Author: Rebecca Reynolds

Rebecca Reynolds is a writer/producer and co-founder of 8180 Films. Her latest producing project is the indie performance documentary, Beyond Glory, starring acclaimed actor Stephen Lang.


Articles Written by Rebecca Reynolds:

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Actor Stephen Lang Shares How an Indie Project Led to a Hollywood Blockbuster

Acclaimed actor Stephen Lang’s impressive career moves easily between indies such as this fall’s hit horror film Don’t Breathe and big studio films such as Public Enemies and Tombstone. Here he tells how his most personal indie project led to his biggest studio movie and how the two remain intertwined to this day.  (Full disclosure:… Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan

Whose Streets chronicles the lives of activists in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding St. Louis area following the controversial killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. Interdisciplinary artist Damon Davis and organizer, advocate and storyteller Sabaah Folayan joined forces to direct and produce the film…. Read more »

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10 Filmmakers to Watch: Andrew Ahn

In 2011 writer/director Andrew Ahn’s first short film Andy took Best Narrative Short at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. About a young family’s trip to a shopping mall with their six-year-old son, Andy effectively deals with culture clash, paranoia, and gender play in just a little over six minutes. The film enjoyed a successful… Read more »

Lizzie Velasquez (right) urges policy makers to get serious about anti-bullying.

Introducing the World’s Most Beautiful Woman

Lizzie Velasquez has fought for survival all her life. Born with a rare syndrome that makes it impossible for her to gain weight, 26-year-old Velasquez has struggled constantly with life-threatening medical challenges with the help of her wonderful, loving family. But no challenge has been greater than Velasquez’s fight to get legislation passed to prevent… Read more »

From Animals. (Courtesy of Mike Luciano.)

Extra: Finding Your Flock…er, Your Tribe

Back in 2011, 10-to-Watch-2013 producer Katie Tibaldi was working on the TV series Are We There Yet when she met 10-to-Watch-2015 Mike Luciano. Starring Terry Crews in the Ice Cube role, the TV series filmed an amazing ninety episodes in one year in Stamford, Connecticut. The sheer number of episodes and the daily commute from… Read more »

Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano with their mentor/Exec Producer Mark Duplass:  L. to R. Mark Duplass, Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Mike Luciano & Phil Matarese

Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese met while working day jobs at an ad production company in New York City. In his free time, Luciano wrote, directed, edited, and acted in short films such as ¡Viva Espana! while in Matarese’s free time, he directed commercials, made ethereal animated shorts, and designed super happy-looking t-shirts with cryptic messages like “Kill Me Please. I’m begging… Read more »

Michael Apted's "Bending the Light" visits Canon's lens artisans in Japan.

Michael Apted Talks “Bending the Light” and the Move from Film to Digital

At this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, Independent staff writer Rebecca Reynolds sat down with award-winning director/producer Michael Apted (The Up Series, Masters of Sex, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Nell). Apted discussed his latest film, Bending the Light, a 60-minute documentary interweaving interviews with the artisans who create Canon… Read more »

Victoria Clark and Sally Kirkland in a scene from "Archaeology of a Woman."

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Sharon Greytak

From her award-winning experimental films to her groundbreaking documentary about physical disability to her three narrative features—that’s why New York City-based indie filmmaker Sharon Greytak is one of our 10 to Watch in 2014. Writer/producer/director Sharon Greytak’s first experience as a filmmaker was shooting 8mm non-narrative short films in art school. Her latest was shooting… Read more »

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All Indie Family

In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects. That’s one reason brother and sister Jason Trost and Sarah Trost recently collaborated on three indie features: The FP, All Super Heroes Must Die, and Wet and… Read more »

10 to Watch Chiemi Karasawa and her "hurricane" of a doc subject, Elaine Stritch.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Chiemi Karasawa

Acclaimed producer, CEO, and now first time director with a Tribeca premiere for her documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – that’s why Chiemi Karasawa is one of our 10 to Watch in 2013. As founder and CEO of Isotope Films, Chiemi Karasawa has produced award-winning documentaries, including Betrayal and Billy the Kid and the 2013… Read more »