Sundance 2015 – New Frontier Kicks Reality Up a Notch

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Technology always plays a key role in film innovation, featured for the last eight years in Sundance’s New Frontier section. This year, even more than in the past, New Frontier exhibits deployed technology in a way that allowed users to put themselves in the stories.

Sundance 2015 – Shorts That Pack a Punch

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“With short films, you have to show your entire world in a split second,” said producer Rasmus Kastberg after the screening his animated short Tupilaq at Sundance 2015. Maddy Kadish highlights this and a handful of other films from this year’s program of 60, selected from 8,061 submissions.

Sundance 2015 – Nasty Baby is Fun But Perplexing

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The film’s title is a strange dichotomy, writes Maddy Kadish from Sundance 2015, and the first part of Nasty Baby “is like a fantasy you don’t want to end.” She and a fellow audience member confer and decide that this film takes a dark turn, and doesn’t come back.

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.

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Johanna St Michaels

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Join The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight as she speaks with Johanna St Michaels about Penthouse North at DOC NYC 2014. Dana Knight: Could you please introduce the film and tell us what it’s about. Johanna St Michaels: The film is about Agneta Eckemyr, she is a former actress/model, pretty well-known in the 60s and 70s, after… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Ric Burns

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight spoke with veteran documentarian, Ric Burns about Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man behind the National Enquirer at DOC NYC 2014. Dana Knight: This is a very interesting and entertaining documentary, just like the real-life person it is portraying, Generoso Pope, the… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Tony Shaff

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight spoke with Tony Shaff about his film Hotline at DOC NYC last month. Dana Knight: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us what the film is about? Tony Shaff: I’m a Brooklyn filmmaker and my film Hotline is a feature… Read more »