Maddy Kadish talks with CIFF's Points North director Sean Flynn about a new opportunity for 2014.July 11th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
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!
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw weighs in on the unalloyed wonders (and one stubborn fault) of "Boyhood."June 4th, 2014 | Kurt Brokaw
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.
Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for producing the documentary "The Exhibition."May 19th, 2014 | Erin Trahan
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.
Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness makes our 10 to Watch list in 2014 with her short film “After Ella."May 17th, 2014 | Maud Dillingham
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.
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.
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.
Get your film made in a weekend by taking part in one of these short film competitions or challenges.April 29th, 2014 | Paulina Villarroel Cruz
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.
Senior producer Maddy Kadish reports on the cutting edge programs during Tribeca's Innovation Week.April 29th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
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.
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw revisits the reissued 1995 doc, "Red Hollywood."April 8th, 2014 | Kurt Brokaw
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.
(Thom Andersen, Noël Burch. 1995. USA. 119 min.)
Sandra Schulberg and Richard Pena are organizing the first IndieCollect meeting in NYC on December 9, 2013.December 9th, 2013 | Erin Trahan
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.