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Taylor Kitsch on the Biggest Risk of His Career

Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey introduced his guest last Friday night as “somebody who was born and raised in British Columbia and has somehow become an all-American hero here in the States.” When Taylor Kitsch took the Bing Theater stage and opened […]

Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in August

Faults When: August 3 Where: DVD/VOD Director: Riley Stearns Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser Why We’re Excited: Riley Stearns’ debut feature is just the kind of oddball indie that cinephiles looking for something out of the ordinary will appreciate. In this funny drama that’s […]

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14 Lessons Rodrigo Garcia and Gina Prince-Bythewood Taught Us About Working with Actors

When they met at the Sundance Directing Lab in 1998, neither Rodrigo Garcia nor Gina Prince-Bythwood had much experience working with actors. “Directing the actors, I think, is one of the great mysteries,” said Bythewood, “Especially when it’s your first film.” But at the lab […]

Film Independent Partners with United Nations for Film Series

When representatives from United Nations approached Film Independent looking for documentary films representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex perspectives for their Free and Equal Global Campaign, the decision to help wasn’t a difficult one. Film Independent President Josh Welsh saw the program’s mission as […]

Hannibal Creator Bryan Fuller Not Ruling Out Series’ Return

Elvis Mitchell introduced the guest of honor at Thursday night’s Film Independent at LACMA screening as “the man who’s too good for TV too many times.” Bryan Fuller is the creator of the television shows Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and most recently, Hannibal. All […]

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Working Life for an Actor: Occasional Choices and Mostly Random Acts of Generosity

Hollywood actors are strange and intriguing creatures. They are idolized and envied around the world for their seemingly glitzy and exciting lifestyles. Fused by this image, every year hundreds of people move to Los Angeles to try to “make it”. But what’s it really like […]

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The Creators of The Brink On Writing Binge-Worthy TV

A military coup devastates Pakistan, the world hurtles towards World War III, and the Prime Minister of Israel rocks a speedo. Welcome to The Brink. In HBO’s new dark comedy, which stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black and Pablo Schreiber, desert warfare, high stakes diplomacy and […]

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3rd Street Blackout Wants To Get People Talking Again

During its world premiere last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival, 3rd Street Blackout floored audiences with its combination of New York personalities, spot-on music selections, and hilariously candid characters. Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film said […]

How Big-Time Directors Fake It… Even After They Make It

Successful directors have the same insecurities as everyone else. It’s surprising, but it’s true. With high budget, high profile films under their belts one would assume that directors like Colin Trevorrow, Paul Weitz and Anne Fletcher have staggering levels of awareness and confidence. But at […]

Shooting A Meth Lab With Cartel Land’s Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman was facing a dilemma. It was fall of 2014 and the Escape Fire director was sitting on a goldmine of material for his new documentary Cartel Land. With just weeks left before the Sundance Film Festival submission deadline, and with more than five […]

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