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April's Way -- An Indie Short Film Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots

Jarad Barr | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jarad Barr

Racial tension continues to be a complicated social issue impacting the real world. Police brutality, gun violence and social injustice remain nightly news stories that simply offer explanations and assumptions, not resolutions.

Emma Thompson, Gillian Anderson, David Arquette Unite on Award-Winning Trafficking Film

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.

Interviewing the Team Behind Evan's Crime

Sam Rivman | Posted 10.06.2015 | 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.

From Film Short to Feature: A Story of Mental Illness

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Filmmaker Jonathan Bucari has worked with Randi Silverman on a new script and along with Carina Rush have turned their short film into the feature film NO LETTING GO.

Their Eyes Were Watching You

Fandor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment

More than a century ago, people across the world passed in front of the Lumières' camera. Some stared, trying to divine its purpose. Others tried to avoid the contraption, preferring to slip out of view.

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Fandor | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment

Testing the definitive outlines of storytelling while exploiting the spectral potential of cinema, a few recent movies about childhood achieve an illuminating balance.

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts
Adriana Aristizábal

I have to recognize, I knew almost nothing about the tragedy that happened almost 30 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The nuclear power plant accident was catastrophic, and its effects on the population were beyond human comprehension.

B-Movie King Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment Crowdfunding for Finishing Funds for Latest Film

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

B-Movie King Lloyd Kaufman, President & CEO of Troma Entertainment, has been making indie films for 40 years, his experience spawning a line of books about making your own damn movie, including Produce Your Own Damn Movie!, which I co-authored with him in 2009.

And the Award Goes to... From Brooklyn

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

3,979 miles from Cannes, 4,147 from Venice and 3,000 from Los Angeles, a diverse international crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Film Festival (now in its 18th year) to celebrate innovative storytelling and filmmaking in the age of the indie.

Indie Filmmakers Meet Your New BFF: Emily Best Founder + CEO of Seed&Spark

Nancy Chang | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Nancy Chang

Being the CEO of a pioneering tech film company means bossing it up to the max. Emily travels year round, and listening to her talk I thought to myself, she must have many gold nuggets of wisdom to questions like: how do you stay charged, how do you manage people, what is the future, and what's up with the #stayindietour?

Women, Friendships, and the New Movie 'Kate & Lily' That Is All About Them

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

This film -- Kate & Lily -- is about two friends, Kate and Lily. It's about how women perceive one another and how we can be simultaneously so evil and so sweet.

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

Sarah A. Wharton | Posted 05.20.2015 | 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.

Rumer Willis, Autism, and "The Odd Way Home"

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

As happens so often in life, writer/director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan fell into creating a movie named The Odd Way Home quite by accident. A colleague who'd been engaged to produce a film on autism was unable, so she suggested it to him.

Imagining My World

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Equal marriage didn't just "come" to Florida. We dragged it here, not by saying it was never going to happen, but by getting together, by working together, and insisting that it would.

Actor David Banks of CUT! Tells Us His Most Disgusting Habit

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

David Banks is known for his comedic performances in over 100 commercials, however this chameleon has been breaking out and taking on darker roles. Currently he's celebrating theatrical release of CUT! which he co-wrote and starred in. Twitter: @Dynamitedork

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.

Are Mormons Playing the Race Card?

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Seth Adam Smith

As a practicing Mormon, I applaud the makers of this FREETOWN for bringing poignant questions to the screen in a powerful, faith-promoting way.

A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 06.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.

What's It Like Working on a Film in Sub-Zero Temps Without Cell Phone Access?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Call these actors crazy or call them troopers - either way, their bravery in treading through harsh weather and barely any internet or cell phone access is what helped make Astraea come to life.

Actor Joe Reegan of Alien Outpost & Chicago P.D. Tells Us Lots and Lots of Juicy Stuff

Ilana Rapp | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Joe Reegan is a funny guy. He's been doing lots of serious acting roles lately, but in person he throws in some funny things that will pass over your head if you're not paying attention. Joe's a good looking guy so I can definitely see how it would be easy to drift off into lala land and not hear a word he's saying.

Women Movie Directors Make a Mark at Sundance Film Festival 2015

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ellen Freudenheim

So, how are women film directors doing in the infamously male-dominated film industry? With the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards finally announced, 13 women directors' films emerged with a prestigious Sundance award this year.

IndieFlix: A Movement to Change the World One Indie Movie at a Time

Heather Martin | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Heather Martin

Imagine this scenario: You recently got divorced, are now a single mother, your father has passed away and you are running a startup. You have exactly six weeks of funding left when your business partner has a heart to heart conversation where he politely bows out of the business.

Eight Selected Short Films: A Mini Film Festival

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

I love Amazon's Transparent, which she created, and Jill's old shorts are just as good. A nuanced director with a great grasp of humanity.

'Practice Makes Perfect', Says Jayme Karales

Loren Kleinman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Loren Kleinman

Jayme Karales is the author of the novel Disorderly and the limited-run comic book series The Extractor. In 2013 he was named editor-in-chief of the popular literary press Practice Makes Perfect is his directorial debut.

Is Actress Camille Sullivan of Upcoming Film the Birdwatcher Superstitious?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Let's talk about Camille Sullivan. This was a close one - just as I was going to print, a batch of Camille's new photos arrived in my mailbox. Yes! Oops. I went off on a tangent. How so not me.