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How Going Green Can Save You Money On Set

Yes, you are doing a great thing if you’re celebrating Earth Day today with a good deed. But the best way to do your part for Mama Earth is to go green 365. To take a close look at how filmmakers can ensure their productions -- continue reading →

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A Gift from the Los Angeles Film Festival to You: Free Films!

Here are two words we love to see together: “free” and “film.” No wonder spreading the news about our Free Community Screenings is one of our favorite Los Angeles Film Festival announcements of all. This year’s free screenings will feature the 20th anniversary of Clueless; -- continue reading →

Film Independent Presents The World Premiere Of A Staged Reading By Quentin Tarantino: "The Hateful Eight"

Tarantino Takes the Stage: The Hateful Eight Recap

The beautifully renovated 1920s movie palace, the Theatre at Ace Hotel, provided a remarkable venue for film lovers to observe Hollywood in its purest sense: a first draft. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s latest publicized project, The Hateful Eight, was suddenly halted in January of this year -- continue reading →

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Sharon Stone Seduces Us at Live Read of The Graduate

Only at a Film Independent at LACMA Live Read would the fauxhawk-sporting, high-top sneakers-flaunting Jay Baruchel find himself opposite a beguiling Sharon Stone, deviously tempting him into an affair. But that’s only because Baruchel was in character as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, the selected -- continue reading →

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How a Filmmaking Duo Found a Captivating Story in the Slums of India

“Kathputli is dying before our eyes, and our hope is that the world gets to experience it before it’s gone.” Over the course of three years, filmmakers Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber traveled to New Delhi, India’s colony of Kathputli, to capture the final days -- continue reading →


Congrats to our Four Fellows and 15 Members Taking Their Films to Tribeca!

Film Independent is proud to announce that 15 of our Members will screen their films at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today. Two of them, Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, are also Film Independent Fellows. Their documentary, Tomorrow We Disappear was invited -- continue reading →

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Money-Saving Tips From a Top Production Designer

Yes, as a rule, time is money, but when it comes to low-budget filmmaking, sometimes the time you spend working with experienced collaborators can end up saving you dough in the end. A skilled and savvy production designer, for example, can pull all kinds of -- continue reading →


A First-Time Filmmaker Reveals the Downside of the Single Shot and Upside of Directing a Rock Star

One of the buzzy films at this year’s SXSW Film Festival was Film Independent Member Jen McGowan’s directorial debut, Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis as an ex-Riot Grrrl turned disenchanted suburban mom and housewife. Yearning for more than stay-at-home bonding time with her new -- continue reading →


Doc Lab Success Story: Dancing in Jaffa Hits Theaters Today

Tonight in New York City and next Friday April 18 in Los Angeles, Dancing in Jaffa is being released theatrically by IFC Films. We’re especially proud of the new documentary by Peabody Award winning director/producer Hilla Medalia because it went through our Documentary Lab in -- continue reading →

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On Writing and Rewriting and Rewriting and Rewriting—One Script’s 13-Year Journey

Writing is a Devil’s deal. He’ll test your passion over time. And, the only way to stack the deck in your favor is with heart, support and development that challenges you in ways unexpected. This was a lesson I learned well with my script, Bon -- continue reading →

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