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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.


How to Pitch Your Film

After attending a recent DocDay, ITV Fest, and Salem Film Fest, filmmaker Michele Meek shares her insights into some best practices to pitch your film to funders, distributors, and new fans.


From the Archives: Suburbia’s mean streets enter “Girls Town” (1996)

Twenty years ago Independent contributor Dana Harris sat opposite filmmakers Jim McKay and Lauren Zalaznick in a Soho coffee shop to talk Girls Town, the duo’s comedy-drama that embraced improv to explore the lives of teenage girls. Two decades have passed — with McKay going on to direct episodes of The Wire, Big Love, and Law & Order and Zalaznick going on to be an accomplished television executive — but this interview preserves a moment in which the two explore a new dimension for women in film.