What many of us believed to be impossible has happened—Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. What will this mean for independent filmmakers, arts funding, and free speech? And what can we do about it?
A new look at prolific yet largely unknown British filmmaker Marc Karlin’s contribution to experimental film, including some of his most powerful works from the 1970s and ’80s and why they remain just as relevant today.
Now I Know is an ongoing series in which independent filmmakers share solutions to hurdles they’ve encountered while transforming an idea into an independent film. This includes all aspects of the transformation, including pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Here, filmmaker Reshel Shah Kapoor talks about what she learned about getting her work into festivals.
Earlier this year, independent filmmaker Joe Garrity debuted Twinsburg, a short film about identical twin brothers, Jerry and Paul, who reconnect at the largest gathering of twins in a small town in Ohio. In this essay, Garrity chronicles the making of the story and its impact on his relationship with his own twin, who he played opposite in the film — as well as how he plans to expand it from a short into something greater.
Acclaimed actor Stephen Lang’s impressive career moves easily between indies such as this fall’s hit horror film Don’t Breathe and big studio films such as Public Enemies and Tombstone. Here he tells how his most personal indie project led to his biggest studio movie and how the two remain intertwined to this day.
Today, producer James Schamus’ Indignation plays in theaters, but back in 1990 he was working to bring the “best known unknown filmmaker” Raúl Ruiz to American cinema, on a smaller than small budget and an extraordinarily short window of opportunity. The result is The Golden Boat, a domestic film with a decidedly foreign feel.
Filmmaker Søren Sørensen recounts what prompted him to explore the Vietnam War’s impacts on his father, other veterans, and us all.
Today, a host of platforms and mobile applications aim to broaden technology’s impact, offering support in the planning stages, as well as on set, in the hopes of saving the independent filmmaker time, simplifying efforts, and maximizing the results of those efforts.
Here, The Independent provides an overview of some of the leading planning software and apps for independent filmmakers.
Three decades have passed since David Schwartz’s exploration of the connection between subjective perspectives and objective truths in documentary filmmaking, yet this essay remains as relevant and informative as ever. Reproduced here, the article was originally published in May 1986 and is also available in The Independent‘s print archives. The filmmakers of tomorrow will express themselves in the… Read more »