Welcome to Cassava Films, an independent film production company run by Mark Tapio Kines in Los Angeles, California.
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Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on August 24, 2016:

Kubo and the Two Strings

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Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent
Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent

The List of 9

current list posted on August 19, 2016:

Nine Thwarted Actors from Superhero Franchises

Forgive the awkward title. But how else to describe those who were cast as iconic comic book characters, yet never got to play them to their full potential? I write this list in honor of Jared Leto, whose much-hyped Joker was front and center in Suicide Squad ads, then relegated to a few fleeting moments in the actual movie. (Seriously, when you've got the Joker, why do you instead make… read more!

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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!

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!