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Definitive Guide to DIY Film Festival Distribution: 10 Steps

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

Putting a film out there through the festival circuit is labyrinthine, and way more work than it really has any right to be. I've done it twice, and I realized that I have a ton of information to convey that will be helpful to people going through this process for the first time.

The Six O'Clock: A New Short Film by Judy Starkman

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Ruth Starkman

THE SIX O'CLOCK, a tightly crafted, elegantly photographed short film from director Judy Starkman tells the story of a man who is driven to perfect...

How a 3-Minute Film Is Making a Long-Term Difference on Climate Change

Lyn Davis Lear | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Lyn Davis Lear

This is a 3-minute film to be shown at the UN in front of world leaders who have probably already made up their minds. If it gains a life on the net afterward -- and that is the hope -- maybe it will empower people to put pressure on their world leaders.

Thales Corrêa: Filmmaker Tackles Suicide in Short Film

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Some filmmakers make films to purely entertain the masses. During the summer blockbuster season, this is very apparent. However as this season comes to a close, audiences will begin to see the crop of "Oscar-worthy" films.

LA Shorts Fest: Two Adaptations

Deborah Stambler | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Deborah Stambler

When I asked first-time director Tim Guinee about the challenges of adapting Horton Foote's play The One Armed Man for a short film, he laughed as he recalled a piece of advice from fellow filmmaker Peter Hedges.

Adventures in Brudderland: Conor Byrne's Foureyes and the New Nostalgia

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Hanging out with Conor Byrne is like visiting Movie Nerd Disneyland, and you'd better have your adventure cap on.

Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Mitchell Rose | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Mitchell Rose

I've made 25 films in which I've done funny, I've done dramatic and conceptual and beautiful. In this film, I wanted to go for something I hadn't tried -- joyous. And I hoped to do that in a celebration of humanity.

Jaw-Dropping Film Will Change The Way You Feel About Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact

"Sometimes someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again, and then it all comes back: every word, every ...

The Story Behind "First Kiss"

Tatia Pilieva | Posted 05.17.2014 | Good News
Tatia Pilieva

Instinctually I knew that if we did this project, we'd need to approach it as a documentary to capture the intimacy and we'd have to control it visually to catch the unpredictable nature of what was going to happen in front of the camera.

One Armed Man Is a Triumph in Its Medium, If Overlooked

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
David Tereshchuk

One Armed Man's denouement, almost inevitable in its explosion of violence, nevertheless left the Austin audience stunned and -- more than a touch -- ethically wrongfooted.

This Boy Never Saw His Dad As An Inspiration ... Until He Found Out His Big Secret

Posted 03.11.2014 | Good News

It shouldn't take a seven-minute video to make us appreciate what our parents do for us, but we've found one anyway. The clip above is from Viddsee...

Sundance And Gates Foundation Social Change Film Series Challenges You To Create Your Own

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact

Instead of the depressing numbers and helpless faces that dominate discussions of hunger and destitution, these two short films explore creative solut...

Create A Video That Matters And Get It Screened At Sundance. Here's How

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact

Documentary films have long been responsible for illuminating under-told stories and raising awareness about important issues. In announcing their Sho...

Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

Anna Lappé | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Anna Lappé

When I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, sharing food and fighting to fix our broken food system that people weren't hearing.

The Life Out Loud: A Conversation with a Young Filmmaker

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
MeiMei Fox

Certified is a beautifully shot, cleverly told short film about a postal worker whose day goes wonky. I had an opportunity to speak with the filmmaker, Luke Asa Guidici, about his creative journey.

Childish Gambino Debuts Latest Short Film, 'Chicken And Futility'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Childish Gambino, A.K.A. Donald Glover, is back with a brand new short film, "Chicken and Futility." The three-minute long film shows Glover and two f...

The Empowerment Project: Women Celebrating Women

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

When Emmy-award winning filmmakers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook discovered a dearth of positive and uplifting content for women in television and film they decided to take matters into their own hands. They started a production company called Heartfelt Productions in 2009 with the stated objective of making content that inspired and uplifted women.

Steampunk And Deep Ocean Creatures?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.24.2013 | Arts

Watch LA-based artist PES steampunkify and recreate deep ocean creatures using metal objects like bullet belts, faucet knobs and calipers. PES is ...

Bringing Mental Illness out of the Closet

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

There is a very important short film making the rounds in film festivals now called Illness that takes a hard look at mental illness and how it can affect a family.

If You Don't Relate, Then You're Lucky

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.17.2013 | Women

Everyone loves the beginning of a relationship. You know, that honeymoon period filled with rainbows and stars, hearts and bliss? Unfortunately, s...

WATCH: 'Fight Club' In 60 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy

There is enough content in "Fight Club" to fill a book, as well as a feature length film. However, busy people in a busy world doing busy things do...

Director Torre Catalano's Short Seasick Sailor Is Dark and Edgy

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Making a short film is no easy task. Time, energy and focus are just a few things that help make a story into a successful movie. Put Director / Writer Torre Catalano at the helm, and you've got one helluva' tale!

You Will Forever Be Hypnotized By This 'Box'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts

Design and engineering studio Bot and Dolly's latest work is called Box, a project that celebrates artistic and technological advances. In the hyp...

Lila French, Los Angeles Based Filmmaker Premiers Her Film Birdbath

Leslie Hendry | Posted 09.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Leslie Hendry

Lila's upcoming theatrical premiere, Birdbath, is a film adaptation of the beloved Off Off Broadway playwright Leonard Melfi's most famous play.

Best of 2013 Palm Springs Short Film Festival

Brad Schreiber | Posted 08.24.2013 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

While this writer was not able to see all 330 films from 49 countries over three days at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival -- the largest of its kind in the U.S. -- all or part of 98 shorts were seen.