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Goodfellas Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with a Live Read

Twenty-five years ago, director Martin Scorsese, his screenwriter and producer took a film called Goodfellas to its first test screening in Encino. By the end of the opening scene when Joe Pesci stabs Billy Batts, the film had 39 walk-outs. “By the end of the -- continue reading →

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SPIRIT AWARD SPOTLIGHT: Dear White People Director Justin Simien Tells Us What First-Time Filmmakers Need to Hear

In our excitement for the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, we’ve reached out to all of the filmmakers nominated for Best First Feature and asked them all kinds of things about their experience as filmmakers and what it’s like to be up for the indie world’s greatest accolade. -- continue reading →

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30 of the Best Spirit Award-Winning Films Ever—Part 4: Films Made on a Shoestring Budget

Making a film isn’t easy, and making the film YOU want to make without millions of dollars is even more challenging. That said, here we present our fourth installment of this Best Indies Ever series, featuring six of our favorite Spirit Award-winning films that were made on -- continue reading →

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Park City for Beginners: Tips on Navigating Sundance and Slamdance

Two days to Sundance and Slamdance! Film Independent hosted an event last month with Short Term 12 producer Ron Najor and Slamdance Film Festival publicist Annie Jeeves during which they talked all things Park City. So for those of you currently packing a bag for -- continue reading →

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“I’m tired of playing that sad fiddle.”—Appropriate Behavior Director Desiree Akhavan

I interviewed Desiree Akhavan, writer-director of Appropriate Behavior, after the film world premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting at Outfest, Appropriate Behavior opened theatrically in LA and NY and on VOD on January 16, 2015, -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Screening And Q&A Of "Kroll Show"

PubLIZity Reveals Kroll Show Secrets

It was, like, SUCH an AMEEZING night last night with the cast of Kroll Show at Film Independent at LACMA. Of course Cassandra f*cked up some very important gift bag stuff on the red carpet, but, like, everything worked out when the super hot talent -- continue reading →

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Meet Our 2015 Spirit Award Hosts: Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell!

What’s almost as fun as announcing Film Independent Spirit Award winners? Announcing Spirit Award hosts! We’re thrilled to reveal that February 21 will mark the first time ever in Spirit Awards history that the hosting honors will be shared. The dynamic duo? Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell! “The only thing better -- continue reading →

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DuVernay! Linklater! Simien! Hear from the Year’s Most Exciting Filmmakers at Directors Close-Up

What if you could have a dream team of directors sit down and tell you—face to face, heart to heart—what’s up…  How they found their way to that magical performance. How the rise of VOD platforms is affecting their creative process. What’s the key to -- continue reading →

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Congrats Spirit Awards Grant Winners!

There are still six weeks to go until the big party under the big tent, but the celebration is already underway. On Saturday Michael Peña and Emmy Rossum hosted the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, where they handed out the honors to our three 2015 -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents An Evening With Richard Linklater

Boyhood Director Richard Linklater On Why He’s Not So Interested in Plot

“Nothing much happens anyway.” That may seem an unlikely statement from a director on his films—unless he’s Richard Linklater, of course. Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell began the Evening With … Richard Linklater event at Film Independent at LACMA last night with a featurette on -- continue reading →

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