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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 →


FIND ANSWERS: A Top Line Producer Tackles Filmmaker FAQs

As a filmmaker, you know when you’ve hit the line producer jackpot: you can rest assured knowing that every “i” will be dotted, every “t” will be crossed. We asked freelance producer/line producer extraordinaire Angela Sostre to address filmmaker FAQs based on her years of -- continue reading →

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Big Festival News: Lisa Cholodenko Will Be LA Film Fest’s Guest Director

As we eagerly await word from our programming team on the full line-up of films we’ll be screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival—May 6 is the big announcement day—we’ve got plenty of other Festival news to get excited about. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are -- continue reading →

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John Turturro on Sex, Religion and Wigs

Prostitution, religion and Woody Allen playing the pimp? “That’s gonna bring anyone here today,” Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell noted at a Members-only screening of Fading Gigolo. Written, directed and starring John Turturro, Fading Gigolo is the story of Fioravante (Turturro), whose friend -- continue reading →


It’s Tarantino Time! What’s Your Favorite QT Line Ever?

Earthquake? Meh. The Film Independent office is reverberating from the news that in less than three weeks, the inimitable Quentin Tarantino will cast and direct a staged reading of his unmade screenplay The Hateful Eight as part of our Film Independent at LACMA series. (For -- continue reading →


The Hateful Eight Lives! Quentin Tarantino Will Direct a Staged Reading for Film Independent at LACMA

IT’S TRUE! All us film lovers at Film Independent are geeking out over the news that we’re presenting what’s sure to be one of the most exciting happenings in the film world this year: Quentin Tarantino is going to direct a staged reading of The -- continue reading →


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nudity Clauses, But Were Too Shy To Ask

Okay we’re all adults here… right? We all understand that in the movie business sex sells. But before audiences flock to the theaters, or are titillated into a Twitter tidal wave by a trailer, even before the cameras roll on set, filmmakers and actors (with -- continue reading →

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