Author: Maddy Kadish

Maddy Kadish is a writer and producer. In addition to The Independent, she has contributed articles to MovieMaker Magazine, IndieWire, and No Film School, profiling festivals, filmmakers, and new technologies. She has worked as a consultant for the Boston Jewish Film Festival and Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival. Maddy spent 10 years as a film, video, and multimedia producer in NYC, Boston, and London, specializing in educational media. She currently works at PBS Education in Washington DC as a content development manager, helping PBS filmmakers bring their work to classrooms across the US. She holds a B.S. from Cornell and an Ed.M. from Harvard. She can be reached at

Articles Written by Maddy Kadish:

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017

For the 9th year in a row, The Independent’s 10 to Watch highlights filmmakers who we anticipate will bring us something special this year. Our 2017 list honors filmmakers who work in narratives, documentaries, and new media, those who are seasoned and newcomers, and those producing shorts, web series, and features. We sought recommendations for the list from… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017: Peter Nicks

In the Q&A after his film The Force premiered at Sundance 2017, filmmaker Peter Nicks told the audience that he was not an activist filmmaker. His films, The Waiting Room and The Force, the first and second in a thematic-trilogy about the relationship between institutions in Oakland, CA and the communities they serve, provide evidence… Read more »

VR at Tribeca Film Festival

The medium of virtual reality (VR) has matured and diversified greatly as a format over the years. It is almost not enough to describe a work simply as VR anymore, but rather one must specify by genre or device: narrative, game, installation, mobile, or some combination thereof. 360-video is a different animal, but often lumped… Read more »

VR In the Spotlight 

In 2016, we saw the release of the first consumer versions of virtual reality (VR), including headsets from Oculus Rift (March), HTC Vive (April), Playstation VR (October), among others, enabling audiences to watch movies and play games in VR right in their living rooms. For the uninitiated, virtual reality is an immersive medium, where users… Read more »


When Institutions Foster More Than Education

“An educated black population could not be a enslaved black population,” Kimberlé Crenshaw, Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum states during an interview featured in filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Crenshaw describes the illegal nature of teaching an enslaved person to… Read more »

Beyond 10 to Watch, 2016

In addition to our 10 filmmakers to watch, we want to put a handful of others on your radar with work coming out in 2016 and later. Khalik Allah Photographer and filmmaker, Khalik Allah had a big 2015. His documentary, the provocatively titled, Field Niggas, put him on the map as an emerging and risk-taking filmmaker. His… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016

The Independent‘s 10 to Filmmakers Watch is our annual shout out to filmmakers, working in documentary, narrative, new media and virtual reality, whose work we think you should see. Now in its 8th year, our list celebrates filmmakers who are taking risks, promoting change, and speaking their minds. And their work, all which will be out… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch 2016: Call for Nominations

It’s that time of year again! Now in its eighth year, The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch highlights filmmakers – producers, programmers, animators, and others – whose upcoming work we think will wow you this year. We are looking for your nominations! Nominate your colleagues, friends, or even yourself. Nominees must be working on an independent… Read more »

San Francisco International Film Festival in a To-Go Cup?

This year the 58th annual San Francicso International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States, went the traditional route — it screened films in theatres around San Francisco, including the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the historic (and beautiful) Castro Theatre. It also took off into the cloud(s) with the addition of the first-ever SFFS Online Screening Room. The… Read more »

Filmatic Festival Showcases the Art and Science of Cinema

The Filmatic Festival  is a forum for that film geek and science nerd in all of us. It describes itself as dedicated to “the art of science and cinema” and explores the convergence of science, technology, cinema, and the artistry that can develop from it. The festival ran from April 30–May 3 at University of… Read more »