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Don’t-Miss Indies—What to Watch for in August

War Story When: Now playing Where: Theaters, IFC VOD Director: Mark Jackson Starring: Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley Why We’re Excited: Winner of the 2012 “Someone to Watch” Film Independent Spirit Award for his directorial debut Without, filmmaker Mark Jackson is back with his second feature, starring -- continue reading →

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Crowdfunding For Beginners: The CEO of Seed & Spark Shares Her Secrets

With the release of Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded sophomore feature Wish I Was Here and, of course, the successful fundraising of over $50,000 for what is evidently a much-needed bowl of potato salad, we’ve got crowdfunding on the brain this month. Two weeks ago, Film Independent -- continue reading →

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“I like the unexpected.”—Matthew Weiner On His Feature Film Debut

“Cinema is exquisite at recreating a sense of loneliness that I assume most people feel but don’t want to think about.” It’s not surprising that Mad Man creator Matthew Weiner—a man known for creating some of the most compelling lost souls television has ever seen—brought -- continue reading →

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A Music Video With a Message: How a Film Independent Fellow Scored a VMA Nomination

Exciting news! Film Independent Fellow Sheldon Candis is nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message, for the video he directed of J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile.” “I really don’t see it as a music video… I call it a ‘musical -- continue reading →

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Op-Docs Screening Spotlights Shorts That Spark Debate

“Shorts are ubiquitous… but not shorts with a point of view,” said Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell at last night’s Spotlight on The New York Times Op-Docs at Film Independent at LACMA. As Op-Docs series producer/curator Jason Springarn-Koff explained, there’s a reason for that. The -- continue reading →

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Don’t Fix it In Post: Fix it in Pre-Production!

You may not be shooting a horror story, but you may feel like you’re living in one if you don’t plan for post-production during the pre-production process. “This is the area of filmmaking people don’t like to think about,” said Chris J. Russo at a -- continue reading →

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Keep Your Short Short—And Other Lessons I Learned During Project Involve

We’re proud that three of the short films created during Project Involve, Film Independent’s Artist Development program for diverse and emerging filmmakers, were among the 25 selected for the PBS Online Film Festival: My Dear Americans, directed by Arpita Kumar;  7 Day Gig, directed by Kate -- continue reading →

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A Groundbreaking Approach to Storytelling: The Essay Film

When Arthur Jafa’s Dreams Are Colder Than Death premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month, the post-screening Q&A kicked off with a straightforward question for Jafa from writer, musician and producer Greg Tate, who moderated the discussion: “Why are there no talking heads in -- continue reading →

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Making a Movie Is Like Getting a Tattoo—Insights from Trailblazing Directors

“I fall in love with my main character…and that’s how it all begins,” director Kimberly Peirce said at the Coffee Talks: Directors panel discussion at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, during which four trailblazing independent filmmakers— Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the married directing team behind Little -- continue reading →

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Do You Need a Unit Publicist? Yes! Here’s Why

For film lovers, even those who are fairly well versed in the business, the credits that roll at the end of all films—everything from Short Term 12 to The Avengers—can sometimes seem like an endless series of made-up titles. I myself am guilty of this. -- continue reading →

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