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VelociPastor Trailer: How Long Since Your Last Confession?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Every once in a while, something comes into your life that is so perfect you have to take a step back and thank whatever forces move the universe for ...

Rainy Day Solution: Check Out An Independent Film

| Ashleigh Martinez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As our stubborn winter weather leaves us a bit reluctant to spend time outdoors, why not check out some great films being shown at our local theaters?...

Film Financing in 2011: The More You Know...

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

At the Film Finance Forum West, some of the sharpest minds in film financing collectively painted an interesting portrait of what it takes to get a movie made in today's economic climate.

SXSW: Where Soldiers Come From and the Myth of Small Town America

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert Mackey

This film affected me in a deeply significant way. Much like these kids, I grew up in the country. Options were few; you could try to find a minimum wage job, or if you were lucky, you could take over the family business or farm.

Film Review: The Music Never Stopped

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

The Music Never Stopped is a moving and an inspiring cinematic experience. And it just might turn you into a Grateful Dead fan -- as it did me.

The Dirtiest Word in Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

A few weeks back, I read an announcement that the now white hot Colin Firth might be signing on for a re-make ofMy Fair Lady. Not since Steve Martin decided to put a new spin on The Pink Panther have I been so moved to ask, "Why?"

HuffPost Interview: Kentucker Audley and Eleonore Hendricks of "Bad Fever"

Teddy Wayne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Teddy Wayne

I spoke with the actors of Bad Fever, premiering at SXSW, about improvisation, how their other artistic roles inform their acting, and the inevitability of a 3-D mumblecore film.

Power to the People: The Democratization of Film

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Steele

The corollary to anybody being able to shoot a movie is that now everybody wants to make a movie. But no matter how easy or cheap it is to make a movie, it still requires capital.

We Can Self-Publish Books, Why Not More Films?

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bryan Young

Some might argue that it's impossible to self-distribute a film like that without a personality like Kevin Smith behind it, but those saying that would be wrong.

Crowdfund Successfully and You Won't Be Disappointed

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I've been fascinated by the idea of crowd-funding for a while now. After all, the idea of pooling together money and resources from family, friends, and the general public makes a lot of sense for indie filmmakers with limited funds to spare.

The Other Sundance Film Festival

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

There are many films that don't make it to Sundance. They don't garner a high price tag -- or a price tag of any kind. In fact, the very life of these films remains in doubt after Sundance winds down.

Finding the Next Big Thing (And Lots of Free Swag) at SUNDANCE (VIDEO)

Bryan Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bryan Safi

The biggest film festival in the country is in its finally days in Park City, Utah - Sundance! Or as it's also known, Hollywood in a Room. So I decide...

An Interview With Blue Valentine Director Derek Cianfrance

Richard Karpala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Richard Karpala

We attended the same schools and even shared the same teachers. So I was eager to talk with Cianfrance about his new film, and the incredible journey he's taken.

Silent Bob Strikes Back

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

This week at Sundance, director Kevin Smith stuck it to the studios and bought his own flick for $20. Indie-filmmaking 2.0? You be the judge.

Ry Russo-Young Has a Film Showing Near You

Steven Mesler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Steven Mesler

Ry Russo Young has everything it takes to be a successful filmmaker; including a Grandmother that believes. It proves to be a charismatic dervish as the lead in You Wont Miss Me.

Distribution University

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

It feels like, with distribution, it's all moving forward, but the constant "2 steps forward, 1 step back" can be nerve-wracking and certainly humbling.

"Beauty in Ugliness" - A Q&A With Blue Valentine Director Derek Cianfrance

John Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Koch

In 1998, Derek Cianfrance stood over a Xerox machine watching copies of his Blue Valentine script spill out into a sorter. He thought that his movie would sell within a few months.

Live Blogging the 20th Anniversary Gotham Awards

Samantha Zalaznick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Samantha Zalaznick

Follow me tonight as I take you inside the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wallstreet in Lower Manhattan. Join me in the chatroom!

Canon 5D Captures Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights' New Video

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

DSLR cameras are currently all the rage for indie filmmakers, especially since Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture took top honors at South by Southwest this...

"Cinema Language" Speaking to My Rewrites

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

Recently I had the chance to attend Cinema Language, taught by Tom Provost and presented by Mark Stolaroff of the No Budget Film School. I've attended...

Aasif Mandvi: From Daily Show to Today's Special

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"They did not know what to make of me in Tampa," Aasif Mandvi says. Small wonder. Mandvi, the cowriter and star of Today's Special, moved to Florida with his family from India when he was a teen. "Talk about being an outsider."

Film Review: Outside the Law

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Outside the Law is a clever, well-balanced hybrid: part political thriller, part historical polemic, and part gangster movie.

The Language of Cinema

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

How can I write stronger characters and improve my storytelling? How can I keep my audience even more engaged? How can my production aesthetics get better?

One Weekend, Four Film Fests: Harlem

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

There was a definite Harlem theme to the films, yet there was also a lot more than only Harlem. Festivals should always be about stimulating the audience to think and to feel, and sometimes to get angry.

Prediction: Netflix Will Soon Produce Original Content

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Steele

In the world of streaming, Netflix is the undisputed king of prime time. According to the Fall 2010 Global Internet Phenomena report, "In the United ...