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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 →


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 →


It Takes Two: Trouble Dolls Shows How Satisfying Co-Directing Can Be

Filmmakers and close friends Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, whose co-directorial debut Trouble Dolls had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month, have incredible chemistry, both onscreen and off. In addition to writing and directing their film together, they also starred -- continue reading →

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Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen Unveil The Knick at Film Independent at LACMA

Add Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen to the list of lauded artists slipping through the permeable membrane between the worlds of film and television. August 8 marks Soderbergh’s first foray into the box that likely will never again be known as the “boob tube,” as -- continue reading →

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Is Potato Salad the New “This is not a pipe?”

For the last couple days I have been bombarded by filmmaker friends who have noticed the new Kickstarter Campaign for Potato Salad. The original goal was set for $10 and at the time of this writing, it has raised $70,924 with 4,995 backers and still 23 -- continue reading →

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