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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 »

Is that coffee between them? Of course! (Courtesy Miramax)

Tarantino and Coffee: Why It’s More Than Just a Drink

Of the many noteworthy commonalities from one Quentin Tarantino film to another — hello, blood — Caitlyn McHugh sounds a wake up call to one that is under the radar. Call it java, joe, or McCafe, she explains why coffee is one of Tarantino’s characters’ favorite beverages.


Tribeca 2016: Critic’s Choice

77 World Premieres, 42 Directorial Debuts, 23 VR exhibits and interactive installations from the leading filmmakers, and 11 Award-Winning Films to watch on the last day of the Festival. That’s what Tribeca Film Festival has in store for us this year, and The Independent is there to soak it all up.

From L-R: Gina Piersanti, Rod Blackhurst, and Lucy Walters.  (Photo by Trevor Eiler)

“Here Alone” — Rod Blackhurt’s Thriller Makes You Think

How does Rod Blackhurst bring a fresh perspective to the zombie film? In anticipation of Blackhurst’s Tribeca debut of “Here Alone,” filmmaker Larry Brand asks Blackhurst about his creative process, his relationship to audiences, and his plans for the future.

A girl awaits her train on a Tokyo subway platform in Patrick Shen's documentary, "In Pursuit of Silence" (courtesy SXSW).

SXSW 2016: Film Highlights

Veteran SXSW-goer Steven Abrams takes in what has become a monolithic, all-things cultural experience. Here he offers the film highlights from 2016, including documentaries about silence, disabilities, and going from YouTuber to star.