10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2018


10 to Watch is our annual list of filmmakers who we think you should keep an eye our for that year. In 2018, we are rolling out a new one every day for 10 days. This year’s list reflects filmmakers, nominated from readers and industry colleagues, who remind us of our common humanity, lift alternative voices, and show us multiple perspectives.


Women in Film Portraits: Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard


In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard, the producers and founders of Big Vision Empty Wallet. Cirillo and Leonard share their enthusiasm for producing and about interesting projects currently in the works. They also reflect on what it means to be female creative artists and entrepreneurs in the film industry at this time.



Elsie Fisher as Kaylie in the movie Eigth Grade laying on her bed looking at her computer.

Independent Film Festival Boston 2018 Recap


Evan Crean reviews his favorites films from this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), which ran from April 29 to May 2, 2018 at the Somerville Theatre, The Brattle Theatre, and The Coolidge Corner Theater.

10 to Watch: 2018 Nominating Jury


For 10 years now The Independent has been tooting the horn for indie filmmakers everywhere with our annual 10 to Watch. Read on about how to help us in our 10 for 10 year by nominating a filmmaker. We want to hear the stories of characters who often hide in the shadows of cinema. We will post our list this spring.

The Global Screen: Thomas Britt


In this second installment of The Global Screen, Thomas Britt writes about the work of Jonas Cuarón. In some ways,  Cuarón’s Desierto (2015) can be seen as a timely political film, involving border disputes, contested spaces, and dispossession. The film’s heroes and villain feel alienated from their right relationship to the land. In this article, Britt considers the influence of action and horror genres on the film, specifically the ways in which 1970s genre films and Australian “Outback horror” provide a comparable narrative framework that Cuarón deftly updates in his film about violence and lines in the sand.

Best of 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival


At Tribeca’s 17th annual film festival (April 18-29), 46% of 99 features were directed by women! Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw picks his favorite female-centric dramas and documentaries, plus the best of all 55 shorts.