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Film Independent Live Read: "The Empire Strikes Back"

Read It Live They Did: The Empire Strikes Back Gets a Legendary Live Read

“Welcome to a Live Read of the best Star Wars movie ever made!” So began last night’s Live Read of The Empire Strikes Back, introduced by Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell to a wildly enthusiastic audience at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Mitchell -- continue reading →

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Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre on Why She’s Excited for the Spirit Awards

In our excitement for the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, we’ve reached out to all of the filmmakers nominated for Best First Feature and asked them all kinds of things about their experience as filmmakers and what it’s like to be up for the indie world’s greatest accolade. -- continue reading →

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30 of the Best Spirit Award-Winning Indie Films Ever—Part 2: Breakthrough Performances

Before their careers took off, some of our favorite indie actors starred in Spirit Award-winning films that won them their own trophy and propelled their careers to new heights. (Spirit Awards trivia: In 1995, the Best Debut Performance category was introduced to celebrate an actor’s breakout role, but -- continue reading →

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Happy 30th Birthday, Spirit Awards!

Who will host? Who will get snubbed? Who will down so much booze they slur their way through their acceptance speeches? Awards Season Fever is rising. And, of course, we can’t help obsessing over how the 30th anniversary of our favorite shindig, the Film Independent -- continue reading →

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How To Drum Up Equity Financing for Your Films

LA based independent filmmaker and producer Stu Pollard recently shared some of his insights and expertise on equity financing with a packed house of filmmakers at the Film Independent offices. During his presentation, Pollard passed down some of the tools he’s implemented in raising a -- continue reading →

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The LEGO Movie Directors On Translating a Classic Toy into a Modern Movie

As a mother of a daughter, I was concerned when LEGO released its line for girls. The product has always been universal— equally for boys, girls and even adults who want to make cool things. It was a far cry from the “What it is is beautiful” -- continue reading →

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Money Matters: A Financing Clinic at the Film Independent Forum

The Film Independent Forum, held in October at the DGA in Hollywood, hosted a panel this year about that eternal obstacle to indie filmmakers: financing. A panel of industry experts discussed current financing practices, then listened to two presentations by Film Independent Fellows about their current -- continue reading →

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Congrats to the 32 Film Independent Fellows and 36 Members Screening at Sundance

  We’re always elated (but never surprised) to see new innovative work being made by Film Independent Fellows and Members. Even more rewarding is to see them being recognized for their creativity and vision. So we’re proud to report that 32 Fellows who have gone -- continue reading →

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If There’s Science In Your Film, This Might Be the Grant For You

There are a lot of ways we support independent filmmakers, but one of the most gratifying is—for obvious reasons—handing out cash! No wonder Film Independent is thrilled to announce a brand new grant program from Film Independent in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The -- continue reading →

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Art in Advertising: How a Film Independent Fellow Made a Creative Commercial Project

Film Independent Fellow Sheldon Candis, who directed the VMA-nominated music video for J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile,” has another exciting project in the works: a web docu-series featuring ballet dancer Misty Copeland as part of Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign. We talked to Candis about -- continue reading →

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