Interviews

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012

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It’s another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It’s a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate. The complete 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 list is below,… Read more »

Getting to Know Maryland Film Festival

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The Maryland Film Festival (MFF) is a regional film festival that takes place annually in Baltimore, Maryland, this year from May 3-6. Entering its 14th year, the festival is known as a filmmaker friendly experience that reflects the character and atmosphere of its host city. The Independent’s Steven Abrams caught up with Eric Cotten, a… Read more »

Redemption Hunters

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In The Hunter, Willem Dafoe plays Martin, a mercenary who is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger, something that most people believe does not exist. There, he discovers something even more precious than the tiger. Directed by Australian Daniel Nettheim, the… Read more »

IDFA 2011 – In Touch with the "Planet of Snail"

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For two years South Korean director Seung-Jun Yi and his assistant director took a two-hour subway ride to the home of the deaf and blind poet Young-Chan and his wife Soon-Ho. The couple communicates through a technique of gentle finger tapping called finger-braille, developed by the Japanese deaf and blind professor Satoshi Fukushima. Seung-Jun Yi… Read more »

Afghan Life According to Afghan Filmmakers

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In the days approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11th, whose stories have you heard? Have they represented the full spectrum of experiences on that date and what has unfolded since? What was the language of their telling? To broaden the dialogue about the US presence in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film posted one Afghan-made film… Read more »

Overcoming Overemotion One Chocolate at a Time

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No doubt that Romantics Anonymous is a very personal film for director Jean-Pierre Améris. He knows all too well the affliction that his film’s protagonists confront: social anxiety. The unlikely romantic comedy pairs two extraordinarily shy and, yes, emotional people. One is a gifted chocolate-maker (Isabelle Carré) who is terrified of displaying her talent, the… Read more »

It's Alive!

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Director Chris Paine is back with a follow-up to his highly touted documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car?, which celebrated the birth and mourned the death of the electric car. With help from a cast of unwavering advocates, Paine resurrects the vehicle in Revenge of the Electric Car. The electric car’s time has come, proposes… Read more »

Facebook Exclusive Content for 10 to Watch

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Editor’s Note: This collaborative reporting effort was led by Nikki Chase, Maddy Kadish and Beth Brosnan. Be sure to check out our exclusive daily content on Facebook. We’ll also have daily updates right here, so you can keep track of the list, and a final feature story with background on all 10 filmmakers on May… Read more »