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A Meeting of Worlds: YouTube Biennial at the Guggenheim

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The Guggenheim Museum: one of the art world’s most venerable institutions, home of masterpieces from the Impressionist movement to the modern era. YouTube: one of the world’s most expansive video repositories, home of sensations from children biting other children’s fingers to anime tributes galore. What could these two household names possibly have in common? According… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Playboy’s Surprising Mission

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Damned in the U.S.A. (1991) Heart of the Matter (1994) In the Family (2008) The Most Dangerous Man in America (2010) The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) When Billy Broke His Head…. And Other Tales of Wonder (1999) What do all these films have in common? If you said they all tackle tough social issues,… Read more »

No Thanks, Take-Back Manifesto

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“Can we get back to talking about movies, please?” So concludes The Take-Back Manifesto, filmmaker/blogger Michael Tully’s biting critique of the growing preoccupation with trendy “connectivity” tools like Twitter in the independent filmmaking community. Rife with jabs at the plethora of panels on social networking and various new media modes of publicity and marketing, the… Read more »

Film Journal: Survival Strategies During Production

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In my last installment of my film journal, I wrote about the importance of pre-production for laying the groundwork for principal photography. What I learned during principal photography was that no matter how much you prepare, how long you plan, things will change—locations fall through, actors’ availabilities shift, and you need to continue pre-production into… Read more »

Interview with Jane Bernstein about Charlotte Glynn

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The Independent spoke with Jane Bernstein about what is was like being the subject of her daughter’s documentary about her relationship with her other daughter. Filmmaker Charlotte Glynn is featured in The Independent’s Ten to Watch in 2010 for her film Rachel Is which follows her sister Rachel, who has special needs. You’ve written books… Read more »

Interview with Lee Daniel about Laura Dunn

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Filmmaker Laura Dunn is part of The Independent’s Ten to Watch in 2010 for her documentary, Forty Panes, which is still in pre-production. Forty Panes is one of 23 film projects awarded a 2009 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program for financial and creative support. It’s a portrait of the world seen through the… Read more »

Interview with Tara Wray and Josh Melrod

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The Independent spoke to Tara Wray and Josh Melrod, a husband and wife team, about their co-directorial debut with Cartoon College, a documentary about The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Cartoon College is currently in production. Both Wray and Melrod are featured in The Independent‘s Ten to Watch in 2010. Your previous film, Manhattan,… Read more »

Interview with Howard Gertler about Dash Shaw and Slobs and Nags

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The Independent spoke with producer Howard Gertler about his latest project, an animated feature, still in development, called Slobs and Nags, directed by Dash Shaw, one of The Independent’s Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2010. Gertler is producing with John Cameron Mitchell; they have worked together in the past, and Shaw’s work is their first… Read more »