - and
I got interest from a cruise line. Because their demographic is ages
55-70, I did not want to show a feature that depicts love at times as
being tumultuous or tragic, hence, I sat down and documented A Hundred
Looks of Love. It was literally an outline of the first 100 hundred
words that said love to me.
were your sources of inspiration when writing A Hundred Looks of Love
and is any of the movie based on personal experiences?
or anyone that speaks love to me. In this instance, I would say my primary
inspirations are my children, my closest friends, and the places I feel
most at home in my heart, such as NYC. Much of this is based on personal
experience, as I have felt great love from a good number of sources that I
elaborate on within the outline.
are the challenges of getting A Hundred Looks of Love made from a
producer's point of view, and how hands-on or hands-off a producer are you
Well, first I will address the latter question.
As with any project, I am 100 percent hands on. That is not because I can
not trust my cast and crew, but rather because I am intrigued to learn as
I go through this lengthy process. I want to know more about casting, shot
creation, editing, and post production. That will allow me to better
assist the filmmaker friends I have and happen to make down the line. If I
understand their work, I am more able to provide resources to make their
path more pleasurable. Producer challenges can be endless - cast coming
and going, dealing with SAG, raising funds for filming, securing
locations, etc. You really have to be ready for a remarkable amount of
disappointment and discouragement paired with great pleasure, however, the
end result will bring much more elation if you stick it out.
part of the cast of A Hundred Looks of Love
Do talk about your director Michele
Frantzeskos, and what makes her perfect for the job? And what's your
collaboration been like so far? And as writer and producer, do you demand
any say in the actual filmmaking process?
Frantzeskos is a director, producer, writer, actress and editor that I
have known for several years. The first time I met her years ago, I knew
there was this chemistry that could not be duplicated. She is just like
a real sister, and she shares my same passion for producing great
cinema. She knows how my mind and heart thinks, and I trust her 150%.
That is huge when you are working together on this type of project. We
collaborate well together because neither of us is afraid to speak or
say what we think. Because it is my concept and I am clearly the main
producer, of course I wish to be involved with all aspects. However, we
have clear lines in that she handles all matters pertaining to the
directing, our cinematographer handles all shooting scenarios and so on.
This way, there is no confusion on who handles what role.
Do talk about A Hundred Looks of Love's key cast and crew, and why exactly these people?
I made the choice to make a film of this type (as in one with a meaningful
message), I felt strongly about thinking outside of the box as to what
types to cast because love is experienced and expressed by everyone in a
different way. If I want to offer a full overview of what love means to
many others, I must use a number of different and dynamic personalities to
portray these types of passions on screen. My cast and crew consist of
some of the best and brightest individuals in the business. They embody
energy and enthusiasm for cinema and are limitless in their creativity.
They are hugely humble and hard working; as well as fun, funny and full of
focus. Each and every one was chosen by me because they move me - in my
mind or hugely in my heart, and sometimes both. So, if they can
constructively convince me to feel, imagine what they can do for dozens of
strangers sitting in a room watching them work?
what I know, you're only days away from the shoot - so what's the
Sadly, we had a bit of a snag relative to the
start of shooting due to a SAG issue. So, we anticipate being cleared to
start shooting in December, and should be finished by January 10th. We had
hoped to do a premiere in NYC on Valentine's Day, but we have to wait and
see what magic my editor can do to make that happen!
It's probably way too early to ask, but any
idea when and where A Hundred Looks of Love might be released yet,
part of the cast of A Hundred Looks of Love
As stated above, I had the target date
of Valentine's Day due to the designated subject matter. However, a back
up date would be March 20th, as that is considered National Proposal Day.
Just as fitting.
Any future projects you'd like to
Well, my independent TV channel, Cin TV, is set to
launch in January of 2019. My NYC based film festival, Art is Alive, will
take place in mid June of 2019. I am normally on air with my internet
based radio show, Cin's Chat Corner, two to three times a week. My
articles are published monthly, and I plan to start doing more teaching
soon in the private sector relative to film distribution/product
placement, creative writing and broadcasting. I have also started doing PR
for indie artists, and of course, I operate my own writing/editing
What got you into the filmworld in the first
place, and what can you tell us about your filmwork prior to A Hundred Looks of Love?
I first started doing my radio show, I found myself interviewing some
actors and directors. However, it was when I was asked to screen films for
Studio City Film Festival that I became more incorporated into the
industry. That was my first exposure to doing formal judging of any kind
of films. Thereafter, I keep doing more judging; then writing film
reviews; then being invited to cover film festivals and do formal
interviews. It seemed almost expected that eventually, I would do a film.
My first real screenplay was not written until three years ago, and this
will be my first formal film.
Besides making movies, you also run the Art
is Alive Film Festival - so do talk about the fest for a bit, and the
philosophy behind it!
My intent with this festival is
simple: bring art alive again. I spent a span of three years covering
film festivals as a member of the media, I began to discover that the main
motivation for many of these events was not the movies. Because I am a
leader and not one who lags, I took it upon myself to produce a platform
whereby art would once again come alive. Less celebrity and red carpets;
more about honoring the czars of independent cinema. Give filmmakers and
fans a chance to mesh and make dreams happen. Show worthy work by
astounding artisans. Lastly, help them to create more film through
offering them more exposure and the essential - money. We are now in
the third year, and it has taken off tremendously. More films, pertinent
panels and networking between filmmakers!
You of course also have to talk
about the radioshows you're hosting!
I have been hosting my
shows for almost eight years now, and must admit that I never would have
expected them to be heard by such an enormous audience. One show is
entitled Sons Spotlight, and I was originally approached by someone who
worked closely with the stars of the hit FX show Sons of
Anarchy to do
interviews of this type. I started to interview some of the actors from
said show, then it spiraled into biker related organizations, events,
charities, public figures, etc. My primary show is called Cin's Chat
Corner, and this is my main platform. This finds me interviewing artists
of all kinds: authors, artists, musicians, actors, directors and
producers. I also host celebrities of all kinds, including reality TV
stars. I also like to spotlight non-profits, business owners, and anything
or anyone that speaks to me personally. At present, I hold 91,000
listeners in twenty states with a 10% international following.
Any other talents
of yours you'd like to share?
I have been told by many big
hearted individuals that I help to inspire them. For me, that is an
amazing accomplishment. However, nothing tops that I have raised four
children to be the beautiful beings that they are at present.
How do you see yourself as
a writer and producer?
Truth be told, I see myself as a
professional author, period. Anything that has stemmed from my career is
all based around my ability to write, and apparently, some think I do that
Writers, filmmakers, whoever else
who inspire you?
My first major writing influence was Judy
Blume. She moved me as an adolescent and I believed that I could create a
magical world as magnificent as she had built in her books. Later years,
of course, Stephen King, as well as Jackie Collins and John Grisham. As to
filmmakers, every single one that has allowed me to screen or share their
work. I presently embody the mentality that I am inspired by every person
who crosses my path.
Your favourite movies?
most of the movies I love are usually classics or black and white. It's a
Wonderful Life, any Chaplin movie, His Girl Friday or The Philadelphia
Story. As for more modern, Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, and PS I Love
and of course, films you really deplore?
There are few
films I really hate, because all have some sort of viable value. However,
it was painful for me to watch Nocturnal Animals.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Film - A Hundred Looks of Love:
business website - Cin's Sweet Creations:
Film festival - Art is Alive
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
company - Cin's Cinematic Productions:
- Cin's Chat Corner/Sons Spotlight
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
the individual interviewing me, Michael Haberfelner, is an amazing and
absolutely adorable person and professional filmmaker!
for the interview ... and for the compliment!