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Calling Downtown

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

Downtown Calling chronicles an artistic explosion in a discarded, crumbling New York City.

Inside Job Director Talks Future Films, Says Wall Street 'Not Entirely Sane'

Felice Arenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Felice Arenas

The documentary is both amusing and riveting and people may wonder if they should have enjoyed themselves so much; after all, the story really happened and didn't come from Ferguson's imagination.

Lebanon, PA: Where Two Halves Collide

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

Pregnancy has no middle position, and when you are only 17, no good options.

Indie Producers Don't Understand Tax Credits

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Steele

Indie producers have been on a relentless quest to find the elusive "final 20%" of their budgets. They've raised the equity, made the presales, maxed the gap, and still they come up 20% short.

A "Bad Batch" of Pot Brownies in LA, Online

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

In movies, marijuana is depicted either a hilarious holy grail or a gateway to harder, darker substances.

Watch "Substance Ovuse," A Short Film by Burke Roberts

Travis Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Travis Keller

"Substance Ovuse" is an amazing short film by LA's Burke Roberts. For more on Burke and his films check out his website at: Burke ...

How Can Indie Film Appeal to Alternative Youth Culture?

Ted Hope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ted Hope

As both a community and an industry, it is critical we look at both the creative infrastructure, and societal factors for answers to why we have so failed to develop the alternative and youth sectors.

Film Review: Kandahar Break

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Kandahar Break offers a love story as old as Romeo and Juliet at the core of a more contemporary thriller, every scene of which is packed with suspense.

Film Review: Last Day of Summer

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Director Vlad Yudin's feature film debut is a decent little indie movie, worth watching at least to enjoy the strong acting of DJ Qualls and Nikki Reed.

A Day on the Set of Hirokin

Fabio Periera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fabio Periera

"Yes!" he shouted, as the director, Alejo Mo-Sun, strolled across the alien world, dressed casually in a white polo and jeans, aviators and a cowboy h...

PHOTOS: LA's Best Independent Cinema

Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

With this list of alternative, independent cinema in Los Angeles, we've pretty much planned out all your dates for the rest of the year. But seriously...

Get Your Feature Film Made on Any Budget - This Sunday in LA

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

I made my first feature on barely a 5-figure budget, and now the tools to make it happen are even better. (Have you seen the image quality that a Cano...

CINEMA: Exploring One of Paris' Most Exceptional Attractions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

PARIS - It may seem backward to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world and sit in the dark. In Paris, there are seemingly endless r...

State of Inspiration: Making La Soga

Josh Crook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Josh Crook

When the actor Manny Perez told me about the script he had written for what would become La Soga, I was blown away. It was a poem about how most of the world lives.

Woods Hole Film Fest

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

The best film festivals have stimulating films in a festive atmosphere. Films that challenge and entertain and stretch the mind in a social environment of filmgoers who interact and bond.

Back to Brooklyn: Apostles of Park Slope

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

The Manhattan Film Festival is a small festival in a large city, New York City. It's a modest event with some ambitious films. Without corporate spons...

I Am Love: The Movie, the Music

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love is one of my favorite films of the year, and perhaps, of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really moved.

Film Review: Touching Home

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller put everything on the line to produce, direct, and play leading roles in Touching Home, a revelatory film about their relationship with their father.

Hollywood Banking Takedown: Is JP Morgan Next?

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Steele

What does this mean for independent producers? Without a syndication network, banks are going to have to carry more loans on their books, which means they won't be able to do as many deals

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Edward Burns's Nice Guy Johnny

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Within three minutes of sitting down with Edward Burns to talk about film, you're having such a good time that you literally want to run him around the corner to the legendary Blarney Stone pub.

Festivals and Theaters Are Not for All Indie Films -- And That's Fine

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I still may submit to some festivals. The exposure certainly wouldn't hurt. They're just not the main route to travel down with this project now. At least, that's what my gut's telling me.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: J Blakeson Directs The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a film with three characters, a room, and as much story as you could possibly squeeze into the situation.

Independent Films' New Path to Financing

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Steele

Indie filmmakers are always looking for money. Now enterprising producers have discovered an unprecedented new resource for funding: they're going online and hitting up their audiences.

Can Crowd Funding Help "Seize the Power"?

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

Crowd funding is a tremendous marketing tool, but that's really what it is: a tool. If we go in with any sense of entitlement, lack of follow-through, or weakness, crowd funding will probably not enable us to "seize the power."

Why Films Under $2m Can't Catch a Break

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Steele

The reality is, ultra low budget films have to overcome bigger obstacles to achieve lower cash returns.