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Expanding Off-Screen Relationships, On Screen: A Closer Look at “Twinsburg”

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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.

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Production Apps for Independent Filmmakers

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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.

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From the Archives: First Person Singular, Autobiography in Film

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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 »

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.