The Cast and Crew of The Knick on Working with Steven Soderbergh

The Emmy Award-winning drama The Knick returns to Cinemax for its second season on October 16. Recently, members of the show’s cast and creative team sat down with Elvis Mitchell at a Film Independent at LACMA screening of the season’s first two episodes. On hand […]

Don’t Miss Indies: What to Watch in October

Freeheld When:  October 2 Where:  Theaters Director: Peter Sollett Starring:  Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carrell Why We’re Excited: Based on an emotionally charged true story, this stand-up-and-cheer drama gives us so many reasons to be excited. Film Independent Spirit Award winners Julianne […]

Davis Guggenheim Says He Was A ‘Mid-wife’ to Malala’s Story

  At the recent L.A. premiere of his new documentary He Named Me Malala, director Davis Guggenheim called the day a tale of two screenings. Before joining Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell for a conversation at Film Independent at LACMA, Guggenheim screened the film for 6,000 […]

The 2015 Film Independent Forum By the Numbers

We’re less than a month away from the 2015 Film Independent Forum, our three-day, can’t-miss event for filmmakers looking to mix and mingle with leaders in the industry. From October 23-25, Film Independent will take over ground floor of the DGA building with an incredible […]

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Legend’s Brian Helgeland on Crime, Character and Research

If you ask Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland what makes a good crime film, he’ll respond that it’s not the crime. “I’m not interested in the crime, really,” said the L.A. Confidential scribe at a Film Independent at LACMA screening of his latest directorial effort, Legend. […]

Ramin Bahrani Shares Stories from Making of 99 Homes

Recently, writer-director Ramin Bahrani graced the Film Independent at LACMA stage for a conversation with Elvis Mitchell following a screening of his new film 99 Homes. Bahrani’s taut thriller about a man’s desperate attempt to save his family home during the subprime mortgage crisis features […]

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LEGAL EASE: Does Your Film Need an LLC?

So you’re making a super-indie documentary that only stars your family members and their pets. Do you still need to create an LLC for the project? Attorney Lisa Callif, Partner, Donaldson + Callif has the answer in this month’s edition of Legal Ease. “The short […]


Discover Chick Strand at Film Independent at LACMA

On Friday, September 25, Film Independent at LACMA will screen Soft Fiction, a work by trailblazing experimental filmmaker Chick Strand recently restored by the Academy Film Archive with funding from Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and LACMA. The screening includes a conversation with filmmakers Amy Halpern and […]


5 Reasons To Get Excited About the 2015 Film Independent Forum

The Film Independent Forum is returning for its 11th year, and we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup. From October 23-25 a full weekend of panel discussions, conversations and screenings will be held at the Director’s Guild of America in West Hollywood. Here are just a […]

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Inside the Casting Gamble of Mississippi Grind

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated duo behind Half Nelson and Sugar, took the stage last Thursday at Film Independent at LACMA to discuss their latest effort, Mississippi Grind. The film stars Ben Mendelsohn as a gambling addict deep in the […]