Features

Sundance 2015 – And the Winners Are

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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.

Step Inside the Film House: Filmmaker360’s New Home

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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 »

Tales from the “Screenwriter’s Festival”

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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 »

Private Violence: An Insider’s Perspective

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“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 »

Picture Motion Mobilizes Indie Film Audiences to Take Action

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Remember how kids started sharing their bullying stories after the doc Bully came out? The NYC-based firm Picture Motion creates social impact campaign strategies to help independent films find audiences and affect social change. The documentary Rich Hill is one of their upcoming projects, set for release on August 1st.

Tribeca 2014: Interactive’s Audience Now Has an Audience

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From playing the giant piano inspired by <i>Big</i> to starting to fan stalk other media fans, Tribeca’s cutting edge Innovation Week brought all things transmedia (and more) to the forefront of the conversation, and better yet, to the hands-on Interactive Playground. Senior producer Maddy Kadish was on the scene.