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Horror With a Woman's Touch -- Not Your Average Deadly Movie

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Berkshire County closed Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in October, and came away with the coveted Best Horror Feature Film award -- and for good reason: it's frightening, as one would expect, but it's different -- very different -- and the audience loved it!

'Carsick': John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Ethan Casey

Every American road trip is different; thus every American road trip book is, and should be, different from every other. The beauty of such books done well has much to do with the nature of the country itself: so enormous and diverse.

Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Good News
Greg Archer

Sophia Turkiewicz They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era that...

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary's Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Nicholas

Here is a compendium of characters Didion herself might appreciate, and one which her own family is now joining.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

'God's' Is One Of The Best Foreign Language Films Of The Year

Greg Archer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

A rare breed of spunk and spirit co-mingle in the Polish film Gods (Bogowie), the biopic about professor Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in communist Poland in the 1980s.

Rape, Domestic Violence, and the Remarkable Courage of Two Fledgling Filmmakers

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Pamela Glasner

"There were very few women on the street," Joanna said, "I had to film and photograph them whenever I could, and then rely on editing to get that balance."

Director David Dobkin Talks The Judge and Working With Robert Downey Jr.

Quora | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"He's the most exciting actor I've ever worked with. His ideas are limitless, his enthusiasm is infectious, he loves making movies, and he makes you love the process with him."

13 Rules For Making Documentary Films

Michael Moore | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Moore

What is the first rule of "Fight Club"? The first rule of Fight Club is: "Don't talk about 'Fight Club.'" The first rule of documentaries is: Don't make a documentary -- make a MOVIE. Stop making documentaries. Start making movies.

The Theory of Everything Producer Talks Screenwriting and Stephen Hawking

Quora | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

I first became inspired by the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hawking story in 1988, with the publication of A Brief History of Time, when I, and 10 million other readers,were blissfully bamboozled by this incredibly profound work.

In New Hollywood, Lines Blur Between Filmmakers and Viewers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

As young filmmakers lay siege to Hollywood and indie films gather steam against the studio system, the line between creators and consumers begins to blur.

Grrl's Guide to Filmmaking: Faith Soloway (Transparent)

Rolla Selbak | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

In the premiere episode of a fresh new docuseries featuring women filmmakers, Faith Soloway invites me onto the Paramount lot to talk about what it's like writing on the breakthrough Amazon series.

Sally Kirkland's Triumphant Return in 'Archaeology of a Woman'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.

Sixty Seconds of Art

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

I was sitting in a café in Bratislava, having a final cup of coffee and picking up my email before boarding a train for Budapest. I was in a hurry, so I wasn't paying much attention. But then one of the guys came over to my table.

Difret: Building a Culture of Courage

Mehret Mandefro | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Mehret Mandefro

The Difret engagement campaign asks one simple question: what can you do as an ordinary individual to help build a culture of courage that supports and protects women and girls?

The Dalai Lama Film : An Interview with Mickey Lemle

Stephanie Spiro | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Stephanie Spiro

This month I'd like to focus on the timely and extraordinarily important Kickstarter campaign for filmmaker Mickey Lemle's The Dalai Lama Film, raising funds on Kickstarter until August 10th.

Epic Inspiration From Hollywood Icon

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

When Lightning Strikes -- Four Decades of Filmmaking deserves to be displayed, admired and read. It's a treasure trove of gorgeous photographs of Jerry Bruckheimer's films and an inspirational narrative of a remarkable life.

Autism Doesn't Hold Back Filmmaker

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Being an autism advocate, I come in contact with people all the time that are at different points on the spectrum. Recently, I received an email from...

Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Mitchell Rose | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Mitchell Rose

I've made 25 films in which I've done funny, I've done dramatic and conceptual and beautiful. In this film, I wanted to go for something I hadn't tried -- joyous. And I hoped to do that in a celebration of humanity.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sharing: 10 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.24.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Maintaining social media platforms for your film is not entirely different from running your own personal account. The key difference is in your goal-setting.

L.A Parties, Paparazzi and Poop.

Rolla Selbak | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

It's been about a month since I moved to L.A. As a filmmaker, I finally caved and weathered the migration, leaving behind my family, friends, and everything that's remotely familiar, for a chance at fully realizing a dream.

Is This The 'Most Serious Environmental Threat To Mankind'?

OWN | Posted 06.18.2014 | OWN

Louie Schwartzberg is a master of time-lapse photography, specializing in nature films. Over a career that has spanned more than 30 decades, Schwartzb...

Hell Yeah! to Produced By Conference

Abe Schwartz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you're an emerging producer (who perhaps also writes, directs, acts, etc.) who lacks not in passion but sometimes in direction and focus, Produced By Conference should be a "Hell Yeah!" for you each June.

Be a Social Media Star: 10 Tips for Crowdfunding Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Social media is not rocket science, but it takes time to build a broad, dynamic, engaged community. Attracting the right audience takes patience, tenacity and a whole lot of authenticity.

A Chat With Roger Corman: 60 Years of Filmmaking and Still Going Strong

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

With credits dating back to 1954, Roger Corman has one of Hollywood's longest running careers, and every step of the way has fearlessly pioneered ideas in filmmaking, through all of new media's many definitions over the decades.