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Frontier Café | A SEEfest Podcast

Frontier Café | A SEEfest Podcast

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The Frontier Café welcomes travelers, vagabonds, wanderers, adventurers, misfits, rebels, artists, raconteurs, troubadours, wordsmiths, dreamers, fandoms, students, and teachers alike. The conversations, drinks, and laughs connect these visitors as they share their experiences. Books, movies, history, personal pasts, and narratives in any form are welcome subjects at the tables in The Frontier Café. Go ahead -- grab a drink, open your minds, and vicariously travel Southeastern Europe and the American West. Explore and engage to your heart’s content! A production of SEEfest Los Angeles.
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Conversation with George Csicsery

Frontier Café | A SEEfest PodcastNov 08, 2022

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Dec 20, 202248:35
Conversation with Ines Tanović

Conversation with Ines Tanović

Note: This interview is in the Bosnian language (the link to the English translation is below).

This episode of Frontier Cafe features a conversation with Ines Tanović, the manager of the production company DOKUMENT and the Sarajevo Film Center. The conversation, in Serbo-Croatian, went over her career as a filmmaker, the history of Yugoslav cinema, and her current efforts to promote local Balkan film cultures and auteurs. I hope you'll like our conversation about the history and future of Balkan cinema!

Born in Sarajevo in 1965, Ines Tanović graduated from the Dramaturgy Department of the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. She has been a member of the Association of Filmmakers of BiH since 1988. In 1991, with her father, Sejfudin Tanović, she founded a production called DOKUMENT in Sarajevo, which is now managed by her and Alem Babić, a producer. From 2014 to 2019, she was the president of the Association of Filmmakers of the FBiH and of the Association of Filmmakers of BiH. She currently holds the position of acting general manager of the Sarajevo Film Centre. From 1986 to 2002, she wrote scripts and directed 6 short fiction movies. She worked as an editor at national and federal public broadcasting stations. In 2004, she was awarded by the Hubert Bals Fund for the script for “Entanglement.” She attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2006, and her project “Decision” was selected among 160 entries from all over the world for Berlin Today Award 2011.

In 2010, she directed the Bosnian part of the long feature omnibus “Some Other Stories” (coproduced by BiH, Serbia, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Ireland, supported by EURIMAGES). The film has been invited to more than 40 international festivals and earned six international awards. She is the author of a short film titled “Starting Over,” screened in the short film competition section of the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival in 2010. The film has been shown at many international festivals. Her film “Our Everyday Life” has been shown at more than 45 international film festivals and has earned 15 awards. The film was selected as a Bosnian and Herzegovinian entry for the 2015 Academy Awards.

She is the author of documentaries titled “Exhibition” (shown at the SHORT CORNER of the 2009 Cannes festival), “Living Monument” (2012), “Coal Mine” (2012), “Ghetto 59” (2013), and “A Day on the Drina” (2011), which was rewarded with the Big Stamp Award for Best Film of the 2012 ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival. It was screened as a competing documentary at the 2012 Sarajevo Film Festival. Her second film, “Son” premiered in the Competition Program – Feature Film at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival (2019). The script for this film was awarded as the best project of the 2015 CineLink, and the most promising European project, as voted by LA producers, at the 2016 SEEfest LA. It has been screened at numerous international festivals.


Click here to download the English translation of the interview.

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Nov 28, 202242:47
Conversation with George Csicsery

Conversation with George Csicsery

In this episode of the Frontier Café, Michael Pardy hosts a discussion with SEEFest Jury alum, writer, and prolific filmmaker George Csicsery. Csicsery and his production company, Zala Films ( are based in Oakland, California.

An independent filmmaker since 1968, George has directed 35 films on various subjects, focusing much of his work in the last 30+ years on mathematicians who may be renowned and influential in their field, but whose work and lives are unknown to the general public. In 2009, he received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award for “bringing mathematics to nonmathematical audiences.”

In this wide-ranging discussion, George talks about his journey from an undergrad majoring in comparative religion to his life’s work as a journalist and filmmaker and the inherent challenges and rewards in making and financing his films.  He also discusses some of his latest projects, including the remarkably poignant Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani (2020) and his still-in-production, Journeys of Black Mathematicians.

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About the Host

Michael Pardy was an actor in New York City for over twenty years.  He had a second career at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), most notably working on the Arts & Humanities Initiative of the OSF Project on Death in America.  Subsequently, he was the founding COO of the OSF spinoff, Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University.  As well he is an avid collector of Outsider Art and Mexican Retablos.  Post-covid, he looks forward to resuming his acting career.

Nov 08, 202234:38
Conversation with Ali İğmen

Conversation with Ali İğmen

On this episode of Frontier Cafe, host Milan Zivkovic chatted with Dr. Ali İğmen, one of his favorite History professors at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). The conversation touched on representation in film, cinema as ideology, and current films that caught our attention (for better or worse). Please enjoy the discussion merging historical perspectives with film!

Dr. Ali İğmen s a Professor of Central Asian History and the Director of the Oral History Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). His book, Speaking Soviet with an Accent: Culture and Power in Kyrgyzstan, has been published by the “Central Asia in Context Series” of the University of Pittsburgh Press in July 2012 and was a finalist for the best book award of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. 

His most recent article, “Intimate Publics, Looking Back and Looking Abroad,” will appear in the collected volume Tulips in Bloom, An Anthology of Central Asian Literature, co-edited by Gabriel McGuire, Naomi Caffee, Emily Laskin, Samuel Hodgkin, and Christopher Fort. 

He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004 and, as a post-doctorate visiting scholar, taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also taught classes at Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek, Osh State University in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Many awards helped İğmen support his research on Kyrgyzstan, such as Fulbright Hays, SSRC, and Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative Grant.


Making Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asiaco-edited with Ananda Breed and Eva-Marie Dubuisson, London: Palgrave Pivot, Palgrave McMillan Book Series, 2020.

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Oct 28, 202242:13
Conversation with Daylyn Paul

Conversation with Daylyn Paul

In this episode of Frontier Cafe, host Milan Zivkovic spoke with fellow CSULB alum Daylyn Paul, a writer and filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. Recorded at Aroma Cafe in Los Angeles, Daylyn and Milan discuss working in a post-Covid film industry, historical representation in films, and how writers function in various productions. We hope you enjoy this discussion between two peers branching into different paths!

Daylyn Paul is a director and writer based out of Los Angeles. A graduate of California State University Long Beach and a recipient of the HFPA directing and writing grant, Daylyn has over eight years of experience in the entertainment industry. She currently works at CBS and ABC as a production assistant. Her previous works include the short film Nothing There Sings (2019) and the TV movie Suggestion Box (2019). Additionally, Daylyn was a casting assistant for the 2019 short film Flawless. She also works as a writer for an Amazon podcast set to release later in 2022.

Oct 09, 202258:12
Conversation with Elma Tataragić

Conversation with Elma Tataragić

NOTE: The language spoken in this interview is Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (link to English translation is below)

This episode of the Frontier Cafe features a conversation with Elma Tataragić. Elma currently works as a selector for the Competition Program for the Sarajevo Film Festival and is the President of the Filmmakers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During our talk, we touched upon the history of Bosnian cinema, her work with film students, and the role of memory in film. 

Please enjoy our conversation demonstrating the untapped potential of films and their impact on local and global communities!

The interview is also available on YouTube with English captions.

Elma Tataragić (1976) is a scriptwriter, professor and festival programmer. She graduated Dramaturgy (Screenwriting and History of Cinema) at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and obtained her Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Film and Literature. She has been with Sarajevo Film Festival since it was founded in 1995, where she now works as selector for Competition Programs and CineLink Industry Days.

She co-wrote short film First Death Experience (2001) and wrote and produced short North Went Mad (2003), both directed by Aida Begić. She has produced and co-written the feature film Snow (2008) also directed by A. Begić, shown in the Semaine de la critique at Cannes Film Festival 2008, where the film won the Grand Prix. The film has been shown at over 80 festivals and won over 30 international awards. She is General Secretary and a member of Filmmakers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been teaching screenwriting at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts since 2002, now as a professor.

She is member of European Film Academy and has published a book on screenwriting and is also works as a script consultant. In 2016 she has completed her short fiction film I Remember, which is successfully touring the world film festivals. The feature film When The Day Had No Name (2017) directed by Teona Mitevska which she has co-written premiered in Panorama Special at Berlinale 2017. She is currently in preproduction of two feature films she has written: Stitches to be directed by Serbia director Miroslav Terzić and God Exists And Her Name Is Petrunija by Macedonian director Teona Mitevska. She’s also developing a new feature and a short experimental films.


Click here to get the English translation of the interview.

Oct 05, 202244:06
Conversation with Marek Šulík and Jana Belišová

Conversation with Marek Šulík and Jana Belišová

This episode of Frontier Cafe features Slovakian documentary filmmakers Marek Šulík and Jana Belišová. The host, Milan Zivkovic, and the duo discussed their works with Roma music, how film functions as a means of cultural diplomacy, and honest cinema depicting minority voices. I hope you enjoy our thrilling conversation about the interplay between music and film!

Marek Šulík (1974, Žilina, Slovakia), documentary filmmaker, editor and screenwriter, graduated from the Academy of Musical Arts in Bratislava in Dušan Hanák's class. He often collaborates on films with non-profit organizations (Media 3, Návrat, IVO, Občan a demokracia, Žudro). In his work, he mainly focuses on social documentaries.

Filmography: Heavy Heart, Bells of Happiness, Cans of Time, I wanted to be a Mother, Cigarettes & Songs.


Jana Belišová (1965), graduated in 1990 in ethnology and musicology at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Presently she works at the Institute of Musicology of the SAS in Bratislava and is the director of CA Žudro. As an author and researcher, she was involved in several projects dealing with Roma music such as Phurikane giľa 1 and 2 (Ancient Roma Songs), Karačoňa (Roma Christmas Songs), Odi kaľi mačkica (Roma Children Songs), Neve giľa (New Roma Songs), AfterPhurikane (creative dialogue among Roma and non-Roma musicians and singers), Roma Christian Songs, Silalo panori / Cold Water are represented by anthologies of songs, CDs, DVDs, documentary films, concerts, articles and lectures.


Roma music used by permission of Jana Belišová. We are grateful to her, and the civil association Žudro, for sharing these beautiful musical gems with us and our audiences.

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Sep 23, 202255:20
Conversation with Fareed Ben-Youssef
Aug 30, 202231:53