Articles Tagged Activism

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: The Yes Men

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the comedy troupe, The Yes Men about filmmaking. Knight initially spoke with Mike Bonnano, Andy Bichlbaum and Laura Nix in Toronto in September. Dana Knight (DK): When did the Yes Men become the Yes Men and why the Yes… Read more »

Private Violence: An Insider’s Perspective

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“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill… Read more »

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

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Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary <i>Red Hollywood</i> with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven’t seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.

Do You Know Where Your Film and Video Masters Are?

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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 »

Julia Bacha on the Art of Non-Violent Filmmaking

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In a conversation via Skype over the summer, acclaimed writer/director Julia Bacha talked with The Independent’s Rebecca Reynolds about Bacha’s work at Just Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the lives of Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are working to promote peace and freedom in the Middle East. Since 2006, she has directed or… Read more »

IDFA 2011 – In Touch with the “Planet of Snail”

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For two years South Korean director Seung-Jun Yi and his assistant director took a two-hour subway ride to the home of the deaf and blind poet Young-Chan and his wife Soon-Ho. The couple communicates through a technique of gentle finger tapping called finger-braille, developed by the Japanese deaf and blind professor Satoshi Fukushima. Seung-Jun Yi… Read more »

Afghan Life According to Afghan Filmmakers

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In the days approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11th, whose stories have you heard? Have they represented the full spectrum of experiences on that date and what has unfolded since? What was the language of their telling? To broaden the dialogue about the US presence in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film posted one Afghan-made film… Read more »

It’s Alive!

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Director Chris Paine is back with a follow-up to his highly touted documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car?, which celebrated the birth and mourned the death of the electric car. With help from a cast of unwavering advocates, Paine resurrects the vehicle in Revenge of the Electric Car. The electric car’s time has come, proposes… Read more »

Facebook Exclusive Content for 10 to Watch

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Editor’s Note: This collaborative reporting effort was led by Nikki Chase, Maddy Kadish and Beth Brosnan. Be sure to check out our exclusive daily content on Facebook. We’ll also have daily updates right here, so you can keep track of the list, and a final feature story with background on all 10 filmmakers on May… Read more »