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PHOTOS: LA's Best Independent Cinema

Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

With this list of alternative, independent cinema in Los Angeles, we've pretty much planned out all your dates for the rest of the year. But seriously...

Get Your Feature Film Made on Any Budget - This Sunday in LA

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

I made my first feature on barely a 5-figure budget, and now the tools to make it happen are even better. (Have you seen the image quality that a Cano...

CINEMA: Exploring One of Paris' Most Exceptional Attractions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

PARIS - It may seem backward to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world and sit in the dark. In Paris, there are seemingly endless r...

State of Inspiration: Making La Soga

Josh Crook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Josh Crook

When the actor Manny Perez told me about the script he had written for what would become La Soga, I was blown away. It was a poem about how most of the world lives.

Woods Hole Film Fest

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

The best film festivals have stimulating films in a festive atmosphere. Films that challenge and entertain and stretch the mind in a social environment of filmgoers who interact and bond.

Back to Brooklyn: Apostles of Park Slope

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

The Manhattan Film Festival is a small festival in a large city, New York City. It's a modest event with some ambitious films. Without corporate spons...

I Am Love: The Movie, the Music

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love is one of my favorite films of the year, and perhaps, of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really moved.

Film Review: Touching Home

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller put everything on the line to produce, direct, and play leading roles in Touching Home, a revelatory film about their relationship with their father.

Hollywood Banking Takedown: Is JP Morgan Next?

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Steele

What does this mean for independent producers? Without a syndication network, banks are going to have to carry more loans on their books, which means they won't be able to do as many deals

Festivals and Theaters Are Not for All Indie Films -- And That's Fine

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I still may submit to some festivals. The exposure certainly wouldn't hurt. They're just not the main route to travel down with this project now. At least, that's what my gut's telling me.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Edward Burns's Nice Guy Johnny

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Within three minutes of sitting down with Edward Burns to talk about film, you're having such a good time that you literally want to run him around the corner to the legendary Blarney Stone pub.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: J Blakeson Directs The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a film with three characters, a room, and as much story as you could possibly squeeze into the situation.

Independent Films' New Path to Financing

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Steele

Indie filmmakers are always looking for money. Now enterprising producers have discovered an unprecedented new resource for funding: they're going online and hitting up their audiences.

Can Crowd Funding Help "Seize the Power"?

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

Crowd funding is a tremendous marketing tool, but that's really what it is: a tool. If we go in with any sense of entitlement, lack of follow-through, or weakness, crowd funding will probably not enable us to "seize the power."

Why Films Under $2m Can't Catch a Break

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Steele

The reality is, ultra low budget films have to overcome bigger obstacles to achieve lower cash returns.

Cyrus: A Movie Review and Discussion with The Duplass Brothers

Caitlin Colford | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Caitlin Colford

Cyrus is the definition of good filmmaking and a pure pleasure to watch. The Duplass Brothers take their time with every edit, creating a concise, well thought out narrative.

The Many Offerings at the LA Film Festival

Tara Settembre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tara Settembre

Unlike other film festivals, this one seeks to provide many different experiences for both film buffs and those seeking to absorb the vibrant culture of Downtown LA.

Anyone Can Be a (DIY) Producer: Part 3

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you really want to make features, just do it. Make one within your means right now, and accept that even once you're done your first, you're still a rookie in the game.

The High Price of Independent, Dissident Filmmaking in Iran

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

After weeks of silence, the Iranian government has said it detained internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi for making an anti-government film inside his house. His family completely denies the accusation.

Anyone Can Be a Producer: Part 2

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

More and more people are watching content on mobile devices. If your film doesn't need to play in a large theater with surround sound, why not get people watching on their phones?

Anyone Can Be a Producer: Part 1

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

You can shoot top-quality HD video on a DSLR camera. What does this mean for people looking to make careers out of producing video content?

Tribeca Takes: Bette Gordon on Handsome Harry

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Bette Gordon's Handsome Harry, which premiered in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, opens at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles on April 16.

Three Films, One Theme: Parents & Children

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

This is independent film making at its best; taking us far away, uncovering the diversity in the world that reveals what we all have in common.

Tripping to Tribeca

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph Smigelski

So Tribeca, here I come. Sure, I could eventually find some of these films on Netflix, but I'm betting that being at the film festival will enhance my viewing experience exponentially.

Hood to Coast: A Strange and Serious Race

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stewart Nusbaumer

Hood to Coast chronicles a brutal 197-mile relay race in Oregon that starts on Mount Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet and ends the following day when the runners cross the finish line at sea level.