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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Author Tananarive Due attends the "#BlackLifeBlackProtest" screening during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Art Meets Activism with #BlackLifeBlackProtest at the LA Film Fest

“How many people made it through the weekend without seeing what came out of McKinney, Texas?” Christine Acham, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC, asked the audience at the LA Film Fest’s #BlackLifeBlackProtest event two weeks ago. Everybody, of course, had seen the Texas […]

Jameson Gives Fledgling Filmmakers a First Shot

Every year Film Independent’s Project Involve, Filmmaker Labs and other Artist Development Programs help promising young filmmakers get their films out into the world. But we’re not alone in our efforts to offer a shot to those who might not otherwise have one. For the fourth straight […]

Don’t-Miss Indies: What To Watch In July

Jimmy’s Hall When: Now Playing Where: Theaters Director: Ken Loach Starring: Barry Ward, Francis Magee Why We’re Excited: Award-winning filmmaker Ken Loach’s latest period drama gives audiences a protagonist to stand up and cheer. Barry Ward delivers a breakthrough performance as Jimmy Gralton, a political activist […]


Mastering the Mysteries of Directing Actors

An actor’s relationship with the director is a crucial ingredient to the magic on screen—one that’s as delicate as it is vital. That relationship can be fraught with misunderstanding and miscommunication. When Adrienne Weiss first started working with actors she didn’t actually know how she was getting good performances; she seemed to have […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Filmmaker Liz Garbus attends the Film Independent at LACMA special screening and Q&A of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' at Bing Theatre At LACMA on June 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

Documentarian Liz Garbus Reveals the Ferocity and the Fragility of Nina Simone

“Black lives matter!” someone yelled when Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell took the stage to introduce the latest documentary by Liz Garbus, What Happened Miss Simone? at Film Independent at LACMA this past Thursday. “Thank you for saying that,” Mitchell responded, “because there’s no better time […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Director Benson Lee (L) kisses Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain attend the "Seoul Searching" screening during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

How Seoul Searching Defied Hollywood Stereotypes

Seoul Searching was a great hit at its Los Angeles Film Festival Gala screening last week. Inspired by at the actual summer camp created by the Korean government during the ’80’s for foreign-born Korean teenagers to come to Seoul to learn about their culture and motherland, the film perfectly encapsulates […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Film Independent Fellow Summer Shelton attends day one of the Film Independent 2014 Film Forum at DGA Theater on October 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Summer Shelton

What I Learned in Producing Lab

Producers! Need a hand? A plan? A (gentle-but-firm) shove in the right direction?  The application deadline for Film Independent’s next Producing Lab is Monday, June 29. We asked Summer Shelton, one of the Fellows in our most recent Lab, to share her experience. Here’s what she […]

A Guide To Independent Film Distribution in the 21st Century

Another edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival is in the books. Thirty-nine films had their world premieres at the 2015 festival, 59 percent of the films that screened were from first-time directors. Audiences applauded and filmmakers left the theaters grinning from ear to ear. But […]

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“Cast every single part really well.”—Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The director recently directed a mini-documentary (What’s Motivating Hayes) for The New Yorker Presents on Amazon, shot hours of footage for an Occupy America documentary and his latest feature, Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep opens […]

Director Laura Nix Leads The Yes Men’s Latest Revolt

First they went after the World Trade Organization. Then they took on major corporations like Dow Chemical Co. and Halliburton. Now the Yes Men are back, and in their latest film, The Yes Men are Revolting, Igor Vamos and Jacques Servin (who go by their […]

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