Welcome to Cassava Films, an independent film production company run by Mark Tapio Kines in Los Angeles, California.
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20 Matches will screen here, in the movie theater of my youth
20 Matches will screen here, in the movie theater of my youth

Development Updates

last updated September 19, 2016:

Upcoming Film Festivals

This Friday I'm driving up to my home town of Cupertino, where I will be presenting 20 Matches at the Diamond in the Rough Film Festival on September 24 at 6pm. It's not a big festival, but it's in a theater where I practically grew up watching movies, so I couldn't say no. If you're in the Bay Area, why don't you stop by?… read more!

Sully
Sully

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on September 11, 2016:

Sully

other current reviews:

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1970s: Saturday Night Fever
1970s: Saturday Night Fever

The List of 9

current list posted on September 4, 2016:

Nine Films That Accurately Define the Past Nine Decades

Lately it seems like we have more period pictures than ever. It's not unreasonable to conclude that filmmakers are setting their stories in pre-digital times because mobile phones and the Internet screw up traditional dramatic tropes. (More ominously, it's possible that some current films take place far in the past in order to justify non-diverse casts.) But what 2010s films best represent life in the 2010s? Will it be the upcoming The Circle, based on Dave… read more!

Browse through over 300 Lists of 9 here!
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!