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Mighty Movie Podcast: Joe Avella on Master of Inventions

Dan Persons | Posted 05.03.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

If you ever wondered whether the people who come up with the Clapper and the Slapper-Chopper are truly happy with their careers, here's your chance to find out.

May in the Summer: Sundance 2013 Review

Roya Rastegar | Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, May in the Summer is a disarmingly humorous, sharply observed and deeply affecting story about a Palestinian-American writer, May, who returns to her childhood home in Jordan in preparation for her summertime wedding.

The Premiere of My First Film on African Independence

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 01.31.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I started teaching sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. I continue to appreciate the intellectual engagement that this profession affo...

Choreographer Finds Beauty In Trash

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.11.2013 | Arts

For choreographer Allison Orr, trash collectors can become contemporary dancers in a few simple steps. At least that is the case in the new documentar...

A New Plan to Bring Hollywood Home

Kevin James | Posted 03.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Kevin James

As an expansion on my initial platform, I am now introducing a new plan to bring entertainment jobs back to Los Angeles. This plan is called the Los Angeles Production Benefit and it brings independent film production and union crews together.

Writer-Director Drew Denny Finds The Funny In Grief

Turnstyle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts

By Noah J. Nelson It seems like at AFI Fest I have an interview that just eclipses every other interview of the year. Last time out it was my discuss...

In The Spotlight: Five Indie Films Worthy of Our Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Like some off-Broadway gems that so wonderfully showcase rare talent before they land on the big stage, there are a handful of lesser-known films circulating around in the periphery worthy of a closer look.

Sexy Baby Connects the Dots Between Pornography and Mainstream Society

Tribeca | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts

Is the porn world truly seeping into mainstream life, and are everyday people idolizing adult film stars? Sexy Baby is a documentary that examines how our hyper-sexualized society is affecting girls and women of all ages.

Middle of Nowhere and the Black Independent Film Movement

Roya Rastegar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices
Roya Rastegar

This weekend will be a critical marker for the burgeoning independent Black film movement. Opening in theaters in select cities this Friday, Middle of Nowhere is a compelling drama about a young newlywed who puts her happiness on hold as she eagerly awaits for her husband's early release from a five-year prison sentence.

Murdered Woman Gets Honored In New Persian Film

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts

This is the film the Iranian government doesn't want you to see. That's how Persepolis Pictures, the production company behind "I Am Neda," descri...

All About Visiting The Woodstock Film Festival

iLoveInns | Posted 11.30.2012 | Travel

Now in its 13th year, Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has become the foremost regional scene for independent films. Indiewire named WFF one of the top 50 festivals in the world. Here's how to see it.

Celebrating Maya Culture, Calendar, This Friday in Boulder

Joshua Berman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Denver
Joshua Berman

This Friday, 2012: In the Beginning, a documentary film by Director Shannon Kring Buset, premiers at the Nomad Theater in Boulder. It answers questions about the Maya calendar, and will also raise money for the San Rafael School of Copán Ruinas, Honduras.

Future of Film: Resurrecting Abe Lincoln's Bodyguard (Via Twitter)

Tribeca | Posted 11.14.2012 | Entertainment

What happens when a 19th century bodyguard is sent 150 years into the future to help with an indie film's marketing campaign? He holsters his gun and sits down at the keyboard: meet Ward Hill Lamon.

ReThink Review: Liberal Arts -- A Man-Boy Grows Up, and Graduates

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Liberal Arts is Radnor's second film after Happythankyoumoreplease, where the characters' habit of earnestly saying exactly what they were thinking definitely made it feel like a first film. In contrast, Liberal Arts feels more mature, poignant, and real.

Red Hook Summer- Spike Lee's Resurgence

Rodney Barnes | Posted 11.10.2012 | Black Voices
Rodney Barnes

Lee's latest "joint," a story dedicated to religion, revival and Brooklyn, Red Hook Summer has the bent of what once was with the reality of what constitutes Lee's work now.

When Movies Meet Politics

Mel England | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mel England

Ron and Laura Take Back America was born. A sort of modern day All in the Family, Ron and Laura are surrounded by all the things they are trying to take America back from -- African-Americans, undocumented immigrants, Muslim-Americans, gays....

Beneath the Olive Tree

Olympia Dukakis | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Olympia Dukakis

Three decades ago I was given a book of notebooks kept by women imprisoned during and after the civil war in Greece. I immediately tried to find ways to share these stories.

Future of Film: What Is a Movie's Sell-By Date?

Tribeca | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment

What is a movie's sell-by date? Studios give tremendous care to the timing of a release date, taking into account competitive films, holidays, market analysis, and executive instincts above my paygrade.

From Girls to No-Budget Filmmaking: Alex Karpovsky's Red Flag Is Sparse, Brilliant

Abe Schwartz | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Red Flag was produced on a shoestring budget though feels like anything but. I became so curious about what went into the production, I had to flag down Mr. Karpovsky to get the details.

WATCH: Mike Birbiglia & Ira Glass Stick It To Joss Whedon

Posted 08.17.2012 | Comedy

Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass are turning the promotion of "Sleepwalk with Me," Birbiglia's quasi-autobiographical film, into a very grassroots product...

The Success of the Film Up and Down

Ann Tran | Posted 10.06.2012 | Sports
Ann Tran

Up and Down has become a darling in the art-house film community. It follows the dreams of Trey Johnson, a Development League (or D-League) player during the 2010-2011 season, and his one shot to make it to the big stage of the NBA.

Fighting For His Vision: First Time Filmmaker Races Against Blindness

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact

By: Noah J. Nelson First time filmmaker Jack Marchetti doesn't know how long it will be until he loses his sight. "The main problem I have is just n...

Is Bringing Back Independent Film?

Joe Belmonte | Posted 09.25.2012 | Small Business
Joe Belmonte was established with the premise that talent identification -- specifically in the world of "independent film" -- should be facilitated and encouraged by a larger audience than the insular Hollywood studio system of the past.

Oscar Nominee Demián Bichir Takes Flight in The Runway

Tribeca | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment

Fresh from his Oscar-nominated performance in 2011's A Better Life, the charming Demián Bichir talks about working with director Ian Power, filming in West Cork, and checking things off his professional bucket list.

Where the Yellowstone Goes

Ed Felker | Posted 09.08.2012 | Arts
Ed Felker

The film Where the Yellowstone Goes was always going to be a portrait of Yellowstone, and a beautiful portrait it is. But the film grew to be about much more than the river.