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 […]

Posted on 07/08/2015

PACIFIC RIM with Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro discusses Pacific Rim with Elvis Mitchell after a screening at Film Independent at LACMA.

Posted on 07/12/2013

Fruitvale Station Q&A

Director Ryan Coogler, cast members Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and producers Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi join Elvis Mitchell for a conversation following the gala screening of Fruitvale Station at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Posted on 07/11/2013

Crystal Fairy Q&A

Excerpts from the Q&A following the screening of Crystal Fairy at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival featuring director Sebastian Silva and actor Michael Cera, moderated by David Ansen.

Posted on 07/11/2013

The “New American” Independent Cinema

An increasing number of independent filmmakers are exploring issues of what it means to be “American,” presenting a more diverse picture than is typically seen in the multiplex. This panel was part of Diversity Speaks day at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. Panelists include Ryan […]

Posted on 07/10/2013

The Sound of Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Skywalker Sound team from BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD discuss their process with writer/director/composer Benh Zeitlin, who joined us via Skype.

Posted on 05/20/2013

The Independent Spirit: A Directors Roundtable

Directors Julia Loktev, Ira Sachs and Laura Colella join Elvis Mitchell at the 2013 Film Independent Directors Close-Up.

Posted on 05/20/2013

Getting Great Performances from Actors

‘Afternoon Delight’ writer/director Jill Soloway and cast — Kathryn Hahn, Jane Lynch, Josh Radnor — discuss the process of getting great performances from actors, from casting to production at the 2013 Directors Close-Up.

Posted on 05/20/2013

Executing the Creative Vision

GANGSTER SQUAD director Ruben Fleischer, editor Alan Baumgarten and costume designer Mary Zophres join moderator Richard Kelly at the 2013 Film Independent Directors Close-Up.

Posted on 05/20/2013

David O.Russell – Best Director

David O. Russell accepts the award for Best Director for “Silver Linings Playbook” at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Posted on 05/20/2013

Jennifer Lawrence – Best Female Lead

Jennifer Lawrence accepts the award for Best Female Lead at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards for the film “Silver Linings Playbook”.

Posted on 05/20/2013

John Hawkes – Best Male Lead

Actor John Hawkes accepts the award for Best Male Lead at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards for the film “The Sessions”.

Posted on 05/20/2013