Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese are on our 10 to Watch list for their series, Animals. Read about their inspiration and how they connected with indie filmmaking powerhouses Mark and Jay Duplass to be the first completed television series to debut at Sundance in hopes of landing a distributor.
Katie Cokinos returns to Austin, the scene of her ad-hoc film school in the red hot ’90s, for the world premiere of her directorial debut, I Dream Too Much, which puts her on our 10 to Watch for 2015. The Independent’s Steven Abrams caught up with her at SXSW to talk about the transition from script to screen and how in film, too, directors must kill their darlings.
Our 10 to Watch Filmmakers of 2015 all in one place! Every day for 10 straight days we’ll announce a new filmmaker to keep an eye on in the coming year. With the help of YOU plus industry colleagues, we’ve selected artists who are breaking new ground, either in their own career or in the form at large.
In a first-ever for The Independent, at least since our reincarnation in 2007, we feature a poem. This “found poem” by Brian Burt lets Bill Murray talk about movie stars, golf, and his idea of paradise, something Murray thinks everyone should experience.
Technology always plays a key role in film innovation, featured for the last eight years in Sundance’s New Frontier section. This year, even more than in the past, New Frontier exhibits deployed technology in a way that allowed users to put themselves in the stories.
Staff writer Neil Kendricks recaps how Robert Redford and George Lucas became icons of contemporary cinema during a candid conversation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
After 12,166 submissions turned into 10 days of festivities with 123 features and 60 shorts, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped another stellar showing. The Independent’s Maddy Kadish was on the scene and at the party where feature film winners picked up their awards.
At the corner of Chinatown and North Beach sits a deceptively small white door, leading to the huge space – and vision – of FilmHouse, the San Francisco Film Society’s new home for Filmmaker360. The building opened this September and, other than FilmHouse, it is still under construction. The FilmHouse space is modern and full… Read more »
The Austin Film Festival and Conference was held this past month in sunny, hip, Austin, Texas. It was my first time at the festival, and it was a thrill. Thinking of going? I hope you like barbecue. First off, the festival had booked a phenomenal set of panelists. Quite often, there’d be up to a… Read more »
“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill… Read more »