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The (R)evolution of Filmmaking: A Look at Online Festivals

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When Deborah Wallwork first started out as a filmmaker in the early 1980s, her goal was to get her work onto one of North Dakota’s four TV channels, and the editing process was all analog. Then the technology changed. She started doing DOS-based computer editing. “You had to learn programming language to edit,” she says…. Read more »

Doc Doctor's Story Strategies: No Conflict, No Film?

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Introducing….Story Strategies: Debunking the Myths of Storytelling In this age of instant messages, blogs, and Twitter, information travels fast. So does misinformation. That’s why the Independent is thrilled to introduce yet another remedy from longtime contributor Fernanda Rossi, aka the Documentary Doctor. Her new column, “Story Strategies: Debunking the Myths of Storytelling” will do exactly… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch In 2009

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From first-time directors to Fulbright Scholars and Oscar nominees these filmmakers should not be missed in 2009. With a flood of suggestions from peers, film scholars, critics and organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, The Independent has compiled a list of “10 filmmakers to watch” with films slated… Read more »

ITVS: Has This Key Funding Partner Lost its Way?

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In 2007, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick learned that her application for funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) had been accepted. Rudnick, a first-time director, had applied for ITVS funding to finance the completion of her documentary In the Family, a look at women who are aware they carry a genetic predisposition to breast or ovarian… Read more »

10 Terms From ITVS Standard Contract Revealed

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At The Independent’s request, ITVS agreed to publish its standard contract details for the first time. Some of the terms are fixed across all projects. For example, because the ITVS mandate is for each film to air on public television, the contract prioritizes those broadcasts ahead of community screenings or film festivals. Anything that could… Read more »

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "Billy the Kid"

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About this column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their tales… Read more »