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Filmmakers often feel so attached to a song that it becomes a crucial and indispensible element to the story. A scene, or even an entire film, can revolve around a single piece of music. What many directors don’t realize is that the process of clearing […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Director Shira Piven arrives at Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of Alchemy's "Welcome To Me" at Bing Theatre At LACMA on April 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/WireImage)

Screenwriter Eliot Laurence, director Shira Piven, and actor James Marsden sat down with moderator Dana Harris after the Film Independent at LACMA screening of Welcome To Me, the story of $86 million lottery winner Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig). She’s a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who gets rich, quits her […]

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Blackbird When:  Now Playing Where:  Theaters Director:  Patrik Ian-Polk Starring:  Mo’Nique, Julian Walker, Isaiah Washington Why We’re Excited: It’s been quite some time since a heartfelt coming out story has been captured on the big screen and this indie drama introduces a character seldom represented […]

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