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From the Archives: An American Odyssey, Raúl Ruiz Launches “The Golden Boat”

Today, producer James Schamus’ Indignation plays in theaters, but back in 1990 he was working to bring the “best known unknown filmmaker” Raúl Ruiz to American cinema, on a smaller than small budget and an extraordinarily short window of opportunity. The result is The Golden Boat, a domestic film with a decidedly foreign feel.


Examining the ‘Ripple Effects’ of War through “My Father’s Vietnam”

Filmmaker Søren Sørensen recounts what prompted him to explore the Vietnam War’s impacts on his father, other veterans, and us all.

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Production Apps for Independent Filmmakers

Today, a host of platforms and mobile applications aim to broaden technology’s impact, offering support in the planning stages, as well as on set, in the hopes of saving the independent filmmaker time, simplifying efforts, and maximizing the results of those efforts.

Here, The Independent provides an overview of some of the leading planning software and apps for independent filmmakers.


A Guide to Scouting and Managing Locations

Once the production has a location list scouting begins. A look at location scouting best practices that covers everything from alignment with the director’s vision to fees to “stealing” locations.


From the Archives: First Person Singular, Autobiography in Film

Three decades have passed since David Schwartz’s exploration of the connection between subjective perspectives and objective truths in documentary filmmaking, yet this essay remains as relevant and informative as ever. Reproduced here, the article was originally published in May 1986 and is also available in The Independent‘s print archives. The filmmakers of tomorrow will express themselves in the… Read more »