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A still from the documentary Newtown (courtesy Sundance Film Festival)

Sundance 2016: Films On Gun Violence

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What has been an absence of cinematic dialogue about gun access and violence in the United States was filled with both documentaries and fiction features at Sundance 2016. The Independent’s Maddy Kadish and Neil Kendricks debate the merits and emotional impact of several titles.

Around the fire at ITVFest (photo by George T. Marshall).

ITVFest 2015: A Dose of New Hollywood in Vermont

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ITVFest’s executive director Philip Gilpin thinks the peaceful Vermont location adds an invaluable dimension to the festival focused on Internet entertainment. Plus, he said that when execs are shocked by the line-up because “what they’re seeing is better than what they are watching most nights on TV. A lot of these projects are screen ready.”

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Filmatic Festival Showcases the Art and Science of Cinema

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The Filmatic Festival  is a forum for that film geek and science nerd in all of us. It describes itself as dedicated to “the art of science and cinema” and explores the convergence of science, technology, cinema, and the artistry that can develop from it. The festival ran from April 30–May 3 at University of… Read more »

T-Rex is a doc about a female boxer from Flint. Photo by Zackary Canepari.

SXSW 2015: This Year Women Bring the Substance

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From two boxing documentaries to the viewpoints of Afghan photojournalists, much of the buzz during this year’s SXSW surrounded films by or about women. Steven Abrams offers up his observations of this festival, growing each year in every direction, as it struggles to keep the margins front and center.

The DIY Distribution panel at SXSW 2015. Photo by Steven Abrams.

SXSW 2015: Film Conference Highlights

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With more than 240 offerings, even seasoned SXSW attendees like Steven Abrams can feel overwhelmed. Abrams took a step back and gleaned the best nuggets from the film panels so that those of us who couldn’t attend can get a sense of what’s what.

With the worries of the premieres safe in the past the crowd at the awards party let loose. Photo by Neil Kendricks.

Sundance 2015 – And the Winners Are

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After 12,166 submissions turned into 10 days of festivities with 123 features and 60 shorts, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped another stellar showing. The Independent’s Maddy Kadish was on the scene and at the party where feature film winners picked up their awards.