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Film Independent At LACMA Special Screening Of "American Crime"

Director John Ridley on Truth, A Lack of Justice and His American Crime

American Crime, the new TV project by Film Independent Spirit Award and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) puts an indie spin on the ubiquitous crime serial, creating a kind of fluorescent film noir. The series, which premieres next week on ABC, combines noir conventions (middle-of-the-night -- continue reading →

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up: Writing & Directing

Top Screenwriters Get Real at Directors Close-Up

The advice that Dan Gilroy, writer and director of Nightcrawler, has for aspiring screenwriters is to “look at it like becoming a doctor. It takes ten years to really learn how.” Gilroy was on the panel for last night’s Directors Close-Up, which focused this week -- continue reading →

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Women in Film: Hollywood’s Winter Report Card

Well, awards season officially ended this weekend and now we’re all feeling ready for spring (especially our friends on the East Coast). You know what that means: it’s report card time! Hollywood did manage to improve on its grade from our fall report card for -- continue reading →

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Making Your Cinematic Dream Come True for $200k

Many directors and I probably share the same idle daydream: A studio exec calls and says, “You simply must direct our $200 million screen epic. You’re the only one on our list.” Then I wake up and realize I’m more likely to catch the measles -- continue reading →

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Congratulations to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners!

This Saturday, Film Independent celebrated thirty years of the Independent Spirit Awards with a star-studded ceremony hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell in the big tent on the beach at Santa Monica. Here’s the list of all the wonderful movies and talented artists who -- continue reading →

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Welcome to the Spirit Awards Live Blog!

  4:38 pm Film Independent’s new tag line: Our show ends on time! 4:35 pm Bye, Kristen! 4:30 pm Birdman cast and crew come into the press room. Keaton jokes that when Iñárritu and Lubezki were speaking Spanish to eachother, he understood everything! 4:24 pm 4:20 pm Iñárritu gets choked -- continue reading →

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Sideways Gets the Live Read Treatment

At last night’s Live Read, directed by Jason Reitman, Film Independent at LACMA presented Alexander Payne’s Academy Award winning Sideways at the Bing Theater.  The 2004 film won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for its co-writers, Payne and Jim Taylor. The players included -- continue reading →

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Boyhood Director Richard Linklater on Balancing Collaboration and Control

“Always control everything when you can,” said Boyhood writer/director Richard Linklater at last night’s Directors Close-Up. He and his longtime editor Sandra Adair were discussing a scene from Before Sunset, a scene that Adair called the most challenging she’s ever cut. In the scene, Julie -- continue reading →

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VFX From Inception to the Big Screen—Part 2: Post-Production

Ever wonder what the process is to get fantastic effects onto the screen? Creating vfx is generally pretty complex, but here’s a distilled look at the basics of post-production, broken down by the production team of Scarecrow VFX: VFX supervisor Josh Bryer and VFX producer -- continue reading →

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Six Cool Things We Just Learned About Our Spirit Award Nominees

The clock is ticking, ticking, ticking towards the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The people (Film Independent Members) have spoken—voting closed this morning!—and now it’s just a matter of days until the whole world will know which films, directors, actors, and the rest have been -- continue reading →

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