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Film Independent Partners with United Nations for Film Series

When representatives from United Nations approached Film Independent looking for documentary films representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex perspectives for their Free and Equal Global Campaign, the decision to help wasn’t a difficult one. Film Independent President Josh Welsh saw the program’s mission as […]

Hannibal Creator Bryan Fuller Not Ruling Out a Return

Elvis Mitchell introduced the guest of honor at Thursday night’s Film Independent at LACMA screening as “the man who’s too good for TV too many times.” Bryan Fuller is the creator of the television shows Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and most recently, Hannibal. All […]

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Working Life for an Actor: Occasional Choices and Mostly Random Acts of Generosity

Hollywood actors are strange and intriguing creatures. They are idolized and envied around the world for their seemingly glitzy and exciting lifestyles. Fused by this image, every year hundreds of people move to Los Angeles to try to “make it”. But what’s it really like […]

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The Creators of The Brink On Writing Binge-Worthy TV

A military coup devastates Pakistan, the world hurtles towards World War III, and the Prime Minister of Israel rocks a speedo. Welcome to The Brink. In HBO’s new dark comedy, which stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black and Pablo Schreiber, desert warfare, high stakes diplomacy and […]

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3rd Street Blackout Wants To Get People Talking Again

During its world premiere last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival, 3rd Street Blackout floored audiences with its combination of New York personalities, spot-on music selections, and hilariously candid characters. Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film said […]

How Big-Time Directors Fake It… Even After They Make It

Successful directors have the same insecurities as everyone else. It’s surprising, but it’s true. With high budget, high profile films under their belts one would assume that directors like Colin Trevorrow, Paul Weitz and Anne Fletcher have staggering levels of awareness and confidence. But at […]

Shooting A Meth Lab With Cartel Land’s Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman was facing a dilemma. It was fall of 2014 and the Escape Fire director was sitting on a goldmine of material for his new documentary Cartel Land. With just weeks left before the Sundance Film Festival submission deadline, and with more than five […]

The Stars of Jimmy’s Hall on the Immersive Experience of Acting for Ken Loach

Forced into exile twice, Jimmy Gralton, the main character of Ken Loach’s new film Jimmy’s Hall, defied the repressive dogma of the Irish Catholic church to defend his belief in freedom of expression. The film made its LA premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last […]

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 […]

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Six Smart Tips for Documentary Filmmaking

Documentarians face a tall task: the story is unfolding right in front of you and you have to capture it. So many problems rear their heads on a documentary set. The lighting might be horrible, and you can’t change it. The crew might be in one place interviewing someone while crucial […]

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