Welcome to Cassava Films, an independent film production company run by Mark Tapio Kines in Los Angeles, California.
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Finding Dory
Finding Dory

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on June 22, 2016:

Finding Dory

other current reviews:

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

The List of 9

current list posted on June 17, 2016:

Nine One-Person Plays That Became Feature Films

The one-man or one-woman play has become a mainstay of the Los Angeles stage, thanks to the many struggling actors who write these pieces for themselves to perform because no one else will hire them. Once in a rare while, one of these solo shows gets turned into a movie, complete with a big cast and multiple locations. The results aren't always successful, but the task… read more!

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At the 2016 Nashville Film Festival
At the 2016 Nashville Film Festival

Development Updates

last updated May 14, 2016:

“20 Matches” in Seattle… and Hollywood

More film festival news: 20 Matches has been accepted into the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Dances With Films, a well-established festival based in Hollywood. SIFF is thus far the biggest festival my film has gotten into, and like Nashville it's an Oscar qualifier. And DWF is no slouch; out of the dozens of film festivals based in and around Los Angeles, it's… 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!