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

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on May 25, 2016:

The Lobster

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Justine and Jason Bateman
Justine and Jason Bateman

The List of 9

current list posted on May 22, 2016:

Nine Actors Whose Careers Were Upstaged By Their Siblings

It's not unusual to find groups of famous siblings in show business. Why, I've written about it here before. And again. And again. But this time I'm listing those actors who were supposed to be the star of the family, only to watch their siblings go on to greater fame. I'm sure, in most cases, that there's been no bitterness. But who… 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!