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Moving to LA would have made a big difference according to Randy Steinberg.December 12th, 2013 | Randy Steinberg
Randy Steinberg, friend of The Independent has been involved in all aspects of screenwriting for more than a decade. In this cut-to-the-chase, brutally honest essay, he explains why he think he failed and how articulating the process may benefit other screenwriters.
Editor’s note: Our friend Randy Steinberg sent along an essay he originally wrote for Scriptshadow and we asked if we could re-publish. He said yes.
Catherine Epstein tracks the ups and downs of Danny Powell's first feature film.December 8th, 2013 | Catherine Epstein
Hang in there with Danny Powell, as his journey into making his first feature, Homer and Penelope (which streams free December 11-15), will ring true to anyone who has been crazy enough to try likewise. Notice that with Odysseus as a guide, one can find joy long after all that has been "wrought and endured."
Partway through Homer’s The Odyssey, the hero Odysseus is advised, in the midst of epic challenges, “Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.” The line is grandiose and majestic, but it somehow feels relevant to young filmmaker Danny Powell, whose first feature, Homer and Penelope, endur
Sandra Schulberg and Richard Pena are organizing the first IndieCollect meeting in NYC on December 9, 2013.December 9th, 2013 | Erin Trahan
IFP founder Sandra Schulberg and former New York Film Festival director Richard Pena are spearheading a national initiative called indieCollect to save American independent films from extinction. The first meeting will be held on December 9th at 6 pm. Click here to learn about the meeting and about the effort, which is not limited to New York City.
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.
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw picks three films as end of the year, winter favorites.December 3rd, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
As awards season begins, the must-see lists for 2013 start piling up. Senior critic Kurt Brokaw offers three final critic's choices for the calendar year: Tim's Vermeer, August: Osage County, and The Past.
(Teller. 2013. USA. 80 min.)
Reporting from IDFA, LJ Kessels lifts the lid on the near infinite storytelling possibilities when makers go fully interactive.December 1st, 2013 | LJ Kessels
Though still indefinable, the world of interactive documentary is slowly being shaped into existence. LJ Kessels offers the latest according to leaders in the field at IDFA's Interactive Reality Conference.
The Interactive Reality Conference on November 24th was organized by IDFA Doclab’s Caspar Sonnen and Veerle Devreese of The Flemish Culture House (de Brakke Grond) and hosted by Ove Rishoj Jensen.
The who, what, when of film markets and why you may want to integrate one into your distribution plan.October 24th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
From AFM to IFP to TIFFCOM... here are the top 14 film markets where industry representatives find crucial pieces of their filmmaking puzzle, including the ever-evasive topic of distribution. Thanks to readers, we've added two markets, bumping the list from 12 to 14, since originally publishing the list.
In addition to attending film festivals to screen or network on behalf of an independent film, a diverse array of industry professionals attend film markets. At film markets, the focus is on commerce. The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or to meet experts within the field.
Patrick Pearce asks Canadian filmmakers about what's happening in its regional cinema and why.October 22nd, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
The Independent’s Patrick Pearce gets the inside scoop on Festival du Nouveau Cinéma's Canadian line-up from directors featured at the fest: Raphaëlle Bilodeau (Épicentres), Ashley McKenzie (Stray), Frédérick Pelletier (Diego Star), and Elza Kephart (Go Into The Wilderness).
Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition.
Patrick Pearce offers up an evening in the life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède.October 14th, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
Montréal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is running on all cylinders through October 20, 2013. Mid-festival, Patrick Pearce caught up with programmer Julien Fonfrède to find out just exactly he was looking for when selecting films for the edgy Temps 0 section.
At 65, Patrice Leconte makes his first English-language film, the quietly romantic "A Promise."September 25th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
Veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte makes his North American and English-language debut at TIFF 2013 with A Promise. He told The Independent, "I realize that my life, day after day, is totally turned to focus on movies and I'm not sure whether it's good or not that I let myself be invaded to that point." And yet, romance like what's in this film is what helps him feel most alive.
A Promise is a romantic drama filled with silent glances, small gestures, and hidden emotions. It is set in Germany, just before WWI, and revolves around a married woman (Rebecca Hall) who falls in love with her husband's (Alan Rickman) protégé (Richard Madden).
Kurt Brokaw's top picks from the 51st New York Film Festival.September 26th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Broader. Wider. Deeper. That's the report from the 51st New York Film Festival which senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, suggests is taking cues from the big-tent Tribeca Film Festival. Here he assembles his critic's choices from NYFF 2013, which runs from September 27th through October 13th.
Last year’s 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF) gave a 21-gun salute sendoff to its departing director, Richard Pena. It far exceeded the breadth, width, and depth of a half-century of festivals.
Katherine Brodsky crashes a reunion with "Cinemanovels'" key actors and writer/director Terry Miles.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
Writer/director Terry Miles and actor Lauren Lee Smith pooled personal resources to make Cinemanovels. Partly that meant money. Mostly it meant something far more personal: trust. Jennifer Beals joined the duo in making this story about a woman who assembles a retrospective of her father's film work after his death.
This may well be a cautionary tale of having good email etiquette. After wrapping Terry Miles' A Night for Dying Tigers (2010) actress Lauren Lee Smith sent Miles a note thanking him for the experience and saying how great it would be to work together again some day.
Katherine Brodsky distills the highlights from a conversation about China's burgeoning film market.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
China-US co-production, Man of Tai Chi, was a case study, of sorts, at TIFF's second Asian Film Summit. Katherine Brodsky offers highlights of a discussion that addressed the growing Chinese film market.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first presented the Asian Film Summit in 2012 and it was proclaimed a success.
Godfrey Reggio debuted "Visitors" as a film experience that may prove difficult to recreate.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
The spectacle of Godfrey Reggio's experimental film, Visitors, wowed TIFF audiences with live orchestral accompaniment of a Philip Glass score and a flood of meditative images. But will this film "experience" travel?
Although it certainly offers some degree of diversity, over the years the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become known for its glitzy premieres of star-studded films that vie for Oscars.
Kurt Brokaw's take on Shane Salerno's documentary about author J.D. Salinger.September 12th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Salinger is a multi-platform crash course in all things J.D. Salinger, the reclusive writer, who, after publishing the global bestseller The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, never fully surfaced again. Was he writing? If so, what? Kurt Brokaw assesses the new documentary that answers many elusive questions about Salinger's life.
(Shane Salerno. 2013. USA. 120 min.)
Beth Brosnan offers perspective on why 1D and former in-your-face filmmaker Morgan Spurlock are a good match in "This is Us."September 8th, 2013 | Beth Brosnan
Despite the fast-food-of-culture analogies (and they are super-sized), Beth Brosnan defends the boyish charms of One Direction and Morgan Spurlock's documentary about the manufactured teen band.
I know what you’re thinking. One Direction, the Anglo-Irish boy band, is a joke—a corporate hoax cooked up by Simon Cowell and his X Factor henchman to extract money from gullible, lovesick girls and their luckless parents.