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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 »

The Independent is Back!

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As you may have heard, Independent Media Publications has come forward to take over the online and print publication of The Independent, formerly published by AIVF, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. The magazine has been a vital publication to the community of independent media-makers from its first publication in 1978 through July 2006…. Read more »

Blurring the Lines

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Ohio-based filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s 3-hour and 45-minute documentary A Lion in the House follows five families with economically and racially diverse backgrounds over six years during their fights against childhood cancer. The filmmakers (Reichert started New Day Films in 1971 and both are longtime members of AIVF) recount the fascinating process of… Read more »

Why We (Still) Need AIVF

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When I started to write this article, I began with a David Letterman-esque list of 20 reasons we need AIVF. I included practical items like “to get a job,” “to fill out an IRS schedule C for an unincorporated business,” and “to find out which film festivals are scams.” But the real reason we need… Read more »