Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese are on our 10 to Watch list for their series, Animals. Read about their inspiration and how they connected with indie filmmaking powerhouses Mark and Jay Duplass to be the first completed television series to debut at Sundance in hopes of landing a distributor.
The Independent seeks out the collaborators, mentors, colleagues, and friends of our 10 to Watch filmmakers in order to hear more about how they inspire others working in independent film. Steven Abrams talks with Eden Brolin and Danielle Brooks about what they learned from working with 10 to Watch’s Katie Cokinos.
Katie Cokinos returns to Austin, the scene of her ad-hoc film school in the red hot ’90s, for the world premiere of her directorial debut, I Dream Too Much, which puts her on our 10 to Watch for 2015. The Independent’s Steven Abrams caught up with her at SXSW to talk about the transition from script to screen and how in film, too, directors must kill their darlings.
Our 10 to Watch Filmmakers of 2015 all in one place! Every day for 10 straight days we’ll announce a new filmmaker to keep an eye on in the coming year. With the help of YOU plus industry colleagues, we’ve selected artists who are breaking new ground, either in their own career or in the form at large.
“I didn’t want her to be just a girl looking. She had to drive herself…” says director Sanna Lenken about My Skinny Sister. The story is in the POV of a young girl whose sister has an eating disorder. Lenken talks with Dana Knight about how she adapted events from her life into her first feature-length fiction film.
The Independent kicks off a new series to aid would-be curators and filmmakers (seasoned and new) in their hunt for the best of indie film community gatherings. First up: Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary festival, growing in audience numbers and prestige, held in Salem, MA each March.
Jonathon Narducci tries to blow up perfect ideas of love in his documentary, Love Me, about men and women whose matches are made the old-fashioned way, by mail order. Dana Knight asks how he reached his conclusions about how and when love succeeds.
Dana Knight and Dan Halstead “talk-shop” about the state of the film market, making it as a writer and what the world has to offer the filmmaker of today. This interview took place in Havana, Cuba at the end of 2014. Dana Knight: What can you tell us about the state of the film market right… Read more »
Dana Knight and documentarian Eugene Jarecki talk about the cliches of being rich and poor, holding two conflicting ideas in your mind at the same time, and the feasibility of democracy, among other topics, while attending The International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.