Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw picks favorites from the 26th annual fest co-presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Before there was independent film, there was Cassavetes. In John Crittenden’s brooding cover photo to Gabriella Oldham’s 24 gathered interviews and solo statements from 1958 to 1985, he’s guarded, challenging, looking half-ready to give the interviewer a piece of his mind at any moment. Cassavetes died in 1989 at 60, having written and directed nine… Read more »
There are a growing number of options for schools that aspiring screenwriters may choose from to better fit their goals and needs. The nation’s top choices routinely offer small workshop-style classrooms, industry experience, and a working portfolio—as well as a diploma.
Over the years many labs and funds have been established to help documentary filmmakers hone the necessary skills and provide access to the resources (money) to navigate the obstacles associated with bringing a film from idea to distribution.
What many of us believed to be impossible has happened—Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. What will this mean for independent filmmakers, arts funding, and free speech? And what can we do about it?
A new look at prolific yet largely unknown British filmmaker Marc Karlin’s contribution to experimental film, including some of his most powerful works from the 1970s and ’80s and why they remain just as relevant today.
Now I Know is an ongoing series in which independent filmmakers share solutions to hurdles they’ve encountered while transforming an idea into an independent film. This includes all aspects of the transformation, including pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Here, filmmaker Reshel Shah Kapoor talks about what she learned about getting her work into festivals.
Earlier this year, independent filmmaker Joe Garrity debuted Twinsburg, a short film about identical twin brothers, Jerry and Paul, who reconnect at the largest gathering of twins in a small town in Ohio. In this essay, Garrity chronicles the making of the story and its impact on his relationship with his own twin, who he played opposite in the film — as well as how he plans to expand it from a short into something greater.
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.
Today, producer James Schamus’ Indignation plays in theaters, but back in 1990 he was working to bring the “best known unknown filmmaker” Raúl Ruiz to American cinema, on a smaller than small budget and an extraordinarily short window of opportunity. The result is The Golden Boat, a domestic film with a decidedly foreign feel.