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Five Lessons I Learned in Screenwriting Lab

As a Project Involve Fellow, I learned how to keep a short short, to think about distribution before I ever put pen to paper and that tenacity is a necessity in the world of film. Two years later, after countless nights of plotting, outlining and -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents A Tribute To Mad Men: Part Two

Kiernan Shipka and Janie Bryant on Go-Go Boots, Cary Grant and What Makes Sally So Sassy

Kiernan Shipka has a reputation for being a fashion plate. She’s a regular at New York Fashion Week, a fave of the Fug Girls and she once blogged about her chic wardrobe for Lucky magazine (when she was 11). The actress who began her impressive -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents A Tribute To Mad Men: Part One

What If Peggy Had Been Played By Bjork? And Other Funny Things Jon Hamm and Matthew Weiner Talked About Last Night

The most surprising thing about seeing Jon Hamm and Mathew Weiner at last night’s Film Independent at LACMA Tribute to Mad Men was how blithe and funny the two are together. Their banter-filled, jokey conversation with Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell was a jarring shift, -- continue reading →

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It Follows Director David Robert Mitchell On How He Brought His Bold Vision to the Screen

Note: Spoilers ahead! Breakthrough horror film It Follows, the largest theatrical limited release so far of 2015, is expanding nationwide in theaters tomorrow. A critically acclaimed festival darling, It Follows is one of the scariest and most well-crafted horror films to come out in years. -- continue reading →

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SXSW Screening Highlights: Amy Schumer grows up, Steve Jobs is conflicted and Brian Wilson finds himself

This was my second year at SXSW, and although I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a variety of film-related events at the Festival this year, three conversations really stood out to me: a veteran doc filmmaker who was forthcoming about his controversial new film, a -- continue reading →

“Conflict is not our only dance step.”—Joan Scheckel explains The Technique

I’ve known about Joan Scheckel for years. Or so I thought. But I had never actually experienced her Technique until this month. Let me just explain that I have been very fortunate to have received a lot of incredible artistic training in my life, and -- continue reading →

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The Haze of Documentary Filmmaking: Britta Erickson on Producing the SXSW Pot Doc, Rolling Papers

When I first heard that SXSW was premiering a documentary about marijuana legalization in Denver, Colorado, I knew I was in for a treat. What I hadn’t expected was a film that not only explores the pratfalls of regulation, but also takes viewers deep inside -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents Live Read Of "Dazed And Confused"

Dazed and Confused and Hilarious—Another Great Live Read Night

At last night’s Live Read, Film Independent at LACMA presented one of Richard Linklater’s most celebrated works, Dazed and Confused. It’s hard to believe it has been 23 years since the film’s release! Before introducing director Jason Reitman, Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell informed the -- continue reading →

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Moments We Can’t Wait to Relive at Tonight’s Dazed and Confused Live Read!

As is Live Read tradition, Jason Reitman took to the Twittersphere yesterday to whet our appetites by tweeting out the surprise cast for tonight’s Live Read of Dazed & Confused. Ever since, we’ve been indulging in our favorite Live Read-day pastime: who-will-play-who? James Vanderbeek as Randall “Pink” Floyd? -- continue reading →

Getting Your Ducks in a Row: The Legal Aspects of Pre-Production

Warren Zevon’s song about “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” isn’t about pre-production, but it might as well have been. In addition to crewing, casting and catering, if you’re the producer, you had better be thinking about corporation, copyright and clearance. Pre-production is where producers need to -- continue reading →

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