Author: Patricia Thomson

Patricia Thomson is the former editor-in-chief of The Independent.


Articles Written by Patricia Thomson:

Aspen Shortsfest

April in Aspen, Colorado, is a time of transition. The encircling mountains begin shedding their white mantle of snow, ski lifts shut down, skiers ship out, and the conversation changes. Instead of snow conditions, the topic is film, and the action shifts to the center of town, where lively crowds pour into the Wheeler Opera… Read more »

Film Festivals: Aspen Shortsfest

April in Aspen, Colorado, is a time of transition. The encircling mountains begin shedding their white mantle of snow, ski lifts shut down, skiers ship out, and the conversation changes. Instead of snow conditions, the topic is film, and the action shifts to the center of town, where lively crowds pour into the Wheeler Opera… Read more »

AT THEATERS NEAR YOU: IFC Productions' Slate

John Sayles’ Men with Guns IFC’s credit: "A presentation of the Independent Film Channel and the Anarchists Convention." Prior relationship: "We’d shown a lot of John’s movies over time," says Sehring. "And I love to tell the story that I first spotted my wife when I was in conversation with John 15 years ago at… Read more »

HEAVEN SENT:

"We’re not altruistic," says Jonathan Sehring, IFC Films president, "although somebody said at Cannes, ‘Oh, you guys are the one patron saint now of financing independent films, because there’s not a lot of equity out there without strings attached.’ Well, we have strings, if you want to call them strings, but they’re supposed to be… Read more »

War Stories

When the year was young, the hot topic was Monica, not Kosovo. So at the Sundance Film Festival in January, war was the furthest thing from most people’s minds — unless they happened to catch Regret to Inform,Rabbit in the Moon, or Return with Honor,three documentaries dealing with war and its aftermath. Ten years in… Read more »

EURO DOLLARS IN DEMAND:

Dozens of Dutch speed skaters with awesome quads whip by as I gently push a Yankee filmmaker and novice skater around the ice track. Though her knees are locked and arms outstretched in a contained panic, we’re having a grand time on the outskirts of Amsterdam this gray November morning, part of a small group… Read more »