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Boxes of the print magazine line the floor of Zingerplatz Pictures' office.

Public Launch of The Independent’s Digitized Archive Open to All – October 30, 2014

Join The Independent and our archiving partner, UMass Amherst Libraries, for a celebration of the launch of our new website and digitized archive. Hosted by UMass Boston Film Series, the FREE evening includes a reception, screening of Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, and panel discussion. Open to all. Starts at 6pm.


Cover from the program of the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, shut down in August.

The 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival: Shutdown Report From China

Gen Carmel provides first-hand accounts from a filmmaker and programmer who tried to attend the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, including a confrontational video between festivalgoers and plain clothes police, as well as the entire festival program.


Filmmaker Maya Washington Q&A for White Space.

10 Ways to Make Your Film or Festival Deaf-Friendly

Maya Washington learned a ton while touring festivals with her short, White Space. Because it features a main character who’s deaf, she offered to share her top 10 suggestions for making either a film, or a festival, friendlier to the Deaf Community.


LILTING - Pei-pei Cheng (L) and Ben Whishaw (R)

Inspired by Personal History, Hong Khaou Releases “Lilting” to US Audiences

In Hong Khaou’s Lilting, available on DVD and VOD September 29th, a mother grieves for her son by getting to know her son’s partner. Khaou told The Independent his debut feature came, “from a place that’s deeply personal, especially that of grief. I lost my dad when I was 12 and the character in the film loses her son. So I had to expose myself in a certain way writing this.”


"Heaven Knows What" is based on Arielle Holmes' life while addicted to heroin.

TIFF 2014: Safdie Bros Borrow From Life on NY Streets in “Heaven Knows What”

Heroin addiction and life on the New York streets take center stage in Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest, Heaven Knows What. The morning after their North American premiere at TIFF, they riff on the why and what of it all with the film’s star and inspirational scribe, Arielle Holmes.


Recent Cinema Guild acquisition "Jauja" premiered at TIFF 2014.

TIFF 2014: The Cinema Guild is Evolving with Cinephiles On and Offline

Sprinkle a little adamant optimism over a new digital partnership with The Flaherty Film Seminar and a heaping embrace of the educational market, and you have a few of the most recent distribution strategies that The Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey discussed with The Independent’s Courtney Sheehan at TIFF.


Ten years after founding Cinema Politica, Svetla Turnin, Ezra Winton, and their organization, are still going strong.

From Screen to Political Action, Cinema Politica is a Global Catalyst

Cinema Politica is the world’s largest campus and community-based documentary screening network, reaching a total audience of over one million across its network each year. Engaged, questioning, eager to take action: this is the type of audience filmmakers dream of.


Drafthouse picked up "The Look of Silence" at the end of August.

TIFF 2014: Drafthouse’s Tim League on the State of Distribution and Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence”

From his purview at TIFF 2014, Drafthouse’s Tim League weighs what is and isn’t apocalyptic about the future of distribution in a season of down box offices and new acquisitions such as Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence.