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CASE STUDY: The Making of Short Term 12

SHORT TERM 12 is an award-winning drama about a young woman who works as a supervisor at a teen group home and struggles to care for her teenage patients while desperately avoiding the residue of her own dark past. Based on his short film of -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: BURN

BURN is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Directed and produced by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, the film premiered at -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: THE INVISIBLE WAR

Documentary Feature Director: Kirby Dick Producers: Amy Ziering, Tanner Barklow Budget: $850,000 Financing: Television sales, non-profit donations, grants Production: February 2010 – December 2011 Shooting Format: Canon 5D, Sony Z1 Screening Format: HDCAM, DCP, Blu-Ray World Premiere: 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards: 2012 Sundance Film -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: PLAY THE GAME

Dramatic Feature Writer/Director/Producer: Marc Fienberg Budget: $2 million (approx.) Production: 25 days, Oct–Nov 2007 Financing: Private Equity Shooting Format: 35mm Screening Format: 35mm World Premiere: 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Awards: 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival – Audience Award (Best Indie Feature); 2008 -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: EL GENERAL

Documentary Feature Director: Natalia Almada Producer: Natalia Almada & Daniela Alatorre Budget: $400,000 (approx) Financing: Grants Production: Archival footage and contemporary footage edited between 2005 and 2009 Shooting Format: archival footage transferred to HD; Super 16mm; Digital Video Screening Format: HD World Premiere: 2009 Sundance -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT

Documentary Feature Writer/Director: Lisa Leeman Writer: Cristina Colissimo Producers: Cristina Colissimo, Jordana Glick-Franzheim Co-Producer:  Miriam Cutler Executive Producer: Greg Little, Elizabeth Zox Friedman Budget: Mid six-figures Production: 2000-2010 Financing: Filmmakers; Equity Financiers; Donations; Grants Shooting Format: BETA SP; Mini DV, HD, VHS (archival footage) Screening -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: B-GIRL

Narrative Feature Writer/Director: Emily Dell Producer: Elizabeth Dell Budget: Around $700K Financing: Private Equity Production: 24 days/Los Angeles/July 2007 Shooting Format: Super 16mm Screening Format: HD Story: A story about a female break-dancer overcoming a brutal attack to claim her place in the world of -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: STREET THIEF

Dramatic Feature Director: Malik Bader Producers: Malik Bader, Stan Bader Budget: Low $200,000s, including deliverables. Financing: Self financed through mortgage on his own house and additional loans. Shooting Format:  Super 16mm Screening Format: HD master Awards and Nominations: Chicago Award at the Chicago International Film -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: BAGHEAD

Dramatic Feature Director: Jay and Mark Duplass Producers: John E. Bryant, Jay Duplass, and Mark Duplass Budget: $60,000 (in the can); approximately $200,000 (delivered) Financing: Filmmakers Production: Austin, Texas, 3 weeks Shooting Format: 1080i HD and Panasonic HVX 200 Screening Format: 35mm World Premiere: 2008 -- continue reading →

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CASE STUDY: A SMALL ACT

Documentary Feature Director: Jennifer Arnold Producers: Jennifer Arnold, Patti Lee, Jeffrey Soros Executive Producer: Joan Huang Financing: Production Companies (Cherry Sky Films, Considered Entertainment); Private Investors; Grants (Sundance Documentary Fund, Cinereach, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Elle/Garnier & Film Independent Director’s Fellowship); Broadcast pre-sales (HBO Documentary -- continue reading →

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