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Back to the Feature: How (Some) Shorts Grow Long

Originally published in the January/February 2005 issue of The Independent, this article is also available in our archives. A long time ago, in a film school far, far away (from NYU), a young man with big dreams and a small bank account made a short film with a long title. His name was George. And… Read more »


The Art of the Deal-ing President

A founder of “The Independent” explores what a Trump presidency could mean for the arts.


Eight Worthwhile Labs and Funds for the Documentary Filmmaker

Over the years many labs and funds have been established to help documentary filmmakers hone the necessary skills and provide access to the resources (money) to navigate the obstacles associated with bringing a film from idea to distribution.

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

What Now? A Manifesto for the Independent Arts in a Trump Presidency

What many of us believed to be impossible has happened—Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. What will this mean for independent filmmakers, arts funding, and free speech? And what can we do about it?


Unearthing Filmmaker Marc Karlin, an Oft-Overlooked Pioneer of Documentary Film

A new look at prolific yet largely unknown British filmmaker Marc Karlin’s contribution to experimental film, including some of his most powerful works from the 1970s and ’80s and why they remain just as relevant today.