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30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference

Congrats to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

With this morning’s exciting announcement by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna of the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees, we can officially declare our 30th birthday party started. Big congrats to all the nominees, with special kudos to the Best Feature nominees—Birdman or (The Unexpected -- continue reading →

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Five Things that Blew My Mind at the Sloan Film Summit

Last weekend, Film Independent hosted the Sloan Film Summit, a triennial conference for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s film program, which has partnered with Film Independent, among other artist development organizations and film schools, to support films exploring science and technology that are as accurate as they are entertaining. -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents Live Read Of "Diner"

Are You Going to Finish That Roast Beef Sandwich? Diner Gets the Live Read Treatment

“Last night, we lost one of the greatest directors who ever lived,” Jason Reitman said yesterday to a full house at LACMA’s Bing Theater. “Tonight is for Mike Nichols.” With that dedication, he kicked off this month’s installment of Live Read, part of the Film -- continue reading →


Women in Film: Hollywood’s Fall Report Card

It’s that time of year again! Before we enter the glamour and prestige of awards season, let’s see if Hollywood made the grade this fall with its representations of women in film. Please note that Hollywood is on academic probation for failing to improve on one of -- continue reading →

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How to Make It as a Screenwriter—Part 2: Are You a Real Writer?

One of the best things about being invited into the Film Independent family through our artist development programs is having the chance to learn from the cream of the crop. Some of the most successful directors, producers and screenwriters in the business come into our offices to talk with the Fellows in -- continue reading →

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Shooting in LA? Want a Free Permit? Apply Today for a FilmL.A. Grant

As most LA filmmakers know, runaway production has been plaguing the city for the better part of the past decade. On the heels of the new legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown to massively expand the California Film and Television Tax Credit program, we are about to -- continue reading →

Film Independent 2014 Film Forum - Day 2

A New Wave of Horror: Breakthrough Genre Directors Talk Scary Movies at the Forum

Being a filmmaker is “like being the weirdo in a John Hughes film,” said Ana Lily Amirpour at last month’s Film Independent Film Forum. “You spend your time trying to change yourself to fit in to a bunch of different stuff, and then in the -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents Special Screening Of "Big Eyes"

A Film Independent at LACMA World Premiere: Art and Dysfunction in Big Eyes

Last night, the Film Independent at LACMA screening series presented its very first world premiere with Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which will open Christmas Day. Burton and stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz were in attendance. (Industry legend Harvey Weinstein was beaming in the audience.) -- continue reading →

Film Independent 2014 Film Forum - Day 1

What Is It That Producers Do with Directors To Make Magic?

“Any producer-director relationship is like a marriage,” said producer Lynette Howell at the Film Independent Forum last month to (Half Nelson, The Place Beyond the Pines). Howell, along with Albert Berger (Nebraska) and Lisa Cortés (Precious, The Woodsman)—the producers behind some of the most acclaimed -- continue reading →

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Reese Witherspoon Shares the Travails of Making the Heart-Wrenching Film, Wild

With awards season rapidly approaching, experts and fanatics everywhere are already placing bets on who will be bestowed with upcoming nominations. One of the year’s big, buzzy performances is that of Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon, who is said to be a shoo-in for another -- continue reading →

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