Author: Mike Sullivan

A graduate of Emerson College, Mike Sullivan has been a professional editor for 17 years. For the past 12 years he has been editing documentaries for BPI outside of Boston. His work can be seen in museums across the country including The Smithsonian, The College Basketball Hall of Fame, The Tampa Bay History Center, and The Philadelphia Zoo. See a sample of Mike’s work.

Articles Written by Mike Sullivan:

The Fog Rolls into Boston

For three late Friday and Saturday nights in November and December, The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts ran a retrospective of Adrienne Barbeau’s major cult films, including Swamp Thing, Creepshow, Two Evil Eyes, and a 2002 short called Alice Jacobs Is Dead. The event culminated with a screening of The Fog, Barbeau’s first major… Read more »

Orphan Dreams from Swaziland

Can an argument be made that the documentary form has grown stale? While certainly a unique or exciting subject can overcome the traditional form of “narration-followed by interview sound bite-then more narration,” a quick glance at the documentary page on Netflix is enough to illustrate just how many filmmakers fall back upon the familiar instead of… Read more »

Daniel Lombroso: Profile of a D.C. Filmmaker

An American kid from New York, a devout Muslim from Istanbul, and a group of Syriac Orthodox Christians….  It sounds like the beginnings of a tasteless joke, but in actuality it’s the start of a filmmaking career that would eventually include Alt-Right extremists, Left-wing liberals, militant Catholics, and more. Daniel Lombroso grew up in New Rochelle,… Read more »

Girls line up to audition in Kitty Green's documentary Casting JonBenet.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017: Kitty Green

Over twenty years after the tragic murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, the case still has a magnetic grip on the public’s consciousness. Countless magazine articles, books, television specials, podcasts, and documentaries have chronicled the unsolved murder, but given this widespread coverage, are there any fresh perspectives left on this case? Turns out, there is: Casting… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017: Sonja O’Hara and Jaspal Binning

Filmmakers Sonja O’Hara and Jaspal Binning join our 10 to watch list in 2017 for, Doomsday, their dramatic webseries that chronicles the lives of a millennial cult in upstate New York as they await the end of days. O’Hara and Binning created, produced, directed, and star in the series. O’Hara also wrote the screenplays for each of the… Read more »

Writer/director Thomas Ikimi on the set of his short, Nostradamus.

Extra: How Thomas Ikimi works with his editor, Scott Brock

The Independent’s Mike Sullivan talks with Scott Brock, who has worked as an editor and consultant with our 10 to Watch filmmaker Thomas Ikimi on several of his projects. Brock is a UCLA graduate and an award winning editor with twenty years of editing experience. He has assisted editor Thelma Schoonmaker on several films for Martin… Read more »

Director Thomas Ikimi on the set of Nostradamus. . Photo by Stefon Cromartie.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Thomas Ikimi

In 2005, the two films that served as bookends to the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy (Italy’s oldest film festival) had a somewhat special relationship. The closing film was Batman Begins, an old-school Hollywood blockbuster with a budget somewhere north of $150 million. On the polar opposite end of the filmmaking spectrum was the opening… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Stephanie Martin

It has become somewhat of a cliché: Write a script that you can shoot. The first short film from a new writer/director seems to always consist of two or three people in a single location sitting around a table yakking. It is easier on both the schedule and the budget. The first draft of LA… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Andrew James and Team

Filmmaking is a collaborative art form. And although we, at The Independent, recognize that all the filmmakers on our list work collaboratively, we decided to highlight one filmmaking team in this year’s 10 to Watch. (Full disclosure, members of our team have met or worked with several members of this team and as a result… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Dawn Porter

The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?… Read more »