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

Articles Written by Maddy Kadish:


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 »

Pink and blue balloons populate the data in "I Want You to Want Me."

Sundance 2014: I Want You… to Be the New Frontier

Park City, UTAH — For its 8th year in the 30-year-old Sundance Film Festival, the New Frontier section continued to unabashedly embrace change. As the industry adopts new digital formats, online distribution, and technology, New Frontier identifies and cultivates filmmakers working in these new areas and, also, teaches audiences how best to appreciate their emerging… Read more »

"I Think This is the Closest..." used inanimate objects in innovative ways.

Sundance 2014: Sorrow and Beauty in Doc Shorts Program II

Park City, UTAH — At Sundance 2014, the three shorts in Documentary Shorts Program II used different devices to exhibit sorrow and beauty. All three films show the humanity, flaws, and hope that lives in all of us. These types of films are the reason that I come to Sundance. The first short was I… Read more »

Billie's mom decides to transition to male in "52 Tuesdays."

Sundance 2014: The Independent’s Top 10 Moments for Women

Park City, UTAH — Sundance inspires—it is full of creative and passionate people. This year the amount of outstanding and exciting work by female filmmakers brought a distinctly different tone to the festival, certainly more representational, and even more cutting edge than in past years. Special recognition was not on their agenda; it was their… Read more »

From Elaine McMillion's tumblr, while making "Hollow."

TFI Transmedia Case Study: "Hollow"

The film industry, like the rest of the media world, is trending towards digital, mobile, and online. Change is coming in the form of interactive storytelling and transmedia and Tribeca Film Institute wants in. “We want to not only respond to changes in the industry, but to also shape the change so that good work… Read more »