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Sharon Stone Seduces Us at Live Read of The Graduate

Only at a Film Independent at LACMA Live Read would the fauxhawk-sporting, high-top sneakers-flaunting Jay Baruchel find himself opposite a beguiling Sharon Stone, deviously tempting him into an affair. But that’s only because Baruchel was in character as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, the selected -- continue reading →

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How a Filmmaking Duo Found a Captivating Story in the Slums of India

“Kathputli is dying before our eyes, and our hope is that the world gets to experience it before it’s gone.” Over the course of three years, filmmakers Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber traveled to New Delhi, India’s colony of Kathputli, to capture the final days -- continue reading →


Congrats to our Four Fellows and 15 Members Taking Their Films to Tribeca!

Film Independent is proud to announce that 15 of our Members will screen their films at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today. Two of them, Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, are also Film Independent Fellows. Their documentary, Tomorrow We Disappear was invited -- continue reading →

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Money-Saving Tips From a Top Production Designer

Yes, as a rule, time is money, but when it comes to low-budget filmmaking, sometimes the time you spend working with experienced collaborators can end up saving you dough in the end. A skilled and savvy production designer, for example, can pull all kinds of -- continue reading →


A First-Time Filmmaker Reveals the Downside of the Single Shot and Upside of Directing a Rock Star

One of the buzzy films at this year’s SXSW Film Festival was Film Independent Member Jen McGowan’s directorial debut, Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis as an ex-Riot Grrrl turned disenchanted suburban mom and housewife. Yearning for more than stay-at-home bonding time with her new -- continue reading →


Doc Lab Success Story: Dancing in Jaffa Hits Theaters Today

Tonight in New York City and next Friday April 18 in Los Angeles, Dancing in Jaffa is being released theatrically by IFC Films. We’re especially proud of the new documentary by Peabody Award winning director/producer Hilla Medalia because it went through our Documentary Lab in -- continue reading →

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On Writing and Rewriting and Rewriting and Rewriting—One Script’s 13-Year Journey

Writing is a Devil’s deal. He’ll test your passion over time. And, the only way to stack the deck in your favor is with heart, support and development that challenges you in ways unexpected. This was a lesson I learned well with my script, Bon -- continue reading →


FIND ANSWERS: A Top Line Producer Tackles Filmmaker FAQs

As a filmmaker, you know when you’ve hit the line producer jackpot: you can rest assured knowing that every “i” will be dotted, every “t” will be crossed. We asked freelance producer/line producer extraordinaire Angela Sostre to address filmmaker FAQs based on her years of -- continue reading →

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Big Festival News: Lisa Cholodenko Will Be LA Film Fest’s Guest Director

As we eagerly await word from our programming team on the full line-up of films we’ll be screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival—May 6 is the big announcement day—we’ve got plenty of other Festival news to get excited about. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are -- continue reading →

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John Turturro on Sex, Religion and Wigs

Prostitution, religion and Woody Allen playing the pimp? “That’s gonna bring anyone here today,” Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell noted at a Members-only screening of Fading Gigolo. Written, directed and starring John Turturro, Fading Gigolo is the story of Fioravante (Turturro), whose friend -- continue reading →

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