Welcome to Cassava Films, an independent film production company run by Mark Tapio Kines in Los Angeles, California.
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At Dances With Films with composer Chris Wirsig, casting director Michael LaPolla, and star Nina Rausch
At Dances With Films with composer Chris Wirsig, casting director Michael LaPolla, and star Nina Rausch

Development Updates

last updated July 28, 2016:

Midway – Maybe – Through the Festival Circuit

It's only been two months since my last update, but a lot has happened in regards to 20 Matches' film festival journey. The screening at the Seattle International Film Festival went very well, with a huge screen and a large, appreciative audience of local movie lovers. (Sometimes you don't get many people at your screening besides other filmmakers, so Seattle's big turnout was flattering.)… read more!

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on July 27, 2016:

Ghostbusters

other current reviews:

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James Doohan and daughter
James Doohan and daughter

The List of 9

current list posted on July 19, 2016:

The Nine Oldest Celebrity Dads

It was recently announced that Mick Jagger was about to sire his eighth child. Provided that he and baby both survive, this will make the Rolling Stone a new dad at 73. This news got me searching for other famous elderly fathers, and I found many lists citing men over 50. Pshaw! Here is the definitive list of history's very oldest celebrity dads. If you can name any more examples (age 73 and… read more!

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20 Matches
20 Matches

The Films

Last updated September 22, 2015:

20 Matches

This is a trailer for my latest film, a story about a serial killer in Vienna, Austria, told by a woman (Nina Rausch) sitting in a pitch black room, illuminated only by the matches she holds in her hands. I'll replace this trailer with the actual film sometime in late 2016, after all efforts at getting 20 Matches into festivals, whether successful or not, have been exhausted. Here is a more expansive page on the film.… read more!