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. 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 works 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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A still from Nicolas Steiner's doc Above and Below.

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Hotel 22 spends a night on a bus route with many people who call it home.

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 »

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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 »

Melissa Rauch plays Hope Ann Gregory in The Bronze at Sundance 2015. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Stephanie Langhoff

In many ways, Stephanie Langhoff has a dream job, although certainly not an easy one. Langhoff is a producer at Duplass Brothers Productions, the company from indie-film-machines Mark and Jay Duplass. Langhoff produced The Bronze, a raunchy comedy that was the opening film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sundance 2015 represented a big moment… Read more »

Hasan Minhaj in Sakoon.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj may be best known as one of the newest correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (joining the show in the fall of 2014), but it was his work merging stand-up with storytelling that brought him to our attention for 10 to Watch. Minhaj and his collaborator, director Greg Walloch, participated in Sundance Institute’s… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015

It’s that time again! With 10 to Watch announced every spring, The Independent honors 10 filmmakers who we think are poised to make a notable impact on independent film in the coming year. Whether it is because their work pushes filmmaking in a new direction, tackles a difficult subject matter, or is simply something that we… Read more »

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 »