By Editor's Desk
The Independent catches up with Yvonne Michelle Shirley, creator of the new documentary, Miasia: The Nature of Experience. The film, which featured at BlackStar Film Festival, chronicles the life of Brooklyn teenager Miasia Clark as she navigates her everyday world and prepares to present at the first ever Black Girl Movement National Conference. Miasia is joined in this effort by members of her activist group, Girls for Gender Equity.
By DeeDee Halleck
A founder of The Independent explores what a Trump presidency could mean for the arts.
By Dana Knight
Dana Knight and Mary Dore talk about the origins of women’s liberation and Dore’s documentary about the era, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, nearly two decades in the making.
By Dana Knight
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.
By Dana Knight
For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the comedy troupe, The Yes Men about filmmaking. Knight initially spoke with Mike Bonnano, Andy Bichlbaum and Laura Nix in Toronto in September. Dana Knight (DK): When did the Yes Men become the Yes Men and why the Yes… Read more »
By Pamela Mason Wagner
“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill… Read more »
By Patrick Pearce
Cinema Politica is the world’s largest campus and community-based documentary screening network, reaching a total audience of over one million across its network each year. Engaged, questioning, eager to take action: this is the type of audience filmmakers dream of.
By Kurt Brokaw
Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary <i>Red Hollywood</i> with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven’t seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.
By Erin Trahan
Editor’s Note: We are posting this email message from Sandra Schulberg at her request as a courtesy to our readers who share concerns over preserving and archiving independent films. We plan to follow this project and report more formally about its status in the future. Begin message: As some of you know, I’ve become passionate… Read more »
By Rebecca Reynolds
In a conversation via Skype over the summer, acclaimed writer/director Julia Bacha talked with The Independent’s Rebecca Reynolds about Bacha’s work at Just Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the lives of Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are working to promote peace and freedom in the Middle East. Since 2006, she has directed or… Read more »