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grid of scenes from films at the 58th Annual New York Film Festival

The 58th annual New York Film Festival Starts September 17

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Film at Lincoln Center recently announced the 25 films that comprise the Main Slate of the 58th New York Film Festival, which will run from September 17 – October 11. The festival has an expanded schedule  in order to provide additional access to the festival via drive-in screenings at The Brooklyn Army Terminal and Queens… Read more »

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Sustaining Joy and Creativity within a Pandemic

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We find ourselves in a global pandemic, quarantined in our homes, and collectively isolated from our loved ones. Members of the Black community are facing police violence and murder at an unwavering rate and the Trump Administration continues to avoid acknowledging these atrocities; yet, thousands of protesters have turned up in order to speak out… Read more »

American Film Market Oct. 31- Nov. 7 2018

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The 2018 American Film Market just wrapped up in Santa Monica, California. This year saw  comparably stronger sales for small, independent films. Courtney Sheehan was at the AFM, and writes about the importance of relationships and risk-taking,  key themes that emerged in the conference sessions on production and distribution.

Katerina Cizek is Opening up Documentary at MIT’s new Co-Creative Studio

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Courtney Sheehan reports on digital media pioneer Katerina Cizek, who has brought a new documentary project to the Toronto International Film Festival.  Cizek is leading the co-creation of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a research center for emerging new media technologies.  Sheehan discusses Cizek’s newest film project and the exciting innovations in documentary filmmaking that are being explored.

A still from the documentary Newtown (courtesy Sundance Film Festival)

Sundance 2016: Films On Gun Violence

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What has been an absence of cinematic dialogue about gun access and violence in the United States was filled with both documentaries and fiction features at Sundance 2016. The Independent’s Maddy Kadish and Neil Kendricks debate the merits and emotional impact of several titles.

ITVFest 2015: A Dose of New Hollywood in Vermont

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ITVFest’s executive director Philip Gilpin thinks the peaceful Vermont location adds an invaluable dimension to the festival focused on Internet entertainment. Plus, he said that when execs are shocked by the line-up because “what they’re seeing is better than what they are watching most nights on TV. A lot of these projects are screen ready.”

Filmatic Festival Showcases the Art and Science of Cinema

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The Filmatic Festival  is a forum for that film geek and science nerd in all of us. It describes itself as dedicated to “the art of science and cinema” and explores the convergence of science, technology, cinema, and the artistry that can develop from it. The festival ran from April 30–May 3 at University of… Read more »

SXSW 2015: This Year Women Bring the Substance

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From two boxing documentaries to the viewpoints of Afghan photojournalists, much of the buzz during this year’s SXSW surrounded films by or about women. Steven Abrams offers up his observations of this festival, growing each year in every direction, as it struggles to keep the margins front and center.

SXSW 2015: Film Conference Highlights

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With more than 240 offerings, even seasoned SXSW attendees like Steven Abrams can feel overwhelmed. Abrams took a step back and gleaned the best nuggets from the film panels so that those of us who couldn’t attend can get a sense of what’s what.