Interviews

That’s Classic – Tanya Hamilton's Small Stories with Big Resonance

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Writer-director Tanya Hamilton can draw a clear, straight line between her debut feature film, Night Catches Us—up for best first feature at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards—and an earlier American classic: To Kill a Mockingbird, both Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel and the 1962 film version starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. When Hamilton first… Read more »

Securing Distribution with Netflix

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By Michelle L. Martin and Katie O’Connell If you want tons of exposure for your film, Netflix—the world’s leading internet subscription service for movies and television—is the place to be. Netflix reaches over 16 million members in the United States and Canada. About a year ago they added 300 on-demand streaming indie films to their… Read more »

Whose Hugo?

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I detest being surprised by people, especially those to who a certain degree of my identity depends upon feeling superior. -Hugo Whittier, in “The Epicure’s Lament” by Kate Christensen. Years ago, a college buddy hands me a book with a smirk on his face. “Read this,” he says, “the main character reminds me of you.”… Read more »

Lessons in Perseverance

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With latent teen rocker angst and a career as a print music journalist threatened to the point of extinction, Geoff Edgers hit mid-life determined to shake things up. Part one of his plan: get the Kinks back together after a decades-long split between the band’s two lead figures, brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Part two:… Read more »

Exhibitor FAQ: Emerging Pictures

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With about 70 theatrical venues, Emerging Pictures is the largest network of digital theaters in the country. Existing and burgeoning theaters pay a fee for its servers, which come with hard drives chock full of specialty films, re-issues, mini-festivals and series, and their biggest hits—cultural programming—including opera and ballet. The servers are updated and accessed… Read more »

The Show Must Go Green

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Miranda Bailey’s recent film-within-a-film documentary, Greenlit, portrays the hopes and eventual challenges of making the production of The River Why “green.” There’s an initial hope that making the Why production eco-friendly is doable, and even money-saving. They’ve hired a sustainability consultant, the initiative is coming from the producer, and Bailey even watches Al Gore’s An… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: FilmBuff

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FilmBuff is a digital distribution service provided by Cinetic Rights Management (CRM). Although FilmBuff is less than three years old, its sister company, Cinetic Media, has been a major player in film sales since 2001. Former South by Southwest Film Festival head Matt Dentler left the fest in 2008 to lead marketing and programming operations… Read more »

Exhibitor and Distributor FAQ: Seattle's Northwest Film Forum

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Located in Seattle, the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is an invaluable resource for independent filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest, providing production grants and access to equipment and post-production facilities. The Film Forum also boasts a 364-day exhibition calendar of independent films, many of which are hard to come by at other theaters in the region…. Read more »

Struggle and Triumph for Haiti's Ciné Institute

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On January 12th, Haiti’s only professional film school, Ciné Institute, lost its main building in the massive earthquake that devastated the Port-au-Prince region. But in the quake’s aftermath, Ciné Institute’s students and staff have found something just as substantial as bricks and mortar — namely, a profound story they are uniquely qualified to tell. Since… Read more »