Twenty years ago Independent contributor Dana Harris sat opposite filmmakers Jim McKay and Lauren Zalaznick in a Soho coffee shop to talk Girls Town, the duo’s comedy-drama that embraced improv to explore the lives of teenage girls. Two decades have passed — with McKay going on to direct episodes of The Wire, Big Love, and Law & Order and Zalaznick going on to be an accomplished television executive — but this interview preserves a moment in which the two explore a new dimension for women in film.
Now I Know is an ongoing series in which independent filmmakers share solutions to hurdles they’ve encountered while transforming an idea into an independent film. This includes all aspects of the transformation, including pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Here, filmmaker Reshel Shah Kapoor talks about what she learned about getting her work into festivals.
Acclaimed actor Stephen Lang’s impressive career moves easily between indies such as this fall’s hit horror film Don’t Breathe and big studio films such as Public Enemies and Tombstone. Here he tells how his most personal indie project led to his biggest studio movie and how the two remain intertwined to this day.
How does Rod Blackhurst bring a fresh perspective to the zombie film? In anticipation of Blackhurst’s Tribeca debut of “Here Alone,” filmmaker Larry Brand asks Blackhurst about his creative process, his relationship to audiences, and his plans for the future.
Collaborators in life and work, the husband/wife team of Stéphan Beaudoin and Sophie-Anne Beaudry join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016 for their upcoming feature Yankee, which explores the idea of a woman entering traditionally male-dominated domains of violence. Here, they talk about Yankee, self-financing a film, and shooting on location.
The world never seems to lack from an interminable violent conflict, where the level of barbarism wears down the most optimistic soul; where tragedy and suffering appears inevitable and a sense of human agency is lost. Peace processes break down and even the most determined interventionist throws up their hands in defeat. All of which… Read more »
At the intersection of community organizing, design, hip-hop, electronic music, architecture, film, and theater, Complex Movement’s latest project Beware of The Dandelions is a science fiction parable in which the audience plays the role of post-apocalyptic survivors and unlocks the untold stories of their community. This talented group of artists joins The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016 for their immersive visual and sound experience that incorporates science-fiction, projections, songs, and interactive game elements.
Julia Child may have been pioneered cooking show humor, but co-creators and co-performers Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan have taken cooking hilarity to the brilliant level it deserves with their series The Katering Show, chronicling the journey of an “intolerable foodie” and her anti-foodie food intolerant “friend.” Hence, they join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016.
In 2011, Evan Glodell and Joel Hodge partnered up to make the film Bellflower, with Glodell writing, directing and acting, and Hodge working as DP. With a budget of about $17,000, the film became acclaimed for its stunning action-packed cinematography, resulting from their own hand-made camera built exclusively for the film. Now, Glodell and Hodge make The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for their upcoming feature Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins.
Whose Streets, a documentary from filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis currently in post-production, chronicles the lives of activists in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding St. Louis area following the controversial killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. Folayan and Davis focus on the aftermath of the incident and the evolving social movement surrounding it. Their hope is to bring awareness and clarity to this racially-charged, constantly unfolding narrative. The directing duo make our 10 filmmakers to watch list for 2016.