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Arnon Goldfinger Opens the Door to Moral Dilemmas in "The Flat"

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Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling. Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger recently spoke to a USC School of Cinematic Arts non-fiction theory class about ethical dilemmas in making his award-winning film The Flat. Goldfinger began with the idea of… Read more »

Adam Cohen on the Marriage of Music and Film (he's for it)

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The Festival Music House set up camp at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival for the third consecutive year. The invite-only three-night event lured in top Canadian indie musicians and put them in front of filmmakers, producers, and other film industry types. The intent is to introduce potential cinematic collaborations between musicians and filmmakers. After… Read more »

The Dallas VideoFest Turns 25

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In the 25 years since the Dallas VideoFest began, annual film festivals have become an accepted occurrence in most cities. Festivals like Sundance and South By Southwest have even become part of mainstream popular culture, and new niche festivals seem to sprout up every year. When the festival opens this September 27th, it may be… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012

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It’s another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It’s a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate. The complete 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 list is below,… Read more »

Documenting the Mystery of Marie Jocelyne

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In August 2000, a newspaper in Upstate New York reported on a scandal-plagued local film festival. The article identifies several involved individuals, but names one of the alleged con artists at length: “claims were filed against… Jocelyne Castellano aka Jocelyne Castaldo-Castellano aka Maria Jocelyne Castellano aka Marie-Helene Rousseau aka Marie Rousseau.” Now commonly known as… Read more »

Filmmaker's Journal: Crowd Funding in Cambodia

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I’ve been working in Southeast Asia since 2005, primarily in Cambodia, but also with time spent in Thailand and Vietnam, as an independent film media maker and practitioner for the past six-plus years. I’m a freelancer. I don’t work on staff for any NGO or organization, but I’m hired at times to make media projects… Read more »

Motherhood and Moviemaking (Not Always in that Order)

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Sara Archambault has been thinking about how women in her life extend their roles as mothers into the way they think about social justice, fairness, and equality. As it happens, the women who came to mind are also making documentary films. Finding the time, money, and energy to keep all of their passions afloat is… Read more »

John Madden Acts His Age

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Director John Madden, who started out in producing British television, has made a name for himself across the pond helming films such as Shakespeare in Love, Proof and more recently, The Debt. Now, his latest film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hit in the UK, is set to open across North America on May… Read more »

Wim Wenders’ 3D Learning Curve: Dancers Take Flight in "Pina"

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Wim Wenders’ films seduce viewers, leaving them punch drunk with his intoxicating imagery. Such is the case with Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina, which blossoms as a cinematic poem of dancers in motion paying tribute to the filmmaker’s friend, the late choreographer Pina Bausch. But this unique project wasn’t easy to launch. In many ways, the… Read more »

Coolidge Corner Theatre Honors Viggo Mortenson

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At least 45 different groups of film critics and professionals give out annual awards and it’s become part of the territory for heated debate to follow. Is the process fair? Do the right people win? Are awards just one more way to draw attention to celebrity culture? Yet certain awards, like the Coolidge Award, a… Read more »