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Indie Spirit Awards 2011: Chilly Day at the Beach

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Prior to the show (on that cold red carpet) and during, I caught up with some of the nominees and attendees and chatted about the awards and their respective projects.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach Makes Canon 5D Magic

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is pretty much the man. He's written for and served as producer on several well-known, critically-acclaimed shows including "Lo...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Brad Anderson on Vanishing on 7th Street

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Brad Anderson knows his way around old school horror. "Watch this with the lights on," is an old cliché, but in this case, it's all too applicable.

Valentine's Day Soundtrack: Top 10 Indie Love Songs

Ben Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Lear

We all know that "indie" is a ridiculous name for a music genre. And we all know that Valentine's Day is a ridiculous holiday. Somehow, though, when...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Michael Madsen on Into Eternity

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

2011-02-04-intoeternity.png How can we know that a dangerous stockpile of nuclear waste will remain secure over 100 millenia?

A Turning of the Seasons: The King Is Dead by The Decemberists

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kirkpatrick

I'm not sure if this is The Decemberists' best album. But there's not a bad song in the bunch here, and it's clear The King Is Dead captures this Aughties folk-rock band hitting a groove.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Gregg Araki on Kaboom

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Director Gregg Araki speaks about his newest film, Kaboom -- the story of an "ambisexual" college freshman who's getting premonitions of an impending apocalypse.

Why Sundance and Its Filmmakers Resemble Silicon Valley and Its Entrepreneurs

Marc Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

For those who don't know enough about independent film to consider investing, I would love to ask: Are tech entrepreneurs and indie filmmakers cut from the same cloth?

Bowery Ballroom Welcome's London's The Vaccines

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Salvatore Bono

No album, no EPs, no singles, all buzz and they managed to sell out Bowery Ballroom on their U.S. debut. Not only that, but The Vaccines have been together for less than a year.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal on Gabi on the Roof in July

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Hopefully someone will recognize that this film's energy and naturalistic performances deserve to be seen by a wider audience.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Richard J. Lewis on Barney's Version

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Barney's Version is a comedy of foibles, an examination of a man whose life swings wildly between moments of sheer foolishness and uncommon grace. And it's directed by Richard J. Lewis.

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: The Time that Remains and If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

How about a little international perspective? We've got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side.

Mike Leigh on Another Year

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Is it marketing genius on the part of Sony Classics that they usher in 2011 with a film called Another Year? Nah, more likely they just wanted to get Oscar tongues a-buzzing for Mike Leigh's latest glimpse into joys, pains, hopes, and desperations of ordinary life.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Yogi Bear; Original Tron; and Best Laid Plans

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In the place of a Cinefantastique Podcast in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010, we give you a Cinefantastique Post-Mortem in which we discuss doing a show in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010.

15 Quirky Shopping Spots in Los Angeles

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Are you broke, a big-box store refugee, a militant recycler, a connoisseur of mom and pops, or just someone looking to outfit a home with something th...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: The Chronic Rift, Kuroneko, and Le Bad Film

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having taken the world's most depressing world tour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew set their sights on other subjects.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Javier Fuentes-León on Undertow

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The triangles just keep getting more complicated, don't they? In the new Peruvian film, Undertow, fisherman Miguel (Cristian Mercado) is eagerly await...

Will New York Center For Independent Publishing Survive?

publishersweekly.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Struggling to survive despite its parent organization's financial problems, the loss of its director and now its interim director, the New York Center...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Remembering Dino DeLaurentiis

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast, Steve Biodrowski and I bid farewell to producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who died on November 10 at the age of 91. DeLaurentiis was a frequent contributor to the cinefantastique genres.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Snubbing George Takei & Monsters Mini-Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons...

Band on the Rise: Mt. Desolation Keane on Success

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Mt. Desolation is the side project of Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of Keane, which features members of Noah & The Whale, Killes, The Long Winters, and Mumford & Sons.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Patrick Hughes on Red Hill

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's not really necessary that you be fully schooled in the great Australian action films of seventies and eighties -- or even in American westerns --...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I Spit on Your Grave vs. The Last House on the Left

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Lawrence French, Steve Biodrowsk, and I turn our attention to the world-shattering debate over whether the original version of I Spit on Your Graveis more technically competent than Wes Craven's original version of The Last House on the Left.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Kerthy Fix on Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A songwriter who can dream up lyrics like, "When we kiss, it feels like a flying saucer landing," can score those lyrics in any one of a thousand, inf...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Best Movies about the Afterlife & Clint Eastwood: Filmmaker

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having laid Clint Eastwood's Hereafter to rest in this week's Cinefantastique Podcast, John W. Morehead, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodr...