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Doc Lab Success Story: How Sunshine Superman Made It Into Theaters

Last fall, we caught up with Film Independent Fellow Marah Strauch (Documentary Lab 2011, Fast Track 2010) about her debut feature doc, Sunshine Superman, right before it premiered on opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since then, the film has been picked up […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  Elvis Mitchell and Jennifer Connelly attend the Film Independent Special Screening of "Aloft" at The Landmark Theater on May 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

“Every day that I go to work I get a surge of adrenaline.”—Aloft Star Jennifer Connelly

There’s a quote in Claudia Llosa’s new feature Aloft (which premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival) that echo Stephen Daldrey’s The Hours. “It was just too much to bear,” Jennifer Connelly’s character whispers to her estranged adult son. She’s apologizing for abandoning him […]

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Beware the Writing Zombies

Beware: The world is full of writer zombies seeking to destroy your chances of success. Real zombies—if movies and TV shows are to be believed­—are easy to spot. They don’t walk, they lurch.  They hiss. They have terrible skin. Writer zombies, on the other hand, […]

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How a Freaky Week in NYC Inspired an Indie Rom-Com—The Story Behind 3rd Street Blackout

Behind every (fill in the blank) great/glorious/funny/scary/sad story told on film is an equally great/glorious/funny/scary (yes, probably sometimes) sad story: the one about how the whole thing went from being an idea in a brain (probably many years ago) to a big screen premiere at a big-time Festival. In this […]


Three Reasons We Can’t Wait to See Jonathan Demme at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Pop the cork on a bottle of Chianti. Today we are celebrating the news that the director behind one of our favorite cinema villains of all time will be joining us at the Los Angeles Film Festival. On Sunday, June 14, Academy Award winning director Jonathan […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Actor Jon Hamm attends the Film Independent at LACMA special screening of the final episode of "Mad Men" at The Ace Hotel Theater on May 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

“It has been our pleasure to perform for you.” Weiner Thanks Fans at a Memorable Mad Men Send-Off

Just before the screening of the Mad Men finale presented by Film Independent and AMC, a giddy Matthew Weiner took his victory lap across the stage at the Ace Hotel. The standing ovation and cheers offered a reflection of the artistically Herculean feat of creating […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14:  (L-R) RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke and Thomas Mann attend the Film Independent at LACMA special screening of "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" at LACMA on May 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Getting Personal with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

This year’s Sundance Film Festival sweetheart made its way into LACMA’s Bing Theater and brought both incontrollable bursts of laughter as well as teary eyes from the crowd. The Film Independent at LACMA screening of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was accompanied by […]


“You really have to want it.” How a Project Involve Cinematographer Made It to Cannes

This week, while the rest of us are wistfully looking at photos of glamorous movie stars and celebrated directors parading the red carpet on the French Riviera, one of our Project Involve Fellows will be there. Only a year after emerging from the Project Involve […]

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Congrats to the 14 Film Independent Members & 8 Fellows Screening at Cannes

If you don’t know how to say “Congratulations!” or “Good luck!” in French, it’s time to bust out the phrase book and learn. Today is opening night for Cannes Film Festival and this year’s glamourous celebration of cinema will be featuring the work of many […]

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A Film Sales How-to for Foreign Markets

With the glut of independent films nowadays, it is essential that filmmakers consider foreign markets that may have an interest in American indies. Times are tough, the playing field is crowded, so exploring other territories is now considered a necessary. Film Independent recently hosted a financing how-to panel for those interested in […]

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