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T-Rex is a doc about a female boxer from Flint. Photo by Zackary Canepari.

SXSW 2015: This Year Women Bring the Substance

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.


The DIY Distribution panel at SXSW 2015. Photo by Steven Abrams.

SXSW 2015: Film Conference Highlights

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.


One of Kurt Brokaw's picks is the feature documentary, Western.

New Directors/New Films 2015 – Critic’s Choice

Is this how you want to be entertained? Senior critic Kurt Brokaw asks tough questions of a blatantly tough-on-the-senses program at this year’s New Directors/New Films. A handful of the full slate make his cut. The rest just cut.


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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Sanna Lenken

“I didn’t want her to be just a girl looking. She had to drive herself…” says director Sanna Lenken about My Skinny Sister. The story is in the POV of a young girl whose sister has an eating disorder. Lenken talks with Dana Knight about how she adapted events from her life into her first feature-length fiction film.


Peruvians on the hill top in Seeds of Time, screening in March at the Salem Film Fest. Photo by Henrik Edelbo.

DIY Film Fest Case Study – Salem Film Fest

The Independent kicks off a new series to aid would-be curators and filmmakers (seasoned and new) in their hunt for the best of indie film community gatherings. First up: Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary festival, growing in audience numbers and prestige, held in Salem, MA each March.