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10 Filmmakers to Watch 2017: Call for Nominations

Now in its ninth year, The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch highlights filmmakers and mediamakers—directors, producers, digital media makers, animators, and others—whose upcoming work we think puts them at the forefront of the independent media scene. Submit your nominations by March 15, 2016. (It’s free to submit).


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Sundance Coverage: The Fire This Time

With its kitchen-sink realism and cinematographer Ante Cheng’s moody, black-and-white camerawork, the filmmaker’s quasi-autobiographical Gook stems from his childhood memories about his father defending the family business during 1992’s Los Angeles riots following the notorious, not-guilty verdicts of the four LAPD officers involved in the 1991 beating of the late Rodney King.


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All for One, One for All: Laps

Three filmmaking musketeers, writer-director Charlotte “Charlie” Wells, producer Joy Jorgensen, and editor Blair McClendon, enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, put their heads together to create the short film Laps. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


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Rendez-vous With French Cinema 2017 – March 1-12

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw’s top favorites from Lincoln Center.


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When Institutions Foster More Than Education

Nelson outlines the long and complex history of HBCUs – and in fact the history of the US – in his 83-minute film, showing us how the political is personal.