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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013

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This year’s 10 to Watch represents filmmakers who we think are on to something in 2013. The Independent’s 10 to Watch list draws from narratives and documentaries, seasoned and newcomers, shorts and features, Sundance and SXSW favorites, and other parts of the film community. What distinguishes these filmmakers is that each one brings a unique… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: From Novel to Screen in "A Single Shot"

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As indie filmmakers know, making a film is a long process that requires a passion that burns deeper than the holes is your pocket. There’s a certain dedication that goes into bringing a story alive that is borderline obsessive compulsive. But without that commitment, most films will never make it onto celluloid, let alone into… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: Story First at TFI Interactive

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TFI Interactive (TFII), an all day conference about technology and film, was held on April 20th in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its second year, TFII explored interactive film, transmedia, and social media, among other topics, through brief and lively panels and presentations. Each speaker held the floor for about 10-15 minutes…. Read more »

Why Edginess Counts in Doc Distribution

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What do documentaries about the commercial fishing industry and a 1960s Indonesian genocide have in common? Their distributors picked them up because of, not in spite of, jarringly original content and unconventional cinematic style. This spring and summer Cinema Guild is releasing Leviathan and Drafthouse Films will release The Act of Killing theatrically in the… Read more »

SXSW 2013: Next Tech and Young Actors Rule

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For many, what makes SXSW unique is the way the festival is a collision of technology, music, and film. For nine days, the sometimes disparate worlds of techies, filmmakers, and musicians warily rub elbows and in some cases combine into a potent stew of innovation and creativity. This isn’t a heavy handed gimmick of the… Read more »

SXSW 2013 Preview: The Familiar and the Unexpected

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In the next few days, the eyes of much of the film world will be on Austin, Texas. Specifically, filmmakers, fans, producers, first-time directors, distributors, actors, industry insiders and film fest newbies will be focusing their attention on the more than 250 films screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Over its 19 year history,… Read more »

How to Talk Experimental Film: A User's Guide

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As a medium, film is unique because it captures life in a way that cannot be captured through other forms of art, like painting or photography. Film is able to represent time, its duration, and motion, which brings it the closest to capturing life itself. Even the most conventional, mainstream film or video is able… Read more »

Film Festival Scholarship and Professional Networks on the Rise

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As international film festival circuits become increasingly visible online, scholarly interest in festivals as objects of study, particularly outside the US, continues to grow. At the same time, festival professionals are realizing the potential in forming collaborative partnerships through membership networks. Enter the Film Festival Academy (FFA) and the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), two… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Memorable Characters

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Park City, UTAH—When you go to Sundance for the first time, after having written about it from afar for years, there’s an unavoidable collision of what you imagine or want the festival to be and what it is. As it is with the movies and me, some of the most telling and memorable moments came… Read more »

Sundance 2013: New Frontier's Virtual and Real Space

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During the Sundance Film Festival, one can choose from at least 15 different activities, from watching films to hearing panels or tracking celebrities, to hitching a chairlift up the mountain. For the next of the next–transmedia installations, multimedia performances, and so on, the festival created a section called New Frontier. Curated by Shari Frilot, New… Read more »