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Sundance: Waiting for Superman

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

The winner of the Audience Award for Best US Documentary was Waiting for Superman, a no-hold-your-punches investigation of our failing public schools.

Sundance: Cyrus, a Love Story for Hangovers

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

Screenwriter-directors Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass have done it again. If you want a love story stratospheric above the typical love gush, check out Cyrus. It certainly got rid of my hangover.

Sundance: Sons of Babylon

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

Sons of Babylon is not a true story, but the story is true. The actors are not acting, because they're not real actors. A film from Iraq, yet Iraq's film industry is dead.

Sundance: Bass Ackwards Moves Forward

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Stewart Nusbaumer

A lyrical, sensitive laid-back trip, Bass Ackwards is a universe from the hyped-up, hard-charging American "road rip" barreling across the land.

Sundance: Roughs amongst Diamonds

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

Only yesterday, I wrote with brimming self-confidence that every film at Sundance is a gem. Without exception they're all diamonds shinning brightly. Then I went out and saw two stinker films.

Re-Connecting Audiences and Filmmakers, Part 2

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

If you are not already doing so, please support content by paying for it in some way. Buy a DVD, buy a t-shirt, contribute to a film's tip jar, or pay for a download.

New York Films Going to Sundance

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

New York's independent film community is not slimming down. 48 of the 189 total films screening at Sundance have strong ties -- directors, screenwriters, actors -- to New York.

Re-Connecting Audiences and Filmmakers, Part 1

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

There are networks of digital street teams in the music world so that fans can earn swag and back stage passes by how much social networking and promotion they do for the bands. Why not apply this model to film?

Woodstock Film Fest -- Easier With Practice

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

Can an old fashion in-the-flesh reality relationship match post-modern technological sex fantasies?

A Christmas (and Hanukah) List to Help Save Independent Film

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

it is more possible than ever for audiences to connect directly with independent filmmakers, so his list is to introduce 10 gifts that you can give for Christmas to help support independent film.

The Fall and Rise of Independent Film

Andrew Shapter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrew Shapter

Although not for the faint of heart, and decidedly less glamorous than red carpets and posh hotel suites, this "Road Warrior," one-town-at-a-time model has proven effective by tapping into the millions of movie lovers.

Wrapping-Up Woodstock: A Film Festival with Character

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

There is more to this frenzy of film festival expansion than free booze and filmmakers' desperation for recognition and distribution and filmgoers craving films not dumbed down.

Oh No, Not Another Film About Climate Change

Franny Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Franny Armstrong

If you have a burning idea you need to communicate -- uncensored -- with maximum possible emotional punch and a potential audience of tens of millions, a doc's the way to go.

The Age of Stupid Gives a Coin-Flip Chance of Avoiding Climate Catastrophe

Franny Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Franny Armstrong

We are the most intelligent creature ever to evolve and yet we are about to make the stupidest mistake in all of geological time

Finding Yourself and Your First Film, on Google

Jim Killeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Killeen

I met a sexual swinger in Denver, a father of eight in St. Louis, a retired NYPD detective, a traffic engineer in Scotland, and a health care executive in Melbourne Australia.

Play the Game: Marketing a Senior Sex Comedy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Play the Game is the little independent film that could. When the romantic comedy tested in Florida, a one-week engagement turned into a three-month run, earning almost $400,000.

Joe Swanberg on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Discussing ice cream and movies with filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last, Hannah Takes the Stairs) at The Hideout.

Chicago Director Kyle Alvarez Debuts First Film in Vegas

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

Kyle wrote and directed Easier With Practice, a film about a young writer on a desperate road trip to promote his unpublished novel. He also hustled the financing.

Indian Film Director to Open Orphanage

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Karri believes that as an Indian national he will be particularly adept at guiding OI India towards successfully raising 'global citizens' in India.

Review of Don McKay

Dylan Eckman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dylan Eckman

The weaknesses of Jake Goldberger's debut filmDon McKay are only apparent because of their proximity to its brilliance.

Why I Support First-Time Filmmakers and the Importance of Celebrating Their Work

Trudie Styler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Trudie Styler

I hope you'll take some chances on movie night and see some independent films - these are the hidden jewels of the film industry, and the showcases for the future greats of cinema.

What's Killing Independent Film?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The question I've asked myself recently after watching any number of worthy but small movies is, "This is a nice little movie -- but who will ever have the chance to see it?"

Hollywood, Bollywood and now Nollywood

Lola Olley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lola Olley

After the United States and India, West Africa has become the birthplace of the world's third largest film industry in terms of production.

Berlinale Days

Efe Cakarel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Efe Cakarel

I came to the Berlinale film festival to discover things, not be turned away by convention, commercialism, and artistic timidity.

Indie Intelligence: The Chicago Underground Film Festival

Chicago Reader | J.R. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This year the Chicago Underground Film Festival has entered into a partnership with the Independent Feature Project Chicago, so its screenings--which ...