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Public Launch of The Independent’s Digitized Archive Open to All – October 30, 2014

Join The Independent and our archiving partner, UMass Amherst Libraries, for a celebration of the launch of our new website and digitized archive. Hosted by UMass Boston Film Series, the FREE evening includes a reception, screening of Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, and panel discussion. Open to all. Starts at 6pm.


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Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Hal Hartley

In the second edition of our new series, Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaker behind the films Henry Fool and Fay Grim. Dana initially spoke with Hal Hartley, about his latest work, Ned Rifle at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dana Knight (DK): You’re known for very serious… Read more »


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Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Eugene Green

In this first edition of our new series, Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight interviews the industries emerging and established filmmakers about their work, recent projects and their place in a global setting.  Dana initially spoke with Eugene Green, about his latest work, at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dana Knight… Read more »


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DOC NYC 2014, November 13th – 20th – Critic’s Choice

“Too much ain’t enough” might be the cry-of-the-night heard throughout the recent 52nd New York Film Festival and this past spring’s Tribeca film fest now in its 12th year.  Not to be outdone in a town where nothing succeeds like excess, DOC NYC  has burst out of its five-screen IFC Center and twin-screen SVA theater… Read more »


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Using Tugg: A filmmaker’s experience

The last year or so has seen the rise of, the niftily named, ‘Theatrical-on-Demand’ models led by companies such as Tugg and Gathr. It was the evolution of these platforms which inspired me to bring my self-funded UK indie film Young Hearts Run Free  to the US this September 2014. The film had a successful self-distribution tour… Read more »


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Artifacts from Cinematic Heaven and Hell: The Kubrick Cult Moves to TIFF

This article was originally published on June 5th 2013, Stanley Kubrick: the exhibition can now be seen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival between October 31st 2014 to January 25th 2015. Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular… Read more »


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FNC 2014: Hybrid Filmmakers find Common Ground

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) is a festival that doesn’t like to be put into neat and tidy boxes. This year’s boundary-blurring program includes everything from satirical mockumentaries to poetic documentaries that include reenacted scenes. Staff writer Patrick Pearce sat down with the directors of two narrative first features with non-fiction characteristics to chat… Read more »


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Private Violence: An Insider’s Perspective

“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill… Read more »

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The 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival: Shutdown Report From China

Gen Carmel provides first-hand accounts from a filmmaker and programmer who tried to attend the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, including a confrontational video between festivalgoers and plain clothes police, as well as the entire festival program.