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Interview with Scott Beer about Kareem Mortimer and Children of God

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The Independent caught up with Steven Beer, an entertainment attorney and artist advocate, who specializes in independent film, about his work with Kareem Mortimer, a filmmaker from the Bahamas and one of The Independent’s Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2010. Mortimer wrote, directed, and produced Children of God, which debuted the opening night of the… Read more »

Film Journal: The Importance of Pre-Production

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In my first two installments of my Film Journal for The Independent, I wrote about the philosophy behind the $200,000 independent film. In this installment, I will talk about laying the groundwork to make our film at this budget, the period known as pre-production, and how the making of Losing Control reinforced the film’s theme… Read more »

Film Journal: Philosophies for Financing Your Film

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In the last installment of my film journal for The Independent, I wrote about the various circumstances that facilitated the raising of $200,000 to direct my feature film, Losing Control, a quirky romantic comedy about a female scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is “the one.” In this installment, I write about how I… Read more »

Erin Trahan Named Interim Executive Director of Independent Media Publications

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As of October 15th, Managing Editor Erin Trahan will serve as the Interim Executive Director of Independent Media Productions (IMP), the nonprofit organization that oversees publication of www.independent-magazine.org. The Independent (formerly The Independent Film & Video Monthly print magazine) is an online magazine as well as a networking hub for indie filmmakers. Current Executive Director… Read more »

Exhibitor FAQ: Amherst Theatre

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The Independent launches its new series of Exhibitor FAQs to provide resources and advice on how to get your film onto the big screen. Following in the tradition of the distributor and funder Q&As, the Exhibitor FAQ will feature a different theatre, museum or other screening venue with tips on how to approach the theatre,… Read more »

After the Oscar: An Interview with Cynthia Wade

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As a sophomore at Smith College, Cynthia Wade found herself witness to a small scandal: a friend discovered she was pregnant and decided leave college, marry her boyfriend and have her child, going against the feminist attitude many of her classmates held. So, in true documentarian form, Wade’s first instinct was to get it on… Read more »

5 Contract Tips for Filmmakers

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1. Get professional help. Always have a recommended entertainment lawyer review any contract (broadcasting, funding, licensing) before signing. If you can’t bring a lawyer, bring an advocate to negotiation meetings. Having an experienced producer on your side during a negotiation is the next best thing to having a lawyer with you (and in some cases… Read more »

The Doc Doctor’s Anatomy of a Film: Made In L.A.

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About this column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their tales… Read more »

Getting it Covered: Video the Vote

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Between polls, pundits, and analysts, predictions of the upcoming presidential election seem endless, with many agreeing this could be yet another tight race where, in certain states, every vote will count. And if you think that’s just a cliché, think of this: in 2004, George W. Bush won by taking Ohio with 118,601 votes, or… Read more »

The Doc Doctor’s Anatomy of a Film: “Sync or Swim”

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About this column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their tales… Read more »