Fighting in the War Room: ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Live Read Drops the Bomb on LACMA

“We’ll meet again/don’t know where/don’t know when/but I know we’ll meet again some day…”  As the lights dimmed in anticipation of Film Independent at LACMA’s January 21 Live Read of Dr. Strangelove it made sense that the night would open with the 1939 tune “We’ll […]

Posted on 01/27/2016

Submit Your Film to the 2016 LA Festival By Tonight

Look, we won’t mince words: today is the official late submissions deadline for the 2016 LA Film Festival. So if you’re a filmmaker, that means you have mere hours to lock those Final Cut Pro timelines, hit “export” and get your submissions in.** Time may be short, but that […]

Posted on 01/15/2016

Film Independent Spirit Awards Announce 2016 Grant Winners

God is an independent film fan. That’s the only explanation for why the El Niño rains that have been pounding Los Angeles for the previous week cleared just long enough for blue skies to shine on the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on Saturday, […]

Posted on 01/12/2016

Inside the Mind of a Festival Programmer: The Inside Scoop on Submitting Your Film to the 2016 LA Film Festival

Maybe you haven’t heard, but the submissions process for the 2016 LA Film Festival is well underway. As we speak, the various branches of our selection committee have retreated to the warm glow of their laptops and DVD players to furiously cram as many movies […]

Posted on 12/23/2015

Setting Goals: ‘Out of My Hand’ filmmakers Takeshi Fukunaga, Donari Braxton and the LA Film Festival

Over the past decade, advances in technology and crowd funding have led to a dramatic increase in the number of independent movies being made. And to showcase all this work, film festivals have multiplied across North America like wild dandelions. Ideally when searching for the right […]

Posted on 12/16/2015

LA Film Fest by the Numbers: Why You Should Submit Today

Lots of people find December stressful. Santa’s busy elves, for one. Not to mention retail employees, reindeer, and mistletoe farmers. But also filmmakers. Why? Simple—the official deadline for LA Film Festival submissions is December 14! Look, no one wants to pull you away from those […]

Posted on 12/08/2015

Aram, Aram Director On Making an Armenian Film in Los Angeles

Film Independent Member Chris Chambers never thought his directorial debut would be an Armenian language film set in Los Angeles. As an LA native who is not Armenian, Chambers said his pre-conceptions about the community were challenged when a colleague on a film he was […]

Posted on 07/08/2015

PACIFIC RIM with Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro discusses Pacific Rim with Elvis Mitchell after a screening at Film Independent at LACMA.

Posted on 07/12/2013

Fruitvale Station Q&A

Director Ryan Coogler, cast members Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and producers Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi join Elvis Mitchell for a conversation following the gala screening of Fruitvale Station at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Posted on 07/11/2013

Crystal Fairy Q&A

Excerpts from the Q&A following the screening of Crystal Fairy at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival featuring director Sebastian Silva and actor Michael Cera, moderated by David Ansen.

Posted on 07/11/2013

The “New American” Independent Cinema

An increasing number of independent filmmakers are exploring issues of what it means to be “American,” presenting a more diverse picture than is typically seen in the multiplex. This panel was part of Diversity Speaks day at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. Panelists include Ryan […]

Posted on 07/10/2013

The Sound of Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Skywalker Sound team from BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD discuss their process with writer/director/composer Benh Zeitlin, who joined us via Skype.

Posted on 05/20/2013