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:

Francis looks on as the team shoots his story with 14 Go Pro cameras on a 360 camera rig.

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 »

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 »

Filmatic Festival

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 »