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A Year in Champagne

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Terence Clarke

That the wine so noted for sprightly bubbles and light-hearted festivity comes from this often difficult setting is the first of many surprises in the film.

People, Edit Thyselves

Carine Fabius | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Carine Fabius

There is a case to be made for epic films like The Godfather (2 hours, 58 minutes), but they are surely the exception. The problem is that most filmmakers now consider their movies to be epics. Get over yourselves, will you?

I Got Cancer. I Asked WTF? I Gathered a Tribe to Make a Movie

Allison W. Gryphon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison W. Gryphon

Once that diagnosis hit, I moved. I moved in the only way I knew how. I wrote. I studied. I made a movie. I took cancer on and I kicked its ass. I wanted to be as aware as I could be. That was my way.

Ariel Vromen: A Serious Filmmaker With A Comic Side

Ellen Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

Film director Ariel Vromen (at left in photo with Michael Shannon) burst into the consciousness of the moviegoing public last May with the release of...

Life Through a Lens

Ken Spooner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ken Spooner

From an early age, kids are told to build their lives around their passions. As a recent college graduate, and aspiring filmmaker, I will tell you that making a living doing what you love is difficult, especially when it doesn't guarantee a paycheck every week.

Why Are Web Series so Darn Short?

Rolla Selbak | Posted 12.28.2013 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

Why can't we just do what Orange Is The New Black does and make each episode an hour long? Or at least half an hour? Why can't we just write a few more pages and have the camera roll a bit longer, wouldn't it be so easy?

Different Shot Sizes for Different Screens: Film in the Modern Age

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

One of the great casualties of modern viewing is the Wide Shot. Because many filmmakers expect viewers to be watching work on their laptops or (even... god forbid) cell phones, shooting stunning wide landscapes or shots that contain many people is avoided.

On the Price of Being a Gay Filmmaker

Alan Brown | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Alan Brown

After a screening of my new film, Five Dances, at Philadelphia's QFest, a gay college student approached and asked if I'd be willing to give him some career advice over a cup of coffee. He wanted to know: Had being labeled a "gay filmmaker" hurt or helped my career?

The First Film School in Space (VIDEO)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Xaque Gruber

Astrophysicist and New York Film Academy instructor Rajiv Uttamchandani wanted to boldly take his students where no film school had gone before, so this summer he and his class launched a weather balloon craft, complete with camera, GPS, and parachute system, into space.

The Glamorous Myth of the Filmmaker

Rolla Selbak | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

We are dreamers, we are drained, but we are fearless, and even if our energy is depleted, our ambition is unrivaled. And in the end, if we have an audience, no matter how small, we will always strive to do better.

Cat Videos Are Harder Than They Look, People

Posted 10.28.2013 | Comedy

You may think cat videos are just a frivolous byproduct of the need to waste time on the Internet, right? Wrong. In this new video from Funny or D...

The Journey of The Grandmaster

Wong Kar Wai | Posted 10.22.2013 | Entertainment
Wong Kar Wai

To me, the structure of a movie is like a clock or a prized watch -- it's about precision and perfect balance.

Colorado Forest Fires Captured in Stunning Time Lapse Video

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Brandon Ambrosino

By condensing the hours-long footage into short clips, Matt was able to capture the eerie, tireless way a wildfire stalks any and every sign of life in its path.

Baja Smugglers: Transporting News to the 18-34 Demographic on YouTube

Jesse Aizenstat | Posted 10.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Jesse Aizenstat

Young people don't watch the news. The common understanding is that young people like reality TV and mindless television dramas. But I think that network executives and media moguls simply haven't found the right way to relate to the 18-34 demographic.

Robert Evans: 'I'm Still In The Picture'

Greg Archer | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Photo: Victoria Brenner In the introduction to the new edition of "The Kid Stays in the Picture," Robert Evans' incendiary and candid memoir, the ...

The Last Supper According to Judas in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Bible stories are hot and Hollywood studios are rushing to cash in. Although these films are capitalizing on public interest in the Bible, the bestselling book of all time, and the heroes and villains of religious history, there is one story, says filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta, that has never been made: The Last Supper.

How Do You Create a Short or Feature That Is Worthy of Being a Finalist in a Film Festival?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

When writing and/or directing a short, the key is finding a thought-provoking life moment that will intrigue and connect your audience in a short amount of time. You have to enter the story at the right point to make it a success.

The New Media Film Festival Celebrates Cinema's Expanding Realms

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19th-century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films.

Putzel, the Movie

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Putzel has just been awarded Best Picture Winner at the Phoenix Film Festival, and I can see why.

Filmmaker Shares Backstory on Career and Advice for Others

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

As a writer and someone who has been in the entertainment industry for as long as I have, I can't help but wonder about the story "behind the story" when I watch a film or read a new book.

Yoga and Filmmaking Combine to Change the Lives of Women in India

Kino MacGregor | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Kino MacGregor

In LA, many people work in the media industry and do yoga, but few connect the two passions. Kayoko Mitsumatsu, founder of Yoga Gives Back, married her two interests in film and yoga with a powerful vision to empower the women of India through micro-loan and education financing.

A Surge in Clone-Centric Movies

Leora Novick | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Leora Novick

Do we like the idea of cloning so much that we are willing to endure the same theme for the past 20-plus years? I decided to look back in history and find examples throughout the years to illustrate this point.

Filmmaker Sheds Light on Mental Illness

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

There is a new film hitting the film festivals with a very heavy subject. French filmmaker Jonathan Bucari has written and directed a short film about mental illness and the effects it has on a family.

Entertainment vs. Historical Accuracy?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
Kathy Kemper

A filmmaker who seeks to portray major events or periods in history has at least two objectives: being as faithful to the documentary record as possible, and producing a film that reaches as wide an audience as possible. While those goals aren't conflicting per se, it's easy to see how there can be tension.

What Has Oprah Got That You Don't?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 05.27.2013 | TV
Michael Rosenblum

'What has Oprah got that you don't got?' The answer would be, her own TV network. But now you know you don't need one. And you don't need $315 million either. What do you need? Well, a camera. A living room. A personality. And YouTube... or something like that.