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Film Independent's Directors Up Close Presents "Justin Simien: Storytelling Across Platforms"

Justin Simien Talks Storytelling Across Platforms at Directors Close-Up

Writer-director Justin Simien, whose debut feature Dear White People premiered at Sundance last January and hit theaters in the fall, was working as a publicist over five years ago when one day he got an urgent call to go meet with some executives in the -- continue reading →


Reel, All Too Real: Notes From Documentary 2.0 at the Realscreen Summit in DC

Factual television is anything but factual these days. It’s a euphemism for reality TV, tall tales of truthiness spun by networks like A&E, Discovery, truTV and History. I attended Documentary 2.0 at the Realscreen Summit this January, a panel on the future of documentary put -- continue reading →

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Dear White Male People: You Still Dominate Hollywood

A little over a week ago, Best First Screenplay Spirit Award winner Justin Simien told the revelers at the ceremony that he started writing Dear White People “as an impulse because I didn’t really see my story out there in the culture.” Simien went on -- continue reading →

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Don’t-Miss Indies—What to Watch in March

The Hunting Ground When: Now Playing Where: Theaters Directors: Kirby Dick Why We’re Excited: Spirit Award Winning filmmaker Kirby Dick, who delivered the powerful documentary, The Invisible War, tackles another controversial and gritty subject for his latest expose. This startling examination of rape crimes on -- continue reading →

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Director John Ridley on Truth, A Lack of Justice and His American Crime

American Crime, the new TV project by Film Independent Spirit Award and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) puts an indie spin on the ubiquitous crime serial, creating a kind of fluorescent film noir. The series, which premieres next week on ABC, combines noir conventions (middle-of-the-night -- continue reading →

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up: Writing & Directing

Top Screenwriters Get Real at Directors Close-Up

The advice that Dan Gilroy, writer and director of Nightcrawler, has for aspiring screenwriters is to “look at it like becoming a doctor. It takes ten years to really learn how.” Gilroy was on the panel for last night’s Directors Close-Up, which focused this week -- continue reading →

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Women in Film: Hollywood’s Winter Report Card

Well, awards season officially ended this weekend and now we’re all feeling ready for spring (especially our friends on the East Coast). You know what that means: it’s report card time! Hollywood did manage to improve on its grade from our fall report card for -- continue reading →

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Making Your Cinematic Dream Come True for $200k

Many directors and I probably share the same idle daydream: A studio exec calls and says, “You simply must direct our $200 million screen epic. You’re the only one on our list.” Then I wake up and realize I’m more likely to catch the measles -- continue reading →

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Congratulations to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners!

This Saturday, Film Independent celebrated thirty years of the Independent Spirit Awards with a star-studded ceremony hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell in the big tent on the beach at Santa Monica. Here’s the list of all the wonderful movies and talented artists who -- continue reading →

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Welcome to the Spirit Awards Live Blog!

  4:38 pm Film Independent’s new tag line: Our show ends on time! 4:35 pm Bye, Kristen! 4:30 pm Birdman cast and crew come into the press room. Keaton jokes that when Iñárritu and Lubezki were speaking Spanish to eachother, he understood everything! 4:24 pm 4:20 pm Iñárritu gets choked -- continue reading →

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