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L.A.'s Best Indie Film Festival, Dances With Films, Turns 18

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

In 1996, filmmakers Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent made a $50,000 film only to be turned down by every festival. So they organized a festival of their own - it featured their film and fifteen other starless, low-budget indies.

'Disclaimer' -- A Conversation With Renee Knight

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Renee Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had television and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four, and Capital Films. Disclaimer is Renee's first novel.

Meet the Ebola Filmmakers in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

The Liberia Film Institute's latest class of filmmakers recently completed a series of short documentaries and dramas dealing with their country's unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Here's a look at some of the student filmmakers behind the project.

What Does the "Boom Guy" Actually Do On a Movie Set?

Quora | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology
Quora

A boom operator works in concert with the sound recordist to position the microphone that records the production audio.

San Francisco Film Society Embraces Innovation, Awareness

David Hunt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
David Hunt

The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off its theater takeover every late April. This year's opening night film was Oscar winner Alex Gibney's "Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine."

A Talk With Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Erin McKelle

Filmmakers and life partners Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason talked to 365 strangers in the last year, as they set out to create a new bite-sized documentary (they call them docobites) every day about a stranger they met during their adventures.

How Do They Shoot So Many Movies in the Busy Streets of New York City?

Quora | Posted 05.07.2015 | New York
Quora

NYC is actually VERY film-friendly, even if you're an indie filmmaker with nothing but pocket lint. First, stating the obvious. If you're not using more than a tripod and otherwise hand-held equipment, you can film wherever you want in NYC as long as you let people through when they want to go through.

Thomas Hart Benton Takes Hollywood

J. Michael Welton | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Before he became known as America's most famous artist in the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton was painting backdrops for filmmakers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, known now as the first Hollywood. That's right: Between 1913 and 1917 Benton was watching and assisting film directors as they told their stories on a huge scale. And he took copious notes.

A Detour Through Microbudget Filmmaking

Anthony L. Fisher | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts
Anthony L. Fisher

I wish "Detour: Hollywood" had been written before I embarked on my beautiful and totally irrational microbudget filmmaking journey. The book surely would have helped spare me a few avoidable mistakes, and assured me that my struggles might be unusual, but are in no way unique.

What I Learned From This Legendary Filmmaker

Jen Mazer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Jen Mazer

My background is as an artist. And I think that's what truly makes me the Queen of Manifestation. I'm all about you creating your own life.

Thank You, Albert Maysles

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
Sandi Bachom

There will be volumes, written about Albert's contribution to the paradigm shift, which took place in American cinema, when he freed the camera from its tripod. When he and his brother David, courageously, told the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Nothing Dies For Film

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
Joe Wallenstein

Whether it is by accident, or negligence or pure misfortune, filmmaking carries with it inherent risk. I spend my days doing all I can to ensure the safety of the students and all people surrounding any film made at USC.

Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: Misinformation, Abuse, and a Need for Change

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

People in Louisiana need to make a living, but does the History Channel need to make entertainment out of the relentless and barbaric slaughter of alligators? What message does that send children who are watching?

Film Workshop Teaches Movie Making to Adults With Developmental Disabilities

HooplaHa | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Inclusion Films is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities entry-level working experience in film production...

Why You Should Stop Using The Word 'Slut' As An Insult

Jill Di Donato | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Jill Di Donato

When Lindin was 11, she was branded a "slut" by her classmates and was bullied at school, after school and online. During all this, she kept a regular diary. Now a Harvard graduate pursuing her Ph.D. in California, Emily started The UnSlut Project by blogging her own middle school diaries.

The Film Industry: Sliding Down the Razor Blade of Life

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

Remember, you are not the only one who wants a career in film. The line behind you is long with people only too happy to step into your position should you falter. And remember the expression, "time is money." It is alive and well in the film business.

10 Iconic Movie Sets Starring ... The Antiquities Act

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

From Star Wars to Titanic, from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, some of our most beloved movies were filmed in landscapes and historic sites protected by the Antiquities Act.

I Don't Take Any Sugar

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

I sat up a little straighter, waiting to receive the inspirational words that would propel my career forward. He pointed to a brass coffee urn situated on the food table. "I don't take any sugar."

The Best California Weekend Road Trips

Findery | Posted 04.05.2015 | Travel
Findery

There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive.

The Road to Burns

Ken Spooner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ken Spooner

I didn't know much about TV/Film production; I just knew that I wanted to make films and I didn't have the money to do it.

Director Michael Mann on His Research Process for Films Like Blackhat and Insider

Quora | Posted 03.28.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

I don't look at other pictures about a subject. If I want to do a movie about a thief, I don't watch a film about a thief, I meet and hang out with thieves. The same goes for researching investigative journalists in a film like Insider.

Understanding the Misunderstanding; The Use of Weapons in Filming Carries With it Inherent Danger

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 03.15.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

One would think that in jaded, old Hollywood, home to a thousand movie productions, people would be able to differentiate between real life and make-believe, in filming. But guess what? "People" would be wrong.

'Guerrilla' Filmmaking is Inherently Risky

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 03.02.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

First of all, what is "Guerrilla" filmmaking? The dictionary defines it as "activities of an impromptu nature attempted without official authorization." The word "impromptu" in the context of student filmmaking is slightly misleading.

The Mind of a Generation -- Why Christmas Day Was Such a Sad Day for Me!

Juliet Asante | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Juliet Asante

It may be my writing sense that has always made me notice and feel the little things that no one else seems to pay attention to; very often, to my own annoyance and to the exasperation of others.

Horror With a Woman's Touch -- Not Your Average Deadly Movie

Pamela Glasner | Posted 01.31.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Berkshire County closed Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in October, and came away with the coveted Best Horror Feature Film award -- and for good reason: it's frightening, as one would expect, but it's different -- very different -- and the audience loved it!