Articles Tagged Making Films

Mary Katzke: Between Us:

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Mary Katzke got both the idea and the money for her latest documentary unexpectedly: via a life-threatening illness. Misdiagnosed in 1991, Katzke later found she had advanced breast cancer, requiring massive chemotherapy. Dropped by her insurance company, she sued her doctor to cover medical bills, promising herself that if she survived five years, she’d make… Read more »

Viva la Revolucion DV!

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Filmmakers are mixing and matching a wide variety of options – in their choice of cameras, transfer methods, and final format. For a digital round-up see sidebar. ALMOST OVERNIGHT, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY has landed firmly the hands of the indie film community. Thousands of us who had previously been working in isolation have found we have… Read more »

Cast Off Your Costumes!

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My desk is festooned with the fruits of two previous Independent Feature Film Markets: a cupful of pens, buttons, a mousepad, a key ring. And that’s not counting the baseball caps and t-shirts that are given out by filmmakers each September to promote their work. Navigating the IFFM can be bewildering for newcomers. But the… Read more »

DVD Unbound: Blowing Up the Small Screen

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We’re trying to get rid of the film print as a distribution format," explains James Boyd, the man responsible for No Dance, one of a number of micro-fests that screened in the shadow of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival–but the only one presenting films on DVD. "DVD is a finishing format, like a print, only… Read more »

War Stories

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When the year was young, the hot topic was Monica, not Kosovo. So at the Sundance Film Festival in January, war was the furthest thing from most people’s minds — unless they happened to catch Regret to Inform,Rabbit in the Moon, or Return with Honor,three documentaries dealing with war and its aftermath. Ten years in… Read more »

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

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Picking a producer is like hiring your own boss. Indie veteran Gill Holland offers some words of advice to novice directors looking for that special someone to produce their films There have been many stereotypes of movie producers over the years, but the quintessential one has to be the fat cat smoking cigars with a… Read more »

Recasting the Casting Director

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Producer Sandra Katz has tried for three years to raise money for Nothing Men, a film by first-time director John Serpe. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she says. “You can’t get all your financing until you get a name actor, and you can’t get a name actor until you get your financing.” Sound familiar? It’s a… Read more »

THE GORE COMMISSION REPORT

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Between the impeachment proceedings in Washington and the bombing runs over Iraq, the mid-December release of a final report by the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters didn’t stand much of a chance. Even on a slow news day, this was not the kind of material to create much of a… Read more »

ST. CLAIR BOURNE: Bourne to be Wild

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Over the past 30 years, St. Clair Bourne has amassed a substantial body of work about strong and controversial black artists and leaders: LeRoi Jones, Langston Hughes, Spike Lee, and John Henrick Clarke, among others. Most recently he’s set his sights on the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson and former Black Panther Stokely Carmichael…. Read more »

EVERY DOGMA HAS ITS DAY

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It began almost a lark. Tired of the routines of the filmmaking process four Danish directors decided to set themselves a challenge. "We talked about all that bored us in filmaking, all that we normally do–and then we forbade it. It was liberating," recalls 29-year-old director Thomas Vinterberg, one of the authors of what’s grandiosely… Read more »