Film Education


ASK A PRO: Producer Julie Lynn (8/20/2013)

Julie Lynn’s company Mockingbird Pictures is currently in post-production on Arie Posin’s The Face of Love, which stars Annette Benning, Ed Harris and Robin Williams. Recent films from Mockingbird include Rodrigo Garcia’s thrice-Oscar®-nominated Albert Nobbs, Mother and Child and Nine Lives, as well Robin Swicord’s […]


ASK A PRO: Title Design with Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee (8/01/2013)

Filmmakers. Designers. Collaborators. Spouses. Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee have made a name for themselves with their memorable title design work on Jason Reitman’s films (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult), as well as several documentaries (Love, Marilyn; Cinema Verite; […]

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A New Way to Get Your Film Into Theaters (7/31/2013)

After realizing that myriad films weren’t making it to the multiplex or even independent venues across the country, Austin-based producer Nicolas Gonda (Tree of Life) and marketing executive Pablo Gonzalez developed a financially risk-free solution that was a win-win for both filmmakers and theater chains. […]

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ASK A PRO: Composer Rolfe Kent (5/28/2013)

By Paul Cowling / Associate Director of Film Education Composer Rolfe Kent needs no introduction to indie film fans. As a long-time collaborator with Alexander Payne and Jason Reitman, his idiosyncratic music has complemented some of today’s most prominent and popular independent films, including Election, […]

Ruby Sparks, with music supervision by Dan Wilcox

How To: Secure the Right Music for Your Indie Film (4/23/2013)

By Lee Jameson / Film Education Coordinator Who rocks the house? KCRW’s resident DJ Dan Wilcox rocks the house. He also works freelance as a music supervisor for various film, TV and ad projects, including this year’s Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated Ruby Sparks, lending his […]

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ASK A PRO: John McKeown, First Assistant Director (4/02/2013)

By Lee Jameson / Film Education Coordinator It takes a village to make a film. Sometimes, that village will include a number of assistant directors (AD) — you didn’t really think one person could do it all alone? This month’s ASK A PRO tackles the […]


Yes You Cannes! Euro Fests & Selling Internationally (3/28/2013)

By Lee Jameson / Film Education Coordinator Film Independent’s annual orientation on European film festivals and markets, hosted by festival experts Peter Belsito (co-founder of Film Finders) and Kristen Figeroid (SVP of International Sales, Sierra Affinity), guided our members through the festival and market calendar, […]

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up With Ruben Fleischer

DCU 2013: The Creative Team – Executing the Vision (3/12/2013)

From the initial stages of research to the execution on the set, director Ruben Fleisher and his creative team went through their process for creating the world of Gangster Squad in night four of our Directors Close-Up Series, sharing how they used cinematography, editing, production […]

DCU 2013, the Directors Roundtable: Ira Sachs, Julia Loktev, Laura Colella & moderator Elvis Mitchell

DCU 2013: The Independent Spirit – A Directors Roundtable (3/06/2013)

By Miles Maker / Project Involve Fellow / @milesmaker Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up is an intimate look at the craft of directing straight from the visionaries behind the camera. The 5-week series is designed to enlighten, inspire, educate and motivate attendees in a conversational exchange […]

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5 Steps to Jumpstart Your Film’s Pre-Production (2/21/2013)

By Lee Jameson / Film Education Coordinator Seasoned indie line producer Angela Sostre, who has worked with a diverse group of directors including comedy legend Bobcat Goldthwait, Justin Lin and Film Independent’s own Will Slocombe, returned to the Film Independent office last week to provide […]