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4 Ways Indie Filmmakers Can Empower Themselves Through Genre

ScreenCraft | Posted 05.17.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

A Proposed Solution to Oscars Qualifying for Documentaries

Scott Glosserman | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Scott Glosserman

A bit of 'inside baseball', but the core idea is that now that we have populist demand-style theatrical distribution models, some minimum, geographically-agnostic box office threshold should also (by no means, exclusively) be an adequate litmus test for Academy Awards consideration.

Homecoming: Talents Forgather in Hollywood to Celebrate Terrific New Film

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Smarter than the average indie and more emotionally engaging than a multiplex of studio movies, brand-new feature film Homecoming screened for the very first time this week, to a packed and very enthusiastic house at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Techs and the City: Part 2 Femmes Up

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

This special spring collection celebrates Women's History Month, with a mosaic of contemporary femmes - each one swaying the narrative with her passio...

How Does My Marriage Affect Your Marriage?

Caroline Hart | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

People have said to us there are more important things to worry about than our civil rights during this election year, yes are there other things to worry about but don't trivialize civil rights, especially if you've never had to fight for yours!

When Will Mainstream American Media Finally Be Ready for Quirky, Brown Love?

Bryanda Law | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Bryanda Law

It is time for us to be the stars of the coming-to-age movies and not just the sidekicks or comedic relief. Give the next generation of movie-watcher a chance to experience us the way that we see ourselves; as quirky, cool and sometimes awkward individuals that have a passion for random things.

Quarter Life Crisis Love Story: Saved By Silents

Tara Fass | Posted 03.03.2016 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

The phrase romantic realists resonates with a young film making couple, Eric Rino and Roxana Rahnama. In post-production with their passion project M...

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist or Lesbians in Retrograde

Brandon Judell | Posted 02.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Judell

If you are fortyish lesbian living in Toronto who's been to bed with every other fortyish lesbian living in Toronto, some of whom reside with cats, you can finally experience yourself on screen thanks with Portrait of a Serial Monogamist.

'Status Unknown,' Filming for LGBT Acceptance

Caroline Hart | Posted 02.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

As Laurie and I watched the trailer tears rolled down our cheeks as we were brought back to that terrible time and the decision we were faced with.

'You're Good... For a Latina Filmmaker'

Denise Soler Cox | Posted 02.01.2016 | Latino Voices
Denise Soler Cox

By describing myself as a "first-time Latina filmmaker," was I buying into the notion of being good, but not that good? Was I conveying that somehow I fell short of the industry bar?

What It Was Like Coming Out To My Small English Village

Caroline Hart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

Having waited 42 years to "come out" to close family and friends, the experience of finally taking the full plunge and publicly coming out couldn't have been more incredible.

Free Gay-Themed Holiday Indie Film: 'Red Lodge'

Rodney Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rodney Wilson

His first feature -- Red Lodge -- was shot in Red Lodge, Montana, a tiny town of 2,000 souls near the Wyoming border. It's a Christmastime story of two men in love trying to figure out just how much in love they are -- and if that love includes marriage.

The Imperfect Superhero

Pavita Singh, MPH | Posted 12.11.2015 | Arts
Pavita Singh, MPH

You don't need to fly over buildings or shoot lasers with your eyes in order to be a superhero(ine). Having the courage to look within yourself and to show your true colors can be what it takes to have a lasting impact on the world.

An Indie (Independent) Film Producer's Foray in the World of Film Distribution

Nipa Shah | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Nipa Shah

So I attended #Cannes2015 in beautiful Nice, France, in May 2015 (my first time there). I also attended the #AmericanFilmMarket (#AFM) in Santa Monic...

Bagels and Coffee With 'James White' Director Josh Mond and Actor Christopher Abbott

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.

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 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Fandor

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 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Fandor

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 06.11.2016 | 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 06.11.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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?