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Review: Godfrey Reggio and Phillip Glass Slow Down Time for "Visitors"

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

A few years ago I said to a late friend, "Why do people pay ridiculous amounts of money to go pick apples?" He replied, "Because it's real." "VISIT...

Love Is Love: Why I Decided to Work on an Indie Film

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lawrence D. Elliott

It seemed to call out to me like no other listing I'd read. It's strange, because I'd never worked on a film before. But I'm a writer. A storyteller. Isn't film just visual storytelling?

Making Your First Feature Film: Campo De Batalla

Amancay Tapia | Posted 03.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Amancay Tapia

Making your first feature film not only takes a lot of work, but endless energy and determination. The results may not be what you expected, but what ...

Kevin Hamedani's Films Have Heart and an Edge and His Parents

Tamar Abrams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

Kevin Hamedani (on right in photo) is a filmmaker who is both brave and a bit crazy. While touring the country's film festivals with his first indie f...

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?"

Why 'The Postwoman' Is A New Kind Of Queer Film

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices

Noticing the lack of films about queer African-American women, Sundance Film Festival pitching contest winner J.D. Walker has decided to take it upon ...

Every Indie Film Ever

Posted 04.23.2013 | Comedy

We all love our indie movies, but we have to admit, there are some pretty consistent motifs going on in the trailers. Take this one for example: Two g...

The New Role of the Film Producer: Curator

Carlton Evans | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carlton Evans

good producer LOVES film, and in the end the mark of a good producer is that ability to recognize the great project and then passionately share it with others.

From THE SLANT: Sean Baker and the Making of His Indie Hit Starlet

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 03.24.2013 | Entertainment
Stephanie Fairyington

Writer-director Sean Baker may not (yet) be a household name, but his fan base is growing exponentially with his latest effort, Starlet, a cinematic gem.

Short Film Shot on a Shoestring Features Untrained Nicaraguan Actors

Joshua Berman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Latino Voices
Joshua Berman

The short narrative film Volar en línea recta ("Fly in a straight line") by The Ninth Octave Films, introduces the talents of nine young northern Nicaraguans who had never acted 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.

Indie Filmmakers and the Digital Dilemma

Peter Csathy | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Peter Csathy

Here are the cold hard facts. Digital data cannot survive "unattended." Significant active preservation processes must be implemented -- much more so than with digital data's celluloid brethren.

Kylie Minogue, Elvis Presley's Granddaughter Kiss In Lesbian-Werewolf Film

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment

Teenage lesbians, werewolf fantasies and Australian siren Kylie Minogue collide in a new indie film from writer-director Bradley Rust Gray, of "The Ex...

Beasts of the Southern Wild -- A Must-See New Film!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On a summery Sunday afternoon in Beverly Hills, I was suddenly thrust into the watery bayou swamps of southern Louisiana, and engrossed in a story, and a world, which has not left my thoughts since for even a moment.

Off- Hollywood: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

In Hollywood terms, the "summer" movie season used to begin on Memorial Day weekend; this year, it begins today, May 4, with the release of Marvel's The Avengers. This is also a cue for counter-programming.

Crowd-funding: The Future of Indie Film?

Ben Arnon | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Ben Arnon

Aspiring filmmakers have always struggled to find a way to get their projects made, from racking-up credit card bills to persuading investors that their film is the next Paranormal Activity.

The Disposable Filmmaker

Carlton Evans | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Carlton Evans

Both Hollywood and independents are feeling commercial pressures more than ever in an increasingly crowded marketplace. What lessons can the industry learn from the disposable filmmaker?

Church Aims To Buy, Close Historic Indie Movie House

Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago

The historic Portage Theater, a revered independent movie house that is an iconic landmark of the Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood, will see big ch...

Sundance Film Receives Huge Ovation, Biggest Sale Of The Festival

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 01.27.2012 | Home

John Hawkes is no stranger to Sundance. Though he's still not quite a household name, he's managed to achieve a certain indie ubiquity in Park City ov...

Lucas Kavner

How A Sundance Film Finds Life Beyond The Festival

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home

With so much going on, so much to see and hear and ogle, so many Paris Hilton sightings and free vodka sodas, it can be easy to forget the real purpos...

What's So Strange About the Johnsons?

Malcolm Harris | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Malcolm Harris

Over the past few weeks a short film entitled The Strange Thing About the Johnsons has been creating quite a stir on the internet. This stir has African Americans, in particular, choosing sides between a white filmmaker's freedom of expression and a community's rejection of ownership.

Joseph Erbentraut

Filmmaker Documents Life On Tour With A Punk Band

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

When Chicago filmmaker Jeremy Tubbs hit the road with his friends, punk band The Downtown Struts, he likely didn't expect their first U.S. tour would ...

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Local Film 'Genrefinity' Aims For Kevin Smith-Style Laughs

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

In 2009, Chicago filmmaker Marc Buhmann, frustrated with the lack of a one-stop-shop news outlet for fans of genre (horror, sci-fi, fantasy), got toge...

Lucas Kavner

'Littlerock' Star Plays Himself On Screen

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home

What would it be like to play a version of yourself on screen? Plenty of reality stars blast into our living rooms as "themselves" each night, but the...

Vintage Crusader Spotlight: An Interview with Alexandra Roxo, Director of Mary Marie

Mary Kincaid | Posted 09.19.2011 | Style
Mary Kincaid

Alexandra Roxo talked to Zuburbia about why she felt it was important to use vintage clothing in her new film Mary Marie, how vintage fits into her own life and how important costume choices are for both actors and directors.