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New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct.15

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, was at this year’s New York Film Festival. In this article, he reviews his favorites in the narrative drama and documentary genres. Read about the films that captured Kurt’s attention.

Katerina Cizek is Opening up Documentary at MIT’s new Co-Creative Studio

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Courtney Sheehan reports on digital media pioneer Katerina Cizek, who has brought a new documentary project to the Toronto International Film Festival.  Cizek is leading the co-creation of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a research center for emerging new media technologies.  Sheehan discusses Cizek’s newest film project and the exciting innovations in documentary filmmaking that are being explored.

Making No Truth Claims: Historical Complexity in Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything

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Courtney Sheehan talks with Serbian Director Mila Turajlic at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Turajilic’s new documentary, The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) mines the depths of family history to offer an untold story of Yugoslavia’s past. The filmmaker shares about her process, her family’s fascinating story, and the role of documentary in representing and reflecting upon cultural complexities.

 

Telluride: A Film Student’s Reflection

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Varun Chounal, one of this year’s Fellows at the 2017 Telluride Student Symposium, describes his experience in an essay for The Independent. Chounal’s account celebrates the famed film festival and its earnest engagements with young artists. Applications for the 2018 Student Symposium will be due in the new year. Follow news at at   http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/students/symposium.

The Song of Sway Lake: A Review

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Aditya Sarangi reviews Ari Gold’s lush narrative drama The Song of Swan Lake about young jazz collector, Ollie Sway, who plots to steal a valuable 78 record from his grandmother’s glamorous lake house. The film, which stars Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, premiered at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico City and was in competition for the prestigious Best Global Feature.

 

 

 

New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct. 15

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, picks early favorites from four shorts programs at this year’s New York Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 15). Read about Brokaw’s picks and where and when these great films will be showing.

Creating Metal Music Documentary on a Shoe String Budget

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Metal Missionaries is the new documentary by Director/Producer Bruce Moore that takes an in depth look at the place of Christianity in the metal music scene. It is a surprising work that gets close and personal with many of today’s leading metal musicians. When Screenwriter Colin Jones teamed up with Moore to create the film, the two had hardly any budget to work with. In this piece, Jones offer tips to burgeoning filmmakers facing similar odds.

First Time Feature Film Director Discusses Success with Kaufman’s Game

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Kaufman’s Game is the award-winning, full-length drama by first time Writer/Directer Helier Bissell-Thomas.  The film stars Jye Frasca as Stanley, an unemployed man with a passion for boxing, who becomes drawn into the violent operations of a powerful organization.  The Independent’s editor caught up with Bissell-Thomas to discuss the film’s production and its influences.

All-Female Production Company Offers Tips for Emerging Filmmakers

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Gloria Muñoz of Pitch Her Productions shares industry tips for emerging female filmmakers. Muñoz and her production company has just released Keep Me Posted, a comedic web series written and directed by Hillary Nussbaum. The series, which stars Maya Deshmukh, Terra Mackintosh, and Kim Blanck offers an unforgiving look at social media, notably the complexities of balancing online personas with authentic, real-world intimacy.