Author: Jericho Parms

Jericho Parms is a freelance writer in New York City. Her work on art and film has appeared in various local and national publications.

Articles Written by Jericho Parms:

Capturing Controversy: A Look at Activist Filmmaking

It’s been nearly 10 years since the streets of Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference and the subsequent chaos of the police response to the massive public protest, which turned into the so-called “battle on free speech in the name of free trade.” The event marked a significant phase of the anti-globalization movement—and… Read more »

Finding Your Festival

With thousands of film festivals worldwide, and new ones added every year, it has become increasingly challenging for new and emerging filmmakers to tackle the options. For many independent filmmakers who, more often than not, find themselves scraping every last penny just to make it through post-production, the unfortunate reality is that gaining an actual… Read more »

2009 Oscar Preview: The Shortlist

After three-quarters of a century of recognizing excellence in cinema achievement, the Oscar Awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, needs little introduction. Held since 1929, the world famous red-carpet event draws everyone from die-hard celebrity fans to devoted fashion addicts. But anyone hoping for a preview of which major… Read more »

2008 Awards Roundup for Independent Film

Each winter as the calendar prepares to turn a new year, the independent film community takes stock. From the vast array of new and established film festivals and theatrical releases large and small, 2008 was a vibrant year in independent film. There is much to celebrate this New Year as the much-anticipated awards season has… Read more »

The 10 Best Academic Programs for Aspiring Screenwriters

This article has been updated! Read the Nov. 30, 2016 edition here. Whether or not to pursue an education in the film industry has long been a hot topic. Clearly, there are identifiable pros and cons of electing to formally study film, more particularly choosing to concentrate on a single element, such as screenwriting. The… Read more »

Funding the Festival Fantasy

Earlier this year, on a self-described “quixotic whim,” Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton rented an old Victorian ballroom named the Ballerina and set out to bring a film festival—complete with a quirky sense of imagination, beanbag chairs, and an unconventional lineup—to the seaside town of Nairn in the North East of Scotland. The Ballerina Ballroom website boasts… Read more »

From Box Office to Ballot Box

With days left until the 2008 presidential election, images are flooding airwaves and video streams, vying for position as the lasting impression conjured just moments before pulling the lever. Perhaps David Bossie’s meticulously edited footage capturing Barack Obama as a radical while rap lyrics issue a chilling call to “paint the White House black.” Or,… Read more »

Of Finance and Fantasy: The Aviatrix Takes on Funding in Texas

“Making a movie is like moving a mountain,” says Toddy Burton, the Austin-based filmmaker behind The Aviatrix, a film about a girl struggling with cancer who finds an escape from her troubles by becoming The Aviatrix, a superhero who rockets through outerspace. Currently touring the festival circuit, the film is a fictional short, although it… Read more »

Boom or Bust: The Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshey

Much has changed since 1968 when Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel created The Cinema Guild and television was the niche market for all things educational. As award-winning producers of documentary and feature films, including the highly acclaimed Tender Mercies, which was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, the Hobels originally created the company to… Read more »