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Tarantino and Coffee: Why It’s More Than Just a Drink

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Of the many noteworthy commonalities from one Quentin Tarantino film to another — hello, blood — Caitlyn McHugh sounds a wake up call to one that is under the radar. Call it java, joe, or McCafe, she explains why coffee is one of Tarantino’s characters’ favorite beverages.

Tribeca 2016: Critic’s Choice

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77 World Premieres, 42 Directorial Debuts, 23 VR exhibits and interactive installations from the leading filmmakers, and 11 Award-Winning Films to watch on the last day of the Festival. That’s what Tribeca Film Festival has in store for us this year, and The Independent is there to soak it all up.

SXSW 2016: Film Highlights

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Veteran SXSW-goer Steven Abrams takes in what has become a monolithic, all-things cultural experience. Here he offers the film highlights from 2016, including documentaries about silence, disabilities, and going from YouTuber to star.

Beyond 10 to Watch, 2016

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In addition to our 10 filmmakers to watch, we want to put a handful of others on your radar with work coming out in 2016 and later. We have Khalik Allah, Hunter Baker and Jordan Fein, Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, and Nicolas Steiner.

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Annie Berman

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Director/Producer Annie Berman makes The Independent’s 10 to Watch list for her feature-length essay film, The Faithful, a fifteen-year journey through the world of images and representations of three global icons: Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana.

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Garrett Zevgetis

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Garrett Zevgetis makes our 10 to watch list with his documentary, Best and Most Beautiful Things, a portrait of a young woman’s journey to assert her identity and find her purpose outside of her disability. The film premiered at this year’s South by Southwest.

From Bosnia to Berlin: Sarajevo at Berlinale 2016

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The film industries of the countries of former Yugoslavia continue to evolve and adapt to changing environments, both on the industry level in the broader European landscape, and in the political and economic contexts of their respective countries. At this year’s Berlinale, the region’s continued ability to punch above its weight was proven by Bosnian director Danis Tanović’s Silver Bear win Death in Sarajevo

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016

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The Independent‘s 10 to Filmmakers Watch is our annual shout out to filmmakers, working in documentary, narrative, new media and virtual reality, whose work we think you should see. Now in its 8th year, our list celebrates filmmakers who are taking risks, promoting change, and speaking their minds. And their work, all which will be out this year, shows it.

Island on the Edge: Gina Abatemarco’s Kivalina

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Abatemarco, who spent nearly seven years making Kivalina, advises first time documentarians to recognize that some of the hardest work of making a film is not technical or financial, but interpersonal. “It’s about your relationship with your subjects over time. That is the real work and the real difficulty. Somehow you’ll find the money but the most difficult work is to carry the story for however long you have to carry it, because these are heavy subject matters.”