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Film Journal: The Making of an Independent Feature

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Filmmaker Valerie Weiss will share her experiences of financing, making, and marketing her first independent feature film Losing Control in this monthly film journal. On May 20, 2009, I sent an email out to my friends and family announcing that I was raising $200,000 to make my first feature film, a quirky romantic comedy called… Read more »

Three Approaches to Marketing an Independent Film

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Independent filmmakers don’t have the luxury of the publicity divisions employed by studios. Yet smart filmmaker know that a film’s marketing is crucial to its success or failure—and doing it well requires an enormous amount of time and effort. So, they tap the passion, wherewithal, determination, and moxie that drives them to make films in… Read more »

How Filmmakers Can Beat the Recession

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As the recession continues to cast a shadow on the American economy, Hollywood studios are emerging as one of the few success stories. Audiences seeking an entertaining reprieve from layoffs and pay cuts are bringing theaters increased ticket sales and revenue and giving the film industry a “recession proof” reputation. Unfortunately, few realize that this… Read more »

How the Recession Hits Independent Film

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A weak economy is often said to be good for Hollywood. Movie going is cheap entertainment, so ticket sales typically rise in a recession. But what about the world of independent film? Film festivals are scaling back, indie directors are being forced to do more with even less than usual, and producers are finding that… Read more »

The Sarasota 350: Reject This!

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“I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I just want to be friends.” “Thanks, but no thanks.” However it’s put, rejection sucks. It makes us question our worth and, yes, even our very existence. It happens when we get dumped, passed over for a job, or, if you’re… Read more »

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 »