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The Top Five Things I Learned In Screenwriting Lab

During Film Independent’s recent Screenwriting Lab, we asked a few of the Fellows to tell us about the experience and what they learned. Here’s the first post, by Jonathan Parks-Ramage. Writing is kind of like a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. When my writing partner Marla and -- continue reading →


Learn How to Break Through the Noise This Weekend at the Forum

It’s now or never, people. There are just a few days left to grab passes for this weekend’s Film Independent Forum, the two-day conference that brings together dozens of artists and producers, execs and experts–from hot shows like Black-ish to acclaimed films like Nebraska—to share their -- continue reading →


Hot Docs in Progress—Get a Sneak Peek at Nine Films on the Verge of Greatness

Among the events at the upcoming Film Independent Forum is a sneak peek at the exciting projects developed in the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. This diverse group of filmmakers will share scenes from their films and discuss their experiences getting these projects made in an -- continue reading →

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Film Independent Mourns the Loss of Elizabeth Peña

Film Independent joins the film community in mourning the death of Elizabeth Peña. Elizabeth was a gifted actress who won a Spirit Award in 1996 for her role in John Sayles’ Lone Star, and had notable roles in films such as Neil Jimenez and Michael -- continue reading →

Film Independent Presents Live Read Of "American Beauty"

Live Read Is Back with Adam Sandler as Lester “I rule!” Burnham in American Beauty

“It’s so good to be back. It’s just so much more fun than directing movies,” Jason Reitman pronounced as he took his seat on stage last night for the Live Read of the Sam Mendes 1999 film American Beauty at Film Independent at LACMA— the -- continue reading →

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Want Weapons in Your Film? Ask a Pro

Whoever said an indie movie has to be a quiet and understated character study? If you’re an independent filmmaker and bloody violence is more your style, then by all means, go for it. But if you plan to use weaponry in your film, you had -- continue reading →

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CITIZENFOUR Director Laura Poitras Explains the Vision Behind Her Vérité Style

“I’m interested in what people do, not what they say.” In her latest documentary, CITIZENFOUR, which had its West Coast premiere at Film Independent at LACMA last night, Laura Poitras trains her camera on what one idealistic 29-year-old did when he learned that the US -- continue reading →


How to Make the Most of the Festival Circuit

Why take your movie to a film festival? It seems like a funny question—doesn’t everyone want to premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival or Sundance or Toronto? But earlier this month when festival insider Peter Belsito of SydneysBuzz came to Film Independent to talk about festival strategy, -- continue reading →

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Rules for Directors from Sam Mendes

Live Read is back! The new season kicks off Thursday with Sam Mendes’s beloved film American Beauty, which celebrated its 15th anniversary last month. (Reitman already has announced that the cast of his upcoming film Men, Women & Children, Adam Sandler will play Lester Burham, Kevin -- continue reading →

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Secrets To Getting Great Production Stills

Last month, we interviewed filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes about his experience shooting his film Lupe Under the Sun. (Reyes’s prior project Purgatorio  premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and is being released theatrically in Los Angeles today.) We couldn’t help but notice how great his production stills were—often filmmakers -- continue reading →

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