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Eduardo Verastegui

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

Actor and producer Eduardo Verastegui is a man on a mission. Ten years ago the talented, beautiful and sexy Latino found success in telenovelas and the pop band Kairo in Mexico.

While We're Young, Waiting for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Eva Barros Campelli | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Eva Barros Campelli

I am an aspiring freelance writer. A part of me, I have to admit it, would sell my soul just to have an essay published in some rapidly growing website. However, another part of me is trying to reach the market for entirely different reasons.

Brittany Snow & Maggie Kiley Have Faith in Dial A Prayer

Kristin McCracken | Posted 04.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Now in select theaters and on nationwide digital platforms, Dial A Prayer is a film about positivity, redemption, and letting the light find its way into the darkest places. I talked with Kiley and Snow about their work together.

Albert Maysles, RIP

Michael Winship | Posted 03.12.2015 | Arts
Michael Winship

A word about documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died last week. I didn't know him well, but well enough to call him Al. We had not seen one another very often in the past few years, yet decades ago, he played a crucial role in my transition to independence and adulthood.

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

Disruptive Women: Erin Day, New York Television Festival and Indie TV

Maura Kelly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Maura Kelly

Erin Day is the Festival Director of the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Founded in 2005, the NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios and brands.

Sundance Interview: Christmas, Again Director Charles Poekel, Stars Kentucker Audley and Hannah Gross

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

After 25 years in New York, I must admit I'd never stopped to think about the people who work Christmas tree stands. Never, that is, until I saw Christmas, Again, Charles Poekel's debut feature film, borne of a perhaps unprecedented dedication to research.

Allison Burnett, Ask Him Anything

Dusty Wright | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Allison Burnett is a rarity in Hollywood. He is not just a successful Hollywood screenwriter, a respected novelist, and a published critic and poet, but also a film director. His new film, Ask Me Anything, was released two weeks ago in selected theaters.

Cancer, Cinema, Crowdfunding and Twitter

Mike Craycraft | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Mike Craycraft

I realize that cancer, cinema, crowdfunding and Twitter don't usually go together. Especially, cancer and a film called Funeral Day. However, about a month ago I followed a tweet and several clicks later found myself on the crowdfunding page for Funeral Day on Seed&Spark.

This Is What Happened When I Put Tinder Aside to Pursue the Girl of My Dreams

Brian Hanley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

As Max Frisch said: "Technology [is] the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it."

Paladino: An Inside Look at the Upcoming Film

Sam Rivman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

Currently in pre-production, Paladino is a Mob film about a man who goes to prison for a crime that he didn't commit. Written and directed by two time Cannes Film Festival Showcase selected Chasen Parker, Paladino is an independent film looking to make a big splash.

deepsouth : An Interview With Filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti

Stephanie Spiro | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Stephanie Spiro

Over the past year, I've been writing about creative storytelling, focusing on some extraordinary independent artists, their projects, and their crowdfunding campaigns. This week, I interviewed journalist and filmmaker, Lisa Biagiotti about the incredible journey of her gorgeous, topical, and award-winning film, deepsouth.

Pro Tip: Step Into the Story

Deborah Lastowka | Posted 01.11.2015 | Denver
Deborah Lastowka

It is my impression that a lot of folks in Denver still aren't quite sure how to participate when the film fest rolls into town.  They're not sure how they can attend, if they can attend, when they can attend, and how much it costs.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Whether you are looking to write, scout or shoot (the Icelandic Film Centre offers a 20 percent rebate if you meet certain "cultural criteria"), put Reykjavik and RIFF in your filmmaking bucket list.

Millie and the Lords

Yvonna Russell | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

Two sisters Jessica and Jennica Carmona teamed up to film the coming of age story of Millie -- a young Latina struggling in El Barrio who is mentored by a former Young Lord Mateo to uplift herself and fight for social justice.

Things People Do: Winner of the 40th-Anniversary Award at Deauville American Film Festival

Karin Badt | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

In Things People Do, an insurance man with an ideal middle-class set up loses his job because he is too "nice" when investigating insurance claims. And like the protagonist of Murnau's celebrated 1924 film The Last Laugh, Bill is too ashamed to let his family know.

Sally Kirkland's Triumphant Return in 'Archaeology of a Woman'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.

Artistic Integrity vs. Real Life in Indie Film Swim Little Fish Swim (Exclusive Clip)

Kristin McCracken | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In Swim Little Fish Swim, writer/directors Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis introduce a couple, Leeward (Dustin Guy Defa) and Mary (Brooke Bloom), who are not exactly on the same page in many of the ways that matter.

Indie Movie 'Moving On' Shoots for the Stars -- and Wins!

J V Crum III | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
J V Crum III

I first learned of David and Morgan Hansow while researching my previous blog, "5 Social Entrepreneurs Who Could Change the World." After writing th...

The Funny Politics of Faith and Change: An Interview With Cherien Dabis

Roya Rastegar | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

May in the Summer is a comedic drama about a Palestinian-American writer who goes home to Jordan for her wedding. I had the pleasure of interviewing the writer, director, and star Cherien Dabis shortly after the film's world premiere last year at the Sundance Film Festival.

My Unpopular Opinion: Managing Expectations and 'Boyhood'

Toni Cunningham | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment
Toni Cunningham

As a fan of Richard Linklater I was pumped to finally get a chance to view Boyhood back in July. Since then, I have kept my thoughts regarding the film to myself. However, with the talk of Oscar buzz, it's time to go public.

Happiness From Within: 'Love Is Strange' Actress Tank Burt on Intimate Filmmaking and Following Your Bliss

Jaime Lubin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress.

How I Recovered From ME: My First Steps and Redefining Success

Veronica Layunta Maurel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Veronica Layunta Maurel

Through my healing process I have experienced the biggest shifts and the greatest miracles by redefining what a happy and successful life is to me. Success means now health, boundaries, honest expression, connection, sharing, creativity.

Adventures in Brudderland: Conor Byrne's Foureyes and the New Nostalgia

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Hanging out with Conor Byrne is like visiting Movie Nerd Disneyland, and you'd better have your adventure cap on.

German Slackers: Jan Ole Gerster on 'A Coffee in Berlin'

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In the vein of Woody Allen, Richard Linklater and other astute observers of the mundane and the absurd, Gerster paints a distinct portrait of a snapshot in time, in a specific location, while still making a story seem universal.