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Gary Tyler: Wrongly Imprisoned For Decades

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.09.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

On his KCRW show "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer spoke with Gary Tyler, who served over 40 years in prison after being wrongly convicted as a teenager of murdering a 13-year-old boy in 1974.

Documentaries Make An Impact Through Artistry As Much As Advocacy

Shanna Belott | Posted 08.22.2016 | Media
Shanna Belott

By leaning on the raw power of personal, human stories, films that have deep impact may not appear to have an agenda at all, but instead tiptoe lightly towards changing hearts and minds.

ART BASTARD - Award Winning Documentary Film Spotlighting Artist ROBERT CENEDELLA Opens June 3!

Jack Meyer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Seventeen-year-old Robert Cenedella walked into his first class at the Art Students League of New York with a small-sized art pad. Scanning the room, Bob realized he was the youngest student in the classroom.

4 Ways Indie Filmmakers Can Empower Themselves Through Genre

ScreenCraft | Posted 05.17.2016 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

A Sneak Peak at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.06.2016 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

In just a few days the 69th Annual Cannes (that's pronounced CAN) Film Festival will kickoff with another great lineup of independent films from around the globe.

A Brief Guide to Pitching and Branding for Independent Film

Gabrielle Nadig | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
Gabrielle Nadig

Making an independent film is a hard job. If you didn't know that already, seriously, it's hard. The producer and director have to deal with finding a...

Homecoming: Talents Forgather in Hollywood to Celebrate Terrific New Film

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Smarter than the average indie and more emotionally engaging than a multiplex of studio movies, brand-new feature film Homecoming screened for the very first time this week, to a packed and very enthusiastic house at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Shine On: Erica Fae's to Keep the Light

Bess Rowen | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Fae's portrayal of the hunger strike and eventual force feeding of National Woman's Party founder Alice Paul introduced me to a theatre artist who uses her considerable talents to tell the stories of women who history has forgotten.

'Roads To Olympia': A Film With Impact

Roads To Olympia | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Roads To Olympia

By Aaron Weiss for Roads To Olympia On the set of Roads To Olympia The art of storytelling can be a very powerful tool. Will the combination of mov...

Actor, Writer, Producer Zoe Lister-Jones Gives Advice On How To Become A Television Writer

Quora | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

After South By Southwest, An Independent Spirit Hopes To Break Out

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 03.17.2016 | Entertainment

Midway through the surreal indie drama "Before the Sun Explodes," the movie's protagonist -- a stay-at-home dad struggling to repair his marriage and ...

SXSW Interview: Transpecos Cast & Crew

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.15.2016 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Blistering sun. A stunning, unforgiving landscape. Crippling boredom. A vague but constant sense of menacing danger. Such is a day in the life of th...

Quarter Life Crisis Love Story: Saved By Silents

Tara Fass | Posted 03.03.2016 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

The phrase romantic realists resonates with a young film making couple, Eric Rino and Roxana Rahnama. In post-production with their passion project M...

Stuntwoman Turned Filmmaker Patty Dillon Takes on Execution From the Executioner's Perspective in There Will Be No Stay

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 02.24.2016 | Entertainment
Lindsey Kesel

After a few years of performing stunt work on television shows like Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, and Eastbound and Down, Patty Dillon had a sudden drive to get behind the camera. In 2010, she jumped on the opportunity to move back to Omaha to learn from producer/director Dana Altman.


Janet Grillo | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Janet Grillo

It's an exciting moment for women filmmakers. After decades struggling for recognition, there's acute awareness of inequity and invisibility. But while enjoining corporate entertainment to include us, we continue to express our own voices and visions on our own.

Hollywood! Give Us Back Our Zombies!

Kelly Hughes | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Kelly Hughes

Exploitation filmmakers used to have two advantages over Hollywood studios. Sex. And violence. Whether it was a Russ Meyer nudie, or a Herschel...

Guns Blazing, Cameras Shooting -- Coming Out in Romania

Ioanina Pavel | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Ioanina Pavel

If there's a fight coming, over the lives of Romania's transgender sons and daughters, Patrick is the one person in the world I'd entrust to lead the charge, with the carnation and the bullhorn both.

Purgatory? (or Just Paying Our Dues?)

Kelly Hughes | Posted 02.03.2016 | Entertainment
Kelly Hughes

In the early '80s, I did sound for an unauthorized stage adaptation of the flop movie musical Grease 2. And by "sound" I mean switching back and for...

Marya Cohn on Exploring the Nexus of Sex and Power with Emily VanCamp in The Girl in the Book

Kristin McCracken | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

It's so refreshing to see writer/director Marya Cohn's new film The Girl in the Book tackle these complexities head-on--she handles sensitive scenes with tact and pragmatism, and delves deeply into the lasting effects of adolescent sexual abuse.

An Indie (Independent) Film Producer's Foray in the World of Film Distribution

Nipa Shah | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Nipa Shah

So I attended #Cannes2015 in beautiful Nice, France, in May 2015 (my first time there). I also attended the #AmericanFilmMarket (#AFM) in Santa Monic...

Bagels and Coffee With 'James White' Director Josh Mond and Actor Christopher Abbott

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.

A Review of the Independent Film Evan's Crime

Sam Rivman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

Evan's Crime, starring Douglas Smith and David Arquette, is a crime drama centered around a boy named Evan (Smith) who gets into a heap of trouble after he is busted for possession of marijuana and accused of far worse.

Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

I myself adored geek culture when that was kind of a bad thing, so of course I have to ask Ralph about his animated (and notoriously rotoscoped!) adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings -- scripted by Peter Beagle, and a major influence on Peter Jackson & Co.'s live-action adaptation.

Interviewing the Team Behind Evan's Crime

Sam Rivman | Posted 10.06.2016 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

Evan's Crime, directed by Sandy Tung, is an independent film about college kid who finds himself in deep trouble for a crime he didn't commit. The film premiered at the 31st Annual Boston Film Festival.

12 Things You Should Know About BlackStar Film Festival

Zakee Kuduro | Posted 07.28.2016 | Black Voices
Zakee Kuduro

There's an independent film festival in West Philadelphia that has been fertile ground for some of the best contemporary black filmmakers, producers and actors: The 4th Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which will take place July 30 through August 2.