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Gina Hall is a writer and producer with more than 10 years experience in television, documentary and feature film production. She started in the business on productions such as Friends and Big Brother and has produced documentaries for Warner Brothers, MGM and Universal. She is also a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @Capra_Girl

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Disney to 'Frozen' Fans: 'Let it Code'

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:39 PM

I have a friend who is as obsessed with Frozen as her young daughter. They must have seen it over a dozen times already and I've lost count as to how many text conversations we've had about how the pair have bonded over the film.

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Robert Downey Jr. Shares Limelight With His Dad During Weekend Tribute

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 5:10 PM

While most of Hollywood is focused on the traditional end-of-the-year Oscar fare from the studios, the folks over at Cinefamily are celebrating the surreal and the silly this weekend by paying tribute the consummate indie filmmaker, Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Jr. was on hand last night...

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Sundance: Make New Frontier Part of Your Park City Plans

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:52 PM

It's hard to believe that Hollywood's annual trek to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival is just more than a month away. But as you struggle to find that last non-stop flight ticket and comb Airbnb for the room closest to Main Street, make sure to pencil in...

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Horror Genre Starting to Scare Up More Women

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:14 PM

What better time than Halloween to look at the status of women in horror films?

While a large percentage of the on-screen screams come from women who are getting sliced and diced, not many are behind the camera or writing the scripts.

I recently spoke with Kailey Marsh,...

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Sundance Embraces TV Writers in New Episodic Story Lab

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Mention Sundance, and people immediately think indie film. But the institute is evoking its "story first" ethos and branching out into the world of episodic content. Sundance will hold its inaugural episodic story lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah from Sept. 27 - Oct. 2.

"There was a...

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Rodric David Wants to Reignite Indie Film with Thunder Funder

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Independent filmmakers are stretched further than ever these days. While there are several Internet-based solutions to issues of fundraising, audience building and distribution, there are few places for indie filmmakers to turn to help them pull it all together. That's why it's always refreshing when I talk to people who...

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Sundance's Next Fest Brings Park City to L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Did you miss Next Fest? If so, you skipped out what I think promises to become one of Los Angeles' premier film fests. It's a wonderfully compact look at the talent emerging from this year's Sundance Film Fest in Park City, partnered with red carpets, panels, music and set in...

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Bombs Threaten Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 1:32 PM

It's been a poor season for blockbusters, as several studios have completely missed the mark with domestic audiences. After Earth, R.I.P.D., Turbo, Pacific Rim, Wolverine and The Lone Ranger all fell far short of expectations and have left Hollywood execs scratching their heads.

One can only speculate why folks...

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The Great Gatsby: Review

(17) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Everything about The Great Gatsby is bold. It's Moulin Rouge-meets-the Jazz Age, and Baz Luhrmann is the star. The film is everything the trailer promises -- loud, frenetic and fun -- but when the style-over-substance take on the material wears thin, what's left are some subpar performances and a lot...

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Indie Filmmakers Should Consider Writing for Older Actors

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Robert Redford's new film is the decent kind of drama we've come to expect around April before all the real special effects fireworks start in May. What's actually interesting about The Company You Keep, for independent filmmakers, is the concept of what I like to call the "old-people ensemble," and...

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Too Busy to Get to the Theater, But We Still Want It Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 6:47 PM

The Place Beyond the Pines is the type of solid crime drama they don't make more of because studios don't think grown-ups go to the movies often enough. It's a pity, because it's an interesting script with a story structure reminiscent of Psycho, the ambition of a Greek tragedy and...

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Review: We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 3:19 PM

The story of Anonymous hasn't been told because it's probably just begun. But the documentary We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a really good beginning to that story. Told with interviews from actual Anonymous members, both masked and out in the open, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger delves into...

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Hirokin: Financing An Indie Film Epic

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 3:52 PM

One adage you take away from film school is "make sure it's all up on the screen." The idea is that as a filmmaker, you can't visit each theater and explain your budget limitations or why a scene didn't gel. But sometimes the behind-the-scenes story of a film is so...

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Union Square Filmmakers Practice "No Permission" Philosophy

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Hollywood filmmaking is usually a practice in the art of patience and waiting. Waiting to pitch your idea, waiting on a rewrite, waiting for financing (usually the longest wait, by far), then waiting for the your talent to become available. Then, maybe if you're lucky, you can start shooting.

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But What You Probably Want to Do Is Produce

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 4:13 PM

After you tell someone what you do for a living, the common follow-up refrain in Hollywood is, of course, "but I really want to direct." Doesn't matter where you are on the food chain, agent, production assistant, or busboy, the tag tends to punctuate the end of any sentence about...

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New Frontier: Sundance Opens Up Conversation Between Hollywood and Tech

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 12:32 PM

"It's about story." That's pretty much the refrain you'll get from everyone who works at Sundance, and it never gets old. In fact, it's really rather refreshing each time you hear it considering that for most of Hollywood, it's about money. But it's no surprise that for Sundance, even when...

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Lean and Hungry -- Startup Community Talks Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 4:26 PM

The topic was cracking Hollywood code at the LeanLA panel discussion in Santa Monica for an audience of 250 "hackers, technologists, founders, developers and marketers in the LA area," said meetup organizer Patrick Vlaskovits (@pv), author of The Entrepreneur Guide to Customer Development and The Lean...

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'Think Like a Man' Has Sony Thinking Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 6:36 PM

It's nice to point out when Hollywood puts forth an effort to do something as progressive as it claims to be. Last weekend's number one film, Think Like a Man, has that distinction; being the first feature to use 100 percent energy efficient (LED) lighting sources on the...

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Indie FIlmmakers to Greenlight Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 10:40 PM

The recent passage of the JOBS act may be the shot in the arm the indie film business needs to reignite the lackluster funding in recent years. What's exciting is that it's opening up the crowdfunding market past your typical cadre of friends and family who are making a donation...

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How Can Hollywood Make More "Cool Stuff?"

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 5:36 PM

With SOPA/PIPA on hold, I was curious what was coming next in what seems to be a battle for the hearts and minds of filmmakers in Hollywood. The ordeal brought up a lot more questions than it answered. What if piracy isn't always bad? Who will the Hollywood gate keepers...

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