After "Budrus," Bacha documents a coming-of-age story set in East Jerusalem.September 10th, 2012 | Rebecca Reynolds
Julia Bacha's follow up to Budrus is My Neighborhood, which follows a young boy who comes of age in East Jerusalem through eviction, protests, and unexpected allegiances. She told The Independent that "the story of My Neighborhood isn’t over. We wanted to get the film out as soon as possible, because we didn’t want the window to close while there was still time to try and stop the settlements there."
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 fre
Laura Colella's third narrative feature, a summer story about neighborly, multi-generation relationships, stars Colella's real-life housemates and has its world premiere this week.June 13th, 2012 | David Pierotti
"I think everyone has a particular summer when your life took a real shift," says Laura Colella to The Independent's David Pierotti within days of her third narrative feature debut. Colella calls Breakfast With Curtis a no-budget feature. It takes place in her real-life backyard starring her real-life neighbors... and marks at least one character's seminal summer.
Providence, Rhode Island, director Laura Colella was gearing up for the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this week. Her third narrative feature, Breakfast With Curtis, will get its world premiere screening before an audience on June 14th.
The Independent chooses the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012.June 12th, 2012
The Independent shines a spotlight on 10 innovative filmmakers to keep your eye on this year, and coming years. We've got web series creators, animators, and filmmakers of all genres... and in the last month we've been releasing exclusive new extras on Facebook.
It's another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It's a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate.
Want to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking and a little something about jury duty? Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader suggests an education in Hollywood classics.June 1st, 2012 | Beth Brosnan
In another installment of "That's Classic," a column that connects classics to indie film, The Independent's Beth Brosnan checks in with Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, who kicks off another season hosting TCM's Essentials Jr. this weekend.
Talk to actor-writer Bill Hader for even a short while, and you quickly realize that the affably offbeat Saturday Night Live comedian is—as his castmate Andy Samberg once remarked of Michael Bolton—“a major cinephile.”
Baltimore hosts features, docs, shorts, and a John Waters pick for the 14th annual Maryland Film Festival.May 3rd, 2012 | Steven Abrams
Maryland invites familiar faces from The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and past festivals, for the 14th year of this broad-based regional festival that takes place in Baltimore May 3-6.
The Maryland Film Festival (MFF) is a regional film festival that takes place annually in Baltimore, Maryland, this year from May 3-6. Entering its 14th year, the festival is known as a filmmaker friendly experience that reflects the character and atmosphere of its host city.
Steven Abrams catches up with Lindsay Utz to talk about finding the heart, soul, and storyline of "Bully" amidst hundreds of hours of footage.April 2nd, 2012 | Steven Abrams
Editor Lindsay Utz accepts the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship at SXSW, just before her first feature documentary, Bully, opens in New York and Los Angeles. The Independent's Steven Abrams speaks with her about her approach to editing hundreds of hours of footage filled with the raw experience so prevalent among American kids.
During the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Award Ceremony, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was awarded to Lindsay Utz. The fellowship continues the legacy and honors the memory of respected film editor Karen Schmeer (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, The Fog of War), and is meant to foster the careers of up-and-coming film editors.
Willem Dafoe and director Daniel Nettheim discuss themes from their latest collaboration, "The Hunter," in which Dafoe's character stalks an endangered tiger.March 14th, 2012 | Katherine Brodsky
The Australian-helmed mercenary's tale, The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, pushed the actor to re-think hunting and what it means to want, and receive, redemption. Now on VOD, the film opens in North American theaters on April 6th. Katherine Brodsky spoke to Dafoe and director Daniel Nettheim about the project.
In The Hunter, Willem Dafoe plays Martin, a mercenary who is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger, something that most people believe does not exist. There, he discovers something even more precious than the tiger.
Randi Cecchine speaks with director Seung-Jun Yi about "Planet of Snail," which won best feature-length documentary at IDFA.December 5th, 2011 | Randi Cecchine
"I think every doc director is an activist, their army is visual images," says director Seung-Jun Yi. His film, Planet of Snail, about the blind and deaf poet Young-Chan, just won the best feature-length documentary award at IDFA. Seung-Jun Yi has made documentaries for Korean television and is among a growing movement of filmmakers to break out and expand the form.
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.
With limited access to stories from the Afghan point of view, filmmaker Michael Sheridan set up a workshop to give Afghan people the tools to make their own documentaries.September 11th, 2011 | Erin Trahan
From the long walk between work and home to squeezing water from the desert dust, The Fruit of Our Labor depicts daily life in post-9/11 Afghanistan, as told by 10 Afghan filmmakers trained by Community Supported Film.
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?
Jean-Pierre Améris gets personal about facing social anxiety and how it influenced his latest film, "Romantics Anonymous."September 8th, 2011 | Katherine Brodsky
"Especially for directors, writers or anyone that is an artist, being overemotional is actually both a gift and a curse. That’s your tool," says Jean-Pierre Améris to The Independent's Katherine Brodsky about his new film, Romantics Anonymous. In the interview and the quirky romantic comedy, Améris lays bare his own struggle with social anxiety, the loneliness all people face, and the universal appeal of chocolate.
No doubt that Romantics Anonymous is a very personal film for director Jean-Pierre Améris. He knows all too well the affliction that his film’s protagonists confront: social anxiety. The unlikely romantic comedy pairs two extraordinarily shy and, yes, emotional people.