Read: The Independent
Book critic and former Jane Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz goes head-to-head with her budding critic daughter Eva Steinitz on rom-coms and the indie comedy "Austenland."September 3rd, 2013 | Rebecca Steinitz
If someone else starts a mother-daughter indie film club or a mother-daughter indie review department, know that we've had this on the burner 4EVAHHHH! Thanks to current book critic and former Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz and her daughter Eva Steinitz for getting the ball rolling with dueling Austenland reviews.
What happens when critic and former academic Rebecca Steinitz, who once taught a course on Jane Austen’s novels and their film adaptations, takes her 12-year-old daughter Eva Steinitz, who has seen Bride and Prejudice and read the YA novel I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, to see the film adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel Austenland, which happens to be directed by Na
Senior critic Kurt Brokaw dismisses a trio of summer films and recommends one.August 8th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Kurt Brokaw on Blue Jasmine: "This is Woody Allen in 2013, and even Cate Blanchett can barely climb over all the furniture stacked in her way." On Lindsay Lohan: "You’re watching an aging process not seen since the jazz trumpet virtuoso Chet Baker lost his dream-boy looks by turning into a ravaged heroin addict." There's more. Just open and read these reviews, you'll enjoy yourself. Promise.
First let’s briefly summarize three films you may be aware of, all themed around women in various states of acute mental and emotional collapse. Stay with us as we trudge a path toward the single picture worth your wait.
Maddy Kadish takes a close look at the recently launched interactive doc, "Hollow."July 29th, 2013 | Maddy Kadish
As six newly funded TFI transmedia projects go under construction, Maddy Kadish looks at how 2012 grantee, Elaine McMillion, integrated community voice and storytelling in her just-launched interactive doc, Hollow.
The film industry, like the rest of the media world, is trending towards digital, mobile, and online. Change is coming in the form of interactive storytelling and transmedia and Tribeca Film Institute wants in.
Two women filmmakers take on the rockumentary genre and unwavering Rick Springfield fans.July 15th, 2013 | Kara Martinez Bachman
Rick Springfield superfans Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janney teamed up to make a rock doc about the star and the audience that has never left his side. A thousand fans wanted to appear in An Affair of the Heart but only seven made the cut.
Directed and produced by filmmaker Sylvia Caminer, the rockumentary An Affair of the Heart revolves around Australian-born Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield and his devoted fans. Over the last year it appeared in theaters and at festivals such as IDFA, Sidewalk Film Festival, and HotDocs.
Third generation Trosts, siblings Jason and Sarah, combine hyphens and skills for an indie trifecta.July 1st, 2013 | Rebecca Reynolds
You can't dump siblings and they don't blow smoke up your $#@... Rebecca Reynolds talks to siblings Jason and Sarah Trost about their collaboration on three indie projects, The FP, All Superheroes Must Die, and Wet and Reckless.
In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects.
Northeast Spain hosts an impressive documentary festival and pitch session every May.June 18th, 2013 | Greta Schiller
Documentarian Greta Schiller takes in the 16th year of DocsBarcelona and its array of global docs ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge. Violence emerged as an important theme and many docs Schiller saw handled the topic with gripping storytelling approaches.
Last year I had the great privilege to live and work in Barcelona, a city that has regenerated itself in spectacular ways since I first visited in 1986 to present my debut documentary Before Stonewall.
This singular exhibit can be seen now through June 30, 2013.June 5th, 2013 | Neil Kendricks
Do you heart Kubrick? Or the fine art of movie-making? "With its numerous production-design sketches, props, and annotated screenplays on display, the show might be the greatest example of a museum exploring the crossroads where the parallel worlds of art and film merge..." That's Neil Kendricks on an exhibit he saw, loved, and writes about here. Now through June 30, 2103 at LACMA.
Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular Stanley Kubrick retrospective should be prepared to have their minds blown in spectacular fashion.
Errol Webber makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "American Promise" and other films.May 12th, 2013 | Stacey Main
Errol Webber has been behind the camera on some of this year's most influential and touted documentaries, including American Promise, Remote Area Medical, and 12 O'Clock Boys. Here he explains why it's AOK to watch Gossip Girl as cinematography "homework," and how he's making time for a childhood passion...
Errol Webber caught our attention at Sundance in January 2013 when he attended as one of the cinematographers on American Promise, which won the US documentary special jury award for achievement in filmmaking.
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is on our 10 to Watch list for her narrative short, “Sequin Raze.”May 9th, 2013 | Mike Sullivan
Senior critic Kurt Brokaw admired Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's narrative short (Sequin Raze at New Directors/New Films) so much, the rest of us wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now, we want you to see for yourself.
A reality TV dating show might be the last place you would think to explore the societal pressures women face, much less mine the depths of genuine emotional pathos. But then, you aren't filmmaker Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and you haven't seen her narrative short, Sequin Raze.
Jason DaSilva is on our 10 to Watch list in 2013 for “When I Walk.”May 8th, 2013 | Stacey Main
Doc-maker, animator, app-entrepreneur... it seems that Jason DaSilva can do it all. In a revealing personal doc released at Sundance earlier this year, DaSilva shares what happens when he loses the ability to walk. Read here about what other projects he has planned for 2013.
“It was kind of like an art project”, says writer/director Jason DaSilva as he recollects the beginnings of his feature documentary, When I Walk.
We can't wait for John Alan Thompson to finish "Lend a Hand for Love."May 7th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
A near death experience had staying power for experimental filmmaker John Alan Thompson. His short-in-progress, Lend a Hand for Love is one we don't want to miss.
John Alan Thompson is a man who promulgates the world of the bizarre, the supernatural, and the surreal. Moving from place to place when he was a child exposed Thompson to a variety of environments. But, it was in Texas where he directly confronted death: Thompson’s Little League baseball team had just won a game. Spirits soared. Bellies were full with pizza.
Director Andrew James, producers Sara Archambault and Katie Tibaldi, and editor Jason Tippet make our first ever 10 to Watch "team" with "Street Fighting Man."May 6th, 2013 | Mike Sullivan
We know every film is a collaboration and we know the buck stops with someone on every project. That said, the doc feature Street Fighting Man has one brilliant team. That's why Andrew James, Sara Archambault, Katie Tibaldi, and Jason Tippet together make our 10 to Watch in 2013 list.
Filmmaking is a collaborative art form. And although we, at The Independent, recognize that all the filmmakers on our list work collaboratively, we decided to highlight one filmmaking team in this year’s 10 to Watch. (Full disclosure, members of our team have met or worked with several members of this team and as a result have had first-had experience with their savvy and dedication.
Filmmaker Lu Lu makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "An Early Summer."May 5th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
Remember her name: Lu Lu. We've got it right and so will you after you learn more about An Early Summer, the narrative short that Lu Lu is developing into a feature. That's why we've got an eye on her through 2013.
Lu Lu is no stranger to a language gap. Even her name is a constant source of confusion in America. “They ask me my first name. I say ‘Lu.’ Then they ask me for my last name, and I say ‘Lu.’ They think I misunderstood them.” In Chinese, the characters, while pronounced the same, are written differently. In English, though, Lu Lu’s first and last name are identical.
Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling make our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with their documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."May 4th, 2013 | David Pierotti
Tom Bean and Luke Poling’s much-anticipated documentary about the ever-varied life of writer and journalist (among other careers), George Plimpton puts them on our 10 to Watch list for 2013. Their documentary has its theatrical premiere at the end of May. Here’s why this duo makes 10 to Watch.
There’s a short clip from The Simpsons in the new documentary Plimpton!
Lucy Mulloy makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Una Noche."May 3rd, 2013 | Alisa Katz
No one expected that Lucy Mulloy's graduate thesis film would take her as far as it has. Mulloy's dedication to her craft and persistence to achieve her creative vision has served her well. Read about filmmaker Lucy Mulloy and her Tribecca 2012 winner, Una Noche. It's why we think she has something special as a filmmaker to watch out for in 2013.
Lucy Mulloy originally intended to shoot Una Noche, as a short film for her thesis project at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. But it became her debut feature film and landed in festival screenings in over 50 countries this past year.