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13 Rules For Making Documentary Films

Michael Moore | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

To Be Strong

Ken Spooner | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Ken Spooner

Over the past few years, the artistic talent and creative drive has been on the rise in North Jersey. Young filmmakers are producing high quality content with nothing more than a few pieces of necessary production equipment and some passion to bring stories to life through picture and sound.

Searching for Connections, in Panama

Maja Zimmermann | Posted 06.29.2014 | Entertainment
Maja Zimmermann

Panama, blessed with a strategic geographic location, is all about connections too: bridging the North to the South, the Pacific to the Atlantic, and tradition to modernity.

What I Like About "Real Life" Movies

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Aristizábal

In the age of unlimited content, sensationalism, super heroes and fantasy, oftentimes stories about "real life" don't get the recognition they deserve.

Return to Timbuktu

Michael Meredith | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Michael Meredith

A few weeks ago, mortar shells exploded near my hotel in Timbuktu. There had already been death threats, refugees had gone missing, humanitarians had been kidnapped, and journalists had been killed. So how did I end up here?

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Writers Discuss Gay Fiction Relating to Reality 

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

With so much movement happening in the LGBT community that plays out across our news constantly, I wanted to talk with a few fiction writers about the impact it has on them.

Getting Psyched to Not Remember Who Won the Oscars Next Week!

James Napoli | Posted 04.26.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

Forgetting who won the Oscars is such a long-standing tradition that it might conceivably be called a part of the human experience. We wake up each morning, we go to work, we spend time with those we love... we can't for the life of us remember who won the Oscars.

The War Around Us Shows Human Side of Gaza Conflict

Kamran Pasha | Posted 04.05.2014 | Media
Kamran Pasha

Watching the film as a former journalist, I was struck by the heroism of these two reporters. History had placed them in the middle of a story that the power structure that I myself confronted as a journalist didn't want the world to see.