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Independent Film

Why Are Web Series so Darn Short?

Rolla Selbak | Posted 12.28.2013 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

Why can't we just do what Orange Is The New Black does and make each episode an hour long? Or at least half an hour? Why can't we just write a few more pages and have the camera roll a bit longer, wouldn't it be so easy?

The Maverick: Actor Dylan Baker

Yvonna Russell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

Boyishly handsome with piercing blue eyes and an enigmatic smile actor Dylan Baker could easily play to type .The talented Mr. Baker delivers dramatic subtle performances of deeply flawed modern men.

Want to Change the World? Support Independent Media!

Jacob Devaney | Posted 12.01.2013 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

It's really that simple. Anyone with the slightest understanding of business is aware that most media is driven by the dollar.

Fall Films for Change: The Real Superheroes

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

At a time when the film industry is going through changes, these important films can rise to the top and positively change our society by creating a more inclusive world.

Exported From Michigan, the Courage to Turn Despair Into Hope

Jacob Devaney | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Exported From Michigan explores how businesses in Michigan are innovating clean energy systems.

Waiting For The Next 'Wow' in Independent Film

Mellini Kantayya | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Mellini Kantayya

I miss fresh voices. Different voices. Independent film was the voice of the counterculture, the proletariat, the marginalized. If I can't find them at my arthouse cinema, where can I find them?

Mission Park's Producer Douglas Spain Gives Us Behind-the-Scenes Insight at Producing This Film

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

"Mission Park" is produced by Douglas Spain. Photography by Felicia Graham. The film "Mission Park" will be released in Los Angeles, New York, Chica...

Una Noche Director Lucy Mulloy Talks Women in Film and Spike Lee

Zeba Blay | Posted 10.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Zeba Blay

I talked with Mulloy about the Una Noche, her working relationship with Spike Lee, her experiences as a female filmmaker, the importance of representation and what made her, a British director, so keen on telling a Cuban story.

Film Review: Ain't Them Bodies Beautiful and Hollow

Brian Formo | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is meticulously constructed. With deft camerawork and a pure attention to 70s small town details, there is a fantastic, technically sound structure that director David Lowery has built.

Bombshell: A Transmedia Journey into the Heart of a Pinup

Stephanie Spiro | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Stephanie Spiro

I'm interviewing filmmaker and director, Christie Strong of Strong Features about what it means to construct a transmedia story and how she's developing her own unique project using various social media sites to provide an interactive and ever-changing environment for her audience.

Women in Film: A Prevailing Imbalance Continues

Lisa Levart | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Lisa Levart

My heart skipped a beat when I heard the reknowned film director Deborah Kampmeier was in production for a movie based on the Sumerian Goddess Inanna.

If a Teenager From Hong Kong Can Get His Movie Made in Hollywood, Maybe There's Hope for the Rest of Us

Camilla Grove | Posted 09.14.2013 | Entertainment
Camilla Grove

It's a Breakfast Club-meets-Superbad comedy that looks at the struggles high school students face -- friendships falling apart, sexual orientation, impending graduation and what's next for them.

Featuring Classics and Sneak Peeks of Hot New Indies, FILM @ Southampton Center Kicks Off July 12

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.31.2013 | New York
Kristin McCracken

Starting on July 12, The Hamptons International Film Festival and the Southampton Center (located at 25 Jobs Lane, in the heart of Southampton Village) will co-present the inaugural season of FILM @ Southampton Center.

6th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

Aja Beech | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
Aja Beech

Philadelphia, PA may not be the first, or even second or third location a person may associate with Independent Film Festivals, but with the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (PIFF), now in its sixth year, that could soon change.

Stories We Tell Dissects an Actress' Family, and Storytelling Itself

Brian Formo | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

If you are interested in the craft of storytelling and/or documentaries I highly suggest that you see Stories We Tell. If you prefer dinner parties to dance clubs, I highly suggest that you see Stories We Tell.

Leviathan: A Watery and Brutal un-Documentary

Tracey Harnish | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

There should be a warning for this movie, because while it's labeled a documentary, with its chiaroscuro lighting, it could be called an impressionist kaleidoscope dream, culled from real-life footage.

Logo Online and the Web Series Renaissance

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kit Williamson

The quality of web shows has improved dramatically in the last few years, and with internet institutions embracing the art form, the bar has been raised even higher. We are experiencing a veritable web series renaissance right now.

Hey, Hollywood! Nine Awesome Movie Pitches You Cannot Pass Up

James Napoli | Posted 07.02.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

While all of you movie executives are trolling poolside at Chateau Marmont for the hottest new screenplay ideas, a select few of us are generating killer content on an almost hourly basis that you would be foolish to ignore.

Juddy Talt Discusses His Break-Ups in the New Film Language of a Broken Heart

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Juddy Talt, the actor/writer who wrote and stars in the new film "Language of a Broken Heart" thinks he's really funny. Oh wait, he is.

Highlights From the Tribeca Film Festival

Zach Udko | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

Fraud, redemption, suicide, fear of failure, the ineluctable dance with death, alcoholism, and the addictive joy of creating art -- these are a few of the recurring themes in some of the highlights from this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Lady of the Dance

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

Allison Plamondon possesses the rare ability to captivate audiences with the simplest act. This is one woman who knows how to tell a story with her body.

Edward James Olmos on Stand and Deliver's 25th Anniversary & the Release of Filly Brown

Vanessa Erazo | Posted 06.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Erazo

"It's an issue. Studios want to tell universal stories. We want to do the same thing. But, we want to use Latino stories with Latino faces to tell universal stories. We're all part of one group. We are all humans and we all want to tell human stories."

From My Hometown

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Me with Oakland International Film Festival Director David Roach Photo Credit Harp Home can mean many things and we all return home one way or anoth...

Indie Filmmakers Should Consider Writing for Older Actors

Gina Hall | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Gina Hall

Robert Redford's new film is the decent kind of drama we've come to expect around April. What's actually interesting about The Company You Keep, for independent filmmakers, is the concept of what I like to call the "old-people ensemble."

New Jeff Buckley Movie Trailer Will Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.02.2013 | Arts

The trailer for the new Jeff Buckley film, Dan Algrant's "Greetings from Tim Buckley," has finally arrived on YouTube, showing a flannel-clad Penn Bad...