Author: Mike Hofman

Mike Hofman is The Independent’s editor

Articles Written by Mike Hofman:

As Sundance Sells to Cablevision, Filmmakers Ponder the Future

The Sundance Channel was scooped up by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media for $496 million on May 7. That division of Cablevision also owns the IFC Channel, AMC, Fuse, and We. In announcing the deal, officials took pains to quash speculation that Cablevision would combine IFC and Sundance, the channel founded in 1996 by Robert Redford and… Read more »

The Peabody Award Winners: Watch Trailers and Clips

The full list of 2007 George Foster Peabody Award winners was released on April 2. The winners include films such as Taxi to the Dark Side and To Die in Jerusalem, as well as popular television programs such as Dexter, 30 Rock, and Project Runway. The awards have been handed out to broadcasters every year… Read more »

“Prince Among Slaves”: Recreating History on a Budget

Prince Among Slaves, which aired in February on PBS as part of public television’s Black History Month programming, is the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, an African prince who was captured by slave traders in 1788. He completed the Middle Passage in shackles, and ended up sold to a farmer of modest means in Natchez,… Read more »

Watch Clips from the Oscar-winning Docs, Shorts, and Animated Shorts

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures) A Representational Pictures Production Filmmakers: Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs The story: Former Bush administration officials drop a film’s worth of dimes on their former bosses, outlining what went wrong in Iraq. To learn more, click here. To watch the trailer, click here. Operation Homecoming: Writing… Read more »

Mastering Archival Footage: How to Find It, When to Use It

Immy Humes is adept at bringing a light touch to dark subject matter as she did in her Oscar-nominated 1991 short A Little Vicious, about a dangerous pit bull and the family who loved him, and 1996’s Lizzie Borden Hash & Rehash, about the abiding fascination Americans have for the New England spinster who was… Read more »

Writing a Companion Book to Your Film

An examination of how the Iraq War went so wrong, Charles H. Ferguson’s documentary No End In Sight is by turns forensic and surreal, a synthesis of devastating facts, damning archival footage, and poignant interviews with well-placed Iraqis and Americans who tried in vein to keep catastrophe at bay. It’s an unusually ambitious film for… Read more »

How to Get a Short on Logo

Grassroots filmmakers are always looking for mainstream distribution, and short films often have a particularly tough time gaining exposure. Which is why the success of the Logo Network’s short-film programming is welcome news. Two years ago, Logo, which is basically MTV’s gay cousin, launched The Click List: The Best in Short Film, a weekly show… Read more »

His Muse is the Rule of Law

James Cooper is one of those globetrotting guys who has more stamps in his passport than you do. A Cambridge-educated Canadian who now teaches law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, Cooper spends much of his time organizing media-related projects in Latin America, where he teaches people how to use everything from… Read more »