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

Maura Kelly | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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.

Permaculture: Changing the Narrative

Jacob Devaney | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Jacob Devaney

In ancient times our worldview was shaped by our relationship with nature and stories told around council fires. Today our world is shaped by stor...

"The Big Spoon," Indiewire's Project of the Week Evokes a New Movie Genre: The Unromantic Comedy

Leslie Hendry | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Hendry

Indiewire is a "must read" according to Variety. Forbes branded it the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community." So when the you...

How Sex Is Changing in Cinema

Literally, Darling | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Like the slow shift of the female body in media, I hope to see more realistic sex when it is necessary and holds significance to the film. Too many movies incorporate sex and women's bodies without explaining the purpose of it.

Marc Cleary: From Dancer to Director

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

I was not only blown away, but moved by this film.

How to Follow Strangers: An Indie That Marches to Its Own Beat

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I have a soft spot for indie films about characters in their twenties who are trying to make sense of their lives. But this is a bit different.