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Can't Find My Way Home: Michael Cuesta on Roadie

Kristin McCracken | Posted 01.30.2012 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Channeling his love of '70s rock, Michael Cuesta explores the silver lining in one man's failed future in Roadie.

Silicon Valley Ready To Occupy Hollywood

Gina Hall | Posted 01.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

They're going to take over. If you want to suss one out, you have to listen for them. Instead of pitching ideas for pilots and features, they're hyping their next iPad app, social media site, mobile game or distribution platform.

New Delhi's Last Magicians Colony

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.04.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Since then, New Delhi's magicians, puppeteers, and acrobats have called the slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home.

Soul Man: Alessandro Nivola in Janie Jones

Kristin McCracken | Posted 12.28.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The star of David M. Rosenthal's rock indie Janie Jones can act, but his soulful duets with Abigail Breslin will also leave you jonesing for the album.

Studying the Economics of Independent Film: A Proposal

Josh Welsh | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Welsh

While it's obviously true that it's hard for many independent filmmakers to sustain a career doing what they love, it is simply false that there's no money in independent film.

Leonard Maltin's Top Indie Films To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

The early fall has not proven to be a prime time for movies, so far, with quantity outpacing quality by a country mile. But if you search the nooks an...

Edward Burns, Jon Patricof Talk Future Of Film

The Moviefone Blog | Christopher Rosen (Subscribe to Christopher Rosen's Posts) | Posted 12.04.2011 | Media

"Our mission is to provide independent films to audiences, now, around the country," said Tribeca Film chief operating officer Jon Patricof during the...

(A Lot) Less Can Be (a Lot) More

William Mapother | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
William Mapother

Given my customary habit of trying to find the takeaways, it's no surprise that I have a list from my experience on the independent film Another Earth.

Saving the Block From Monsters Near and Far

Isabelle Pierre | Posted 11.08.2011 | Black Voices
Isabelle Pierre

Watching Attack the Block is like watching the kids from the fourth season of The Wire defend their drug ridden streets from an aggressive alien invasion. It's energy is superb.

The Rights and Wrongs of No-Budget Filmmaking

Abe Schwartz | Posted 10.30.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I've been thinking for a while that a lot of filmmakers focus on the wrong aspects of moviemaking when there are only limited funds to spend.

Future of Film: Should You Crowd-Fund Your Next Movie?

Tribeca | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment

A new method of raising funds for films has emerged that is quickly gaining momentum. Using social web-based tools filmmakers can now raise money straight from the "crowd."

As He Turns 75, Thoughts on the Legacy of Robert Redford

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I saw no mention of Robert Redford's birthday amongst all the pop dreck that seems to capture people's attention these days. I am going to attempt a tribute of sorts, as I can think of few people in the entertainment field more deserving.

Found in Translation: Littlerock

Tribeca | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment

The "Best Movie Not Playing at a Theater Near You" opens Friday: Littlerock is the latest low-budget, high-aesthetic movie to display how small-budget cinema can still be formally ambitious.

Future of Film: Making Love Out of Nothing at All

Tribeca | Posted 10.01.2011 | Entertainment

At our first screening I remember looking up at the Art Deco marquee and seeing the title of our latest film, For Lovers Only. At that moment, I realized our title implied an exclusivity, like a "members-only" club.

Future of Film: 10 Tips for Crowd-Funding Newbies

Tribeca | Posted 09.28.2011 | Entertainment

Facing your inner demons is necessary if you are going do this type of campaign. Believe me, crowd-funding certainly pushes those buttons, but it also requires you to let go and not listen to your ego so much.

PHOTOS: The End Of An Icon

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.24.2011 | San Francisco

For three decades, film fans have found cozy couches, organic treats, and cult film classics at the Red Vic Movie House. But Monday, on the house's 31...

Matt Sledge

PHOTOS: Saturday Night At The Red Vic | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.10.2011 | San Francisco

The Red Vic may be dying, but Jonathan Richman's virtuosic performance proved a very enjoyable death rattle. On July 25, the collectively-owned Hai...

LA Film Fest, Starring Silverlake

Abe Schwartz | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

I saw three different narrative features this past week at Los Angeles Film Festival that were set in the Silverlake area of LA. I live in the area, and it was cool to see familiar spots captured through different eyes.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Robert Persons on General Orders No. 9

Dan Persons | Posted 08.26.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A meditation on small-town South -- Georgia in specific -- its connection to the natural world and its death at the hands of growing populations and commercial interests, the film is quiet, beautiful, and strangely moving.

A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square

Xorin Balbes | Posted 08.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Xorin Balbes

The documentary A Place to Live is a moving portrait of both gay and lesbian seniors on the fringe of our community and the triumph of the opening of this historic building.

Future of Film: The Power of Few

Tribeca | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment

For their upcoming indie film, The Power of Few, filmmakers Q'orianka Kilcher and Leone Marucci have engaged a participatory audience from pre-production onwards.

Even When a Great Film Comes Out, You Can't See It (Except Maybe in New York)

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Mindless kiddie fare opens at around four thousand screens across the country. When at last a brilliant, provocative film for grown-ups gets produced, it merited four screens. Doesn't this strike you as just a trifle lopsided?

Film Review: Just Like Us

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 08.01.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Ahmed takes us on a whirlwind tour of the comedy club circuit from Dubai to Beirut to Riyadh to Cairo. The movie is funny, enlightening, and I'll bet quite surprising to a Western audience.

Interview With Sundance Filmmaker Emily Carmichael

Teddy Wayne | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
Teddy Wayne

2011-05-05-swanpull2.jpgSundance is kind of like Burning Man -- a temporary, annually reconvening mini-society forged around extreme climate conditions and substance abuse.

Atlas Shrugged? Pertinent Today?

Laura Mola | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Mola

Depression, people on the streets, begging, homelessness, the end of the American Dream -- sounds like today. Well, today in the new Ayn Rand movie At...