Interviews

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Sharon Greytak

Sharon Greytak makes our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her film "Archaeology of a Woman."


Victoria Clark and Sally Kirkland in a scene from "Archaeology of a Woman."

The Independent's Rebecca Reynolds talks with 10 to Watch filmmaker, Sharon Greytak, about the range of her work within film and painting, including her latest project, the narrative feature Archaeology of a Woman.

From her award-winning experimental films to her groundbreaking documentary about physical disability to her three narrative features—that’s why New York City-based indie filmmaker Sharon Greytak is one of our 10 to Watch in 2014.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her interactive documentary "One Way Home."


Filmmaker Liss LaFleur at home in front of her "memory" board.

Liss LaFleur forges connections with her interactive documentary, One Way Home, about an organization in Texas that reunites AIDS-inflicted people with their families. Not only is she producing great work, but she is an open and brave artist. That's why she's one of our 10 to Watch.

As seen in her latest film One Way Home, Liss LaFleur's filmmaking comes in the form of new media, with her background in photography, art history, and cinema all working together to create a powerful filmic experience.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Robert Greene

Robert Greene is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for his work on "Actress" and "Approaching the Elephant."


Filmmaker Robert Greene.

Robert Greene's unique vision and practice for documentary caught our attention. Check out his plethora of work in 2014, including Actress and Approaching the Elephant, on 10 to Watch.

Robert Greene is on a mission. He wants to change the way you understand, see, and talk about documentaries. If he has to be a director, editor, producer, critic, and programmer in order to do it, so be it.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014

Here's an overview of our process, including our nominating jury and contributing writers and artists.


Photo by Lee J. Haywood.

10 to Watch is the annual series that highlights filmmakers who stand out as leaders in the field of independent storytelling. Starting May 12th, we will post a new filmmaker each day for 10 days in a row.

Our 10 to Watch filmmakers are always a unique group. This year, especially, their individual films stand out for high quality and each person exemplifies strength in a particular field within independent storytelling. They are redefining the form, offering new twists on familiar forms, and are always using their work to reaffirm our love of film.

Distributor FAQ: FilmBuff 2014

The Independent's Erin Trahan talks with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown about the VOD boom and FilmBuff's role in it.


"Escape From Tomorrow" was a surprise hit for its filmmakers and its VOD distributor, FilmBuff.

Get a sneak peek at one of the new additions to The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution: FAQ with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown on the who-what-why of FilmBuff's VOD-centered distribution mission.

Five years ago, FilmBuff (an affiliate of John Sloss’s Cinetic Media) set its sights on the topsy-turvy unknowns of digital distribution. And while FilmBuff has grown exponentially in that time, VOD remains its primary area of expertise.

Finding the "Mystery Woman" of Street Photography

Sarah Coleman talks with co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel about bringing the hidden story of street photographer Vivian Maier to life.


"Finding Vivian Maier" uncovers street photos that could've been lost to history.

Imagine an artistic discovery you simply can't keep to yourself. The images are that penetrating. For John Maloof, Vivian Maier's street photography demanded to be seen. Two books and one documentary later, the world can trace Maloof's path toward Finding Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier never wanted to be famous. Working as a nanny in 1950s Chicago, Maier always locked her bedroom door and insisted her employers never enter her space. Though she didn't hesitate to stick a camera into other people's faces, she disliked giving people her name and referred to herself as "the mystery woman." If not for a series of lucky accidents, Maier would have stayed unknown.

10 to Watch 2014 Criteria and Nominating Jury


Photo by Lee J. Haywood.

The Independent is seeking nominations for our annual 10 to Watch series from you! Our nominating jury leads the charge in our goal to honor 10 independent filmmakers who stop us in our tracks. Take a look at our criteria and send us your nominations by February 28, 2014.

The Independent's 10 to Watch is launching again for its 6th year. This annual series highlights talented filmmakers, producers, programmers, etc., whose work challenges, inspires, and who we think will rock it in the coming year.

Sundance 2014: Animators Pump New Visions into Documentary Aesthetic

Neil Kendricks talks with Molly Schwartz about animating the doc, "Watchers of the Sky."


From "Watchers of the Sky."

Neil Kendricks takes a look at how animation was used in the documentaries at Sundance 2014 and speaks one-on-one with Watchers of the Sky's Molly Schwartz.

Park City, UTAH -- Animation is the new trend, changing the rules of documentary filmmaking with pencil and paper, computers, and a surplus of imagination. The writing on the wall—or drawings in this case—is that the old methods of relying on knowledgeable talking heads and archival footage to drive a non-fiction film are no longer enough for contemporary audiences.

The Free Spirits of Contemporary Canadian Cinema

Patrick Pearce asks Canadian filmmakers about what's happening in its regional cinema and why.


Isaka Sawadogo stars in Frédérick Pelletier's "Diego Star," which picked up two jury awards at FNC.

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.

TIFF 2013: President of the Club of Romantics

At 65, Patrice Leconte makes his first English-language film, the quietly romantic "A Promise."


Director Patrice Leconte works with English actors for the first time in "A Promise."

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).

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