Jay Bushman is on our 10 to Watch list in 2014 for his project #hamlet, now in the works.May 15th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
Jay Bushman is ahead of the curve when it comes to transmedia and new techniques for filmmakers. He talks with The Independent's Maddy Kadish about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and what's brewing for him in 2014, #hamlet and a new start-up.
Producer Effie T. Brown is one of our 10 to Watch for "Dear White People" which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.May 14th, 2014 | Maud Dillingham
Producer Effie T. Brown has high hopes for the satire she produced, Dear White People, as it makes the rounds on the festival circuit and preps for an October theatrical release. Check out why she's on our 10 to Watch list this year.
With 17 movies under her belt, Los Angeles-based producer Effie T.
Sharon Greytak makes our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her film "Archaeology of a Woman."May 13th, 2014 | Rebecca Reynolds
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.
Liss LaFleur is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her interactive documentary "One Way Home."May 12th, 2014 | Ziyad Saadi
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.
Here's an overview of our process, including our nominating jury and contributing writers and artists.May 11th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
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.
Robert Greene is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for his work on "Actress" and "Approaching the Elephant."May 11th, 2014 | Sara Archambault
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.
The Independent's Erin Trahan talks with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown about the VOD boom and FilmBuff's role in it.March 31st, 2014 | Erin Trahan
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.
Sarah Coleman talks with co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel about bringing the hidden story of street photographer Vivian Maier to life.March 27th, 2014 | Sarah Coleman
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.
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.
Neil Kendricks talks with Molly Schwartz about animating the doc, "Watchers of the Sky."February 1st, 2014 | Neil Kendricks
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.