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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 4-14


Spring is busting out all over New York City, with cinemas scheduled to open March 5 (25% capacity, 50-seat maximum). Online, Film at Lincoln Center and UniFrance are showcasing 18 new vital and vibrant examples of contemporary French filmmaking. The 26th annual edition includes new work from returning filmmakers plus six debut dramas. All 18… Read more »

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Thanksgiving Episodes to Feast on


While many shows have put out all the stops for various holidays such as Halloween or Christmas, there are a few shows who have ventured into the land of the Thanksgiving episode or episodes. From classic laughs to slaying spirits, to fighting families and one’s sexual identity this list will give you all the feelings… Read more »

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DOC NYC Film Festival Nov. 11-19 – Critic’s Choices


Consider for a moment what’s been recently showing in two very different movie-going Americas. On Oct. 30 The New York Times reported that the Park Plaza Cinema in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, had just opened Liam Neeson in Honest Thief to 72 patrons. “It was the largest single-day attendance the independently owned five-screen theater… Read more »

Do You Know Where Your Film and Video Masters Are?


Editor’s Note: We are posting this email message from Sandra Schulberg at her request as a courtesy to our readers who share concerns over preserving and archiving independent films. We plan to follow this project and report more formally about its status in the future. Begin message: As some of you know, I’ve become passionate… Read more »

10 to Watch Criteria and Nominating Jury


For the first time this year, The Independent has enlisted the support of experts in the field for 10 to Watch in 2013 with a nominating jury to recommend 10 to watch nominees. We are proud to announce our jury members. Sharon Badal, director of short film programming and initiatives for Tribeca Film Festival Sharon… Read more »

The Independent’s Archive Preservation Project


Background & Phase One When AIVF ceased operations in 2006, a new nonprofit, Independent Media Publications (IMP), acquired its assets and made the commitment to carry on the publication aspect of AIVF’s mission. What once was The Independent Film & Video Monthly (a coveted and collected print magazine by indie filmmakers in the US and… Read more »

SXSW 2012: Where Transformation is the Norm


Over the last 25 years, South by Southwest has transformed from a music festival to the now familiar South by Southwest Interactive, Film, and Music Festival with 2012 additions SXSW Edu, which focuses on innovations in learning, and SXSW Eco, which focuses on environmental sustainability. Funny was also new in 2012, as SXSW shined a… Read more »