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A Filmmaker’s Guide to Music Licensing

Filmmakers often feel so attached to a song that it becomes a crucial and indispensible element to the story. A scene, or even an entire film, can revolve around a single piece of music. What many directors don’t realize is that the process of clearing […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Director Shira Piven arrives at Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of Alchemy's "Welcome To Me" at Bing Theatre At LACMA on April 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/WireImage)

Getting Lost in the Timeless World of Welcome To Me Starring Kristen Wiig

Screenwriter Eliot Laurence, director Shira Piven, and actor James Marsden sat down with moderator Dana Harris after the Film Independent at LACMA screening of Welcome To Me, the story of $86 million lottery winner Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig). She’s a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who gets rich, quits her […]

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

Blackbird When:  Now Playing Where:  Theaters Director:  Patrik Ian-Polk Starring:  Mo’Nique, Julian Walker, Isaiah Washington Why We’re Excited: It’s been quite some time since a heartfelt coming out story has been captured on the big screen and this indie drama introduces a character seldom represented […]

Film Independent At LACMA Screening And Q&A Of "Iris"

Iris Inspires in Albert Maysles’ Last Film and In Life

The rare bird of fashion made a rare landing in Los Angeles this week. The witty and wonderful Iris Apfel captivated the audience at the Bing Theater Monday night, following a Film Independent at LACMA screening of Albert Maysles’ last film, an endearing portrait of […]

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Three Latest Films Announced for the LA Film Fest

Angeleno film fans will finally get the chance to see one of the buzziest films to come out of Sundance this year: Dope. It’s one of the three great new titles just added to the slate for the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival. Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope will make […]


Join Film Independent, Matthew Weiner and the Mad Men Cast for the Best Goodbye Party Ever!

Dry those tears, Mad Men fans. Before we slip into full-on mourning mode, we’re throwing a goodbye party! Those of us who can’t imagine life without Don Draper and his shenanigans can celebrate the end of an era together. On Sunday, May 17 at The Theatre […]

Member Spotlight: Entertainment Lawyer Peter Kaufman On Why He Loves Working With Independent Filmmakers

Name: Peter Kaufman Discipline: Entertainment Lawyer Arts Circle Member Since: 2012 What led you to your career as an entertainment lawyer? Well, I thought I wanted to be an actor, but I wasn’t sure I had the skills to pull that off. I’m creative, and […]


Project Involve is Looking for Diverse Filmmakers with Unique Voices. Apply Now—Before It’s Too Late!

We all know the dismal statistics about the lack of filmmakers of color in the industry. Women and LGBT artists also nearly impossible to find. Project Involve is working to change all that. The program helps emerging artists hone their skills, build their collaborative networks and break into the industry. Project […]

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Writer’s Salon With Aline Brosh McKenna – “The Equation for Success in Writing is Ass Plus Chair”

Aline Brosh McKenna, the witty screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses and We Bought a Zoo, was one of the panelists at the recent Film Independent Writers Salon hosted on April 15. This event was organized to create a space for writers to provide advice and insight into […]

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Three Great New Reasons to Get Excited About the LA Film Fest

Every 24 hours that go by brings us one day closer to our favorite day of the year: the opening of the Los Angeles Film Festival! Today, we are taking a super big stride toward that day with the announcement of the 24 films being […]

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