Author: Maddy Kadish

Maddy Kadish joins The Independent with an eye towards digital strategy for film and filmmakers. She is a freelance writer, multimedia producer, and instructional designer. She is also a writer for, where she has profiled festivals and filmmakers, and is a consultant for the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Maddy spent 10 years as a film, video, and multimedia producer, specializing in educational media. She won a Telly Award in 2004 for her work on “Inside the Orchestra,” a video about music appreciation. In 2009, she received an Interactive Award for Kids, Tweens, and Teens from MITX (Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange) for her work on “LifeSkills,” an animated CD-ROM series for kids. In addition to writing for The Independent, she currently works as an instructional Designer at Pearson Education developing digital products for middle and high school students in the areas of Spanish and Social Studies. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She can be reached at

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Sundance's New Frontier showcases the convergence of film and new technologies, including virtual reality (VR) experiences, such as the one shown here in Project Syria. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – New Frontier Kicks Reality Up a Notch

Park City, UTAH — Given the slow march of the film industry away from the in-person movie theatre experience, New Frontier rapidly becomes more important every year. New Frontier offers a reason to pause the movie you’re watching on Netflix, get out of your house, and come to the theatre — or, in this case, Sundance’s… Read more »

In Tupilaq, an animated film from Denmark, we see themes of cultural alienation. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Shorts That Pack a Punch

Park City, UTAH — “With short films, you have to show your entire world in a split second,” said producer Rasmus Kastberg after the screening of his animated short Tupilaq. After seeing several shorts, below are the films that resonated with me. This year’s program consisted of 60 films, selected from 8,061 submissions, screened in six separate… Read more »

Writer/director Sebastien Silva also stars in Nasty Baby. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Nasty Baby is Fun But Perplexing

Park City, UTAH – Nasty Baby. If the title sounds like a strange dichotomy, it should. It’s also representative of the film as a whole. Nasty Baby stars Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig, and Tunde Abebimpe. It was featured in the NEXT program, a festival category established in 2010 to showcase innovative forward-thinking storytelling. Silva is the writer/director and Nasty Baby is his… Read more »

With the worries of the premieres safe in the past the crowd at the awards party let loose. Photo by Neil Kendricks.

Sundance 2015 – And the Winners Are

Park City, UTAH — The Sundance Film Festival announced its 2015 feature film awards winners on Saturday, February 1st, in a gala affair hosted by comedian Tig Notaro. The atmosphere was festive. Film teams attended and cheered for their films if they were called. Filmmakers seemed relaxed, in contrast to their more nervous composure at the festival screenings. (Earlier in the week, Notaro was featured… Read more »


Step Inside the Film House: Filmmaker360’s New Home

At the corner of Chinatown and North Beach sits a deceptively small white door, leading to the huge space – and vision – of FilmHouse, the San Francisco Film Society’s new home for Filmmaker360. The building opened this September and, other than FilmHouse, it is still under construction. The FilmHouse space is modern and full… Read more »

Sean Flynn hosts a past Points North Forum at CIFF.

CIFF’s Points North Adds a Fellowship for Docmakers

Now entering their 10th year—and with a lot to show for that decade—the growing Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) launches the Points North Fellowship. New this year, the fellowship provides a fully-funded package for filmmakers to participate in the two-day Points North Documentary Film Forum. The forum includes Points North Pitch, and is part of… Read more »

Jay Bushman

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Jay Bushman

Known for the web series phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and its spin-off, Welcome to Sanditon, Jay Bushman lands on our 10 to Watch list this year. What you may not know is that, in 2014, Bushman has some new tricks up his sleeve, including a project called #hamlet, a multiplatform web series that radically… Read more »

Photo by Lee J. Haywood.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014

Our 10 to Watch filmmakers are always a unique group. This year, especially, their individual films stand out for high quality and each person exemplifies strength in a particular field within independent storytelling. They are redefining the form, offering new twists on familiar forms, and are always using their work to reaffirm our love of… Read more »

Kenyatta Cheese delivering keynote, picture Tweeted by @triciawang.

Tribeca 2014: Interactive’s Audience Now Has an Audience

Part of the mission of Tribeca Film Festival is to “redefine the film festival experience.” Nothing does this more than the ever expanding Innovation Week at Tribeca. Innovation Week, the umbrella title that unites the various and diverse explorations of interaction, transmedia, and innovation, ran towards the end of the festival from April 21–26. It… Read more »

Photo by Lee J. Haywood.

10 to Watch 2014 Criteria and Nominating Jury

The Independent‘s 10 to Watch is launching again for its 6th year. This annual series highlights talented filmmakers, producers, programmers, etc., whose work challenges, inspires, and who we think will rock it in the coming year. Nominations are open from February 13th – 28th, so get thinking. Send us the names of your colleagues, friends,… Read more »