Interviews

Distributor FAQ: FilmBuff 2014

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Get a sneak peek at one of the new additions to <i><a href=”http://www.independent-magazine.org/distributor”>The Independent’s Guide to Film Distribution</i></a>: FAQ with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown on the who-what-why of FilmBuff’s VOD-centered distribution mission.

Finding the “Mystery Woman” of Street Photography

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Imagine an artistic discovery you simply can’t keep to yourself. The images are that penetrating. For John Maloof, Vivian Maier’s street photography demanded to be seen. Two books and one documentary later, the world can trace Maloof’s path toward <i>Finding Vivian Maier.</i>

10 to Watch 2014 Criteria and Nominating Jury

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<i>The Independent</i> is seeking nominations for our annual <b>10 to Watch</b> series from <b>you</b>! Our nominating jury leads the charge in our goal to honor 10 independent filmmakers who stop us in our tracks. Take a look at our criteria and send us your nominations by February 28, 2014.

The Free Spirits of Contemporary Canadian Cinema

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Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition. Following up on his evening-in-the-life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède, The Independent’s Patrick Pearce decided to find out what’s going on in the festival’s Canadian-dedicated Focus section by speaking to a few of the directors featured in it. In 2012,… Read more »

TIFF 2013: President of the Club of Romantics

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A Promise is a romantic drama filled with silent glances, small gestures, and hidden emotions. It is set in Germany, just before WWI, and revolves around a married woman (Rebecca Hall) who falls in love with her husband’s (Alan Rickman) protégé (Richard Madden). The film had its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International… Read more »

All Indie Family

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In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects. That’s one reason brother and sister Jason Trost and Sarah Trost recently collaborated on three indie features: The FP, All Super Heroes Must Die, and Wet and… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Dawn Porter

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The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?… Read more »

Outsider Writers: Four Not-in-LA Grad Programs in Screenwriting

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You don’t have to spend your whole savings and attend a graduate program in Los Angeles or New York to learn screenwriting. In fact, could a program, unshackled from geographic proximity to Hollywood, actually be a unique and advantageous experience for its students? The programs at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Hollins University in Virginia,… Read more »