Interviews

Filmmaker Q&A: "Con Artist" Director, Michael Sládek

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Brooklyn-based filmmaker Michael Sládek directed and produced, as well as shot and co-edited the film Con Artist. The riveting, hilarious portrait of ’80s art star Mark Kostabi, whose addiction to fame hit its extreme with his kitschy public access TV show Title This, where contestants vie for the chance to title his paintings. Con Artist… Read more »

Shorts at the Aspen Shortsfest

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The Independent caught up with a few of Aspen’s featured directors to talk briefly about their films, careers, and Aspen experiences. Martina Amati, director of A’Mare A’Mare, a haunting film about two Italian children finding something unexpected in the water, is director Martina Amati’s debut drama. Amati was trained in Theatre Set Design at Milan’s… Read more »

First-Time Director Triumphs at Sundance

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Writer and first-time director John Hindman’s romantic comedy Arlen Faber was one of the 118 films showcased at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures picked it up for an undisclosed amount. “If you’re fortunate to be one of those 16 films [in the Dramatic Competition category] it’s a given that people are going to… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Vanessa Domico of Outcast Films

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Vanessa Domico was tired of seeing too few LGBT films, so she drew on her expertise as a film distributor and founded Outcast Films. Outcast Films focuses on politically-charged issues like gay marriage and meth addiction, to intimate explorations of sexual identity and self-acceptance. Since its founding in November 2004 and public launch the following… Read more »

Making the Decision to Re-Release

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In 1981, filmmakers Carolyn Strachan and Alessandro Cavadini received acclaim for Two Laws/Kanymardra Yuwa, a documentary about the struggle for Aboriginal groups from the Northern Territory to live within both their own and Australian law. Screenings in Australia, including at the Sydney Opera house and throughout Europe, eventually brought Strachan to the United States for… Read more »

Distribution by Wal-Mart

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Jeremy Dean found a dusty VHS tape tucked away in the basement of a historical society and was captivated by its the black and white footage of the civil rights struggle. “As I sat alone watching Dr. King speaking to a packed church and the demonstrators fearlessly marching for freedom, it became a key that… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Talking to Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof Pictures

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Already a successful London-based distribution company, Dogwoof has launched its own DVD store, an independent distribution site called Dogwoof Indie (which allows filmmakers to keep all rights to their film), and Dogwoof TV, a platform that brings independent movies from the web to the television (in conjunction with blinkx BBTV). Oli Harbottle, the release coordinator… Read more »

Of Finance and Fantasy: The Aviatrix Takes on Funding in Texas

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“Making a movie is like moving a mountain,” says Toddy Burton, the Austin-based filmmaker behind The Aviatrix, a film about a girl struggling with cancer who finds an escape from her troubles by becoming The Aviatrix, a superhero who rockets through outerspace. Currently touring the festival circuit, the film is a fictional short, although it… Read more »

The View From the Other Side

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It takes guts for a critic to venture into the medium they analyze, but acclaimed film critic and blogger, Matt Zoller Seitz did just that, releasing his first feature-length film Home in 2006. Since 1995, he has been a film critic for NYPress and a TV critic and columnist for both the The Newark Star-Ledger… Read more »