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When Movies Meet Politics

Mel England | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mel England

Ron and Laura Take Back America was born. A sort of modern day All in the Family, Ron and Laura are surrounded by all the things they are trying to take America back from -- African-Americans, undocumented immigrants, Muslim-Americans, gays....

Beneath the Olive Tree

Olympia Dukakis | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Olympia Dukakis

Three decades ago I was given a book of notebooks kept by women imprisoned during and after the civil war in Greece. I immediately tried to find ways to share these stories.

Lucas Kavner

Sundance Director Fights His Violent Past | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Arts

On Tuesday Elgin James sat in a plush room in his publicist's office, filled with Nintendo Wii systems, controllers and a Kirby pillow. It seemed like...

From Girls to No-Budget Filmmaking: Alex Karpovsky's Red Flag Is Sparse, Brilliant

Abe Schwartz | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Red Flag was produced on a shoestring budget though feels like anything but. I became so curious about what went into the production, I had to flag down Mr. Karpovsky to get the details.

Tom Hanks' New Project: JFK Indie Drama

Vanity Fair | Posted 10.20.2012 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

Now Tom Hanks is set to contribute his own John F. Kennedy project to the already sizable film canon dedicated to the 35th U.S. president.

'Sterilization' Porn Theater's Last Hope?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.17.2012 | Small Business

The Metro Theatre's conversion from porn palace to indie art house is going to take some doing. "We're coming up with a really detailed sterilization...

WATCH: 'Filly Brown' Opens The 2012 NY International Latino Film Fest

Posted 08.14.2012 | Latino Voices

The New York International Latino Film Fest (NYILFF) kicks off it's 13th year tonight with the premiere of Filly Brown, the story of a young L.A. hip-...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies to See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

There was a time when independent films had such a reserve of good will that followers flocked to them simply because they weren't part of the mainstream. Now the truth can be told: a film isn't worth seeing just because it was made by well-meaning people outside the studio system.

Disappear Here

James Duke Mason | Posted 10.02.2012 | Gay Voices
James Duke Mason

The issue of coming out in Hollywood is one I've been fascinated about for years. It's amazing how little has changed in terms of the establishment and the way it treats it's gay and lesbian entertainers.

Fighting For His Vision: First Time Filmmaker Races Against Blindness

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact

By: Noah J. Nelson First time filmmaker Jack Marchetti doesn't know how long it will be until he loses his sight. "The main problem I have is just n...

Truly Captive Audiences

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 07.30.2012 | Miami

The movie sweeping Miami's independent theaters this week is "Trishna," a modern take on Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" but set a continen...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies to See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 07.06.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

It wasn't so long ago that if a film failed in its theatrical run one's only hope was to find it, usually by chance, on cable TV somewhere down the road. Now there are multiple options, and many filmmakers and distributors are choosing digital distribution

Crowdfunding 201: Matthew Lillard Talks Campaign Secrets of 'Fat Kid'

Turnstyle | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts

By: Lucas McNelly Last year, on my very, very long road trip, I stopped in Seattle to work on a movie called Fat Kid Rules the World, directed by Mat...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 08.01.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Even during summer months it's possible for discerning moviegoers to find adult fare if they're just willing to seek it out. Here are my picks for June.

Michel Gondry's Unexpected New Film

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home

Michel Gondry used to have a style that was easy to pigeonhole. His "Science of Sleep," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and past music video c...

Lucas Kavner

Bobcat Goldthwait: From Chair Arsonist To Indie Auteur | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home

Bobcat Goldthwait is many things to many people. He was that guy from the "Police Academy" movies and the celebrated stand-up comic who lit Jay Leno's...

American Psycho, Taxi Driver Writers Team Up for Film Kickstarter

Turnstyle | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment

In terms of proven storytelling talent The Canyons might just be the biggest project to plant a banner at Kickstarter yet.

Lloyd Kaufman: Independent Cinema's True Champion

Michael Varrati | Posted 07.04.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Varrati

This weekend in the Springsteen-lauded town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, a convergence of freaks, geeks, and celebrities will occur to celebrate all things cinema.

Crowdfunding 201: Learning From Your Mistakes

Turnstyle | Posted 07.04.2012 | Arts

By: Lucas McNelly I have a saying I trot out every so often that goes something like this: "If everything is great, then nothing is great". It's a va...

Ivana Mladenovic's Turn Off the Lights at Tribeca: An Interview

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

Ivana Mladenovic's Turn Off the Lights is a tribute to the resilience of the Roma people. I caught up with Mladenovic during the and asked her about growing up in Serbia during the war and her inspirations as a filmmaker.

OFF HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Films To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

The cinematic pickings remain relatively slim this spring, but there are always isolated bright spots here and there. Any month when I can spotlight w...

WATCH: Trailer For 1950s-Era Colorado Thriller

Posted 03.28.2012 | Denver

Credit Mad Men for rekindling nostalgia for the 1950s and 60s if you must, but The Aviation Cocktail, a dramatic thriller that's cast, crewed, and fil...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

The Oscars may be history, but I'm happy to report that this year's Documentary award winner and three of its Foreign Language Film nominees are now ...

Lucas McNelly Survives His 'Year Without Rent'

Turnstyle | Posted 04.23.2012 | Arts

We first checked in with filmmaker Lucas McNelly last July, just four months into his project A Year Without Rent. For a year, McNelly has been acting...

[Interview] The Documentarians Who Prove That 'We're Not Broke'

Turnstyle | Posted 04.09.2012 | Entertainment

By Noah Nelson Exactly how and why the United States has found itself in financial crisis and up to its eyeballs in debt is, from one point-of-view, ...