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Horse Races and Ice Cream: In Praise of Awards Season

For Hollywood, January and February are typically known as “the dump months.” With summer blockbuster season not yet ramped up and the window to release award contenders closed, these gloomy late-winter weeks are the ideal spot to drop projects that the studios feel have little […]

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Ballot Fever: Spirit Awards Voting Season Enters Full Swing

By now Tuesday’s Iowa caucus is a fading memory. But soon enough, the machinery of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle will kick into high gear, inundating the front page of every newspaper and political blog with levels of mudslinging not seen since Green Day took […]

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Farm-to-Table Filmmaking: Film Independent Launches its 2016 Directing Lab

For as long as independent film has existed the idea of the fully formed filmmaker sprouting up from out of nowhere—creative vision already 100% in place—has been a seductive fantasy. In reality, great art is rarely created in a vacuum.  In many ways, fostering the […]

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

All Mistakes Buried When:  Now Playing Where:  Theaters, VOD Director:  Tim McCann Starring:  Sam Trammell, Vanessa Ferlito Why We’re Excited: The desperation and despair that accompanies addiction are explored in the latest dark drama from Film Independent Spirit Award nominee Tim McCann. Since being nominated for the Someone to Watch award in […]

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Revisiting Our Favorite Directors Close-Up Moments

Film Independent’s 2016 Directors Close-Up series kicks off this Wednesday February 3, beginning five consecutive weeks of intimate panels with leading independent filmmakers talking about their art and craft. For a complete list of what to expect this year please see our announcement blog or […]

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Brunch, Blizzards and Booze: Film Independent Heads to Sundance 2016

For nearly 30 years the sleepy mountain town of Park City, Utah has played host to the Sundance Film Festival. For ten days each January, Sundance provides a space for filmmakers, journalists and industry types to celebrate independent film. As usual, Film Independent is out […]

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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 […]

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Directors Close-Up Announced: Charlie Kaufman, James Ponsoldt and Marielle Heller Set to Participate, Among Others

Walk into any bookstore in your neighborhood if one still exists and go to the “Film & TV” section. There you’ll see them—book after book, each claiming to teach budding auteurs how to write the perfect screenplay, choose the perfect shot, or perfect the art […]

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Meet the 30 New Voices of Film Independent’s Project Involve

Ask any ecologist: the key to any sort of healthy, thriving ecosystem is biodiversity. The same is true of independent film. Together, writers, producers, directors, editors, cinematographers, executives and festival curators create a system as intricate and delicate as any protected wetland—and one in equal […]

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Growing Up Sundance: A Local’s Top 5 Festival Moments

Except for a brief two-year sojourn in suburban Virginia, I pretty much lived in Park City, Utah my entire life until leaving for college at age 18. Even then I only went as far as Salt Lake, which meant that all the advantages of home […]