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Start Your Film with a Bang: Tips for Great Title Design

Husband and wife team Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee recently confessed to Film Independent Members that they are “maniacally dedicated” to making things by hand. The sought-after designers led “The Art of Title Design,” a primer for Film Independent Members interested in learning more about -- continue reading →

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“You Talk. You Listen.” Robert Duvall Sums Up Acting at Film Independent at LACMA

Even the way he squared off on the chair on stage before a packed house, knees forward, back straight, was a testament to Robert Duvall’s no-bullshit aura. Following last night’s Film Independent at LACMA screening of The Judge, Duvall and co-star Robert Downey, Jr. were -- continue reading →

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What I Learned From Jill Soloway — Mo Perkins Shares Her Experience as a Shadow

Film Independent Fellow and Member Mo Perkins had the extraordinary opportunity to shadow it-director Jill Soloway on the set of Transparent, which makes its greatly anticipated premiere tomorrow on Amazon Prime. The press is anointing it the year’s best new show. (Also greatly anticipated is Soloway’s keynote at the -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents "The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin" Screening And Q&A

RZA Shares How Kung Fu Movies Shaped His Music and Changed His Life

Wu-Tang clan founding member RZA was nine years old when he first saw The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. “In New York City we had Channel 5, three o’clock movies. Back when the Wu-Tang started we didn’t have DVDs,” he revealed to Elvis Mitchell, amidst laughter. As the invited -- continue reading →


Attention Filmmakers Going Into Production: Apply Now for a Canon Filmmaker Award

Film Independent is now accepting submissions for our quarterly Canon Filmmaker Award. Four times a year, we select one filmmaker to receive a Canon Cinema EOS package loaned to the recipient. Only Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival alumni and Spirit Awards nominees and -- continue reading →

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FIND Answers: How To Work With a Location Manager to Find That (Affordable) Dream Location

We asked location manager Kristin Dewey (Celeste and Jesse Forever, In a World…) to answer your questions about how to get the most out of working with a location manager, consolidating locations to save money, and understanding a location manager’s needs from pre-production through principal photography. What -- continue reading →

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Piece of ‘Cake’: Director Daniel Barnz Talks About His Toronto Success

Among the talented filmmakers who screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month was Film Independent Member Daniel Barnz, director of the film Cake which premiered in the Special Presentations section and has since been getting a lot of buzz—much of it for -- continue reading →

Brigitte Bardot in Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963).  Courtesy of Film Forum/Rialto Pictures.

Who Are the Top Six Screenwriters of All Time? Next Generation Writers Weigh In

The 2014 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab is underway! We asked the new Screenwriting Fellows about the screenwriters, screenplays and movie lines that have stuck with them or inspired them, and their answers did not disappoint. No two Fellows had the same answer to any question, -- continue reading →


Meet the Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers

This past Monday, ten filmmakers officially joined the ranks of independent artists making and screening movies in the city of Los Angeles. They made their debut at Film Independent at LACMA, where their work premiered for a raucous crowd of fans, film lovers, peers, family -- continue reading →


What’s On the Minds of Groundbreaking Artists and Industry Innovators? Find Out at the Forum

Next month, we’re hosting the Film Independent Forum, our annual conference for independent filmmakers that proves it actually is what you know and who you know—not either/or. It’s a special year for the Forum, partly because it’s its tenth anniversary and partly because we’ve got -- continue reading →

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