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Member Spotlight: Entertainment Lawyer Peter Kaufman On Why He Loves Working With Independent Filmmakers

Name: Peter Kaufman Discipline: Entertainment Lawyer Arts Circle Member Since: 2012 What led you to your career as an entertainment lawyer? Well, I thought I wanted to be an actor, but I wasn’t sure I had the skills to pull that off. I’m creative, and -- continue reading →


Project Involve is Looking for Diverse Filmmakers with Unique Voices. Apply Now—Before It’s Too Late!

We all know the dismal statistics about the lack of filmmakers of color in the industry. Women and LGBT artists also nearly impossible to find. Project Involve is working to change all that. The program helps emerging artists hone their skills, build their collaborative networks and break into the industry. Project -- continue reading →

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Writer’s Salon With Aline Brosh McKenna – “The Equation for Success in Writing is Ass Plus Chair”

Aline Brosh McKenna, the witty screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses and We Bought a Zoo, was one of the panelists at the recent Film Independent Writers Salon hosted on April 15. This event was organized to create a space for writers to provide advice and insight into -- continue reading →

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Three Great New Reasons to Get Excited About the LA Film Fest

Every 24 hours that go by brings us one day closer to our favorite day of the year: the opening of the Los Angeles Film Festival! Today, we are taking a super big stride toward that day with the announcement of the 24 films being -- continue reading →

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Writer’s Salon with Billy Ray On Fighting Writer’s Block And The Greatest Film Line Ever

  On April 15, Film Independent hosted its first Writers Salon of 2015. This intimate gathering is designed to allow writers a setting in which to discuss their craft and receive guidance and advice from some of today’s top screenwriters. Screenwriter and WGA Vice President -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Live Read Of "Major League"

Top Five Plays From Last Night’s Major League Live Read

We’re just a few weeks into the 2015 MLB season, but last night at Film Independent at LACMA, the Live Read series went into extra innings. Film Independent announced months ago that we’d be adding a special bonus Live Read to the lineup, with Magic Mike -- continue reading →


LA Film Fest Success Story: A First-Time Director’s Heartfelt Comedy on Mental Illness Makes Its Theatrical Debut

Gren Wells’ directorial debut, The Road Within, premiered last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The poignant story follows a young man with Tourette’s syndrome who befriends two other rehab center patients who are suffering from anorexia and OCD. Together they embark on a road -- continue reading →


Three Great Scenes To Get You Warmed Up for the Major League Live Read

When Joe Manganiello takes the traditional stage left director’s seat at tomorrow night’s Live Read, he’ll have his work cut out for him. After all, he’s chosen the beloved baseball flick, Major League for his Live Read directorial debut. Luckily, Manganiello knows his way around -- continue reading →


If You Love Films That Are Scary, Funny, Fresh, the LA Film Fest Has a Line-Up For You!

Some people say spring has officially sprung when we turn our clocks forward. Some say it’s when the crack of the bat signals that baseball is back. Others say it’s when the Coachellites bare their midriffs and descend on the desert. But for us, spring -- continue reading →


Congrats to the 14 Film Independent Fellows & 8 Members Screening At Tribeca

The most rewarding day for a filmmaker is the one when the theater lights go dim and those bits of an idea first hatched months—if not years before—get projected, fully formed in all of its storytelling glory on the big screen. We take great pleasure in -- continue reading →

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