March 2009

A Little Money, a Long Way: An Interview with Joseph Cashiola

Joseph Cashiola discusses his first feature film, IFP grant, and, “stuff.”

Director Joseph Cashiola is finishing up post production on his film "A Thing as Big as the Ocean."

Director Joseph Cashiola sits down for coffee with The Independent's Jennifer Sheffield and hashes out the details behind the making of his first feature-length film, A Thing as Big as the Ocean (view the trailer here), now in post-production and ready to hit up festivals in 2009. Cashiola discusses working with his brother, shooting on the road, and the difference between independent filmmakers and "beginner-level professionals."

Joseph Cashiola says that there has to be “exploration” in his life, or he’s not happy. This is the result of traveling around in an Army family as a kid. Fittingly, Cashiola, 27, continues on a self-taught, road-tested, and successful spiral into independent filmmaking and is not short on ideas.

Prepping Your Film For Distribution

How to make the transition from the editing room to the marketplace.

Stacy Schoolfield's film <i>Jumping Off Bridges</i> was successfully self-distributed.

So, once you finish your film, you actually want people to see it, right? Well, getting your film up on the big screen, or onto a DVD and into the hands of your audience isn't as easy as it seems. There are press kits to put together, posters, DVDs and inserts to design, papers to sign, copyrights to clear, and this is before you even begin promotion. The Independent's Jason Brubaker breaks down the process of both distribution and self-distribution with advice from lawyers, producers and marketing and consulting firms to make it easy--well, easier--for your film to find its audience.

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Finding Your Festival

A guide for seeking out the best festivals for your film.

St. Lowery's first feature-length film, <i>St. Nick</i>, premieres at SXSW this month.

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of film festivals out there and more cropping up all the time. There are festivals for every niche--for everything from human rights films to films about bicycles. So how, with the unlimited options before you, do you go about finding the festival that is best for your film? The Independent's Jericho Parms talks to festival veteran David Lowery, director of the film St. Nick premiering at SXSW this month (view the film's trailer here). Lowery offers his advice based on his experience in finding the perfect festivals for his films.

With thousands of film festivals worldwide, and new ones added every year, it has become increasingly challenging for new and emerging filmmakers to tackle the options.

The (R)evolution of Filmmaking: A Look at Online Festivals

How the Internet is changing the way independent films are seen and distributed.

Nina Paley's film <i>Sita Sings the Blues</i> is available to download online.

These days you can do just about everything online: pay a parking ticket, shop for Christmas presents or take out a loan. So, it's no surprise that film festivals are finding their place on the Web, with emerging outlets like Haydenfilms, Babelgum, and the former Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival, filmmakers are finding alternative outlets that are sometimes more conducive to short-format films and new filmmakers. But, online festivals are beginning to evolve as well, pairing up with traditional festivals to give filmmakers the networking opportunities that they may otherwise miss out when they submit through solely online festivals. Very soon, with prestigious festivals like Sundance partnering with IFC On-Demand (read more about it here), we may be seeing a lot more big festivals brought to the small screen.

When Deborah Wallwork first started out as a filmmaker in the early 1980s, her goal was to get her work onto one of North Dakota’s four TV channels, and the editing process was all analog. Then the technology changed. She started doing DOS-based computer editing.

“You had to learn programming language to edit,” she says.