Making Films

CIFF's Points North Adds a Fellowship for Docmakers

Maddy Kadish talks with CIFF's Points North director Sean Flynn about a new opportunity for 2014.


Sean Flynn hosts a past Points North Forum at CIFF.

Documentary filmmakers still have time to apply for a new fellowship opportunity through Camden International Film Festival's annual Points North Documentary Film Forum. Five full-package fellowships will be given for the first time in 2014. Apply by July 25, 2014!

Now entering their 10th year—and with a lot to show for that decade—the growing Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) launches the Points North Fellowship.

Linklater's 12+ Year Gamble on "Boyhood" Pays Off

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw weighs in on the unalloyed wonders (and one stubborn fault) of "Boyhood."


Linklater's "Boyhood" captures Mason ages 6-18.

With Boyhood, "Richard Linklater, already one of America’s most persistently inventive independent filmmakers, has made movie history with the longest real-time dramatic memoir," writes senior critic Kurt Brokaw. Read his mostly admiring review here.

Boyhood. Richard Linklater. 2014. USA. 164 min.

Editor’s Note: This review contains plot and character details.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Miho Yamamoto

Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for producing the documentary "The Exhibition."


Miho Yamamoto accepting the FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film at the Salem Film Fest for "The Exhibition."

From making news to making indie films, Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 to Watch list for her work on the powerful documentary about one of Canada's most horrific crimes, The Exhibition.

In the mid-2000s Miho Yamamoto was called to the station in the middle of the night to cover breaking news in her home country of Japan. She bristled at the restrictions of corporate media yet again (“you can’t release this and you can’t talk about this,” she says) because it left the wrong impression with listeners. “I felt my hands were bound.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness makes our 10 to Watch list in 2014 with her short film “After Ella."


"After Ella" star, Maria Rondeau.

With her short film After Ella, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness turned the heads of Cannes' programming committee. In fact, she's at the notable fest this minute! Her expertise ranges from acting to directing to producing to writing and her film achievements span fact and fiction. Learn more about why she's a spectacular choice for 10 to Watch in 2014.

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness is a renaissance woman: A writer, director, and producer, she also has acted in films—and even shot them.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Effie T. Brown

Producer Effie T. Brown is one of our 10 to Watch for "Dear White People" which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.


Producer Effie T. Brown.

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.

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.

Jumpstart Your Creativity with a Short Film Challenge

Get your film made in a weekend by taking part in one of these short film competitions or challenges.


Fun from one of the most well-known film challenges, the 48 Hour Film Project.

Tired of all of the talk about making a movie? Take action today by signing up for one of more than a dozen short film challenges where you write, shoot, edit, and screen your film sometimes in 48 hours or less.

Whether you are new to filmmaking or have been at it for a while, making the commitment to produce a film can be a challenging undertaking. Coming up with an idea, writing a script, finding your subjects, coming up with the finances, and finding a good crew are just a few factors that can get in the way.

Tribeca 2014: Interactive's Audience Now Has an Audience

Senior producer Maddy Kadish reports on the cutting edge programs during Tribeca's Innovation Week.


Kenyatta Cheese delivering keynote, picture Tweeted by @triciawang.

From playing the giant piano inspired by Big to starting to fan stalk other media fans, Tribeca's cutting edge Innovation Week brought all things transmedia (and more) to the forefront of the conversation, and better yet, to the hands-on Interactive Playground. Senior producer Maddy Kadish was on the scene.

Part of the mission of Tribeca Film Festival is to “redefine the film festival experience.” Nothing does this more than the ever expanding Innovation Week at Tribeca.

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw revisits the reissued 1995 doc, "Red Hollywood."


One of a million stills in "Red Hollywood" a documentary of the too-little seen films that fell sway to the Red Scare.

Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary Red Hollywood with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven't seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.

Red Hollywood
(Thom Andersen, Noël Burch. 1995. USA. 119 min.)

Do You Know Where Your Film and Video Masters Are?

Sandra Schulberg and Richard Pena are organizing the first IndieCollect meeting in NYC on December 9, 2013.


Preserving indie film is no small matter. Photo by DRsKulturarvsprojekt.

IFP founder Sandra Schulberg and former New York Film Festival director Richard Pena are spearheading a national initiative called indieCollect to save American independent films from extinction. The first meeting will be held on December 9th at 6 pm. Click here to learn about the meeting and about the effort, which is not limited to New York City.

Editor's Note: We are posting this email message from Sandra Schulberg at her request as a courtesy to our readers who share concerns over preserving and archiving independent films. We plan to follow this project and report more formally about its status in the future.

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