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Elsie Fisher as Kaylie in the movie Eigth Grade laying on her bed looking at her computer.

Independent Film Festival Boston 2018 Recap

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Evan Crean reviews his favorites films from this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), which ran from April 29 to May 2, 2018 at the Somerville Theatre, The Brattle Theatre, and The Coolidge Corner Theater.

10 to Watch: 2018 Nominating Jury

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For 10 years now The Independent has been tooting the horn for indie filmmakers everywhere with our annual 10 to Watch. Read on about how to help us in our 10 for 10 year by nominating a filmmaker. We want to hear the stories of characters who often hide in the shadows of cinema. We will post our list this spring.

The Global Screen: Thomas Britt

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In this second installment of The Global Screen, Thomas Britt writes about the work of Jonas Cuarón. In some ways,  Cuarón’s Desierto (2015) can be seen as a timely political film, involving border disputes, contested spaces, and dispossession. The film’s heroes and villain feel alienated from their right relationship to the land. In this article, Britt considers the influence of action and horror genres on the film, specifically the ways in which 1970s genre films and Australian “Outback horror” provide a comparable narrative framework that Cuarón deftly updates in his film about violence and lines in the sand.

Best of 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

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At Tribeca’s 17th annual film festival (April 18-29), 46% of 99 features were directed by women! Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw picks his favorite female-centric dramas and documentaries, plus the best of all 55 shorts.

Women in Film Portraits: Danielle Eliska Lyle

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Danielle Eliska Lyle, a writer, filmmaker, and photographer from Detroit. As a “black archivist,” Danielle’s life work is to tell stories (written, filmed, and photographed) of powerful women, the black diaspora, and the state of black culture. Danielle has gained notable screenwriting recognition and many awards. Her infectious spirit and passion for creative storytelling are palpable; read on!

 

How to Build a Sci-Fi Universe Without Breaking the Bank

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Award Winning, Independent Filmmaker, Paul Plett, shares lessons learned making several science fiction films. From story to costumes, props, sets and locations, Plett discusses every aspect of filmmaking with an eye for fully realized sci-fi that keeps under budget. Plett draws from his experiences making shorts and his newest full-length release, Rama.

Art of the Creative Entrepreneur, Part 2 of 2

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In Part 2 of “Art of the Entrepreneur,” RB (Richard Botto) interviews Michele Meek of NewEnglandfilm.com about her business: an online magazine, industry directory, jobs board, and film festival. In this candid exchange, RB and Meek discuss developing your competitive advantage, creating an online persona and brand, and monetizing your business as an entrepreneur.

Art of the Creative Entrepreneur, Part 1 of 2

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In part one of this two-part interview, Michele Meek of NewEnglandFilm.com talks with RB (Richard Botto) of Stage 32 about building a personal brand and persisting as an entrepreneur. RB discusses his entrepreneurial and creative ventures, including Stage 32 and his recent book Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd.

Women in Film Portraits: Alicia Slimmer

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In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alicia Slimmer, Director of the Award-Winning narrative feature Creedmoria. Slimmer discusses the making of the film, its musical influences, and its festival run. In addition, Slimmer shares lessons learned in Directing Creedmoria and offers advice to women working in the film industry today. Creedmoria will be released May 18th on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.