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New Doc about Charter Schools Exposes Insidious Effects on Education Equity

Backpack Full of Cash is a new documentary by Director and Activist Sarah Mondale. The film, which is co-produced by Vera Aronow, offers an unforgiving portrayal of the charter school movement in America. Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness was at the Boston screening and talks with Mondale and Aronow about making the film and about working with Nancy Carlson-Paige and her son, Matt Damon.

Telluride: A Film Student’s Reflection

Varun Chounal, one of this year’s Fellows at the 2017 Telluride Student Symposium, describes his experience in an essay for The Independent. Chounal’s account celebrates the famed film festival and its earnest engagements with young artists. Applications for the 2018 Student Symposium will be due in the new year. Follow news at at

The Song of Sway Lake: A Review

Aditya Sarangi reviews Ari Gold’s lush narrative drama The Song of Swan Lake about young jazz collector, Ollie Sway, who plots to steal a valuable 78 record from his grandmother’s glamorous lake house. The film, which stars Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, premiered at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico City and was in competition for the prestigious Best Global Feature.




New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct. 15

The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, picks early favorites from four shorts programs at this year’s New York Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 15). Read about Brokaw’s picks and where and when these great films will be showing.

Creating Metal Music Documentary on a Shoe String Budget

Metal Missionaries is the new documentary by Director/Producer Bruce Moore that takes an in depth look at the place of Christianity in the metal music scene. It is a surprising work that gets close and personal with many of today’s leading metal musicians. When Screenwriter Colin Jones teamed up with Moore to create the film, the two had hardly any budget to work with. In this piece, Jones offer tips to burgeoning filmmakers facing similar odds.