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Remembering the Go-Go Boys

Robert Marich | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Marich

Menahem Golan -- half of the Go-Go Boys team that stormed Hollywood in the 1980s and departed in disgrace -- just died in Israel at age 85 of natural causes.

The Rocket -- A Modern Fable

David Edmund Moody | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
David Edmund Moody

It may not be easy to imagine a modern fable, almost a fairy tale, set in post-war Laos, where unexploded bombs and grenades, courtesy of the American...

From Fliers to Facebook: How Indie Lesbo Filmmaking Has Changed in 20 Years

Guinevere Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Guinevere Turner

Going to a club and handing a cute lesbian a flyer that says, "Come to our fundraising event!" feels so basic compared with treating your movie like a person, giving it a Twitter handle, and then wondering, "What would my movie tweet today? What does it have to say?"

The Global Search For Education: Where is the next Kathryn Bigelow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"The question is how to make your film become an essential part of new storytelling ecosystems that bring meaningful conversation, foster social enga...

Waiting For The Next 'Wow' in Independent Film

Mellini Kantayya | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Mellini Kantayya

I miss fresh voices. Different voices. Independent film was the voice of the counterculture, the proletariat, the marginalized. If I can't find them at my arthouse cinema, where can I find them?

Sasha Bronner

I Should Have Written 'Girls' 10 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 08.30.2013 | Los Angeles

Patient: "I never fit in with those moms. I mean, they don't work." Therapist: "You don't work." Writer-director Jill Soloway is no stranger to poi...

Nayla Al Khaja and UAE's Burgeoning Movie Industry

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment
Rahilla Zafar

The tale of how Nayla Al Khaja became the United Arab Emirate's first female independent film maker is like the script of a drama itself, filled with hidden ambition, sacrifices and heartbreak.

The Other Lincoln Movie: Indie Feature Saving Lincoln Premieres on Lincoln's Birthday

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

As we approach the Oscars, another film based on our 16th president, Saving Lincoln, has been nurtured into life by a team of filmmakers who approached it with a unique vision and a desire to create a kind of film no one had ever seen before.

A Remarkably Apolitical Political Film

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 10.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Abigail E. Disney

I object to the idea that the personal and the political have nothing to do with each other. I suspect it is precisely this divided consciousness that makes for a political culture as brutal, unkind and ineffective as the one we endure today.

New Hope Film Festival Gives Emerging Filmmakers New Hope

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Laurie Nadel

Dozens of filmmakers from 13 different countries are preparing to bring their films, their dreams and their hopes for success to the third annual New Hope Film Festival.

Why Internet Commenters Hate My Movie

Bobcat Goldthwait | Posted 07.08.2012 | Comedy
Bobcat Goldthwait

Sometimes I can't help myself, and I do the worst thing imaginable in modern society. I read comments online. I'm not proud, but I've found some recurring themes about me and my new movie, God Bless America, that I'd like to address.

Five Films To Support On Kickstarter

Farihah Zaman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

Now that Kickstarter has become a permanent fixture of the independent film community, it can be difficult to sift through all of the projects on offer. To help you narrow it down, here are my picks for five films worth donating to this month.

Flashing Back With Sara Driver on the Bowery

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.23.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

My favorite Sara Driver story involves her 1981 film of Paul Bowles's short story, You Are Not I. This weekend You Are Not I screens in a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives.

Joshua Leonard Cannot Tell a Lie

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

Joshua Leonard -- better known as 'that kid' from The Blair Witch Project -- is still kicking, and his feature film directorial debut The Lie, opens in theaters this Friday.

Larry Mullen Jr: The Man on the Train

Kristin McCracken | Posted 01.16.2012 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Mullen, who did triple-duty on the film -- actor, producer, and soundtrack supervisor -- recently talked to us about his "baptism by fire," his acting method, and what it was like to work with an icon.

An Ecology of Mind: A Film by Nora Bateson

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

On the one hand, we want to preserve our natural environment; on the other, everything we do to grow our economy and preserve our standard of living disrupts the natural environment and our relationships with it.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival: An Interview with Andrea Holley

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The creators of the festival were seeking to raise awareness in a way that Human Rights Watch's research and reports could not -- in a way that spoke to people on an emotional and personal level.

Festivus Film Festival: The Insider's Guide to Starting a Film Festival From the Ground Up

Richard Karpala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Richard Karpala

If you've ever wondered what it takes to run a film festival, ask the masterminds behind this year's Festivus Film Festival, running Jan 13-16.

Winter's Bone and City Island: More than Fine Performances

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Trish Kinney

It is not enough to be entertained with acclaimed performances for their own sake, we deserve meaningful, well constructed films that give us a little insight that we didn't have when we walked into the theatre..

What is the Greatest (Independent) Film of All Time?

Dawn Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dawn Hudson

The qualities people admire about independent films (as diverse as they are) do ultimately define a unique genre that has far-reaching influence well beyond your local theater.

Allegra Huston Aims Her Creative Storm at NASA's Mission Control

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Georgianne Nienaber

It is appropriate that journalist and memoirist Allegra Huston conducts regular writing workshops called "The Imaginative Storm." If the name Huston...

WATCH : Damn Good Short Films You Should See

Andrew Shapter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrew Shapter

Thanks to the digital format's rise as an acceptable industry format, it's possible that the next Quentin Tarantino may be posting a new film right now. A few cool online short films you should see.

Public Enemies and the Invention of Video

Paul Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Snyder

For all of director Michael Mann's aesthetic sophistication, the film's spontaneity runs roughshod over a lot of true history.

9/11 Film Review of Amreeka: Drama of the Arab-Christian Experience in America Also Strikes Notes of Heart and Humor

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Amreeka is an artful, moving testimony to the perils of making assumptions about individuals or groups. It is a is a film of impeccable taste that unites instead of divides.

Indie Films Suffer Drop-Off In Rights Sales

Wall Street Journal | LAUREN a.E. SCHUKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the latest challenge to the American movie business, a crucial source of funding for independent films -- sales of foreign-distribution rights -- i...