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From the Archives: First Person Singular, Autobiography in Film

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Three decades have passed since David Schwartz’s exploration of the connection between subjective perspectives and objective truths in documentary filmmaking, yet this essay remains as relevant and informative as ever. Reproduced here, the article was originally published in May 1986 and is also available in The Independent‘s print archives. The filmmakers of tomorrow will express themselves in the… Read more »

Confessions of a Failed Screenwriter

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Editor’s note: Our friend Randy Steinberg sent along an essay he originally wrote for Scriptshadow and we asked if we could re-publish. He said yes. Author’s note: Throughout this essay, when I refer to screenwriting it should be meant to understand I am discussing theatrical film writing as opposed to television writing. I received a… Read more »

Personal Take on 10 to Watch filmmaker Mike Day

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Director Mike Day, 10 to Watch in 2012, is the one-man turbine behind Intrepid Cinema’s documentaries. Here, Intrepid’s composer and on-location sound designer Nathaniel Mann tells The Independent about their friendship and working relationship: “Mike and I first connected in 2008 at a performance by my avant-folk outfit Dead Rat Orchestra (DRO) at London’s Cafe… Read more »

Saying Goodbye to My Steenbeck

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Editor’s Note: This year’s Mendocino Film Festival‘s annual Albert Maysles Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award has been given to Ralph Arlyck and his film Following Sean. The film will be screened in Mendocino, CA on June 2nd and at the Albert Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NY (at a fall date TBA) with Arlyck in attendance… Read more »

The Lasting Effects of "Buck"

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I went to see Buck for the usual reasons I go to see movies: because a friend urged me to, because I like to be informed, culturally enriched, entertained of course, and maybe if the film is good enough, inspired. I do not go to a movie for hope and solace, spiritual guidance and a… Read more »