A Hannibal Thanksgiving with Food Stylist Janice Poon

With the rise of foodie culture, there are more movies and television shows about the culinary arts than ever before. But perhaps none of them has as ardent a following as the recently-canceled Hannibal, in which it’s not turkey or ham but the show’s characters […]

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  (L-R) President of Film Independent Josh Welsh, host Elizabeth Olsen and host John Boyega attend the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference at W Hollywood on November 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Noms Showcase the Breadth of the Independent Film Landscape

One of the defining characteristics of Film Independent’s mission is to champion diversity in film. You couldn’t find a better example of that aim than the Best Feature category for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced this morning. Among the nominees in that category […]

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Women in Film: Hollywood’s Fall Report Card

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! Now that the fall movie season has come to a close and the awards-hopeful holiday releases have begun rolling out, we’re taking a hard look at how Hollywood did with women in film this […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Aaron Sorkin attends the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read with Surprise Guest Director at Bing Theatre At LACMA on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Network Live Read Gets Audience “Mad As Hell!”

Live Read fans learned days before the event that fashion designer Scott Sternberg would be guest directing the latest installment of the series. If that news wasn’t exciting enough, the fact that the Band of Outsiders founder was bringing to the stage one of cinema’s […]


Ten Groundbreaking Film Independent Spirit Awards Wins

Since its beginnings in the mid-80s the Independent Film world has always been the place where daring personal stories are told and great new artists are discovered. And all the while the Film Independent Spirit Awards have been there, identifying and honoring incredible filmmakers and […]


Five Lessons Learned at the Film Independent Documentary Lab

Film Independent is now accepting applications for their 2016 Documentary Lab. We asked one of last year’s lab participants, James Demo, to talk about how the lab helped him and his project, The Peacemaker. In 1971, Padraig O’Malley gambled his college scholarship on the Ali-Frazier […]

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Amy J. Berg on Reframing the Legacy of Janis Joplin

When documentarian Amy J. Berg set out to make a film about Janis Joplin, she was aware of the performer’s indelible music and legendary performances, but these incredible audio and visual elements weren’t what drew her to tell the story. Instead the Oscar-nominated director said […]

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Discovering The Danish Girl with Director Tom Hooper

Production for Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl began in early 2015 and the film’s star, Eddie Redmayne, spent an entire year preparing for the role before filming began. Just two weeks into the shoot, Redmayne asked for a long weekend off work. “I thought [that] […]


In Search of an Audience: Two Films Navigate the New World of Marketing and Distribution

In today’s constantly evolving digital landscape, one of the biggest challenges facing filmmakers is how to get their film in front of the audience that is hungry for it. At last month’s Film Independent Forum, a panel of leading experts in the marketing and distribution […]


Member Spotlight: Actress and Producer Katherine Castro

Name: Katherine Castro Discipline: Actress and Producer Arts Circle Member Since: 2014 How did you get involved in the independent film world or the film world in general?For me, it all started when I was a kid. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but […]