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How to Work the American Film Market

Next week the American Film Market (AFM) begins in Santa Monica, California, running from  November 5 – 12. AFM is one of the four largest film markets held annually around the world. The others are the European Film Market (EFM), held simultaneously with the Berlin International Film -- continue reading →

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“Things should happen that surprise you.”—Jill Soloway Gets “Inspirey” at the Forum

Jill Soloway delivered on her promise at the start of her keynote at this past weekend’s Film Independent Forum to give a talk that would be “inspirey and motivatey”—partly because she did that thing most great speakers do: she was brutally honest about the rock-bottom -- continue reading →

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“Distributors are bloodsucking freaks.”—Tim League Shares a Few Kind Words of Friendly Advice

Last Sunday morning at the Film Independent Forum, Tim League lived up to his renegade reputation—(See: Fantastic Debates.)—by beginning his keynote with the declaration that “distributors are bloodsucking freaks,” shortly after cracking open a can of beer. (League said he was inspired to hit the -- continue reading →

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“It Had to Be Los Angeles.” Director Dan Gilroy on Nightcrawler’s Untamed Energy

Nightcrawler, screenwriter Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, is a darkly comedic, sharply satirical thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, an ambitious videojournalist who cruises around Los Angeles at night, listening to a police scanner and racing to bloody crime scenes to collect horrific footage. This -- continue reading →

Film Independent Project Involve Kickoff Party

Project Involve Welcomes a New Class of Fellows

Wednesday night, the newest class of Project Involve kicked off the program with a celebration in downtown LA. Project Involve, which will run through June, is Film Independent’s diversity program, dedicated to supporting filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry. The newest Project Involve Fellows are -- continue reading →

Film Independent Screening And Q&A Of "Listen Up Philip"

Jason Schwartzman On Playing a Charming, Likeable Asshole in Listen Up Philip

Last night Film Independent Members were treated to a free screening of Spirit Awards alum Alex Ross Perry’s new film, Listen Up Philip. Channeling the neurotic and idiosyncratic style of comedy from the 70’s, Philip features Schwartzman as an arrogant, selfish writer who can’t seem to -- continue reading →

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The Top Five Things I Learned In Screenwriting Lab

During Film Independent’s recent Screenwriting Lab, we asked a few of the Fellows to tell us about the experience and what they learned. Here’s the first post, by Jonathan Parks-Ramage. Writing is kind of like a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. When my writing partner Marla and -- continue reading →

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Learn How to Break Through the Noise This Weekend at the Forum

It’s now or never, people. There are just a few days left to grab passes for this weekend’s Film Independent Forum, the two-day conference that brings together dozens of artists and producers, execs and experts–from hot shows like Black-ish to acclaimed films like Nebraska—to share their -- continue reading →

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Hot Docs in Progress—Get a Sneak Peek at Nine Films on the Verge of Greatness

Among the events at the upcoming Film Independent Forum is a sneak peek at the exciting projects developed in the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. This diverse group of filmmakers will share scenes from their films and discuss their experiences getting these projects made in an -- continue reading →

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Film Independent Mourns the Loss of Elizabeth Peña

Film Independent joins the film community in mourning the death of Elizabeth Peña. Elizabeth was a gifted actress who won a Spirit Award in 1996 for her role in John Sayles’ Lone Star, and had notable roles in films such as Neil Jimenez and Michael -- continue reading →

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