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How to Shoot Your Film on 35mm and Not Break the Bank

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New York filmmaker Ben Garchar writes in insightful and instructive detail of his filmmaking process on the new short Jake. Ben shot over twenty percent of this deeply emotional movie on 35mm film, a decision that had big payoffs. Jake featured at Filmmakers NY and Video Revival in Brooklyn; the film was shot entirely in Berlin, where its lead actor, Kellen York, resides.

Off Course: An Interview with Filmmaker Adam Stern

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Cerys Wilson interviews acclaimed Music Composer and Writer/Director, Adam Stern, on his new sci-fi short FTL.  The film, which stars Ty Olsson as NASA Astronaut Ethan Kane, has featured internationally at festivals in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.  Stern talks about the FTL’s pre-production, its stunning special effects, and plans for a feature length version of the film.

Protecting and Recovering Digital Footage

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David Zimmerman, CEO of LC Technology, has helped many filmmakers resolve problems related to file corruption and data loss. In this informative “How To” piece, Zimmerman offers specific tips for preventing damage to storage cards and for protecting valuable footage.

 

 

On Art and Healing

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The Independent’s editor speaks with Ricardo Bouyett, filmmaker, writer, and photographer of the new short No Love For Fuckboys. The film, which won “Best Experimental Short” at the Short To The Point International Film Festival, is an exploration—at once personal and more broadly social—of the intricacies of navigating dating, friendship, love, and desire after the trauma of sexual assault.

New Documentary Shines a Light on Brooklyn Teenager Miasia Clark

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The Independent catches up with Yvonne Michelle Shirley, creator of the new documentary, Miasia: The Nature of Experience. The film, which featured at BlackStar Film Festival, chronicles the life of Brooklyn teenager Miasia Clark as she navigates her everyday world and prepares to present at the first ever Black Girl Movement National Conference. Miasia is joined in this effort by members of her activist group, Girls for Gender Equity.

 

Orphan Dreams from Swaziland

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Mike Sullivan reviews Liyana, a new documentary directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp (former 10-to-watch series winners!) The film, which employs stunning animation, tells the story of five orphaned children living and dreaming in Swaziland.  Liyana premiered at the LA Film Festival in June, where it won “Best Documentary.”

 

 

 

(Dis)Ability in the Work of an Australian Filmmaker

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The Independent speaks with gough, a screen writer, director, and producer based in Australia. gough, who is legally blind, runs the successful company Beernuts Productions, which has produced a variety of documentaries, shorts, and other media content. Here gough reflects on how his disability informs his work and comedy.

Cannes 2017 Review: Loveless

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Lilla Puskás reviews Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest film Loveless, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. With Loveless, the award-winning Russian filmmaker returns to his earlier themes of familial and social dysfunction, focusing specifically in this film on parental neglect, human toxicity, and the virulence of media. Loveless stars Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin as the parents of a runaway teen, played by Matvey Novikov.

Cannes 2017 Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Lilla Puskás reviews Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, winner of Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Like the Greek myth to which its title refers, The Killing of a Sacred Deer explores remorse, justice, and the long-term consequences of individual choice. The film is co-written by Lanthimos’s longtime writing partner Efthimis Filippou and stars Collin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.