Author: Kim Costigan

Kim Costigan is a writer and editor for The Independent.  When she’s not watching independent films and developing stories for the magazine, she can be found working 9 to 5 at a local university as an administrator supporting Philosophy Ph.D. candidates and faculty.  Kim is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Emerson College.

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“Shiva Baby” star Rachel Sennott & Writer/Director Emma Seligman Talk to the “Independent”

The Independent’s staff writer, Kim Costigan, spoke with writer/director Emma Seligman and lead actress Rachel Sennott about their indie comedy Shiva Baby, which won the 2020 Toronto Independent Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film and Outfest’s Best Screenwriting award. During the film’s recent virtual press junket for its wide release, we talked about Shiva Baby’s… Read more »

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Will Smith, Antoine Fuqua Pull Apple TV Production Out of Georgia

Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua announced Monday that their production scheduled to start shooting in Georgia this summer will pull out of the state. The film, Emancipation, is based on the true story of a self-emancipated slave named Gordon. Smith will play the lead character Gordon, who was also known as “Whipped Peter,” an… Read more »

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“Shiva Baby” Review

In the holy season of Passover, what could make a moviegoer feel more connected to the spirit of the season and their family traditions than a film about Jewishness, sex, family expectations, bisexuality, body image obsessions, sugar daddies, career choices, and cheating? First-time writer/director, Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby brings us an intersection of all these… Read more »

Independent Film “Lotawana” Becomes First Movie to be Sold as NFT

Independent filmmaker Trevor Hawkins’ Lotawana made history on March 17 as the first feature film to be sold as an NFT.   Lotawana tells the story of an unfulfilled young man named Forrest (Todd Blubaugh) who takes to living alone on a sailboat on Missouri’s Lake Lotawana. There, he meets Everly (Nicola Collie), a like-minded free… Read more »

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Academy Nominates Record Number of Independent Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Oscar nominations on Monday. Independent films received recognition in several categories.   Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color nominated for Best Director for her film Nomadland. Zhao also picked up Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture nominations. Nomadland star Frances McDormand earned a nomination for… Read more »