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Women in Film: Hollywood’s Summer Report Card

The summer is finally coming to an end, and everyone’s getting ready to go back to school. But over the summer while all the kids were letting their brains turn to mush at the movies, it’s Hollywood’s turn to get a report card. Let’s see -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Dear White People" Premiere - Arrivals

At Last, Good News About Diversity in Film: Project Involve Invites 30 Emerging Artists into the Community

The news about diversity in the film business is almost never good. (Sample headlines: “Lights Camera Struggle? Hollywood Latinos Speak Out,” “Hollywood’s Irrational Allergy to ‘Black’ Films,” “GLADD Surveys Movie Studios; Is Disappointed” and “The Bamboo Ceiling: Hollywood Shuns Asians.”) So every year when we -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - "I See Music: Exploring Beyonce's Visual Album" Premiere

Quitting Crews, Collapsed Schedules and Being Bullied by Harvey Keitel—Behind the Scenes of a Dream Director’s Gig

Directing by its very nature is a collaborative game. Your success hinges on your ability to steer your creative dream team towards realizing your vision. So what happens when your main collaborator happens to be one of the world’s biggest pop superstars? How do you -- continue reading →


Words of Wisdom on Filmmaking from The Dude Himself

In honor of this weekend’s release of the highly anticipated adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved YA novel The Giver, we’ve rounded up some of the best quotes about filmmaking to come from its producer and star, Spirit Award winner (for Crazy Heart), Film Independent Member -- continue reading →

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Ask a Pro: Location Manager Kristin Dewey

Finding the right locations for your movie can be one of the trickiest aspects of producing a film. So much of your budget depends on what is possible and can be accommodated (capacity, loading gear, electric, windows, noise, parking, etc.) in each location where you shoot. -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - Loveletters To Los Angeles: Michael Connelly

“The Darkness Can Get Inside You”—Michael Connelly on Cops As Characters

Iconic LA novelist Michael Connelly was a natural fit for the Los Angeles Film Festival’s inaugural LA Muse section devoted to films set in and inspired by the city. Through 17 novels over more than 20 years, he’s chronicled the city through the eyes of -- continue reading →


Project Involve Kicks Off Free Screening Series in South Central

This summer, Film Independent and Project Involve are bringing independent film to South Central Los Angeles with Summer Movie Nights, free community screenings presented in collaboration with A Place Called Home (APCH), a dynamic youth center in the neighborhood that offers a range of educational programs, -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - "The Ever After" Premiere

Husband-Wife Collaborators Make a Film That’s a Raw Look at Marriage

This past June, Mark Webber did something different as he introduced his third directorial debut, The Ever After, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He wrote a heartfelt speech. He said typically he would just tell the audience “I hope you enjoy the film,” but The -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - Master Class: Costume Builds Character

Creating Character with Costume Design—Arianne Phillips Shares Her Secrets

There’s something inspiring about two extremely accomplished creative types who say the secret to their success is being open to the other’s ideas. When director James Mangold and his frequent costume designer Arianne Phillips sat down with Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell at the Los Angeles Film -- continue reading →


Calling All Undiscovered Directors: Project Greenlight is Back!

Ten years ago, a couple bro’s named Matt and Ben jumped on the fast-rising reality TV wave with a show called Project Greenlight. The premise: give a wannabe filmmaker a shot at the big time by handing him a million bucks to direct a movie. The -- continue reading →

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