Features

TIFF 2013: "Visitors" and Experimentation on a Grand Scale

By

Although it certainly offers some degree of diversity, over the years the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become known for its glitzy premieres of star-studded films that vie for Oscars. Godfrey Reggio’s experimental film, Visitors is nothing like the rest, making for an especially delicate, unique, and welcome treat. Those familiar with Reggio’s work,… Read more »

TIFF 2013: Report from the Second Annual Asian Film Summit

By

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first presented the Asian Film Summit in 2012 and it was proclaimed a success. The one-day event, housed at the posh Shangri-La Hotel, returned again this year and attracted many delegates who are turning their eye to a massive market that offers many opportunities for collaboration and alternative sources… Read more »

TFI Transmedia Case Study: "Hollow"

By

The film industry, like the rest of the media world, is trending towards digital, mobile, and online. Change is coming in the form of interactive storytelling and transmedia and Tribeca Film Institute wants in. “We want to not only respond to changes in the industry, but to also shape the change so that good work… Read more »

An Affair of the Rock Doc

By

Directed and produced by filmmaker Sylvia Caminer, the rockumentary An Affair of the Heart revolves around Australian-born Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield and his devoted fans. Over the last year it appeared in theaters and at festivals such as IDFA, Sidewalk Film Festival, and HotDocs. It’s available on DVD starting July 16th. Springfield, a… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Errol Webber

By

Errol Webber caught our attention at Sundance in January 2013 when he attended as one of the cinematographers on American Promise, which won the US documentary special jury award for achievement in filmmaking. Webber currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to the US in high school when he… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

By

A reality TV dating show might be the last place you would think to explore the societal pressures women face, much less mine the depths of genuine emotional pathos. But then, you aren’t filmmaker Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and you haven’t seen her narrative short, Sequin Raze. It’s what brought Shapiro to our attention for 10… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Jason DaSilva

By

“It was kind of like an art project”, says writer/director Jason DaSilva as he recollects the beginnings of his feature documentary, When I Walk. DaSilva, diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2005, shares his day-to-day efforts as he slowly transformed from able-bodied to disabled, in his personal and often intimate documentary. DaSilva is a… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: John Alan Thompson

By

John Alan Thompson is a man who promulgates the world of the bizarre, the supernatural, and the surreal. Moving from place to place when he was a child exposed Thompson to a variety of environments. But, it was in Texas where he directly confronted death: Thompson’s Little League baseball team had just won a game…. Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Andrew James and Team

By

Filmmaking is a collaborative art form. And although we, at The Independent, recognize that all the filmmakers on our list work collaboratively, we decided to highlight one filmmaking team in this year’s 10 to Watch. (Full disclosure, members of our team have met or worked with several members of this team and as a result… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lu Lu

By

Lu Lu is no stranger to a language gap. Even her name is a constant source of confusion in America. “They ask me my first name. I say ‘Lu.’ Then they ask me for my last name, and I say ‘Lu.’ They think I misunderstood them.” In Chinese, the characters, while pronounced the same, are… Read more »