Reporting from IDFA, LJ Kessels lifts the lid on the near infinite storytelling possibilities when makers go fully interactive.December 1st, 2013 | LJ Kessels
Though still indefinable, the world of interactive documentary is slowly being shaped into existence. LJ Kessels offers the latest according to leaders in the field at IDFA's Interactive Reality Conference.
The Interactive Reality Conference on November 24th was organized by IDFA Doclab’s Caspar Sonnen and Veerle Devreese of The Flemish Culture House (de Brakke Grond) and hosted by Ove Rishoj Jensen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dawn Porter makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with her documentary "Gideon’s Army."May 2nd, 2013 | Mike Sullivan
Since her Sundance premiere, Dawn Porter has been turning heads and hearts with Gideon's Army, her first feature documentary about the tough but vital role of public defenders in the US justice system. Here's why The Independent has an eye on her in 2013.
The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?
Chiemi Karasawa makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.April 30th, 2013 | Rebecca Reynolds
Several years passed between when Chiemi Karasawa, one of our 10 to Watch in 2013, met and then started filming the inimitable Elaine Stritch. Karasawa thought her doc project may need "someone famous" to direct it. But Stritch had already decided Karasawa was the right woman for the job.
Acclaimed producer, CEO, and now first time director with a Tribeca premiere for her documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – that’s why Chiemi Karasawa is one of our 10 to Watch in 2013.