Author: Michele Meek

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

Articles Written by Michele Meek:

Werner Herzog Made Me Do It

Stuck in a dead-end job and worried he’d never make it as a filmmaker, Lee Kazimir decided to take Werner Herzog’s advice. Legendary filmmaker Herzog had once said in an interview that he believed the best way to become a filmmaker would be not to practice filmmaking but to walk — say, from Madrid to… Read more »

To Shoot "Flying," Jennifer Fox Gave Up Control of Her Camera

As an award-winning director, producer and camerawoman, Jennifer Fox is certainly well-versed in all the conventions of ‘proper’ documentary filmmaking – introduce the camera slowly, don’t talk about your own life, “create a neutral plane they can project on,” as she says. However, her latest film Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman, a six-hour series… Read more »

Download This: The Future of Distribution is Just a Click Away

Video blogs, vodcasts, YouTube — in many ways it seems that independent filmmakers have taken the internet by force.  But what about independent films picked up for distribution?  In many cases, they are notably missing from the online arena.  Companies like Zipporah Films, Women Make Movies and Davidson Films still stick with their tried-and-true model… Read more »

Distributor Q&A: Wolfe Releasing

A lot has changed since 1985, when Kathy Wolfe started Wolfe Releasing in order to distribute lesbian films on video.  For one thing, 20 years ago, the acronym LGBT—which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender—didn’t even exist.  And words like "gay" and "queer" were still derogatory, not yet taken on as proud emblems.  So… Read more »

A Q&A with our readers

After sending out our email blast to over 10,500 former AIVF members andIndependent subscribers, I was pleased to receive an influx of enthusiastic emails. There were also a lot of questions that came up, and I figured it might be helpful for me to answer some of them here for everyone to read. Is anyone… Read more »

No Ordinary Granny

It’s no ordinary day when a 90-year old grandmother sets out on a walk across the United States to make a point, and Doris “Granny D” Haddock is no ordinary woman. The protagonist of Run Granny Run spent 14 months in 2000 on her cross-country journey to bring attention to campaign finance reform. Along the… Read more »

The Independent is Back!

As you may have heard, Independent Media Publications has come forward to take over the online and print publication of The Independent, formerly published by AIVF, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. The magazine has been a vital publication to the community of independent media-makers from its first publication in 1978 through July 2006…. Read more »