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Meet the Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers

This past Monday, ten filmmakers officially joined the ranks of independent artists making and screening movies in the city of Los Angeles. They made their debut at Film Independent at LACMA, where their work premiered for a raucous crowd of fans, film lovers, peers, family -- continue reading →


What’s On the Minds of Groundbreaking Artists and Industry Innovators? Find Out at the Forum

Next month, we’re hosting the Film Independent Forum, our annual conference for independent filmmakers that proves it actually is what you know and who you know—not either/or. It’s a special year for the Forum, partly because it’s its tenth anniversary and partly because we’ve got -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents "The Skeleton Twins" Screening And Q&A

Skeleton Twins Stars Hader and Wiig Unleash Their Comic Chemistry at Film Independent at LACMA

Last night, the fourth season of the Film Independent at LACMA Series kicked off with a screening of The Skeleton Twins, followed by a lively Q&A with co-writer/director Craig Johnson and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Series curator Elvis Mitchell introduced the film, a -- continue reading →


Hey, Risk-Taking Filmmakers! There’s a New Distribution Company Looking for You

This past summer, right around the time the Los Angeles Film Festival screened the US premiere of Adam Rifkin’s Giuseppe Makes a Movie, the quirkily beautiful doc about “trailer-park auteur” Giuseppe Andrews was picked up by Cinelicious Pics. That’s great news not only for Rifkin, -- continue reading →

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3 Things Hollywood Could Learn from Japan

Takenori Oue is one of the outstanding interns who contribute their time and talent to Film Independent. Born in Hiroshima, he moved to Los Angeles last year to go to USC film school, where he’s majoring in critical studies. Takenori was inspired to be a -- continue reading →


Want to Make Your Film Better? Directing Lab Encourages Experimentation

There’s a reason we call them “Labs.” Four times a year, we invite directors, screenwriters, producers and documentarians into a space where they can experiment with their projects, learning what’s working and what’s not, discovering ideas for making them better. Now, Film Independent is looking for -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Live Read

Live Read is Back! Excitement Ensues

For some, fall means going back to school. For LA’s biggest film fans, it means going back to the Bing—for Live Reads. The fourth Live Read season kicks off on October 16 with American Beauty. As in the past, the cast will be a surprise until that -- continue reading →

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Character, Tension and Sound Mix—Three Secrets to Making a Horror Film Truly Scary

For his new film Dead Within, Film Independent Fellow Ben Wagner locked his lead actors in his kitchen, filming them for three continuous days. Well, not really locked–Wagner says he used his kitchen (the only location in the movie) as a black theater space, where -- continue reading →


Doc Lab Success Story: How Sunshine Superman Found Financing and Landed a Deal

Documentary filmmaker and Film Independent Fellow Marah Strauch (Documentary Lab 2011, Fast Track 2010) will be premiering her debut feature, Sunshine Superman, at the Toronto International Film Festival later today. We caught up with Strauch to ask her about her film, her experience in the -- continue reading →

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Congrats to Our 14 Fellows and 25 Members Taking Films to Toronto!

All eyes are on our neighbor to the north this week, thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival. We are proud to announce that 14 Film Independent Fellows and 25 of our Members will be screening at the star-studded festival, and many of them—including writer/director/producer Ramin Bahrani with -- continue reading →

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