The Independent‘s 10 to Filmmakers Watch is our annual shout out to filmmakers, working in documentary, narrative, new media and virtual reality, whose work we think you should see. Now in its 8th year, our list celebrates filmmakers who are taking risks, promoting change, and speaking their minds. And their work, all which will be out this year, shows it.
Abatemarco, who spent nearly seven years making Kivalina, advises first time documentarians to recognize that some of the hardest work of making a film is not technical or financial, but interpersonal. “It’s about your relationship with your subjects over time. That is the real work and the real difficulty. Somehow you’ll find the money but the most difficult work is to carry the story for however long you have to carry it, because these are heavy subject matters.”
Now in its eighth year, The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch highlights filmmakers – producers, programmers, animators, and others – whose upcoming work we think will wow you this year. Submit your nominations by February 15, 2016.
If cinema can function as a vehicle for a nation’s collective memory, Afghanistan only recently began to recollect itself. Pietra Brettkelly’s documentary, A Flickering Truth, mines the Afghan Film Archive for the nation’s cultural history and follows the team of people who are working to protect it and share it with the world.
Lizzie Velasquez turned down interest from a lot of TV outlets and documentarians before agreeing to work with first-time director Sara Hirsh Bordo. Together they capture Velasquez’s inspiring story of personal triumph and anti-bullying political activism. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story hits theaters and VOD on September 25, 2015.
I can scarcely believe that EIFF 2015 is behind us. No longer will I have the routine of looking at my carefully composed screening spreadsheet as my night ends, in order to plan the next morning’s viewing. Writing this article amidst the hubbub of excited conversation is the last time I will get to sit in Festival HQ for 2015, amongst creators and consumers of world class cinema. It has been wonderful to be involved in this celebration of what film can achieve.
It seems I was not the only one who felt their creative urges stirring, given what I overheard behind me at the second screening,“Just reading the titles makes me want to make stuff.”
Edinburgh is home to the world’s longest continually-running international film festival, a festival with a focus on new talent and innovation; the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)
This year the 58th annual San Francicso International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States, went the traditional route — it screened films in theatres around San Francisco, including the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the historic (and beautiful) Castro Theatre. It also took off into the cloud(s) with the addition of the first-ever SFFS Online Screening Room. The… Read more »
The Independent‘s Minhae Shim, talks with esteemed filmmaker Ross McElwee (Bright Leaves, Photographic Memory) about filmmaker Amelia Evans. McElwee, Evans’ former professor, was an advisor on her film, Minor Attraction. Read about how he advised Evans through the complex subject matter of her documentary.