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Keep Your Short Short—And Other Lessons I Learned During Project Involve

We’re proud that three of the short films created during Project Involve, Film Independent’s Artist Development program for diverse and emerging filmmakers, were among the 25 selected for the PBS Online Film Festival: My Dear Americans, directed by Arpita Kumar;  7 Day Gig, directed by Kate -- continue reading →

2014 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Dreams Are Colder Than Death" Premiere

A Groundbreaking Approach to Storytelling: The Essay Film

When Arthur Jafa’s Dreams Are Colder Than Death premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month, the post-screening Q&A kicked off with a straightforward question for Jafa from writer, musician and producer Greg Tate, who moderated the discussion: “Why are there no talking heads in -- continue reading →

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Making a Movie Is Like Getting a Tattoo—Insights from Trailblazing Directors

“I fall in love with my main character…and that’s how it all begins,” director Kimberly Peirce said at the Coffee Talks: Directors panel discussion at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, during which four trailblazing independent filmmakers— Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the married directing team behind Little -- continue reading →

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Do You Need a Unit Publicist? Yes! Here’s Why

For film lovers, even those who are fairly well versed in the business, the credits that roll at the end of all films—everything from Short Term 12 to The Avengers—can sometimes seem like an endless series of made-up titles. I myself am guilty of this. -- continue reading →


It Takes Two: Trouble Dolls Shows How Satisfying Co-Directing Can Be

Filmmakers and close friends Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, whose co-directorial debut Trouble Dolls had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month, have incredible chemistry, both onscreen and off. In addition to writing and directing their film together, they also starred -- continue reading →

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Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen Unveil The Knick at Film Independent at LACMA

Add Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen to the list of lauded artists slipping through the permeable membrane between the worlds of film and television. August 8 marks Soderbergh’s first foray into the box that likely will never again be known as the “boob tube,” as -- continue reading →

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Is Potato Salad the New “This is not a pipe?”

For the last couple days I have been bombarded by filmmaker friends who have noticed the new Kickstarter Campaign for Potato Salad. The original goal was set for $10 and at the time of this writing, it has raised $70,924 with 4,995 backers and still 23 -- continue reading →


Apply Now for a Canon Filmmaker Award

Film Independent is now accepting submissions until August 4, 2014 for our quarterly 2014 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 -- continue reading →

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Stray Dog: Charisma Plus Access Makes For a Powerful Documentary

Debra Granik, acclaimed director of award-winning films such as Winter’s Bone and Down to the Bone, seems to have a keen eye when it comes to spotting alluring qualities in characters for her films. As a feature director, her work helped jump-start the careers of -- continue reading →


Distribution Diaries: Supremacy’s Director Shares the Strategy That Got Him the Deal

Supremacy, the intense psychological drama directed by Deon Taylor that screened last month in the LA Muse section of the Los Angeles Film Festival, has been picked up by Well Go USA for US distribution. Shot on 16 mm, the film stars Danny Glover, and  tells -- continue reading →

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