Author: Michele Meek

Michele Meek is a writer, filmmaker and educator. She is a board member of Independent Media Publications and former publisher of The Independent. For more information or to contact her, visit michelemeek.com.


Articles Written by Michele Meek:

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How to Pitch Your Film

At  a recent event, a fellow filmmaker asked me if there were any documentary funders in the room and then split when my answer was no. To me, that seemed absurd—making a film requires access to a variety of different resources and people. And although you may not think someone you’re talking to is “important”… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch: Annie Berman

Director/Producer Annie Berman makes The Independent’s 10 to Watch list for her feature-length essay film, The Faithful, a fifteen-year journey through the world of images and representations of three global icons: Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. She calls it a “quest launched by . . . a lollipop. Not just any lollipop, but… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch: Complex Movements

At the intersection of community organizing, design, hip-hop and electronic music, architecture, film, and theater, Complex Movement‘s latest project Beware of The Dandelions is a science fiction parable in which the audience plays the role of post-apocalyptic survivors and unlocks the untold stories of their community. The project takes the form of a mobile art installation… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch: Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan

Julia Child may have been pioneered cooking show humor, but co-creators and co-performers Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan have taken cooking hilarity to the brilliant level it deserves. Hence, they join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016. Their web series, The Katering Show, chronicles the journey of an “intolerable foodie” (McLennan), and her anti-foodie food intolerant… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Joel Hodge & Evan Glodell

In 2011, Evan Glodell and Joel Hodge partnered to make the film Bellflower, with Glodell writing, directing and acting, and Hodge working as DP. The film, with a budget of about $17,000, became acclaimed for its stunning action-packed cinematography, resulting from their own hand-made camera built exclusively for the film. Now, Glodell and Hodge have again partnered on… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Paisley Smith

Paisley Smith’s recent documentary film Peace, Daal, & Partition, which won Best Documentary at the 2015 First Look Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America, explores the impact of the Partition of India and Pakistan on three generations of women in her family. But then she discovered Virtual Reality (VR), working with the “Godmother of VR” Nonny de la Peña… Read more »

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Tribeca 2010: Melanie Schiele on "Delilah, Before"

After working in various capacities as writer, director, producer and cinematographer on over 20 student shorts as part of New York University’s Tisch Asia in Singapore, Filmmaker Melanie Schiele makes her directorial debut with the short Delilah, Before. The film captures a turning point in the lives of three generations of women as a young… Read more »

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Tribeca 2010: Mary Robertson on "Missed Connections"

Have you ever felt your eyes lock with someone across a crowded subway, only to wish later that you had ripped through the crowd to get some digits? You’re not the only one. Director Mary Robertson’s short film Missed Connections documents a few of the loves lost and found on Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” classifieds. With… Read more »