Articles Tagged Making Films

Making CONNECTIONS

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Writer/actor Kenny Stevenson and his wife, actress Dorien Davies, joined forces with producer Lisa Rudin and director Eric Kissack to make the award-winning indie comedy, Missed Connections. In it, Stevenson plays Neal, who answers “Missed Connections” ads on the Internet so he can “pick up chicks.” While pretending to be the guy the woman is… Read more »

Julia Bacha on the Art of Non-Violent Filmmaking

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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 »

Laura Colella's Seminal Summer

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Providence, Rhode Island, director Laura Colella was gearing up for the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this week. Her third narrative feature, Breakfast With Curtis, will get its world premiere screening before an audience on June 14th. Colella has won more than 20 awards for her previous work and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012

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It’s another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It’s a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate. The complete 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 list is below,… Read more »

Documenting the Mystery of Marie Jocelyne

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In August 2000, a newspaper in Upstate New York reported on a scandal-plagued local film festival. The article identifies several involved individuals, but names one of the alleged con artists at length: “claims were filed against… Jocelyne Castellano aka Jocelyne Castaldo-Castellano aka Maria Jocelyne Castellano aka Marie-Helene Rousseau aka Marie Rousseau.” Now commonly known as… Read more »

Filmmaker's Journal: Crowd Funding in Cambodia

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I’ve been working in Southeast Asia since 2005, primarily in Cambodia, but also with time spent in Thailand and Vietnam, as an independent film media maker and practitioner for the past six-plus years. I’m a freelancer. I don’t work on staff for any NGO or organization, but I’m hired at times to make media projects… Read more »

Saying Goodbye to My Steenbeck

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Editor’s Note: This year’s Mendocino Film Festival‘s annual Albert Maysles Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award has been given to Ralph Arlyck and his film Following Sean. The film will be screened in Mendocino, CA on June 2nd and at the Albert Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NY (at a fall date TBA) with Arlyck in attendance… Read more »

Motherhood and Moviemaking (Not Always in that Order)

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Sara Archambault has been thinking about how women in her life extend their roles as mothers into the way they think about social justice, fairness, and equality. As it happens, the women who came to mind are also making documentary films. Finding the time, money, and energy to keep all of their passions afloat is… Read more »

John Madden Acts His Age

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Director John Madden, who started out in producing British television, has made a name for himself across the pond helming films such as Shakespeare in Love, Proof and more recently, The Debt. Now, his latest film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hit in the UK, is set to open across North America on May… Read more »