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Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.29.2016 | 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.

Planning Murder Helps Woody Allen Sleep

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2016 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Allen was responding to a question about his research process, specifically about the murders he's portrayed in his films. In his newest, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a college professor in an existential crisis; he comes to believe that killing another person may snap him out of it.

Public, Not-For-Profit Media Is More Important Than Ever

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 06.22.2016 | Media
Abigail E. Disney

Today, channels cater to the least individual viewer, producing vanilla content designed only to echo the ideas already being circulated in popular culture. Public, independent programs are the last bulwark of integrity in the battle against the monotone emanating from our televisions.

Alison Bechdel: Is Caveh Zahedi God?

Fandor | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women
Fandor

Authored by Alison Bechdel "I was transfixed by the spectacle of someone apparently even more self-absorbed than I was." -- Alison Bechdel Alison...

A Neurotic, Tattooed Writer With Commitment Issues? Miles to Go Spoke to Me.

Abe Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

When I heard about Miles to Go, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a thirtysomething, tattooed, Jewish writer in Los Angeles with commitment issues, I knew it was something I needed to see. As that more or less describes me (sigh).

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

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.27.2016 | 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.

What Making An Independent Film Taught Me About Identity, Fear And Self-Worth As A Woman

Sarah A. Wharton | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Sarah A. Wharton

It would be more accurate to say that I am not a "type" that fits into the mainstream representation of women. Where were the stories and roles that I identified with? I was stuck.

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

Quora | Posted 05.07.2016 | 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.

Eduardo Verastegui

Yvonna Russell | Posted 06.25.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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.