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The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "Soy Andina"

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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 »

Download This: The Future of Distribution is Just a Click Away

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Video blogs, vodcasts, YouTube — in many ways it seems that independent filmmakers have taken the internet by force.  But what about independent films picked up for distribution?  In many cases, they are notably missing from the online arena.  Companies like Zipporah Films, Women Make Movies and Davidson Films still stick with their tried-and-true model… Read more »

Watch Clips from the Oscar-winning Docs, Shorts, and Animated Shorts

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures) A Representational Pictures Production Filmmakers: Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs The story: Former Bush administration officials drop a film’s worth of dimes on their former bosses, outlining what went wrong in Iraq. To learn more, click here. To watch the trailer, click here. Operation Homecoming: Writing… Read more »

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Sundance

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Sundance is growing. More submissions than ever–8,000 for 2008. More screenings. More countries of origin represented in both the feature and documentary competitions. More arms of the Sundance empire–institutes, labs, the Sundance Channel–at work. More categories to sift through than a sane film-goer can practically comprehend, let alone stand in line for. Then there’s the… Read more »

Distributor Q&A: Wolfe Releasing

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A lot has changed since 1985, when Kathy Wolfe started Wolfe Releasing in order to distribute lesbian films on video.  For one thing, 20 years ago, the acronym LGBT—which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender—didn’t even exist.  And words like "gay" and "queer" were still derogatory, not yet taken on as proud emblems.  So… Read more »

Will Success Spoil the 48 Hour Film Project?

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon in January, director David Butler and his motley film crew set up shop in a cavernous yellow brick building on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore’s Little Italy. The team, known collectively as Bargain Basement Films, started straggling in at about 7 a.m. that morning to begin shooting Maestro Percival, a short… Read more »

Funny Women

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Sarah Silverman is the controversial comedian du jour. Her capacity to shock today’s audiences may be distinctly Silverman, yet her career stands on the shoulders of several comedic foremothers. Her routines echo the boldness of Fanny Brice, the sexuality of Sophie Tucker, and the brashness of Joan Rivers to name just a few. She shares… Read more »

A Q&A with our readers

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After sending out our email blast to over 10,500 former AIVF members andIndependent subscribers, I was pleased to receive an influx of enthusiastic emails. There were also a lot of questions that came up, and I figured it might be helpful for me to answer some of them here for everyone to read. Is anyone… Read more »